I don’t celebrate Halloween, but I sure do enjoy the holiday and seeing people dress up for it. Like I do every year, I’ll honor the holiday on my blog by posting a Halloween-inspired book tag.
Here’s the Halloween Songs Book Tag. I found it on the blog Adventures with a Side of Espresso, but it was created by booktuber A Beautiful Chaos of Books. She also created a playlist for the tag on Spotify based on the songs included in the tag.
Thriller: A book that was an absolute page turner
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
It’s a nonfiction book that reads like a thriller. It had me hooked from the first page and kept me interested the entire time, mostly because I couldn’t believe that everything I was reading is true. It’s about Elizabeth Holmes and her startup company Theranos that lied about having built a machine that can run a variety of tests using a single drop of blood. Many invested millions into the company for a machine that never worked.
Somebody’s Watching Me: A book that gave you the serious creeps
Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
Horrorstör isn’t scary, but it is creepy. It’s about a girl working an overnight shift at a large department store chain that closely resembles Ikea. It’s a horror story, but it has some humorous moments. I loved it, but now I think of this book whenever I visit large department stores, especially Ikea, and think they all seem a little creepy.
Vampire: A book you hated so much it was soul sucking, i.e incredibly tedious to get through
The Stand by Stephen King
I. Hate. It. Omg! It took forever to get going. I was bored the entire time I read it before finally deciding to give up on it. I really wanted to like it because I liked the TV miniseries (although it scared me as a kid), but oh man! I could not make it through this book!
I Put a Spell on You: A book featuring witchcraft or magic
The Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz
I read this hoping it’d be better than the TV adaptation, but it wasn’t. It’s about three women, a mother and her two daughters, who live in a small town and are pretending to be ordinary but slowly give into using their powers, which is forbidden. Something like that. I read it couple years ago and really did’t like it.
This Is Halloween: Your favourite treat/snack to eat while reading
I don’t like eating while reading. It’s distracting and can mess up my book. But if I have to choose a snack, I’d go with cheese curls.
Time Warp: “Let’s do the time warp again.” What book or books do you like to return to at this time of year?
I don’t have a particular book I read at this time of year, but I try to work in a horror novel. However, I always rewatch episodes from these two TV shows at this time of year. The Strain is based on a horror novel trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan about a vampire apocalypse that begins in NYC as a virus. I love the concept and the TV show was decent for a season and half before it went off the rails and totally sucked, but I enjoy rewatching it anyway.
And everyone knows Supernatural — TV show about two brothers who drive around the U.S. hunting supernatural creatures. It’s fun. I love it. It got me hooked on old rock songs.
Hungry Like the Wolf: A book you loved so much, you devoured it
To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer
It’s a contemporary middle-grade novel about two girls whose dads are dating each other. The girls are sent to the same summer camp where they vow never to be friends, but nothing goes according to plan. This was such a fun a read that I quickly sped through it. It’s told through emails and text messages, and is like the movie Parent Trap but with a twist.
The Addams Family: A book featuring a dysfunctional family
Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola, illus. by Emily Carroll
It’s a middle-grade graphic novel about a girl who runs away from home to serve as the witch Baba Yaga’s assistant. The protagonist runs away because grandmother has died leaving her with just her dad, who seems not to car for her. I liked the story but wasn’t crazy about the art.
Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps): A book genre that you are scared or intimidated to pick up
It by Stephen King
Leviathan by Jack Campbell
Scared to read It. I expect nightmares. I have it in my head that it’s the scariest of King’s books.
I’m intimidated by those stories that take place entirely in space or includes high concepts about space. It makes me think I’d immediately no get “it.”
Twilight Zone: A book with a completely different and unique premise
Here by Richard McGuire (illus.)
This is one of the most unique graphic novels I’ve read. It focuses on the passage of time by showing how a single spot in a room changes over the years.