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Autumn Book Tag, take 2!

Hey y’all! I was poking around, looking for a fun Halloween-themed book tag to do, but I couldn’t really find any?? What the heck? I must be looking in the wrong places because no way do none of these exist. Please point me in the right direction, anyone!

So instead, I found a book tag I did last year from Jenniely who has largely stopped blogging, but whose legacy lives on in this tag! πŸ€— I’m doing this one again, because I read through last year’s answers and thought “wow I could definitely have some new answers for those!” and so.. here they are. πŸ˜€

PS – yeah I still sorta hate fall.

1. Hot Chocolate – what is your comfort book?

Definitely has to be Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. This book makes me laugh, cry, and feel both better and worse and better about feeling bad. I’ve read it once or twice this year already, and to be honest I’m thinking about a third time. 2020 has been a bit… wild, in case y’all hadn’t noticed. This book helps me cope with damn near anything. For example, losing my job 3 times in a year.

The same job. 3 times.

As I said… it’s been a wild year.

2. Pumpkin Carving – what is your favourite creative outlet?

Last year I said photography. While I still have my daily project going at Tookapic, it’s taken a sharp decline since I’ve been home for 6+ months. So my creative outlet has really been blogging, but that’s sort of lame to say on a blog so instead I guess I can mention cross stitching. I gave it a go early this year when I had a lot of time to fill and it did the job well. It’s satisfying to watch something slowly come together, line by line. Plus I’m (very very slowly) making a dope gift for my brother, so that’s a nice feeling too.

3. Falling Leaves – changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

Last year I said “when your whole team at work quits or leaves.” HAAAAAA.

So…. this year… I am now unemployed (again). And while this is far from ideal for many reasons, it’s also a HUGE relief because my company was toxic and did actual illegal things that I was NOT happy to be a part of in any way, even just by working there. Now I’m finally free to see what else is out there and where I can go to grow. So, hey, if you know of any software QA positions open, hit me up. πŸ˜‰

4. Pumpkin Spiced Latte – something you love that others tend to judge

You know to be honest I’m not sure others would judge, but there’s things I’m more self-conscious of. Like the steamy romances for example. If I’m reading a book and WHAM there’s a hot AF sex scene? Even if I’m super into it, I’m probably not going to be chatting about it with anyone. Except maybe Erin, because it’s funny to talk about with her. πŸ˜‚ Thanks Erin ✌

5. Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?

Last year I said concerts and rain. And well, I guess have of that is still true, though concerts are a distant memory at this point. Now I think the small lovely moments with my S.O. have become my primary sources of joy, because we’re making big changes together in our lives and also have been together every hour of every day for the last 6+ months, so things are probably going pretty well. πŸ˜‚

6. Fright Night – favourite scary book or film

Infected by Scott Sigler, of course. That book man. How many times do I need to say that IT SCARRED ME? In like, really good ways. This book taught me what a horror book looks like. Vividly. In graphic detail.

7. Halloween candy – favourite thing to eat

Well my favorite candy is definitely still Kit Kats. Although my favorite thing to eat at the moment is anything that’s well prepared and has veggies. My laziness often excludes veggies from my diet, though I do like them. My favorite thing to eat is something I have not had to prepare myself. 😜

8. Scarves – your autumn β€˜must have’ accessory

A space heater and/or heating pad. πŸ˜‘ I’m sure it’s just the additional stress of the year, but I feel like I’m always colder than ever before! And also that I’m crankier about it. πŸ˜‚ My S.O. bought a heating pad when he hurt his back, but now that he’s better it’s become my staple of “existing anywhere in the house” to keep me warm.

9. Fire – a book or film that burns your soul

The Cat I Never Named by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess is hands down the answer to this question, and will probably also be the best book I read all year and for a long time otherwise. It’s fantastic, engaging, important, terrifyingly relevant… it’s so so good and I want everyone to read it.

10. Toffee apples / – a book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside

Well a perfect example this year was Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner. I really don’t want to say much about it to give it away, but there’s a huge swerve fairly early in the book that really changes the course of things. I LOVED IT. Unsurprising, I know. 😁 This book crosses multiple genres and themes, and blended them all quite well together into something genuinely original.

What are you doing for Halloween, if anything? If you want to add “doing this book tag” to your list, feel free to do so & let me know! 😊

Depending on where y’all live life might be pretty normal, really. (Lookin’ at you, Kiwis! Well done!) But here in the US, many people aren’t taking sensible actions and so our Covid situation is pretty much still as bad as it was in April. And now, it’s getting worse. Not to be a downer, just what’s up in my life! So Halloween is sort of paused this year, since we can’t go out or do a party or anything. Guess we’ll just marathon some scary movies. 😊

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