Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag Extension

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Happy Halloween everyone! I did the Halloween Creatures Book Tag last year. Technically it was the 2.0 tag, but I forgot that part in the title. Today’s tag is the extension of that original tag, that adds even more creatures to the list and was created by the lovely Anthony at Keep Reading Forward (who created both the original tag and this extension).

I originally saw this tag at @ZezeeWithBook‘s blog, but my friend Emily @Embuhleeliest also gave me the heads up that she was gonna tag me today. Thanks Emily! (Though, turns out, she is doing the original tag, not the extension hahahaha! Ah well, thanks anyway friendo!)


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An underrated book that many may not know about

The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce – This is actually the first book in a trilogy. This book, and the second one, are really good. The last book I could live without. I don’t know if these are any easier to find these days, back when I was reading them they were out of print and I had to track down second hand copies.

Fairy

A character who is mischievous

Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling – Seregil, one of the 2 MCs, is definitely a mischievous trickster.

Will o’ the Wisp

A book with an unexpected twist

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – This entire book was full of twists and turns I did not expect or see coming.

Wraith

A book or character that left you with rage

Rage is a strong word. I don’t think I have ever felt rage over a character or a book. Annoyance and disappointment yes, but never rage. I guess I have never been that deeply betrayed by a character or a book before…or I just don’t care about fictional characters deeply enough for the depth of emotion that rage requires. I think the only person in real life I have ever even felt rage toward (besides asshole drivers) is my dad. Anyway, a recent book that disappointed me was House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A Craig.

I was disappointed mostly by the MCs relationships with other characters in the book, up to and including the romance. I certainly never felt rage over it though.

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A book that gave you temporary or permanent fears

Bird Box by Josh Malerman – I was nervous looking out windows for awhile after reading this book.


That’s it! I hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween! Stay safe, and eat lots of candy!

Halloween Book Tag

Halloween Book Tag

Hello again fellow readers! I saw this tag over on @AllThingsMommaBlog and I liked the questions so decided to do one of my own. The tag was originally created by Naomi Lemire.


Carving Pumpkins

What book would you carve up and light on fire?

Harsh, and I doubt I would actually ever set a book on fire, but boy did I ever hate reading Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad in school. The fact that I even remember my dislike of it 16 years after reading it should really tell you something.


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What character is a treat, what character is a trick?

Treat: Murderbot from The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells.

Trick: Baru Cormorant from The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson.


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What book is always sweet?

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill is tooth achingly sweet. It is also adorable, delightful, and heartfelt. And the art is delicious too.


Ghosts

What character would you love to visit you as a ghost?


Dressing up in Costumes

What character would you want to be for a day?

This was really hard to choose, but maybe Rimuru Tempest from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime by Fuse. I think it would be fun to be an OP slime for a day.


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What is your favorite Harry Potter moment?

Probably when Harry finally manages to do the patronus charm in The Prisoner of Azkaban, and realizes that it is emblematic of his father.


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What book was so creepy that you had to take a break from it for a while?

It isn’t so much that Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan is scary…it’s that there is a really upsetting torture scene that I just couldn’t bring myself to read. I put the book down months and months ago and still haven’t been able to bring myself to pick it up again.


If you liked this quirky post well then, tag you’re it!

Hocus Pocus Book Tag

“Oh look! Another glorious morning. I hate it.” My gosh I love this movie. Anyway, I was browsing my followed blogs here on WordPress, and I saw that Kristen @KristenKravesBook had done this tag. I wasn’t actually tagged, but I just can’t resist doing this book tag. Tis the season right?

Anyway, the Rules:

There are no rules. It’s YOUR blog. But it would be nice if you linked back to Never Not Reading (tag creator), and maybe the person who tagged you too. Share the love folks.

Feel free to use the GIFs used by Never Not Reading, the graphics made by Flavia the Bibliophile if you would like, both, or make and use your own visuals!

The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop – This is probably my favorite trilogy of all time. You know how you have that world in your head that you disappear to when you need to not be in this world for a bit? Many people invent their own world, but many people also have a world based on well, a book. My interior world is built from this series. Technically, there are more than just three books based in this world, but these three were the original trilogy.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman – This one was kinda hard for me, because I don’t often read books with truly evil villains, whether male or female. I actually had to look up books with female villains! And to be honest, it has been so long since I read this series, that I am not really sure if Mrs. Coulter qualifies as truly evil. But I’ll just go with this answer.

One person that did pop into my head was Baru from The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson. However, I didn’t think she qualified as truly evil. Maybe from the perspective of the other characters in the book she would seem truly evil, but since she is the protagonist, and we the readers see into her head and know her motivations, it is hard to call her truly evil. It is possible my opinion on that will change once I read the second book though.

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – I mean, this is the quintessential one right? What is truly uncanny about it is that it is a children’s book that attracts adults.

The Lightning-Struck Heart by T.J. Klune – Ok, so, you have to be careful with T.J. Klune books. He can have you laughing so hard you pee your pants on one page, and then emotionally rip out your heart on the next page. This is definitely the silliest of his books (so far), but I have heard later books in this series get very heart-rippy, and I am terrified to read further.

The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons – Perhaps the first book in this series, Hyperion, would fit this prompt better, but a lot of the things people find pretentious about it, I actually thought was clever (the whole mimicking The Canterbury Tales thing….once I learned that each story also mimicked a different style of science fiction, that’s where it turned the corner for me from pretentious to cool). This book was also really excellent, at least up until the end where several things came to light that just made me roll my eyes.

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon – This book pulls no punches

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas – I DNFed the first book in this series and have no intention of ever picking it up again. I had major issues with it, and I don’t understand how anyone reading this book and noticing those same issue doesn’t find it deeply concerning. And yet, more and more books keep coming out for this series. According to Goodreads, there are 6 planned books I guess? I don’t know, I am just sick of hearing about this garbage.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – This was a really hard prompt for me because I tend to read about evil genius (or just super genius) type characters because I love them so. So I went with a school read and picked Lennie Small from Of Mice and Men.

Nod by Adrian Barnes – There were meant to be two books after this one, but sadly the author passed away before he could write any more. I was left with so many questions in this book, and they will never be answered.

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer – I’m just gonna leave this here and run away and hide. Nah, just kidding. So, the first book of this series, was meh, lot’s of issues but whatever. This book was better. I don’t even remember what happens in three. And I DNFed book four. So, I guess what I’m trying to say is, if I had to read any of them again, it would be book 2. Is it still garbage? Yes. But sometimes a person just wants to read garbage. Is there better garbage out there? Sure, but there is also a lot worse garbage out there.

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – I don’t even know what this prompt means. Doesn’t every book have a mind of it’s own? Like, what the heck prompt? Anyway, this one popped into mind (haha) for it’s uniqueness.

The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth (Illustrator), Mike Dringenberg (Illustrator), Malcolm Jones III (Illustrator), Todd Klein (Letterer), Karen Berger (Introduction/Editor) – Technically, this is the first instance of meeting Neil Gaiman’s version of Lucifer Morningstar, but as the character then got his own spinoff comic series, as well as a TV show, I’m calling this a cameo. 


If you enjoyed this tag, please feel free to do one of your own! Specifically, I tag Emily @Embuhleeliest, Madi @TheMadiWay, and @allthingsmommablog.

Spoopy Memes Book Tag

Spoopy Memes Book Tag

Hello readers! I was tagged by my good friend Emily @Embuhleeliest. She actually created this book tag, and the banner above! I am very excited for this tag because I love Halloween and I find memes to be rather amusing.

Here are the rules:

  • If you’d like to do this tag, please link back to the original post so Emily can see your answers!
  • Feel free to use the banner above if you’d like, and I highly suggest you copy over the memes, as they give the questions context

Time to get spooky! What books will you be reading to celebrate this time of year?

The House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig – I have actually already read this earlier this month. Didn’t really like it though. This was my Goodreads review:

** spoiler alert **The mystery, horror, and ghost parts of this book were really well done. The romance, however, was totally cheesy and the entire book would have been much more emotionally satisfying and poignant had Cassius remained dead. Instead the book perpetuates the “wish upon a star and your wish will come true” bullcrap. Yes, I realize it is a fairytale retelling and that there is a certain amount of magic within the world, however, even in fairytales the dead remain dead. It was painful for me reading the last 2-3 pages of this book, and I eventually had to go to bed and then force myself to read them the next morning. Ugh.

Another thing that bothered me was Annaleigh lost her old friend/onetime crush, semi-mentor, step-mother, father, and the man she was in love with all in the space of one day. I’m sorry but, no one would be “at peace” after just 7 months. Not after a day that horrific. Anyone who has suffered through even one traumatic death of a loved one will tell you the same.

Basically, the epilogue, though it had its good moments, ruined the entire book for me. I would have liked this book a lot more if the epilogue had just been about Annaleigh moving on with her life, learning to live with her loss, and appreciating the remaining family she had left.

2 Stars

I might attempt to read Monstress Vol. 4 and Vita Nostra this month. I say “attempt” because I have a giant backlog of books that I want to read but wasn’t able to in previous months because of readathons. So, I don’t know if I will actually get around to these this month hahaha.


Do you put up decorations for Halloween? If so, describe them! Even better, show them!

I don’t decorate at home, but I do decorate at work. This is what my team area looks like right now:

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I figure, I spend more awake hours at work than at home so I might as well decorate there. Though, someday it would be fun to have a boneyard theme going on at my house.


What is the scariest book you’ve ever read? What made it so scary?

Um…does the news count? While I do sometimes (very infrequently) read “scary” books, I don’t read books that I know will make me genuinely scared. I tend to not be able to sleep when that happens. I like sleep. Anyway, the news sure is terrifying these days though.


What’s the last book you read that truly shocked you, made your jaw drop, or made you chuck the book across the room?

I am really hard to shock when it comes to reading because I am really good at spotting foreshadowing and predicting plot. However….

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin – I will never get over this book. I will never recover from the devastation.

Besides this book though, pretty much anything by T.J. Klune will guarantee to shock me at some point. I yell at his books a lot.


What’s a book that’s fallen out of the spotlight that you still really like and try get people to read?

Uh, I don’t often recommend books, but one book I read recently that I am jazzed for and think everyone and their mother should read is Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. It came out in 2013, and while I do see it recommended every once in a long while on r/Fantasy or something, I think it definitely still deserves to be in the spotlight.


Are you dressing up this year? If so, what as? If not, what would be your costume if you were?

I am dressing up as a steampunk sky pirate. I am using a bunch of pieces of various Renaissance Faire costumes.


What is your opinion on the word ‘spoopy’, and memes that follow its theme?

I think the word is silly but the memes are great!


If you liked this book tag, and want to do one of your own, consider yourself tagged!  Specifically, I tag:

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads Group. You can find their information here. This week’s topic is top 5 characters you would cosplay (or dress up as for Halloween). So, without further ado:


Top 5 Characters I’d Cosplay

#1 Macrophage from Cells at Work (Hataraku Saibou)

Because Macrophage is the best cell. <33333

#2 Leliana from Dragon Age Inquisition

This may or may not happen someday. I need to learn how to make chainmail first.

#3 Fox (aka Yusuke) from Persona 5

#4 The Red Queen (or Queen of Hearts) from Alice in Wonderland

I was born on Valentine’s Day. I am the Queen of Hearts bitches.

#5 Pretty much any character from Monstress

I mean look at art! LOOK AT IT!! If I absolutely had to choose, I would probably either cosplay as the Shaman Empress (as seen above) or the Mother Superior (see below).


That’s it! What all would you guys like to cosplay as?

Halloween Creatures Book Tag

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(Image above is taken from the internet.)

Hello all! I was tagged by my friend Emily, who got this book tag from  Anthony @KeepReadingForward‘s blog.

The Rules are:

  • Answer all prompts.
  • Answer honestly.
  • Tag 1-13 people.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
  • Have fun!

Witch
A Magical Character or Book.

I like pretty much everything about Green Rider by Kristen Britain, but in particular I like the subtlety of the Green Rider magic that Karigan wields.

Werewolf
The Perfect Book to Read at Night.

I don’t read much horror, but Tales of Horror, an anthology of stories by H. P. Lovecraft is the only book in recent memory that I have read that kept me up at night.

Frankenstein
A Book that Truly Shocked You.

This prompt was hard, because I am really, REALLY good at predicting plot. So instead of picking a book that shocked me for its plot, I picked Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling because I was shocked how good it actually was when I read it the first time. I was skeptical when I first decided to read this book. There was a lot of hype around it, and I thought it couldn’t possibly be as good as everyone thought. I mean, it was a kid’s book, and yet there were all these adults going on and on about it. I was 12 when I read it, but I had been reading adult fantasy for years and thought it was beneath myself to read a children’s fantasy book. But I realized I couldn’t judge it until I read it, and of course it was as good as everyone said. Shocking!

The Devil
A Dark, Evil Character.

The darkangel in The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce.

Grim Reaper
A Character that Should Never Have Died.

I actually have 2 for this one. As it is about character death’s, necessarily there are SPOILERS AHEAD.

Kral in Wit’ch War by James Clemens. (I think Kral dies in this one, it could be the next book though…it has been so long since I read these that I don’t really remember.)

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Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling.

Zombie
A Book that Made You “Hungry” for More.

Anne Bishop is my favorite author, so when I discovered she had a new series, I immediately bought the first three books (all that was out at the time). I was glad I did too, because as soon as I finished Written in Red, I moved on to the next book in the series immediately.

Gargoyle
A Character that You Would Protect at All Cost.

Naef in Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane. Let’s just say, I would have done the same thing his sister did, and leave it at that.

Vampire
A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You.

Well, here’s un unpopular opinion. Truthfully though, it took me over a decade to finish The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. I kept trying to read it, but I kept getting so bored that I would put it down again. Eventually I decided that I was just going to power through it. I am glad I did, because the ending it pretty good…I just can’t stand the rest of the book.

Ghost
A Book that Still Haunts You.

I read Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper on a cruise, and it destroyed me. Being depressed on a cruise is just sad. I think about this book every now and again. So good, but so depressing.

Demon
A Book that Really Scared You.

I don’t really read scary books, since I like to sleep at night.  The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell didn’t scare me, but it did unnerve me in a, “Yeah, I could totally see that happening” kinda way.

Skeleton
A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With.

The other two books in the Darkangel Trilogy are excellent.  The Pearl of the Soul of the World by Meredith Ann Pierce, the third and final volume, I felt really dropped the ball.

Mummy
A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time.

I think The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a book that should be read for generations to come.

Creepy Doll
A Cover too Scary to Look At.

I have yet to read The Outsider by Stephen King (it is on my tbr…I don’t know why cuz I know it is going to keep me up at night) but the cover really freaks me out.

The Monster Mash
It’s Fun to Be with Friends on Halloween!
Tag Your Friends!

I know Emily already tagged her, but I am going to tag Sarah @WindsorWrites.