The Autumn Book Tag

the-autumn-book-tagI saw this on Good Book Vibes and I am really feeling in the mood for autumn. I am ready for cozy sweaters, warm scarves, boots, apple-picking, and all the things that I readily associate with autumn in New England.

Also, a few evenings of reading! So here is my autumn book tag. 

1. What is your favorite thing about autumn?

There are a lot of things that I like about autumn, but one of my favorite things is that it starts to get a little colder and it becomes sweater weather.

That means I can work on sweaters again. As a knitter, it is hard to work on big woolen sweaters when it is 80-degrees out.

The benefit of the weather getting cooler is that I can wear them again, or at least layer them. If it isn’t cold enough for a big sweater, then the scarves get plenty of play.

(Then of course there’s apple picking, warm apple cider, salted caramel, pumpkins, and the fact that I can turn the oven on without the kitchen becoming a sauna.)

orchid-thief-med2. What book reminds you of your school days?

The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean stands out for me because it was a book that I had to read over the summer for AP Language and Composition and annotate. It’s an odd book to pick for fall because the book spends a lot of time in these tropical climates and the book itself reminds me of summer, but the work I did with it, really does remind me of school.

I also had to read Nickel and Dimed, In Cold Blood, and And Still We Rise that summer as well. Each of them had to be annotated. It was the first time I ever intentionally wrote in a book and I will admit it was a little painful.

I am pretty sure there was another book in there too, but for some reason I can’t remember it. I remember there being five books.

Around this time in my life, I also remember being introduced to The New Journalism, which is another book on my reread list. Although now I am sure there is probably a new, new journalism.

3. What cover reminds you of autumn? 9780718181338-668x10241

The most recent book cover that reminded me of autumn was Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin.

It wasn’t until I started listening to the book that I started to make a connection with autumn, but when Heaberlin introduces us to growing patterns of the Black-Eyed Susan we find out they grow in the fall. So it actually became really appropriate.

4. What’s your favorite horror or Halloween story? 

I don’t have a horror story that is really my go-to for Halloween, but I really like We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. It’s not blood and guts horror, but it’s Gothic horror, which can be just as scary.

the-cabin-in-the-woods5. What is your favorite horror or Halloween film? 

I really like The Cabin in the Woods. It may not be as scary or classic as some other Halloween movies, but I love it.

What I say to everyone who asks me why they should watch it: “You will never look at a unicorn the same way again!”

6. What fall book release are you looking forward to? 

The book I have been most eager for is Swing Time by Zadie Smith. I don’t know why but I feel a sudden desire to read just about every book about ballerinas I can get my hands on and the premise of Swing Time really excites me.

7. What autumn movie release are you anticipating?

It’s really sad, but I live in book and television world so often that I don’t really anticipate movie releases. I tend to wait until it’s released on DVD or Netflix to watch it. So I had to consult a list of upcoming releases.

I do want to see Girl on the Train. I listened to the audiobook a few months ago and I had a lukewarm reaction to it, but I think that it may actually be better as a movie.

Arrival, starring Amy Adams is also on my list. I am really intrigued by the first contact scenario and the use of language in the film.

There’s a World War II drama called Allied that will fill my World War II niche starring Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt that looks great as well.

Passengers is another sci-fi movie I would like to see starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence.

8. What are 3 books you plan to read this autumn? 

I honestly feel like whenever I answer these questions, I maybe read one of the books in the sequence. So, here’s what I plan to read for autumn. We will see if I actually do read it in autumn.

There are a few books I plan to read for-sure! One of those is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

That wraps up the Autumn Book Tag! Bring it on! Its time for knitting, salted caramel mochas, and a good book. I tag: 

Ola @ OlaReadsBook
Grace @
Lindsey @ A Piece of Paradis
Liesje @ A Thousand Lives
Holly @ Nut Free Nerd
Charlotte @ Wonderfully Bookish
Yvo @ It’s All About Books

And you! If you love autumn and have some wonderfully autumnal books you want to share! 

Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

9 thoughts on “The Autumn Book Tag

  1. Those sweaters are stunning! I love knitting but I’m pretty limited in my ability to just making scarves 😂 I have to read The Orchid Thief for a course I’m taking this semester, what’d you think of it? Love this post!


    1. Thank you! I made scarves for almost 13 years before I made anything else, but there are some great patterns out there that are easy to read, and simple to follow.

      The Orchid Thief is pretty good. It’s really an interesting subculture that Orlean delves into.

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      1. I’ll have to look into some more complex knitting then! Scarves are basically a straight line so I guess I could afford to branch out, lol. That’s good to know about The Orchid Thief!


    1. Knitting is fun, although I will say: the first thing you make will probably look horrible. Mine certainly was. But the good thing about knitting is that it is only two stitches and the combination in which you use them creates the patterns.


  2. The knitting is gorgeous! While I don’t knit I am working a crochet Tortoro for a birthday present.

    I am looking forward to Passengers as well. It really reminds me of Wall-E another movie I thoroughly enjoyed.

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