T5W: Creepy Settings

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

 

October 11th: Favorite Creepy Settings
–These don’t have to be from horror books, but any setting from any book that gave you the heebie jeebies…in a good way. 

 

Ok, picking only 5 was a little hard for this topic. And I had a hard time remembering what was actually creepy vs what was just bleak/dark/etc.

In no particular order…


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The Shining
by Stephen King–The Overlook Hotel:
I mean, come on. Giant, old, essentially empty hotel? It would be creepy without any kind of supernatural happenings.

 

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The Woman in Black by Susan Hill– Eel Marsh House & surrounding marshes: Again, the house was creepy enough, but add in the haunting? Nope, not staying there alone, thanks. Then there’s the marshes, which have claimed many lives and are possibly also haunted.

 

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The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle– pretty much everywhere in it: Ok, it’s been 2 years since I read this one, but I remember large parts of the book having an eerie feel to them & the setting. The house was probably the creepiest, though.

 

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy– post-apocalyptic-America: This one I read a long time ago and so don’t remember a ton about it. I do, however, remembering it being very creepy as the father and son made their journey.

 

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman– the world, the river: Is it cheating to use a current read for this? I’m only about halfway through and am pleased to report that this is the first book in ages to actually kind of freak me out. A+ creepy setting creation.

 

 


Bonus settings (yeah, I know it’s T5W, but I’m adding more because I love this topic):

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë– Thornfield Hall: It wasn’t over-the-top creepy, but it definitely had that “There could be ghosts or anything in this place” kind of vibe.

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon– the entire town of West Hall: I don’t want to say anything to spoil this one, but trust me, it’s a bit creepy.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll– the woods?: The five stories in this graphic novel are awesome and all have a bit of creepiness to them.


What are some of your favorite creepy settings?

Is there a particular kind of creepy setting you prefer?

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T5W: Books I read because of the internet

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

 

September 27th: Books You’ve Read Because of Booktube/Blogging/etc. 
–Discuss the books you’ve picked up because you’ve heard of them in the online book community or platform you use 

 

I had a hard time remembering how I learned about some of the books on my shelves, but I helped myself out by narrowing this down to books I either found because of booktube or blogs, or decided to read because of booktube or blogs.

In no particular order…


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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater– I seriously doubt I would have read this book/series if it hadn’t been for almost everyone online I know (and trust the bookish opinions of) telling me to read it, or raving about it on their own.

 

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Through the Woods by Emily Carroll– I’m pretty sure I saw this on booktube first, then on a few blogs. However I found it, I instantly knew I needed it and ordered a copy ASAP. It is gorgeous, a bit creepy, and I recommend it to everyone. (Reviewed here.)

 

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Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples– I want to say I first saw this on booktube, but I have no clue about who’s channel. I remember seeing it on a few blogs and booktube channels around the same time and knew I had to read it.

 

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead– I was definitely aware of VA before booktube and blogs, but it was a booklr pair-up thing (something about trading book recs a year or two ago) that actually got me to read the first book.

 

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Unteachable by Leah Raeder– I found this one because of booklr, and I really liked it. It’s definitely not for everyone, and maybe I would hate it if I re-read it now, but I’m still glad I read it.

 

 

 


I think it would have been easier to do a list of 5 books I read because of the internet, but didn’t like, because I kept changing the books I picked 😛


Have you read any books because of booktube, or some other platform?

Top 5 Wednesday: Covers I’d Live In

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T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

 

August 2nd: Book Covers You’d Live In
— We all love a good cover but what are some covers you’d like to be transported into?

 

I was so excited when I read this topic, because I thought it would be sooo easy. I was wrong. Very, very wrong. There are plenty of gorgeous covers out there, but it took a lot of work for me to come up with 5 that made me think, “Oh yeah, I want to be in there!” if I took the story out of the equation. Anyway, here’s what I finally settled on, in no particular order…


 

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puffin chalk cover; links to goodreads

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Camille Rose Garcia cover; links to goodreads

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll– Either the Puffin Chalk edition, or the gorgeous Camille Rose Garcia edition.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jane Eyre cover; links to goodreads

 

 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë– The Penguin Deluxe Classics edition, which I’ve been lusting after for a couple of years now but still don’t have 😥 I think all the books in the Deluxe Classics line are drool-worthy (or at least all the ones I’ve seen), but this one makes me want to go explore that house.

 

 

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Through the Woods cover; links to goodreads

 

 

 

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll– This is one of my favorite book covers, and I’m definitely intrigued enough to want to explore those woods.

 

 

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The Seafarer’s Kiss cover; links to goodreads

 

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember– Icy (or snowy?) looking landscape with a mermaid? Yes, please! (I hate summer, ok, and it took conscious effort to not make this list with all winter landscape covers :/ )

 

 

 

 

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Chamber of Secrets cover; links to goodreads

 

 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated edition) by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay– I had to include a Harry Potter book on this list, but choosing just one was so hard! I finally decided to use this one.

T5W: Favorite Non-Written Novels

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T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

February 15th: Favorite Non-Written Novels
–This was a hard topic to name, but this is about all books that are not ‘written’ novels! So graphic novels, comics, manga, audiobooks, etc. Shed some light on books in other forms.

I had to think about this all month, and I’m still struggling to decide what to use for this. I don’t listen to many audiobooks, and I’ve only gotten into comics and graphic novels in the last couple of years. But, here’s what I’ve come up with (in no particular order…except I think the first is my favorite):

 
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Through the Woods
by Emily Carroll
is a collection of five creepy, fairy tale-ish or folklore-ish stories that are a little on the creepy side.

 

 

 

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Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick is a
comic series in a dystopan future where “non-
compliant” women are sent to a prison off-world.
I’ve only read the first two issues thus
far, but I love it and can’t wait to read more.

 

 

 

 
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Wytches by Scott Snyder is story about witches like you’ve never seen them. It’s horror, it’s dark and a bit graphic, and it even managed to creep out me, the jaded-horror-buff.

 

 

 

 

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The Crow by J. O’Barr has to get a mention on this list,
because the movie is one of my all-
time favorites. If you’ve only seen the movie, don’t go into this graphic novel expecting the exact same story. The major themes are the same, but there were differences (if I remember correctly).

 

 

 

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Edward Scissorhands, vol. 1: Parts Unknown by Kate Leth isn’t an adaptation of, or a direct sequel to the movie. This picks up two generation later, with Kim’s granddaughter–Megs. I enjoyed this, but not as much as I’d hoped. The art was my favorite part, and I think it had potential to get really good, so I’ll probably pick up volume 2 at some point.

 

 

 

 

Have you read any of these? What are some of your favorite “non-written” novels?

Review: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Published: July 2014
Genres: Graphic Novel; Short Stories; Horror; Fairy Tales (kind of)
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (4.5 stars)
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This is a collection of five creepy stories, reminiscent of fairy tales. The artwork in this graphic novel is so awesome, and that was one of the things that first caught my eye. I mean, look at this cover! And the picture doesn’t do it justice. I have the hardcover and the dust jacket is so pretty and kind of sparkly, like the land and trees are covered in frost. Under the dust jacket, we have the same image on the actual cover of the book, minus the sparkle. It is a beautiful book.

Now, the stories! I mentioned a few days ago that I was reminded of Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark when I started this graphic novel, and I stand by that comparison. They aren’t completely similar, but I think if you liked Scary Stories, you will also like Through the Woods.

My favorite story was probably “My Friend Janna,” but possibly “The Nesting Place.” The introduction and the conclusion were also nice and creepy, and I enjoyed those as well. I thought the first three stories were good (3-3.5/5 stars each), but the last two seemed stronger and just a little freakier. Then again, the first story, “Our Neighbor’s House,” was a very nice opening tale.

To make things short: If you like graphic novels–or want to get into them–and you like slightly creepy, fairy tale-like stories with a hint of horror, give this one a shot.