I saw this tag come out a few days ago and, since it’s Spooktober and I was looking for some fun book tags, I thought this one would be perfect. The original creator is Anthony from KeepReadingForward. As always, I was not tagged and I will not be tagging anyone. Okay, let’s go!
A Magical Character or Book.
Calcifer from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones
I love this book so much, and it’s filled with magical characters, but none am I more fond of than the fire demon Calcifer, to whom Howl gives his heart. Though he’s confined to a hearth for most of the book, he does have extreme powers.
The Perfect Book to Read at Night.
Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
I’m going to pick this one, mostly because I did read it mostly at night, in the dark, with only a candle beside me, and it really added to the atmosphere of the book. However, I’m not the type of person to seek out scary books to read at night. If I happen to be reading a horror book in the evening, then so be it, but I don’t actively try to freak myself out right before bedtime. My full review of this book here.
A Book that Truly Shocked You.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
I don’t get shocked easily, and I haven’t for probably a decade in reading books. However, I remember back in high school when I read this book, I was truly shocked by the ending. While this book isn’t categorized as a horror, I would put it up there with other horror classics.
A Dark, Evil Character.
Bill Sikes from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Even villains, in my opinion, usually have redeemable qualities. But from a child, I saw nothing good in this main antagonist of Oliver Twist. He is more evil than a fantasy villain could be, because he seems so real. He is, in a sense, the personification of many evils that are in the world (lust, egotism, angry, etc.).
A Character that Should Never Have Died.
Thorin Oakenshield from The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
It was the one death in all the of the Lord of the Rings’ world I felt really bad about (at least in the book, not the movie). Thorin is the last heir of the dwarves under the mountain, and his line dies with him. He even almost succumbs to his lust for the gold, and yet in the end he dies fighting for good. It is truly sad.
A Book that Made You “Hungry” for More.
The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells
I loved this book when I read it. It’s so creepy, bordering on horror more than sci-fi. It also sets up a rather interesting universe of horrifying mish-mash of creatures/humans. And yet Wells never wrote a sequel. I remember after I read this book, I searched everywhere for similar books. I found a couple (like Island 731 by Jeremy Robinson, which is a pretty decent book), but none were as good as this one.
A Character that You Would Protect at All Cost.
The Creature from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
I know, it sounds weird, but when I read this book, all I kept wanting to do was shelter the creature. He was so innocent and pure to begin with, and it was the evil and cruelty in humanity’s heart which drove him to be wicked. So I want to protect him. My full review for this book here.
A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You.
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
A weird choice, I know, but hear me out. First, this book is incredibly long (over 1000 pages) and it’s a very depressing story. I both hated and felt sorry for Scarlet and by the end I felt really drained. I will probably never read this book again, even if it is so well-written.
A Book that Still Haunts You.
None comes to mind. I’m not haunted by anything save for my own silly mistakes and even those I try to move on from.
A Book that Really Scared You.
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
I get creeped out easily by possession stories, so it makes sense that when I read this classic a few years ago, I was really freaked out, especially since I am the type of person who believes that demons and ghosts exist. Perhaps that it why this book scared me so much, because it had a semblance of reality.
A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With.
Unnamed protagonist from My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curran & Larissa Zageris
I love choose-your-own-adventure books. But most of the choices should form what kind of character you want to be. In this one, any choice you have is a stupid one. I couldn’t stand the main protagonist who was supposed to be relatable. She was not. Anyway, you can read my full rant of this book here.
A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time.
The Holy Bible
Yes, this seems like an obvious answer, but if there is one book that I would wish to preserve through all time, it would be this one. Even if you aren’t religious, it is an indispensable history book and one which gives important information of the life of ancient peoples. It has been preserved for over two thousand years, and I hope it is preserved for another two thousand (unless the world ends before that, which is totally possible).
A Cover too Scary to Look At.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I remember I read this book way before it became so popular (I read it back in 2012, according to Goodreads, and it was released in 2011). While I’m not a massive fan of the book, what drew me to it in the beginning was the truly creepy cover. I just cannot watch any movie with creepy children.
The Monster Mash
It’s Fun to Be with Friends on Halloween!
Tag Your Friends!
Again, I won’t be tagging anyone. However, if you want to do this tag, I’d love to know what your answers would be. Have you read any of these books? What is your favorite monster of Halloween? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more madness and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,