It’s book tag week here on Zezee with Books in honor of Halloween. Today I’m featuring the BuzzFeed Unsolved Book Tag, which I found on Wonderless Reviews.
This tag was the first I’d heard of BuzzFeed Unsolved, which is a TV show on YouTube that explores things such as the paranormal occurrences and unsolved crime. The tag was created by booktuber Sarah from the YA Room who’s a fan of the show.
Shaniac: A book you don’t think is deserving of its hype
The Stand by Stephen King
Maybe it’s too early for me to say this since I’m only about 300 pages in and the book has over a thousand pages, BUT I’ve yet to see what’s so great about this book and at 300 pages in I expected to be blown away in some way already. Instead I’m trying to be patient as I wade through all the ramblings and tangents. It’s annoying because it seems with each new character POV, and there are many character POVs, the story feels like it’s starting all over again. I don’t feel as if I’m in the groove of the story; I feel as if I’m stuck at the beginning. It’s frustrating.
As such, I’m not sure that I understand what exactly the story is about. I only gather that there’s a disease outbreak that’s wiping out the human race, except for a few people who are surprisingly untouched by it, and the government is trying to cover its ass.
Boogara: A book that chilled you to the core
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
It’s a classic novel about a man telling his friends about his adventure travelling up the Congo River in Africa to fetch a man called Mr. Kurtz. I read this book back in 2012 and considered it a favorite. It’s not scary, but I found it unsettling and chilling because of the character called Mr. Kurtz and many other things mentioned in the story.
The story is based on Conrad’s experiences and is a product of its time, which is shown in how African people are regarded by Europeans in the story. I’ve forgotten some of the details so I’d like to give this one a reread to see if my opinions have changed.
Shitfish: A book you’re not sure where you stand on
Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard
I couldn’t think of an answer for this one, so I chose a book I’m currently reading and haven’t yet fully formed an opinion on. Autumn is a book of essays that Knausgaard wrote to his unborn daughter. I read an essay from it last year and liked it so much that I decided to get the book. But so far I haven’t been much interested in it. I think it’s my mood and what’s going on around me. I want to read this when I can give it the attention it needs.
Hey there demons, it’s me, ya boi: A book that kept you up at night
The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri (transl.)
Most recently, that happened with The Book of Hidden Things a fantasy novel that was translated from Italian by its author Francesco Dimitri. It’s about three friends searching for a mutual friend who they are led to believe have gone mad while researching and writing a book called The Book of Hidden Things. This was such a great read. The story hooked me and the writing held me so I could hardly put the book down.
(Wheeze): A book that made you laugh out loud
The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
Well, I didn’t exactly LOL, but it made me chuckle. The Diary of a Bookseller is Bythell’s almost daily account for a year of his experience as owner and manager of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. It’s Scotland’s second largest second-hand bookshop. I enjoyed reading the book and was surprised at the snarky tone. It was funny.
Mothman: A hyped fave
The Shining by Stephen King
Since I bashed The Stand, I decided to show a favorite of mine by the King. I read The Shining last year and really liked it. It’s about a clairvoyant boy who moves to a supposedly haunted remote hotel for the winter season with his parents. The story was entertaining and I liked the writing. I was hooked the entire time wondering what would happen and how the story would end. I’ve since been procrastinating on watching the movie.
Holy water: A book you’d protect with your life
Harry Potter books, 15th-anniversary editions with covers by Kazu Kibuishi (illus.)
Probably my Harry Potter books. I allow only one person to borrow my books and that person isn’t allowed to borrow the Harry Potter ones. They get high protection. Lol!
Demons: A book you’re too scared to read
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
It’s a story about a girl who’s possessed. The movie scared me, so I have no intention of trying the book. I don’t like possession stories.
But for now, this mystery will remain…unsolved: A book you needed more from / didn’t want to end
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Always, always this book for this sort of question because I’d love to have more stories about the magical Night Circus. I love it so much! 🙂 The story is about two magicians competing to see whose protege is best. The stage for the competition is a circus that is open only at night but the patrons aren’t fully aware of how magical it is.
BuzzFeed Unsolved postmortem: A book you still have questions about
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
It’s a YA historical fiction, horror (not scary) novel set shortly after the U.S. Civil War and is about a young Black woman who’s trained to fight zombies.
Zombies. In post-Civil War U.S. And a bad-ass female lead. 😀 I enjoyed this story so much! I didn’t expect to and didn’t expect the concept to work, but it did and I loved it and all my questions are WHAT HAPPENS NEXT??? Can’t wait for the next book.
Hot daga: A trashy fave
I love this TV show. Upon rewatching most of the episodes recently, I realized how cheesy it is and silly; but I still love it anyway. It’s about three sisters who learn they are powerful witches after their grandmother dies. I saw parts of the new show on CW but didn’t like it. I didn’t give it much of a chance though. If you’re a Charmed fan, let me know if you’ve seen the new show and what you thought of it.