I mean, obviously, it’s too early to say that, but it’s finally October, and in my book, Halloween isn’t just a single day, it’s an entire month.
Also, this is Day One of Blogoween and probably the easiest because we get to start off with a, you guessed it, B O O K T A G.
I don’t want to do too much fanfare for this post (because I just want to answer the questions), so I’ll just get straight to the rules, which are simple:
- Answer all prompts.
- Answer honestly.
- Tag 1-13 people.
- Link back to this post.
- Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
- Have fun!
This is a recreation of Anthony’s original Halloween Creatures tag, only this time, according to him, it’ll have, “new creatures, better prompts, and more fun!“
Enough chit-chat, let’s get on with it!
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A Magical Character or Book.
Well. Harry Potter is too obvious. I don’t think I’ve read many books with magical characters. At least, none that I can think of off the top of my head. It’s been a good, long while since I’ve read this series — and not even to completion — but I think I’ll have to go with The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray, because the small bit that I remember, I believe there was definitely a magical element to it, but again, it’s been so long, I don’t remember to what extent. Pretty sure there was a gypsy, too, maybe a fairy or two, who knows. Man, I really need to reread that series now, and actually finish it . . .
The Perfect Book to Read at Night.
Honestly, this is probably my easiest answer. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. It’s a series of books written by Alvin Scwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell, and these were the best part of my childhood growing up in the 1990s. Besides Tales from the Crypt, Scary Stories is probably what triggered my love for all things horror. It’s also most likely why hack-and-slash films don’t do it for me, and why I prefer psychological horror above all else. I like things that mess with your head.
A Book that Truly Shocked You.
I’m going to have to go with Bad Call by Stephen Wallenfels for this one, because it took me by surprise how dark of turn it took for a YA novel, and I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did.
A Dark, Evil Character.
The children in Suffer the Children, by Craig DiLouie. If you’ve never read this book, it’s about a worldwide phenomenon where every single child under 12 die, and then three days later they’re resurrected with a peculiar thirst. That’s right. Vampire babies. The thing is, you kind of feel sympathetic towards them, and the parents who will do anything (like whore herself out) to get their children what they need, but by the end, the book takes such a dark twist, and the ending was left wide open for you to make your own conclusions. It’s a good read. Perfect for October.
A Character that Should Never Have Died.
Yeah. I’m still bitter.
A Book that Made You “Hungry” for More.
The Asylum series, by Madeleine Roux. I read the first book sometime last year, and I really enjoyed it so much that I just had to buy the last two books in the series. Read those, and then found out that there’s a prequel called Escape from Asylum as well as a bind-up of the Asylum novellas that you read about in the original trilogy, so I got those too. I love this series so much, I’m hoping I get to reread the original series plus the other two that I haven’t gotten to yet, at some point this month. Preferably in time for Halloween.
A Character that You Would Protect at All Cost.
I’m going to copy Sam’s answer for this question and say Charlie Swan from Twilight. I know this book, and the series in general, gets tons of shit from people who claim it’s problematic, and in doing so they tend to kind of shame those of us who actually enjoyed at least the first book, but you know what? Twilight isn’t that terrible. Is it good? The writing isn’t the best, but there’s a reader for every book, and they shouldn’t be made to feel ashamed if they like a book you think is problematic.
Where’d this soapbox come from? I don’t remember dragging this thing over . . .
What I meant to say is that I’d protect Charlie Swan at all cost because he really did not deserve even half the shit his daughter put him through, and when it comes to parents giving a shit what their kids do in YA books, Charlie’s one of the best, and he was taken advantage of a lot.
A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You.
So, when I think about a book sucking the life out of me, I think of books that I absolutely hate. And I can’t think of books I absolutely hate without thinking about this one:
A Book that Still Haunts You.
Mm. That would have to be All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, by Bryn Greenwood. It’s a story about a forbidden relationship and the opinions of those around them told in multiple points-of-view, including those in the relationship. It’s definitely a controversial read, and I can understand those who may have issues with the book’s content, but it’s really beautifully written and it really puts into perspective consent and how much of a gray area it is because the definition, believe it or not, changes from person to person.
A Book that Really Scared You.
As much as I love reading horror novels, which already isn’t many, they actually don’t scare me at all. Not even Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With.
Zee from The Handsome Girl and Her Beautiful Boy. If you would like to know why, just check out my rant review that I did here. Beware: there are spoilers.
A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time.
This is what ignited my love for this series, and it was my first experience with fandom, and why I’m so passionate about the original three books not having been extended to the nine that this series became.
A Cover too Scary to Look At.
Honestly, any book in this series will suffice, but this especially because there is a HOLE IN HER STOMACH and she’s not even the least bit fazed. Actually, now that I think about it, I probably should’ve chosen one of the other two books because I’m getting serious Death Becomes Her vibes and now I want to watch the movie for the umpteenth time.
The Monster Mash
It’s Fun to Be with Friends on Halloween!
Tag Your Friends!
I’m just going to go through my Followers list and pick people at random:
And YOU! Obviously. If you want to do this tag yourself, then consider yourself tagged!
(And before I forget, all graphics were made by Anthony.)