And here are two more book tags to celebrate the coming of Halloween. I’m so excited for the holiday though I’m doing nothing special for it and will most likely be working the night away. I just love the vibe of the holiday: the costumes, the candy, the spookiness, the scary movies. When I get a chance, I’ll do a little research into Halloween. I don’t know much about it, but I have heard some stories that make me think it has a dark beginning.
Anyway, I found both of these tags on the Sassy Book Geek.
Trick or Treat Round The Block Book Tag
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Creepy house on the corner of the street: Book with a creepy cover
Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics
I have no idea what this book is about, but I think it’s YA horror. The cover creeps me out and makes me think it’s about possession. I got it in a YA quarterly book box couple years ago but I gave it away without reading it. It’s not my sort of thing.
Lights out (party poopers): A book you want to read when you want to escape
Magyk by Angie Sage
The first novel in a middle-grade fantasy series about the seventh son of a seventh son. I enjoyed reading these books back in the day. I chose it for this answer because the books I often choose to escape into are fantasy, middle-grade fantasy novels, which I think are more fun.
The house that gives out the cheap candy: Guilty pleasure book
The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark
Probably Juliet Dark’s Fairwick Chronicles books, which are about a woman who gets a job to teach at a small college in upstate New York that’s filled with quirky faculty and students most of whom are fairy creatures. She also has nightly visits from an incubus who haunts her dreams. I discovered these books this year and blazed through all three of them. I enjoyed them so much. They were entertaining.
The house with the best decorations on the block: Best haunting/Halloween themed cover
Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, illus. bu Gris Grimly
A good question but a tough one to answer. Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein is the only answer I could come up with. It’s a comic book adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel about Frankenstein’s monster. I haven’t yet read it, but the illustrations are gorgeous and I love the cover. That’s what made me buy the book. (Btw, I featured the cover in this post on book covers.)
The house that gives out the best candy: #1 Halloween recommendation
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
It’s a YA horror novel (the first in a series) about a boy who works as an assistant to a famed monstrumologist, a scientist that studies creatures commonly considered as monsters. In this book, the boy and his master hunt and study anthropophagi, headless bipedal monsters that have their mouth in their chest. This is one of my favorite novels. I love both the story and the writing. The prose is descriptive, the pace is slow, but reading it is totally worth it. There’s so much packed in and so much to unpack and discuss and explore. It’s a great read and I highly recommend it. (It’s not scary.)
Corn Maze or Haunted House?
Actually, haunted store, as in Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix that’s set in a furniture store similar to Ikea. I’ll never look at Ikea, or any large department store, the same again.
Classic or Unique Costume?
The artwork above is called “Book Lady” and is by art photographer Brooke Shaden. I love her work!
Sexy or Scary Costume?
The image above is of Dee, a character from the female mercenary band in the fantasy comic book series Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe.
Comedy or Horror Halloween Film?
I prefer horror flicks that have some humor in them. I need the levity to ease the fright. The scene above is from one of the many Final Destination movies.
Chocolate or Sour Candy?
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What goes bump in the night? Name a book that has legitimately scared you while reading it.
‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
It’s basically a vampire story set in Jerusalem’s Lot in Maine. The story was gripping and I liked it. I didn’t find the main story all that scary but the edition I read had a short story in it that really creeped me out. I’ve forgotten the name of the short story, but I think it’s a prequel to ‘Salem’s Lot.
Jack-o’-Lanterns and Classic Costumes: A book you always reach for during Halloween time
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (illus.)
Ever since I bought the book, I reach for it every Halloween season intending to FINALLY read it, but I’ve yet to do so. It’s a horror graphic novel. I don’t know what it’s about, but I’ll find out soonish.
Black Cats and Magic Mirrors: A book you love that is laced with superstition and/or magic
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow & Other Macabre Tales by Washington Irving
Definitely this book of Washington Irving’s stories. It’s filled with both magic and superstition. I read it years ago and really enjoyed it. I remember blazing through the book and hardly pausing between stories.
Witch’s Brew: Favorite witch character in any book/series
Hermione Granger from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series
Of course I chose Hermione. She’s one of the most intelligent, talented, powerful witches I’ve read about in fantasy novels and she’s my absolute favorite one.
Ghouls and Ghosts: A book that still haunts you to this day (good or bad)
The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri (transl.)
At the moment, it’s The Book of Hidden Things, which was translated from Italian by its author. It’s a fantasy novel set in Italian about three friends searching for a mutual friend who probably went mad while writing a book called The Book of Hidden Things. Though it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve read this book, it’s still on my mind and I still think back on it. I enjoyed it and think it’s a great read.
Haunted Graveyard: You’re all alone in a haunted graveyard, you get ONE book to give you comfort, which is it?
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Really, any of Rick Riordan’s fantasy books would work. Both the Percy Jackson books and the Heroes of Olympus series are fun, quick, light reads sprinkled with corny humor that I enjoy. Riordan’s middle-grade and YA fantasy books are about the demigod children of gods from Greek, Roman, Norse, and even Egyptian mythology.
The Undead: Favorite supernatural creatures to read about (i.e. vamps, zombies, werewolves, etc)
I like to read about them and watch movies/TV shows about them, like 28 Weeks Later, which is one of my favorite horror movies. Those zombies are so damn crazy and fast! Oh my gosh! I dunno what I’d do in a zombie apocalypse. I doubt I’d last long.
In the dead of night: Pick a book with a black cover.
Death Note, Vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba, illus. by Takeshi Obata
A manga series about a kid who get’s a death god’s notebook and can kill anyone by writing the person’s name in the book. I haven’t yet read the manga or watched the anime, but I’ve heard the story is great.