Today’s seasonally appropriate has been borrowed from the fantastic Emma of Drinkning by my Shelf, who I am very very sure would be my real life best friend if we were to meet.
Here’s a piece of fun trivia: In Ireland, it’s already the middle of autumn. We follow the Celtic Calendar, which means our seasons change about a month or so before they do in the UK. So, while in the UK autumn comes in September, in Ireland we have autumn already in August.
What is your favourite thing about autumn?
The weather. Autumn is never too hot, nor too cold. It might be pouring rain for most of the week, but it’s the perfect temperature. Sweater weather returns.
Autumn is my favourite season for those exact reasons. I love wrapping myself up in chunky cardigans (which are pretty much everywhere in autumn) and fluffy socks while I hide on the couch with my latest read.
September brings back school memories. Which book reminds you of your school days? What were your favourite and least favourite subjects?
Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon McKenna will always remind me of school. My teacher in fourth class read it to us, and I can still clearly remember one of the lines as she read it out.
I was very much a typical journalist in school – I loved languages, but hated maths. My three language subjects (English, Irish and German) were my three best in my Leaving Cert, while Maths was the only exam I sat at Ordinary Level.
What cover reminds you of autumn?
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue really struck me as being quite autumnal. Even the contents deal a lot with the harvest and food, big themes in autumn.
October brings Halloween. What is your favourite horror or Halloween book? What’s your fave horror/Halloween film?
I am the world’s biggest wimp, and I’ve never read any horror books. It’s the main reason I’ve never read anything by Stephen King – though I have seen The Shawshank Redemption.
My favourite Halloween film has to be Hocus Pocus. I watch it every single Halloween. Honorary mentions to The Addams Family and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
With November it’s time for bonfire night & firework displays. What’s the most exciting book you’ve read that really kept you gripped?
What book is your favourite cosy comfort read?
I thin a cosy and comfort read will always be something you’ve read before. Something familiar. For me, that would probably be Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern.
Curled up with a good book, what is your hot drink of choice?
I never used to drink coffee, but spending two years working as a barista changes things. I’ve started to get into coffee a little more since then, but I still can’t stomach an espresso or strong black coffee. My favourite would be a hazelnut latte, and with my trusty coffee machine it’s so much easier to make one at home.
What plans are you looking forward to over the next few months?
I have a couple of weekend trips planned to see me into the new year, and one of them is even to a place I’ve not been to before. I can’t wait to get my Copenhagen fridge magnet, buy a new book, and see some friends I haven’t seen in a long time.
What Autumn book release are you most anticipating?
I’m so excited for The Places I’ve Cried in Public by Holly Bourne. She’s one of my auto-buy authors, and I know I’m going to love this one.
What Autumn movie release are you most looking forward to?
Most of the film releases I’ve been looking forward to for this year are already out – but I still haven’t seen them. Maybe I just need to go by myself.