BLOGTOBER Day 30: The Hyped for Halloween Book Tag

Halloween is TOMORROW!!! Finally, the spookiest day of the year and my absolute favourite holiday!

To celebrate, I thought I’d take part in the Hyped for Halloween Book Tag, which I originally saw on Aoife’s blog (but I also loved Amy’s answers too!).

1. What book gave you the creeps?

It takes a lot for a book to give me the creeps, so I had to wrack my brains for a while to think of an answer for this first question.

Even though I read it over a year ago, the book which gave me the creeps most recently has to have been Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab!

Even though Tunnel of Bones is a middle grade, it’s genuinely spine-tingling. I can remember my heart leaping and genuinely getting freaked out when there was a noise behind me while reading this book, because Victoria Schwab is brilliant at crafting a tense, terrifying atmosphere.

It wasn’t even the sections which took place in the tunnel of bones itself that scared me – it was a scene that wasn’t even scary on the face of things, but I’d just worked myself up too much while reading.

I can’t wait for Bridge of Souls, the third book in the Cassidy Blake series, to finally arrive in March.

2. What book gives you the best Halloween vibes?

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

There are a couple of reasons that Frankenstein by Mary Shelley reminds me of Halloween.

The first time I read this classic, I started it during Halloween. I ended up absolutely hating it, and I didn’t finish until March or April the next year! I thought it was boring and bland and couldn’t believe that it was such a celebrated classic.

When I was at university I had to reread Frankenstein for my studies, and I ended up enjoying it a fair amount, which was a surprise. I gave it four stars, but could appreciate it a lot more – I think it helped that I read it in one sitting, rather than struggling with it for half a year. I don’t remember whether I actually read it near Halloween, but I’m always going to associate this book with sitting on my bed looking out the window at all of the beautiful autumn trees.

3. What’s your favourite vampire book?

There are a few different books which I could mention here, as I have read a lot of vampire books, but I’ve decided to talk about Teeth by Chele Cooke.

Teeth was one of the first books I reviewed on Everything Alyce, and it sticks in my mind to this day. This book focuses on the ravenous, murderous side of the vampire – definitely no sparkling involved! – so if you like brutal, bloody novels, this is one to check out.

I have been sleeping on the sequel for this novel for far too long, which is extremely embarrassing because Chele Cooke actually reached out to me and sent me a review copy of it. The only reason I’ve been procrastinating is because I know I’m going to need to reread Teeth and I’m worried that it won’t impress me as much second time around, but I’m going to force myself to be brave and read them before the end of the year.

4. What book scared you so much that you had to sleep with the light on?

I can’t think of a single instance when this has happened, so sadly my answer to this question is none of them! As I said earlier, it takes a lot for a book to give me the creeps, but maybe that will change as I start reading more adult horror.

5. What’s your favourite book about witches/goblins/ghosts/demons?

For this book I have to pick The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw.

Set in the town of Sparrow, this book tells the story of three girls who were drowned after being accused of witchcraft. However, the girls manage to get their revenge on the town that murdered them: they return every summer, possessing the bodies of different girls and luring boys into the harbor so that they drown.

Shea Ernshaw has an incredible talent at bringing the locations in her novels to life, making them so vibrant that they are characters in their own right. I loved every moment of this book (and loved Ernshaw’s second novel, Winterwood, even more!).

6. What book do you wish was scarier than it was?

I ended up being disappointed by Stephen King’s It. I shared my detailed thoughts on it earlier in the month, but although I thought it was well-crafted and intriguing, I never once would have described it as scary.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m not scared of clowns, but there was nothing in this novel that got my heart in my mouth or goosebumps rising on my arms.

I might feel differently when I watch the film adaptation, as I find it a lot easier to be scared while watching things that when reading them. As it stands, I really could have done with It being much scarier than it was!

7. What’s your favourite book that takes place in October?

For this one I’m choosing a book which I haven’t read yet, but which I’m sure will be a favourite, and that’s Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell. I was planning on reading Pumpkinheads this month but I haven’t had time yet – mostly because I was struggling to get through It – but there’s still tomorrow, so I might be able to tell you if this is a favourite during my final post for Blogtober!

Pumpkinheads follows two people who work at a pumpkin patch every year, and during their final year working together they decide to share their feelings for each other. It sounds like it’s going to be very adorable, and it’s been a while since I’ve read a graphic novel, so I’m sure this is going to be a new favourite.

I hope you enjoyed my penultimate Blogtober post!

See you tomorrow on the spookiest day of the year. šŸŽƒ