Celebrating Autumn’s Near End by Talking About Books πŸ‚

I wonder what it’s like to experience four seasons.

I live in the Philippines, where we only have two seasons, so the mere concept of experiencing spring, summer, autumn, and winter is so alien to me. But my dear friend Tiffany @ Read by Tiffany created the Fall Bucket List Book Tag at the beginning of autumn, and I’ve been tagged in it about ten times.

Okay, I’m exaggerating a little, but four people tagged me to do it. And I may be missing someone because I don’t keep track of pingbacks. (I should really start doing that, actually.)

Thank you to these wonderful people for tagging me!

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I think the fact that Prom and Other Hazards is only 35 pages long speaks for itself! 35 pages of f/f best friends to lovers, what more could you want?

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Friends, I just recently finished Vicious by V.E. Schwab, and holy sh*t was this book good. It’s one of my favorite books of all time now. I love basically everything about it—the examination of the fine line between being a hero and villain, the main characters, the writing, and the excellent usage of dual timelines.

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Radio Silence is SUCH A GOOD BOOK. And it’s so relatable. As a teenager, I could see myself in the friendships it portrayed. Plus, the main male and female protagonists are best friends who don’t fall in love!!

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Crier’s War warms my heart because it’s truly a book written for the gays. Crier EXUDES useless lesbian energy, and Ayla is a chaotic bi. The memes that have come out of this book are priceless.

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Well, I hated A Thousand Fires, but its main character is a talented baker. Getting to read about her creations was one of the only good things about my reading experience. 1-star review coming soon. 😈

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Friends, I will not shut up about The Dragon Warrior! Getting to see diaspora and Chinese kids like me at the forefront of an epic quest story made me (internally) jump for joy.

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do you experience fall where you live? what would be in your fall bucket list? have you read any of the books i talked about?

34 thoughts on “Celebrating Autumn’s Near End by Talking About Books πŸ‚

  1. Thanks for the tag love ❀ I’m so glad you loved Vicious because it’s also one of my all time favorites, and the sequel is just as amazing, if not better! I’ve seen Radio Silence several times, and I haven’t read it yet or figured out what it is about, so I’ll definitely check it out!!
    Lol, it feels like winter here, not fall anymore, because it’s so so freaking cold. Like ice on the grass and roofs kind of cold πŸ˜‚

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    1. You’re welcome! I can’t wait to read your answers if you do it πŸ™‚ Ahh, it’s an *amazing* book! And I have high expectations for Vengeful, but I’ve been disappointed by a sequel from Victoria Schwab in the past, so I’m a little hesitant to pick it up. PLEASE READ IT. Ahh, it’s so good, and Alice Oseman is one of those authors who really *get* teenagers, you know? Haha, I’ve never experienced winter, so I wonder what that’s like. Hang in there though!

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  2. I loved reading your answers Caitlin! Crier’s War is the latest book I finished, and I could not agree more with you. What a wonderful, incredible novel with one of the best enemies-to-lovers romance I’ve ever read β™₯ Prom and Other Hazards sounds like a light, fluffy story I might read one day, it just seems adorable! Not gonna lie, I’m curious to read your one star review. I’ve rarely rated books 1 star, so I can’t wait to see what made you decide to go for this rating. The book itself wasn’t on my radar, but now I’m intrigued.
    We do experience Autumn in France, even if the past few years have been a bit different. It’s getting hard to tell seasons apart sometimes (probably a consequence of climate change). This one is pretty rainy where I live (which I’m not complaining about!) but winter is already showing up a little bit so who knows?

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    1. I’m so glad! Crier’s War is truly an iconic book—there’s no other way to describe it. Ahh, please please read it! The book community really doesn’t give f/f books the appreciation they deserve, and I feel like starting small by reading a very short f/f novella would be a great way to start supporting them! I rarely ever rate books 1 star as well. I think A Thousand Fires is only be second 1-star rating of all time. I’m such a procrastinator, and I haven’t gotten around to writing the review yet though :”)
      Ahh, I would love to visit France! It seems like such a beautiful place! I’m sad that climate change is doing that to the world though. But I hope you enjoy winter!

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  3. The graphics for this tag are so cute! I’ve only read Vicious and Radio Silence, so I definitely need to check out the other books you mentioned!

    Also, I completely get how you feel about seasons. When I lived in the Philippines, the only way I could pretend I was experiencing some type of fall or winter was during the rainy season. I would close my curtains and blast the aircon on gloomy days πŸ˜‚.

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  4. We get four seasons where I live but sometimes it feels like it’s basically just heatwaves then lots of rain. I swear every year people complain that there’s been no summer as it’s cold then there will randomly be a heatwave. I still need to start reading V.E. Schwab’s books which is ridiculous as I have three of her series as ebooks and the rest on my TBR. Plus her upcoming book is definitely already one of my most anticipated of next year. So I seriously need to start getting on with her books. Most of the ones that you’ve mentioned are on my tbr tbh. And i hope that you enjoy your next book more than A Thousand Fires.

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    1. Heatwaves then lots of rain is exactly how I would describe the seasons in the Philippines, haha! You really do need to read one of her book’s! She has a certain style to her writing and plots that is very appearing to most people (me included). I hope you’re one of those who are able to fall in love with her style! I feel you about needing to read her books though because I can’t believe I still haven’t read her Shades of Magic series! Right?! I’m anxiously anticipating Addie La Rue!! It sounds amazing, and it seems like such a V.E. Schwab book. A Thousand Fires was a 1 star, but my next few reads were 4 stars if I remember correctly, so I definitely enjoyed the books I read after!

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      1. Oh really? It must getting annoying at times. I’d rather it was cold and dry than raining πŸ˜… I hope so too. I have enjoyed a short story by her thinking about it. I feel slightly better about having not read that series now. I hope we both get to soon though as it sounds amazing. It really does!! I seriously need that one ASAP. That’s good then (: I’m glad you enjoyed them more ❀️

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  5. I live in a temperate zone so the temperatures don’t change that much, not much seasonal changes for me either! Though I do wish I could experience it. I really need to read The Dragon Warrior! It sounds awesome!! Ahhhh I want to read it and scream with y’all about it! ❀

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    1. If I remember last year’s science lesson correctly, I live in a tropical (?) zone, so the only seasons are dry and wet, haha! I really wish I could experience the four seasons too! I know that it’s definitely not all sunshine and rainbows, but I’d love to experience it just once!
      YES, READ IT. It seems like I’ve been recommending it in basically all of my blog posts lately. It’s one of those books I’ll probably never stop yelling about!

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  6. Lovely answers, I’m so happy you did this tag! ❀ I have read Schwab's ADSOM series, as well as This Savage Song, and I really should read Vicious now, I guess…. you make me really want to haha. I'm also curious about Crier's War, I only heard AMAZING things about this book πŸ˜€ AND YES to Radio Silence, I'm so happy you mentioned this book, it deserves all of the praise and love and I adored the friendship ❀ ❀

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie!! I haven’t read ADSOM yet, but I really want to! Schwab is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors! You should definitely read Crier’s War—it’s so so good! Radio Silence is amazing, AHHH. I recently changed my rating from a 4.5 to a full 5, and I know that I made the right choice!

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    I have yet to read anything by VE Schwab but that cover on Vicious us ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! 😍😍

    AND RADIO SILENCEE!! OH MY GODDDD I WANT TO READ THIS BOOK SOOO FUCKING BAD!! 😍😍😍❀️❀️ Plus the cover is one if my favorite colours everrr!! 😍😍😍😍

    I LOVED ALL OF YOUR ANSWERS Caitlin!! ❀️😍😍😍 FUCKING LOVED THIS POST! β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ’ŽπŸ§œβ€β™€οΈπŸ§œβ€β™€οΈ

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    1. YES!! It’s such an underrated f/f book. and it literally takes thirty minutes to read! I see to excuse as to why people still haven’t!

      You really should! Her stories are very appealing (at least to me and a lot of other people). And I agree that she wins at covers! They perfectly capture her books’ vibes, and I love how they all have this red, black and white color scheme.

      I KEEP SAYING THIS BUT READ IT!! It’s such an important and memorable book! And yes, that shade of green is *chef’s kiss*

      Rain, this comment just made my entire day—ahh!!! THANK YOU. I FUCKING LOVE THIS COMMENT ❀ ❀

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      1. Me either! I am soo gonna make it a priority to read it as soon as possible! ❀️🌟

        YESS!! It sure seems like it because that cover truly is very gorgeous! β€οΈπŸ’•

        I WILLLL!! 🀣❀️😍😍😘😘🌟

        AWWWW!! YOU ARE MOST WELCOMMEE!! I fucking love your blog tooo!! β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ¦‹πŸ’•πŸŒŸπŸ’Ž

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  8. omg thank you thank you for the tag!! knowing me i’ll get to it like…just in time for next autumn. b/c i’m a mess.

    also i…haven’t read ANY of these books?? who am i. i need to educate myself. such a fun post!! ❀

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  9. Oh, I loved reading your answers for this Tag! πŸ₯°πŸ‚ Yeees, Vicious is amazing!! I’m so happy that you liked it too πŸ’• I read the book last year and was surprised by how obsessed I got with it πŸ˜„ Who was your favorite character? Mine was Victor, though I’d run from him in real life πŸ˜‚

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    1. Yay, I’m so glad! Yes, Vicious is so good, and I have no idea why I haven’t picked up more of V.E. Schwab’s works! Her writing doesn’t work for some people, but it definitely does for me!
      OH, and I DON’T KNOWWW. I love Victor, Sydney and Mitch. (I love them all so much and I literally can’t choose 😭) I hate Eli and Serena though lmao.

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      1. Vicious is definitely the best book by her I’ve read so far, it got me so addicted πŸ˜„
        Oh yes I love them all so much too, they are the best family 😭πŸ₯° But I never liked Eli as well … you could say that I’m Team Victor πŸ˜‚

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  10. I so want to read Radio Silence – another book I’ve been saying I’ll read since the beginning of time haha. Am so keen to read it and I’ve bought the book so… soon?? Hopefully??
    This was such a fun tag btw and the graphics were super cute :).

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    1. Ohh, same. I have so many books that I’ve been saying that I need to read since the beginning of time πŸ˜‚ Ah, I’m so glad that you bought it! The cover is beautiful! I hope you can read it soon, but thank your time ❀
      Tiffany did such a great job on these graphics 😍


  11. I only have 2 seasons so I totally understand you haha! Everytime it’s fall/winter I just want to join the cozy ness of sweater weather- luckily it’s always rainy season here so it IS a bit colder and a perfect opportunity to wear cozier clothes πŸ˜€ I love Vicious too, it’s just perfect and one of my favorite!

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  12. Omg I just saw this and got shocked to see that I was tagged (I’ve had wordpress notifications off), but I will attempt to do this when fall comes back around! I loved reading this post and it made me so much more excited to read Radio Silence and Crier’s War!! My goal for this year is to actually read them instead of just staring at them on my shelves.

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    1. ahhh, i’m glad that you still want to do this a year later!! i hope you have fun ❀
      OH YES PLEASE READ THEM. both of them are so gay i love it, especially Crier's War. Radio Silence is just such an important read that i feel like anyone has a high chance of loving, or at least liking. and crier's war has all of the sexual tension you'd expect from an enemies to lovers couple, but better… bc it's sapphic


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