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Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag

I’ve seen this tag from a few people, but I’m not sure who, and I wasn’t tagged. But I’m doing it anyway, because Halloween Month is almost over ( 😦 ) and I’m trying to squeeze in as many tags as I can before the end of the month.


Rules:


Witch
A Magical Character or Book.

Undead Girl Gang

Mila Flores from Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

Werewolf
The Perfect Book to Read at Night.

The Winter People

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon (bonus creepiness when it’s snowing outside)

Frankenstein
A Book that Truly Shocked You.

If We Were Villains

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio!

The Devil
A Dark, Evil Character.

The Witches

The Grand High Witch from Roald Dahl’s The Witches

Grim Reaper
A Character that Should Never Have Died.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

Take your pick from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (minus Voldemort and Bellatrix)

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

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Gargoyle
A Character that You Would Protect at All Cost.

Siege and Storm (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, #2)

Uh… Nikolai Lantsov from Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse books

Vampire
A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You.

Magic for Liars

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey. I wanted to love this book, but it really did not work for me and I think I actually cried from frustration at least once while reading it :/ (Reviewed here)

Ghost
A Book that Still Haunts You.

Sawkill Girls

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand (in the best way; reviewed here)

Demon
A Book that Really Scared You.

The Handmaid's Tale

Books don’t really scare me, usually, but The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is pretty terrifying because it’s so realistic.

Skeleton
A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With.

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy, #1)

Maybe Nadya from Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan?

Mummy
A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time.

The Night Circus

Obviously Harry Potter, but I don’t think I can pick a single book, so… The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, probably.

Creepy Doll
A Cover too Scary to Look At.

The Girl from the Well (The Girl from the Well, #1)

I was going to go for a really bad cover, but I decided to stick with the spooky vibes and say The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco. I think this cover (and that of the sequel, The Suffering) is deliciously creepy ❤

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

I am going to try to not tag anyone who’s already done this one. Also, no pressure to do it if you don’t want to!

Tasya | Emily | Halei | Alex | Kiersten

If you weren’t tagged, but you want to do this one, doooo iiiiiit!

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30 Spooky Halloween Questions Tag

I saw this on YA On My Mind and I love it. As far as I can tell, it was originally created by someone (Simply Kenna) on YouTube, but the video is now private and I’m not sure the channel still exists :/


The Questions

1. Favourite horror or Halloween-themed song?

I feel like This is Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas is such a cliche, but it probably is my favorite. I think I own like 4 different versions of it. (My faves are the movie version and Mansons’s version.)

2. Name something you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark forest or in an abandoned building.

A man/group of men. Unless people don’t count. If people don’t count, probably a rabid animal.

3. Have you ever played with a Ouija Board?

Oh yeah, loads of times.

4. Favourite horror monster or villain?

SO MANY.

5. The creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?

I could go with something potentially paranormal, but nothing like that ever creeped me out as bad as this.

About 10 years ago, I had a stalker. He moved onto my street (after the stalking began, but before I realized he actually was stalking me as a few people had told me) with another guy who was known for being…unhinged… It was my day off, I think, and I was home alone when they showed up and started banging on my front door and trying to look through windows. After about a minute, they split up so one was at each door, so I couldn’t get out without going through one of them. They kept it up for about 15 minutes.

6. If you were dared to spend the night in a “haunted house”, would you do it?

Is the place structurally sound? Will I have an entertainment source and a light so I don’t break my neck or something? If so, sure.

7. Are you superstitious?

Kind of?

8. Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?

Sometimes, but 99% of the time there’s a logical explanation.

9. Which urban legend scares you the most?

I’ve always found urban legends more entertaining than truly scary, but the licked hand (person hears dripping, but feels better because their dog is licking their hand from below the bed, only to investigate the sound and find the dog dead with a message saying something like “humans can lick too”) one skeeves me out.

10. Do you prefer gore or thrillers?

Thrillers, I guess. I don’t really mind gore, but I think it’s taken way too far usually and just gets ridiculous.

11. Do you believe in multiple dimensions or worlds?

Yup.

12. Ever made a potion of any sort?

Yep. Kitchen witchcraft is part of my practice, so this is like…a daily thing for me.

13. Do you get scared easily?

Not really, but it depends on the circumstances.

14. Have you ever played Bloody Mary?

Yeah, many times.

15. Do you believe in demons/the devil?

I’m on the fence about it. I believe mischievous and/or malevolent things probably exist, but I don’t subscribe to the Christian view of things at all.

16. You’re home alone but you hear footsteps in your house, what do you do?

Yell at the thing that periodically makes noise and moves things around to keep the noise down.

17. If you got trapped in one scary movie, which would you choose?

Uh… The Ring, maybe? Just don’t watch the tape and you’ll be fine.

18. If you could only wear one halloween costume for the rest of your life, what would you be?

Are we talking about literally wearing the exact same thing every year, or just the same concept? If it’s the latter, probably a vampire because it’s easy and you can go as dramatic or simple as you want. If the former is what this is talking about… Morticia Adams, maybe.

19. would you ever go to a graveyard at night?

I would and I have.

20. In a zombie apocalypse what is your weapon of choice?

Crossbow.

21. Would you rather go to a Halloween party or go trick or treating?

I’m fine with either. Trick or treating is a little anxiety inducing, but I’m not a fan of parties, either, unless it’s a small thing and I know and feel comfortable with 90% of attendees.

22. You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final girl, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

Either the smart one (I’m basically Randy Meeks from Scream) or the killer 😈

23. Do you have to watch something happy after watching a horror movie so you can go to sleep?

OMG no. I watch horror movies to calm down my anxiety and relax so I can get some sleep, which I realize is very backwards for people with anxiety. The lighter movies (rom coms and such) give me suuuuuch bad anxiety most of the time, so I have to watch a horror movie (or show) to calm back down before I can sleep.

24. Whilst watching scary movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, the person with their eyes covered the whole time, or the person who falls asleep?

I’m the asshole who keeps yelling at the characters 😛 (Except with a few movies that were so painfully terrible and boring that I fell asleep, like It Follows.)

25. Are you the one who gets scared, or the one who does the scaring?

Neither? Almost everyone I know has anxiety and I’m not that much of an asshole. (But if we’re talking about something like campfire ghost stories, I doubt I’m getting scared.)

26. Favorite scary book?

Uh… Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz? I don’t really get scared from books, and I might like some other horror novel or something more than Schwartz’s books, but those have been absolute favorites of mine for like 20 years.

27. How old were you when you saw your first horror movie?

I’m not exactly sure, but the first I remember was when I was either 2 or 3 when It (1990) was on VHS or cable. I only barely remember the experience, but I do remember my biological father being terrified, but trying to be comforting to me, and I ended up being the one to pat his hand and remind him it was just a movie 😛

28. What was your first Halloween costume?

I’m not sure about this one, either, but the first I remember was when I was maybe 3 and I think I was a dragon.

29. What are you going to be for Halloween this year?

I’m undecided, but it’s between a scarecrow, floating head illusion makeup, or maybe Lorelai Gilmore.

30. If you could have a spooky halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf), what would you pick?

Can I have them all? ❤ There’s already a black cat who hangs around our place (but will not let me adopt him 😦 ), so… probably a bat.


I wasn’t tagged, and I’m not tagging anyone else because this one is really long. But, if you see it and want to do it, go for it and consider yourself tagged!

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2019 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

I swear the first half of June crawled by, but these last two weeks were like three days long :/ I did this tag last year and really enjoyed it, and it’s that time of the year again, so…


Best book you’ve read so far in 2019?

Sawkill Girls

Ooh this is a tough one, but I think I have to go with Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand. I won’t be surprised if this ends up being my favorite book of the year, honestly. (My review.)

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019?

Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)

Excluding companion series books, I have to go with Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers oh my gods. I started the His Fair Assassin series this year, and I’ve now read all the books, but this is my favorite. Sybella is one of my all time favorite characters ❤

New Release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals, #3)

Hahahaha oh, so many. This is a great year for amazing books, so I’m limiting my choices to books I own, otherwise I don’t think I could pick one. Or even ten. That said, gotta go with A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole. I’m absolutely loving the Reluctant Royals series, and I can’t wait to get to this one.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

I literally can not pick just one. If I were given the choice of either only buying one book from the second half of the year, or not being able to get any until next year, I would pass on getting one because I’m equally excited for…at least three: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, and Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.

Gideon the Ninth (The Ninth House, #1)
The Starless Sea
Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1)

Biggest Disappointment?

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)

I’m still crying about not loving it more, and I didn’t rate it really low (I think 3 or 3.5 stars, reviewed here), but it has to be King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. (Honorable mention to Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey because I also expected to love it 😦 My review is here.)

Biggest Surprise?

Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After, #1)

Ooh…Uh… Okay, I’m going with Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare (because I haven’t talked about this book a million times already :/ ) because it’s the book that hooked me on romance novels. I didn’t expect to hate it, but damn. I really did not expect to love it so much, either.

Favorite new author (debut or new to you)?

Nope, can’t choose. Definitely Alyssa Cole, Tessa Dare, Claire Legrand, Emily Tesh, and Sylvain Neuvel, though.

Newest fictional crush?

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

Maybe Sissix from The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers? (Reviewed here.) I don’t really get many fictional crushes, and they usually evaporate within a week or so of finishing the book :/

Newest favorite character?

Sybella from the His Fair Assassin series by Robing LaFevers!! I really can not express how much I love her.

Book that made you cry?

Magic for Liars

Oh my gods, I don’t think any have :/ That’s not super unusual for me, being the heartless creature that I am and all 😛 Really, though, I don’t actually cry often when reading. I think I might have shed some tears of frustration with Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey, though, because I wanted to love it and really, really didn’t.

Book that made you happy?

Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny (Loose Ends #1)

Most of them? If I narrow it down to books that made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, I think I would go with Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon. It’s definitely steamy, but it’s also one of the absolute sweetest books I’ve ever read and I highly recommend it.

Favorite book to film adaptation that you’ve seen this year?

I think the only one I’ve seen was Stardust, and that was a re-watch for me after I (finally) read the book :/

Favorite post you’ve written this year?

Uuuuhhhh… *Jeopardy music plays in the background* I really don’t know. As much as I hate to say a negative review, it might be my review of Caraval by Stephanie Garber, because I expected so much backlash but the responses were pretty nice. And I spent longer on it than any other post, possibly for the entire history of my experience with blogging.

The most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)?

I thought I was going to have a hard time with this, but then I remembered that I got the April OwlCrate, which had Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan in it, so… (The Labyrinth of the Spirits is also gorgeous in person.)

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I have several ARCs, but besides those… Ugh I’m afraid to say anything because it might kill my motivation haha. Okay, okay. Um. I’ll cheat a little and just say that I really need to read something else by Jane Austen, because I’ve only read Pride and Prejudice so far.


And that’s a wrap! Overall, I feel like 2019 has been a great year for books and reading, and I hope that continues through the rest of the year.

Let me know some of your picks for any of these questions, and/or leave a link to your Freak Out post!

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The Jonas Brothers Book Tag

I was tagged by Siobhan over at Siobhan’s Novelties for this one like two weeks ago, and I just kept forgetting to actually post it *sigh* But I remembered today, so yay!

Honestly, I barely even know who the Jonas Brothers are (I think they were more popular when my younger sibling was a teenager, but they were after my time, I think), and I don’t know if I’ve ever heard anything by them :/ I really like the prompts for this one, though, and you don’t need to actually know anything about the Jonas Brothers to do it.


Year 3000 | A Book/Series Set in the Way Distant Future or a Book/Series That Took You on an Adventure

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

I could think of a lot of books for this one, but I settled on The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers because I haven’t mentioned it 10 billion times :p

Hold On | A Book/Series That Took awhile for You to Get Into

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

The most recent one I can think of is Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. I really enjoyed this one, but it did take me a long time to actually get into it.

S.O.S. | A Book/Series That You Needed Saving from

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

Ugh, gotta go with Caraval by Stephanie Garber :/ (Which I reviewed here.)

When You Look Me in the Eyes | A Romance That Makes You Melt Into a Puddle of Goo

Rafe (Loose Ends, #1)

Oh my gosh, Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon ❤ It was so freaking cute and sweet (and steamy).

Burnin’ Up | A Book/Series So Good It Set You on Fire

Sawkill Girls

So! Many! I’m going with Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand, though, omg. It was SO GOOD!

Lovebug | A Ship You Were Not Expecting, but It Happened, and You Ship It

King's Cage (Red Queen, #3)

Honestly, I had a really difficult time trying to think of a relationship I didn’t see coming early on. And, I’m not really a shipper :/ But, there’s a f/f relationship from Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series that I never would have suspected in the beginning. All the books are blurring together now, because I read them so quickly, but I think the relationship started to get attention in book three.

Paranoid | A Book/Series That Kept You on Your Toes the Whole Time

Little Darlings

I think I’ll go with Little Darlings by Melanie Golding for this one, because the book that first came to mind is one I screech about all the time :p

Sucker | A Book/Series You Would Reread Over and Over Again

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1)

Honestly, there are probably quite a few. But, other than Harry Potter, I’ve probably re-read the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray the most, and I’ll probably continue to read it again and again.


If you want to do it, I tag:

Sammie | Aurora Librialis | Harker | Hannah | Elnade | Anyone else who sees this and wants to do it

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide Book Tag

Happy Towel Day!

You guys, I made a tag 😮 I swear, I looked to see if a tag like this already existed, but I had no luck finding one (please point me to it if you’ve seen one!), so… I made my own, with husband’s help, because this is his favorite series and he knows it better than I do.

(Sorry, but I do not have the necessary skills, or patience, to make the nice graphics to go with this :/ )


Arthur Dent: A book that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike what you expected

Fingersmith

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, for sure. Almost nothing about this was what I expected, and I ended up being kind of underwhelmed :/

Ford Prefect: A character who ends up a long way from home

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)

Gotta go with Zuzana from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, specifically the last two books.

Towel: The one book you would take across the galaxy with you

Complete Tales and Poems

I almost made myself cry with my own prompt. *sigh* Finally, husband was my knight in shining armor and suggested a collected works of [insert author here], and then helpfully supplied my answer: a book of Edgar Allan Poe’s complete works.

The Guide: Your favorite tome (aka big book)

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Several of my all-time-favorite books are 500+ pages, but I think Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is ever so slightly ahead of the others. Maybe.

The Guide Mark 2: Second Book Syndrome

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

I still gave Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard 4 out of 5 stars (it might have been more like 3.5), but I honestly barely even remember it now. I do remember not liking it nearly as much as I’d liked Red Queen.

Babel Fish: A translated book

The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1)

Probably my favorite translated book is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I absolutely loved this book when I read it a few years ago, and I highly recommend it.

Deep Thought: A series finale you’re anticipating

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)

I realized after we settled on this one that I don’t think I’m actually anticipating any series conclusions :/ But! Then I remembered the Nikolai duology by Leigh Bardugo, and I’m definitely looking forward to the second book.

Zaphod Beeblebrox: A book with a twist you didn’t see coming

Night Film

Night Film by Marisha Pessl was full of twists I didn’t expect, omg.

Marvin (the Paranoid Android): A sarcastic character

Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)

I really like sarcastic characters, in general, so I could probably make a list for this one. But, I’m going with Harry Dresden from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

Heart of Gold: A unique book (~OR~ A choose your own adventure book)

The Night Circus

I still haven’t read anything else quite like The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It’s magic ❤

Tricia “Trillian” McMillan: A duology

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

I love a good duology, and I think I actually have like three favorites. But, I’m going with The Wrath & the Dawn duology by Renée Ahdieh because I haven’t talked about it much and I really enjoyed it.

Slartibartfast: A book (or series) with intricate world-building

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)

I know, I know, it’s probably cliche, but I’m going with The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien because damn. I’m absolutely certain I’ve read other books with great world-building, but this one will always stand out.

*Bonus Prompt* Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz: A poetry book

For anyone who does this tag (if anyone ever does), you can totally leave this one out if you want 🙂

Collected Sonnets

I really like poetry, so it was hard to pick, but… I think I’ll go with Collected Sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Millay because I’ve read it several times since I first got my hands on it about 15 years ago, and I always love it.


On to the tagging! (Am I the only one who hates tagging people because I feel like I’m bothering them?)

No pressure to do this, but if you do, don’t forget to drop me a link so I can check out your answers!

Also, if you weren’t tagged, but want to do this tag, please do!

I tag:

Siobhan

Winged Cynic

Misty

Amanda

Caro

Jess