Tag Thursday: The Spooky Books Tag

Is it still weird to talk about spooky books and ghouls and so when I’m not such a huge Halloween fan? I’m not so sure, but I do know I love any excuse to share my favourite books, whatever the weather.

This spooky tag was created by Shelby from Shelby Masako.

What goes bump in the night?: Name a book that has legitimately scared you while reading it.

There are a few books that have genuinely unnerved me when reading them. The absolute top of the list, though, is Room by Emma Donoghue. I read the final few chapters on the way into central London. I never felt so exposed.

Jack O’ Lanterns and Classic Costumes: A book you always reach for during Halloween time.

Hallowe’en is the time for scary books and spooky reading. I don’t really like gore and horror, but one series I return to every single Hallowe’en is the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine. I’ve read a few of them, but still have some left to tackle. It’s the perfect Hallowe’en reading for kids (and adults who don’t like horror).

Black Cats and Magic Mirrors: A book you love that is laced with superstition and/or magic.

In April of this year, I read Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan. It is such a wonderful book, and it heavily features witchcraft – but not in the black pointy hat and broomstick way we’re used to reading about. One of my favourite aspects of this book was the chapter titles – they feature herbs and plants and list their medicinal uses.

Witch’s Brew: Favorite witch character in any book/series

I’m going to go a little off piste here. I love Sabrina Spellman from the Archie comics, but I’ve never actually read any of the comics. My knowledge of Sabrina comes from the TV series from the late 90s with Melissa Joan Hart. However, as Sabrina started life as a comic book character, I think I can slightly bend the rules and include her here, right?

Ghouls and Ghosts: A book that still haunts you to this day (good or bad).

Some of the books that haunt me don’t even feature any kind of supernatural activity. I read This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay last year, and I still think about it regularly. There are lots of hilarious stories about Adam’s patients and his day-to-day life working in the NHS. There are also some very upsetting stories, including the story of how he decided to leave medicine.

Haunted Graveyard: You’re all alone in a haunted graveyard, you get ONE book to give you comfort, which is it?

Can I cheat and bring a series? I absolutely want the I Heart series by Lindsey Kelk with me. They make me happy, they’re pure comfort reading, and after all, isn’t that what Hallowe’en is about?

The Undead: Favorite supernatural creatures to read about (i.e. vamps, zombies, werewolves, etc).

I haven’t read a lot of those listed above, but there is a series featuring one supernatural being I love: Angels Umlimited. I read the series when I was younger, and it’s about a young time travelling angel on her very first assignments.

In the dead of night: Pick a book with a black cover.

I have several books with black covers on my shelf, either my TBR or already read. The first one that came to mind was On the Come Up by Angie Thomas. I’ve been meaning to read it with so long and I think the only thing stopping me is the hype.

Trick or treat?

Is that a trick question? Who isn’t going to pick treat?

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