Halloween is just a few days away; so to celebrate, I’m posting a bunch of Halloween- and fall-inspired book tags. Today I present the Spoopy Memes Book Tag, which was created by Emily at Embuhleeliest, who also tagged me! 🙂
Time to get spooky! What books will you be reading to celebrate this time of year?
The Fall by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey
My plan was to read a couple horror novels before Halloween to celebrate the holiday and participate in the Spooktastic Reads event, but it seems that won’t work out. I hardly got any reading done last week. It’s becoming harder to include reading time in my day, but I’ll see if I can get through some stuff this weekend.
Do you put up decorations for Halloween? If so, describe them! Even better, show them!
I don’t. Actually, no one does that in my neighborhood, but they do put up Christmas decorations. I enjoy looking at other people’s decorations, though. I saw the creepiest decoration I’ve ever seen on a recent trip to North Carolina. The house was a white columned colonial with a slight porch and between each column was a rocking chair. On each rocking chair sat a skeleton dressed up in costume, jewelry, and hats.
They looked so real; as if they just got up out the grave to go sit on that porch. They were the only decorations on the house. So if you’re walking by at night and happen to look over there, you might think four ladies are sitting on the porch rocking back and forth in the chairs. But then you look closer and see the skeleton staring right at you! It’s great. Simple, subtle, and sure to scary the unaware.
What is the scariest book you’ve ever read? What made it so scary?
‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
It was unsettling. And although King goes off on several tangents in it that slowed the story’s pace, I enjoyed it all — even the tangents. However, the scariest part of this book was an epistolary short story that was included as an extra in the edition I read. I think it’s called “Jerusalem’s Lot.” The end it really creeped me out. OMG! It was scarier than the novel. Totally forgot why, though. Maybe I’ll read it again.
What’s the last book you read that truly shocked you, made your jaw drop, or made you chuck the book across the room?
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
I haven’t read many books that shocked me this year. I think Bad Blood is the only one, and if you’ve read it or heard about it, you’ll understand why. It’s a nonfiction book about Elizabeth Holmes and her startup company Theranos that tricked many out of millions of dollars. I highly recommend it. It read like a thriller and left me shocked by its end that it’s all true.
What’s a book that’s fallen out of the spotlight that you still really like and try get people to read?
Brent Weeks’s Night Angel series
I really liked this series, although I had problems with a few characters and wasn’t crazy about how the story wraps up. But I still recommend the books to fantasy fans, especially those who like grimdark fantasy, and I hope Weeks will write more books in the series. The Night Angel books begin with The Way of Shadows, which is about an orphan boy who convinces a notorious assassin to take him on as an apprentice. I enjoyed it. It’s great. Go read it too.
Are you dressing up this year? If so, what as? If not, what would be your costume if you were?
I’m not dressing up but if I was, I’d like to be Dee from Rat Queens, a fantasy comic book series about female mercenaries who go around fighting monsters.
What is your opinion on the word ‘spoopy’, and memes that follow its theme?
I thought it was a play on the word “spoof,” so these memes are spoofs of other memes.