Hello all! It’s that time of the year again… time to celebrate SpOOpY SeaSOn… WhooOOoOOOooooHHh! Last year the lovely Emily at Embuhleeliest tagged me in her Spoopy Memes Book Tag and I didn’t get the chance to do it- so I’m rectifying that by doing that one and the one from this year! (tbh I liked them both and couldn’t choose between them 😉) Thank you so much for tagging me! Let’s jump into the rules…
If you’d like to do this tag, please link back to this post so I can see your answers!
- Feel free to use the banner above if you’d like, and I highly suggest you copy over the memes, as they give the questions context.
Time to get spooky! What books will you be reading to celebrate this time of year?
I love spooky season so much, I’ve actually made a tentative tbr!! At the time of writing this, I’ve already read a few, but I still have to read Winterwood, Ninth House and maybe even Gideon the Ninth!
Do you put up decorations for Halloween? If so, describe them! Even better, show them!
Oh dear, I’ve got to confess I’m pretty lazy when it comes to decorations (as much as I appreciate looking at decked out houses!) I usually just carve a pumpkin… sometimes not even that. HOWEVER, this year I do have a super cute bubonic plague plushie sitting on my desk that my friend got me… does that count? (probably not, since that’s it’s home now!)
What is the scariest book you’ve ever read? What made it so scary?
I struggle to read scary books (even children’s ones) so the first scary book I can remember getting through was Turn of the Screw. If I hadn’t had to read it for uni (and I hadn’t had all the lights switched on) I don’t know if I’d have finished it, because it’s so creepy!!
What’s the last book you read that truly shocked you, made your jaw drop, or made you chuck the book across the room?
This may be a shocker, but I’m going with a recent memoir I read called Inheritance. It’s about a woman who finds out in her fifties that her father isn’t her father- and I can’t count the number of times it made me gasp!
What’s a book that’s fallen out of the spotlight that you still really like and try get people to read?
Demon King– it’s not got the spotlight on it anymore, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still an electrifying fantasy series!
Are you dressing up this year? If so, what as? If not, what would be your costume if you were?
I’m not dressing up, but if I were, I’d dress up as a human! Cos humans are weird 😉
What is your opinion on the word ‘spoopy’, and memes that follow its theme?
It’s loads of fun- just like this tag! And on that note, time for PART 2!
Name a character that keeps repeating the same mistakes, despite having multiple opportunities to prevent them
I’m going left of field and picking some characters that IRRITATE ME TO DEATH- both Marianne and Connell from Normal People *repeatedly* cheat on their SO throughout the story… and for what? Why can’t they just be a couple? Maybe it made sense in the weird social dynamics of high school… buuut once you’re adults at the same uni/working in the same city- what’s the point of (literally) screwing over other people? What do they gain from it?
Name a book where the characters got their just desserts
The first character that popped into my head was Umbridge- because if anyone deserved to get chased by centaurs, it was her. That said, I don’t know if everyone in that book got their just desserts!! (RIP Sirius!!)
Name a book that tries to put a positive spin on something terrible
Man’s Search for Meaning– Frankl’s positive and constructive worldview is astounding, especially considering the horror he endured. This book doesn’t just shed light on his own experience, it can lead others out of their own personal darkness.
Name a book that delves into an existential topic
The Stranger- I just loved the dark humour in this.
What trope or theme in a book do you really like that you don’t feel gets enough attention?
I love the trope where a character goes into the “wild” and comes back transformed. It’s a pretty common trope- you can see it in every fantasy from The Hobbit to Ravencry to Winter of the Witch, BUT not many people seem as lowkey obsessed with it as I am 😉
Name a character whose humour is consistently underappreciated by those around them
Oof I see this in books all the time and yet I struggled to think of the answer! Until at last the perfect character smacked me round the face and reintroduced himself: Jalan from Prince of Fools. He’s hilarious- but not everyone in the series appreciates that about him!
Name a book (or two or three) that has helped you get through this year
Books are always my go-to in tough times (so needless to say I’ve needed a lot of fluffy, escapist and fantastical reads to get through the dumpster fire that is 2020). I was completely transported by Once and Future Witches, I had a wild ride with Aurora Burning and Sorcery of Thorns was just a joy to read!
What are your plans for Halloween this year if you celebrate it? How do you plan on spending what’s left of October?
I’m planning on surviving it!!! 😉 Given how the last year’s been going, who knows if what’ll happen? 😉
Annnd on that terrifying thought, I’m going to love you and leave you! I tag anyone that wants to do this!
And for everyone else- do you enjoy spoopy memes? Let me know in the comments!