The Spooky Scary Book Tag

Hi everyone! Since Halloween is approaching fast and the weather here has been perfect (gloomy and rainy), I figure it’s appropriate to do a Halloween-themed tag. I found this tag on Anna @ Annaish blog back in 2018 and it has been sitting on my drafts for a long while now. So without further ado, let’s get started!

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

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I’m going to go with The Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall, which I read earlier this year. The second half wasn’t that good, but I can’t remember the last time I was being this scared with a book!

Jack Oโ€™ Lanterns and Classic Costumes: A book you always reach for during Halloween time.

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I don’t really have a go-to read since I feel like I’m constantly playing catch up with backlist and new releases ๐Ÿ˜ญ I’ve been trying to read The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde for the past few years every time October rolls around but never managed to finish it, so I’m going to go with it.

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

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The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden! This series is set during the Medieval Rus, right at the cusp of christianization of the kingdom and the main conflict is between the creatures of folklores, how to prevent them from disappearing from the lack of belief and proving that they aren’t evil. It is filled with superstition and magic due to the nature of the backdrop and main conflict present.

Witchโ€™s Brew: Favorite witch character in any book/series.

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I feel like I haven’t been reading many books featuring witches??? ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™€๏ธ Magic, sure, but books featuring magic does not equal to witches. The last memorable witchy reads for me is Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, which is filled with wonderful characters, family relationship, and m/m romance! My favorite character is definitely Maritza, with how supportive she is to Yadriel and her dynamics with Julian.

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

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If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio. I’m just blown away by the atmosphere, messy characters, and plots. I would say it is pretentious, but it doesn’t pretend to be otherwise either. I just love it to pieces.

Haunted Graveyard: Youโ€™re all alone in a haunted graveyard, you get ONE book give you comfort, which is it?

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I don’t feel like I have any comfort reads, but I would answer with The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman since it’s just so cozy and would lessen my fear with the amount of friendly ghostly residence Bod’s graveyard has!

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

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Elves! They are just so much fun to read with how unpredictable they are, how they cannot tell lies but are so cunning that they could always find a loopholes within the deals you struck with them. There’s always a will they, won’t they dynamics due to their cool, inhumane attitude as well as good political intrigue when the story calls to it, as proven by The Cruel Prince trilogy!

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

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The Carrow Haunt by Darcy Coates, which is the latest book with black cover I added to my Goodreads TBR and looking deliciously creepy!

What is your favorite supernatural creatures? Do you have any good witchy books recommendation?


18 thoughts on “The Spooky Scary Book Tag

  1. I also love Elves!! Especially in LOTR and The Hobbit! They are so awesome, and their depictions in the movies are on point! I also love wizards…specifically Gandalf and Radaghast. Not HP. Nice post, Tasya!

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  2. Oh, this looks like such a fun Tag! I finished reading Rules for Vanishing yesterday and I was SO scared!! It’s the creepiest book I have ever read ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I also loved Cemetery Boys, the characters are all amazing but of Maritza was also my favorite๐Ÿฅฐ

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  3. I didn’t love Vanishing in the Dark, but I was genuinely scared at some parts which is rare for me. The scene where they were in that small town like place and the people kept getting closer and closer to them… *shudders* I loved Cemetery Boys so much, mostly because of its wonderful characters and the cute romance. I really enjoyed The Carrow Haunt, so I hope it’ll work for you, as well! I’m planning on reading more books by the author. (I tried her Gothic ones, and those didn’t work but I’m hoping her other horror will live up to my expectations.) Great post, Tasya!

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  4. I think The Graveyard Book is the best mix of spooky with cozy! I definitely should pick it up this year ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค— For some reason The Raven Boys also gives me a Halloween vibe, and I’m hoping to get through book 1 before Halloween passes!

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