It’s October, and I stumbled upon a couple Halloween-y book tags recently, so I figured, what the heck, let’s do them! This one was created by Royal Reader (so be sure to credit them if you do the tag too), and I found it at Monstrumology. I’m not really a horror movie person, but luckily you don’t need to be to do the tag!
zombie apocalypse: a book you would save when civilization ends
I’m taking this to mean a single book I own that I could take with me and keep. Which is hard because I don’t own a lot of books, and most of my favorites are series. I do own a few favorite standalones, but one of them especially is sorta sad and emotional, and I don’t think I’ll really want that in the case of an apocalypse. I will go with Steal the Night by Lexi Blake. It’s the last book (sorta) in one of my all-time favorite series, which is also my comfort read series. The last, rather than the first, so I can have a better sense of completion. I can just imagine the first four and then read the last for real. [ My Review ]
vampire: a book you would stake through the heart
I don’t actively hate a lot of books, but I would say my least favorite book that I remember reading is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I hated that one. [ My Review ]
haunted house: a book that still haunts you
I’m taking this to mean emotionally haunted, not necessarily scary. And Saga Vol. 9 does haunt me. I read it four years ago and still think about it. [ My Review ]
psychological thriller: a book with a twist you did not see coming
The funny thing about The Darkness Outside Us is that I sort of did see the twist coming. Part of it. There were clues, and I pieced them together, and I think that’s to the author’s credit. But then the author took that thing I figured out and did something with it that I really was not at all expecting. [ My Review ]
creepy doll: a book that seems innocent but isn’t
Peter Pan. Both the book and Peter himself. Because most people are only familiar with the Disney version, in which it probably is a pretty innocent story. But the book actually has so many dark things, and Peter is terrifying. [ My Review ]
monster: a book you could barely tackle/defeat
I don’t have an answer for this. If I really can’t handle a book (whether for upsetting content or just because I’m hating it), I will DNF. I have finished books I didn’t like, but eh, too much work to try and remember just so I can promote a book I didn’t even like.
comedy-horror: a book with mixed genres that worked (or didn’t)
Chester 5000 XYV and the sequel, Isabelle & George. They’re a mix of steampunk and erotica, with drama and romance (queer-inclusive) and action, and also like a silent film since they’re wordless graphic novels. I wasn’t super into the first one, but I adored the second! [ My Review ]
cliched teen horror: a book you found super cliched/stereotyped
I don’t know, I don’t have an answer for this one either. I just want to talk about books I love!
demonic possession: a book so gripping you needed an exorcist to escape it
It’s been years since I read Obscura Burning by Xan van Rooyan, but I do remember reading the whole thing in one day, not wanting to even put it down to eat, staying up literally all night to finish. I don’t think I’ve done that since. To be fair to the books I’ve read since then, I do have more trouble concentrating now, but this was still a very gripping book for me. [ My Review ]
science fiction: a precious book you would permanently sacrifice to aliens for the good of mankind
I don’t really understand how to interpret this question. Am I supposed to pick my favorite so that it’s the ultimate sacrifice? Or am I supposed to decide what level of sacrifice I’m willing to make for mankind? I think it depends on exactly what we’re getting in return and whether it could just be exploited, whether it would actually help, etc., because it seems to be humanity can make anything into something bad that will destroy the planet or be used against others. And that’s the scariest thing of all, Happy October!
Just kidding. (I mean, not really, but I won’t leave you on that note.) I really don’t have an answer for this though, so here, have a book about aliens instead! (Also, I suppose it is precious to me since I loved it in the end!) [ My Review ]