Thursday, 2 November 2017

Autumn Reading Tag -- Fall[ing] into Autumn

1) Are there any books you plan on reading over the Autumn season?

Honestly, right now, 90% of the books I intend to read throughout Autumn are my course texts and textbooks for wider reading. As I write this, I've just finished my second week of Semester 1 and already it's complete chaos in which I have little to no time to read anything none degree-related, which is okay by me. However, that being said, I wholeheartedly intend to read A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers in October. Last October I read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet - the sort of prequel to this - and for very sentimental reasons, I want to crack book 2 this month. Whether that will happen, who knows, but I enter October with full intentions of making this occur. 

2) September brings back to school memories: what book did you most enjoy studying? And what were your favourite and least favourite school subjects? 

My favourite book I enjoyed studying over prior to commencing my Degree was Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Out of all the texts I studied in High School and Sixth Form College, this one from my AS year of Sixth Form College was by far the best and most interesting; and perhaps this was aided by the fact that I was studying Sociology at the time and was bubbling with opinions on capitalism. Aside from this, I also really adored Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra, and Othello. I'd initially started out dreading studying the play, preferring to study Hamlet or King Lear, but once we'd gotten through the political warfare, Antony and Cleopatra was fascinating to analyse (Also we had a fantastic question on the exam paper which is what I believe got me an A at AS.)

My favourite subject has always been English Literature - hence doing a degree in it. As for my least favourite, that would probably be Science. I had terrible teachers and not so great fellow pupils, and aside from Biology, it just wasn't a subject that I ever fully got my head around. 

3) October means Halloween: do you enjoy scary books and films? If so what are some of your favourites?

I've never enjoyed horror and media that aims to induce fear. Some people get an adrenaline rush out of it, whereas I develop intense paranoia. So no... nothing to recommend here.

4) With November it's time for bonfire night & firework displays. What's the most exciting book you've read that really kept you gripped?

Just read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Just read it. Inhale it. Allow it to consume you whole. Space opera, LGBTQ+ aliens, and a character who is basically Space!Tonks. Just read it.

5) What book is your favorite cosy comfort read? 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is my favourite book. I never fail to find comfort in its pages. There may be countless deaths, scenes of torture, possession, and of course a war that acts as a parallel to World War Two, but to me, this book is cosy.

6) Curled up with a good book, what is your hot drink of choice?
Hot chocolate or a strong fruit tea - with the teabag left in. 

7) Any plans you're looking forward to over the next few months?

I'm turn 19 in December... so that's happening. I'm starting to feel my age. Currently I'm ambling my way through the first semester of the first year of my degree - that in itself is incredibly exciting. The latter quarter of the year is always my favourite, and I'm aiming to fully embrace Christmas, especially with heading to the History of Magic exhibit just before Christmas Day...

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