Though Winter is wrapping its iron grip around the Northern Hemisphere now, this post is all about Autumn.
Most people love Autumn; especially those of us who can see the beauty of all four seasons.
The sound of dried leaves crunching under your feet as you take your morning walk, the smell of pumpkin pie baking on a chilly afternoon, the feeling of excitement as you prepare to go out trick-or-treating on Halloween night, and all the other things the season has to offer.
What's not to like?
To celebrate Autumn/Fall, and all the harvest themed holidays that go with it - as well as the foods associated with them - one of the groups I'm a member of over on Goodreads had a reading challenge that was a Fall Scavenger Hunt.
The challenge ran from September 1st to November 30th 2015, and all you had to do was to find and read a book for an item on the list. You even got to pick your own level for your challenge.
These were the challenge levels:
1-3 Books: Colorful Leaf
4-6 Books: Crisp Apple
7-9 Books: Indian Corn
10-12 Books: Pumpkin
12 + Books: Pumpkin Patch
And this was the List:
Pumpkin Pie A book that has a character who bakes or cooks
Hay Rides A book that has a tractor or horses in it
Scarecrow A book with a scary villain
Falling Leaves A book that has a character that falls in love
Apple Orchard A book that has woods or trees in it
Football A book that has organized sports or a game in it
Corn Maze A book with lots of twists and turns
Bonfire A book that is heartwarming
Giving Thanks A book you are grateful to have read
Candy Corn A book that you devoured, or couldn't put down
Trick-or-Treat A book that has a character that wears a costume or disguise
Haunted House A book that has a scary house or building in it
Turkey A book more than 450 pages in length
Cranberries A book less than 300 pages in length
Sweater Weather A book that has cold weather in it
Orange A book that has orange on the cover
Pinecones A book containing a character that has many "layers" or is hard to understand
Oktoberfest A book that has a drinking or party scene
Popcorn A book that has a battle or fight scene
Cornucopia A book that has an odd mix of characters
Gourds A book with yellow and/or green on the cover
Marshmallow A book with a character that is a big "softie"
Of course, I joined in, though I didn't do the ones with cover colours, for reasons that should be obvious. Yes, I could have asked Kelly to help with cover colours. But I decided not to bother; I usually just don't bother to do parts of challenges where colours of covers are involved.
Anyway... Here's what I read for the ones I did do...
Pumpkin Pie: The Story Girl (The Story Girl, #1) by L.M. Montgomery
Hay Rides: Wyvern (Wyvern Trilogy, #1) by John H. Carroll
Scarecrow: Balance of Fate (Delver Magic, #3) by Jeff Inlo
Falling Leaves: The Professor by Charlotte Brontë
Apple Orchard: Chronicles of the Nocturnal Forest (Stories of the Fairy of my Dreams, #1) by Vanessa Kings
Football: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Corn Maze: RENOVO by Geoffrey Wakeling
Bonfire: Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye (The Baby-Sitters Club, #13) by Ann M. Martin
Giving Thanks: The Shepherd's Crown (Discworld, #41; Tiffany Aching, #5) by Terry Pratchett
Candy Corn: Throne of Vengeance (Delver Magic, #2) by Jeff Inlo
Trick-or-Treat: Super Sporty Short Stories Signed, Anonymous by Ellie Firestone
Haunted House: Pathfinder Legends — Mummy's Mask #1 The Half-Dead City by Paizo Inc.
Turkey: Villette by Charlotte Brontë
Cranberries: Yoikes (The Cloud Brothers Short Stories Book 8) by James Field
Sweater Weather: Till the Dark of Winter by Kate Trinity
Pinecones: The Golden Road (The Story Girl #2) by L.M. Montgomery
Oktoberfest: Witch Winnie The Story of a "King's Daughter" (Witch Winnie, #1) by Elizabeth W. Champney
Popcorn: Sanctum's Breach (Delver Magic, #1) by Jeff Inlo
Cornucopia: Trolls Fly by Night by Suzanna Stanbury
Marshmallow: The Wacky World of Silly Willy Winston - an ordinary pet with extraordinary adventures by Donna Maguire