Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! Today is one of my favourite holidays, and that is Halloween! A time for the spooks to come out and play… I love snuggling up on the sofa, snacks at hand, and scary movies on the TV – it’s a tradition that I have with my boyfriend. Of course, Halloween is the perfect time for reading scary books, or books that put you on edge. So this tag is perfect, even if I can’t always give a spooky answer – Naomi TheBookLover was the original creator, and I saw this on the channel Katherine’s Reads, so go check them out! So without further ado, let’s begin the tag, and fair warning, there may be spoilers!
Carving pumpkins – what book would you carve up and light on fire? For this, I’ve chosen a fairly recent read and that is Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis. This is an adult novel, following university student Clay who returns home to Los Angeles for the Christmas holidays and reunites with his friends. I honestly hated this – I gave it 1 star, and I donated this to the charity shop. Although actually lighting a book on fire is awful, I could make an exception. I didn’t like the writing or the characters, so yes – break out the knives and let the best carved pumpkin win!
Trick or treat – what character is a treat, and what character is a trick? For a treat, I have chosen the character Lysandra from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. This fantasy series began life as YA, but I think it’s definitely NA now, especially since the author has introduced “mature content”. Lysandra has so many layers to her character that each time she is on the page, she unwraps a little, reveals more and continually teases. Originally, I wasn’t keen on her, but she has definitely grown on me and she is a real treat! Queen of Shadows really brought her to the forefront of the story, cementing her in the world of the new Terrasen Court.
For a trick, I have chosen the character Scythe Goddard from the Arc of a Scythe series by Neal Shusterman. This is a YA series, set in the science-fiction, dystopian future, where death and illnesses have been conquered. People are living longer, overpopulation is a problem, and only Scythes, trained in ending lives, must make decisions on who dies and how. Scythe Goddard is almost comic book style villainous at times, and he is a little exaggerated, but he’s definitely a trick. He knows how to twist people to his ways and whims, as influential as he is in the Scythe community. Definitely a tricky person.
Candy corn – what book is always sweet? I don’t read many sweet books! One I did read this year though was To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, the first book in the YA contemporary series, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. This follows Lara Jean, who writes letters to the boys she loves, and secures them in a safe box. One day, the letters are sent out, and Lara Jean’s life goes crazy! This was a fun contemporary, but I definitely think the Netflix film adaptation is sweeter!
Ghosts – what character would you love to visit you as a ghost? It probably won’t surprise anyone and this could be a spoiler alert, but I’ve chosen Remus Lupin from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I feel like he didn’t have to be taken from us in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (book seven of the series). I wanted more from him and his past, and I thought there was always a connection between him and Harry – more than him being one of the best friends of his dead father. I want to hang out with Remus, have a conversation. I just love him so much.
Dressing up in costume – what character would you want to be for a day? I’ve decided on being Mare Barrow from the Red Queen YA series by Victoria Aveyard. Mare is a strong character, although she does have many flaws. She has these amazing lightning abilities, and I’d love to test them out, see what I could do, what I could be capable of…
Wizards and witches – what is your favourite Harry Potter moment? I have so many favourite moments from the Harry Potter series, but if I have to pick? I’m going with the Quidditch World Cup, Bulgaria and Ireland game from Goblet of Fire (book four of the series). Harry gets this amazing experience, he feels like he truly belongs in the wizarding community, he gets to spend time with his friends… Of course, it does end badly with the appearance of the Dark Mark, but the game and the travelling is euphoric and you can taste it!
Blood and gore – what book was so creepy that you had to take a break from it for awhile? For this, I’ve chosen It by Stephen King, which is an adult horror. This follows a group of children who are plagued by their fears one summer, until they take the fight to the creature. Years later, the creature comes back, drawing the children (now adults) back into its horrifying web… This is a heavy book, with its themes of racism, sexism, violence, physical and mental abuse, and more. I felt at times like it affected my mental state, and the horror is definitely unnerving. This being said, I am a huge fan of the main villain, It, and his alter ego, Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
So that’s it for the tag, I hope you had fun! I sure did – this time of the year brings out my inner demon! You know I like Pennywise, so who is your favourite horror villain? If you don’t like horror books or films, who is your favourite book villain so far this year? I’d love to know!