Hello fellow bookworms 👻 I haven’t done a Book Tag in some while and since I love doing seasonal posts so much, it was time to change that! I’m a big fan of autumnal/spooky Book Tags and remembered seeing the Spooky Scary Book Tag over on Tasya @ theliteraryhuntress blog last year. I didn’t get around to doing it in 2020, but this year I decided to do the Tag as I love the spooky questions, they sound like so much fun and I really loved picking some books to go along with the prompts 🧡 The Tag was originally created by Shelby Masako and I have linked the creator’s video down below!
- Sofii @ abookathought
- Destiny @ howlinglibraries
- Sabrina & Veronika @ wordyandwhimsical
- Aarushi @ aarushireads
- … & anyone else who loves spooky season! 👻
Rules for Vanishing (Kate Alice Marshall) ➽ I have to keep mentioning this book because it’s SO good and spooky! (Plus, look at that cover redesign, it looks stunning and I cannot wait to get my own copy 🥰) Rules for Vanishing is about a girl who is searching for her missing sister on a sinister, magical road that is connected to a local legend. There were so many creepy, eerie scenes in this book that gave me chills. As the characters travel along the road, they keep seeing new horrors and not all of them make it out alive 💀 I highly recommend Kate Alice Marshall’s books for a gateway into YA Horror, as she’s such a good writer and always manages to spook me!
A Monster Calls (Patrick Ness) ➽ This is one of my favorite books to reread around Halloween as it’s so atmospheric! I have been rereading this book since 2016 and just read it again this October 🎃 I highly recommend getting the illustrated edition as it works together so well with the text to create an eerie, emotional tale. A Monster Calls is about a young boy whose mother has cancer and who gets haunted by a monster that tells him twisty stories. I love this book so much, as it’s so heartbreaking, yet also hopeful and full of complicated relationships. The ending always makes me tear up 🥺
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Jessica Townsend) ➽ I read this book back in September for the Magical Readathon and was surprised by how much I loved it! Nevermoor is full of whimsy and magic, which makes it perfect for this prompt! ✨The story follows young Morrigan Crow who is cursed to die at her 11th birthday but escapes into the magical land of Nevermoor at the last second. The Trials of Morrigan Crow has such a rich, interesting world full of wonder, magical creatures and different abilities. I feel like we’ve only scratched the surface so far and I cannot wait to find out more in the sequel 🥰 Reading this book made me fell all whimsical and cozy inside, so I’m eager to read more!
Aeduan (The Witchlands) ➽ IT’S MY BOY!!! I haven’t talked about Aeduan for some while now, but he’s not only one of my favorite book characters but also a powerful Bloodwitch 😈 He’s a main POV character in one of my favorite Fantasy series – the Witchlands! The series is about a group of different characters that get caught in an emerging war and the mysteries of their world. Each book centers one of the characters and the third book (whose cover I have chosen) is Aeduan’s book and of course my favorite in the series so far 🥰 If you love complex fantasy stories with plot twists, great characters and magic, I highly recommend these books!
Unwind (Neal Shusterman) ➽ It was hard to find something for this prompt, but scenes from Unwind still haunt me because they were so gory and unsettling! This is a book series about a dystopian world in which children can be ‘unwound’ aka their body parts harvested, if their parents don’t want them any longer. There’s one scene towards the end where a character’s Unwind process is described in detail and it was SO disturbing, thats scene still haunts me, especially as the person was still conscious for it 😭 I didn’t continue with this series, as I lost interest, but I liked this first book!
All Systems Red (Martha Wells) ➽ I knew that I had to pick The Murderbot Diaries for this one as reading it always cheers me up so much! I especially love the audiobooks as they are so soothing and I see myself rereading them again this year, as they bring me so much comfort ❤ Murderbot is also my comfort character as I relate to its introversion and preference to escape into fiction! This is a series of sci-fi novellas following the adventures of a human/bot construct that escaped its programming and the powerhungry corporation that owned it. In addition to bringing me comfort, Murderbot would also protect me from any ghosts trying to haunt me 👻
These are some of the black books on my TBR!
- Even If We Break (Marieke Nijkamp)
- All Of Us Villains (Foody & Herman)
- The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin (Kip Wilson) ✨ 2022 release!
- Ninth House (Leigh Bardugo)
- Reboot (Amy Tintera)
- There Will Come a Darkness (Katy Rose Pool)
What book brings you comfort in a spooky graveyard? Which book has legitimately scared you while you were reading it? 👻