Halloween Creatures Book Tag

BOOO! Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely day of spooky celebrations and plenty of candy corn to go around. Today I’d like to celebrate with this Halloween Creatures Book Tag. Thanks so much to Theresa @ The Calico Books for tagging me!

Witch: A magical character or book.

How could I not mention one of my favorite books? The Hobbit is magical in so many senses of the word, from setting and characters to the warm, fuzzy feeling it gives me whenever I return to its faded pages.

Werewolf: The perfect book to read at night.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte has always struck me as the ideal book to read under the covers on a dark, stormy night. Is it the eerie setting? Cruel Heathcliff? Bronte’s lyrical writing? Or a combination of them all?

Frankenstein: A book that truly shocked you.

The existence of this book shocked me. I had no idea that my favorite movie and Michael Crichton’s brilliant book Jurassic Park was inspired by The Lost World, a 1912 novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, until I found it in a bookstore one day in Oxford.

The Devil: A dark, evil character.

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley is filled with complicated, ambiguous, surprising characters who may be considered a hero one minute and evil the next. I love a great character twist!

Grim Reaper: A character that should never have died.

I think Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling goes without explanation for this prompt. So sad!

Zombie: A book that made you hungry for more.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte was the book that made me eager to read more classic literature. What would I be reading nowadays if not for my favorite genre?

Gargoyle: A character that you would protect at all costs.

I’m going to say Jim Burden from My Ántonia by Willa Cather, one of my favorite novels. Ántonia could definitely hold her own, but I’m not so sure about poor Jim…

Vampire: A book that sucked the life out of you.

I really enjoyed reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, but it took a long, long time. A few summers ago I read about a section a week for two months or so–splitting it up over the course of a summer definitely helped!

Ghost: A book that still haunts you.

Beloved by Toni Morrison is one of the most striking, unsettling, powerful, haunting books I have ever read. It’s a novel that stays with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

Demon: A book that really scared you.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is hilarious and witty while simultaneously terrifying. What if society goes in this direction? What does our future look like? Huxley offers a frightening example.

Skeleton: A character you have a bone to pick with.

Emma by Jane Austen was such a tedious book to read because I found so many of the characters annoying. I think it might be worth rereading someday, but for now I’m fine just watching Clueless. 

Mummy: A book you would preserve through time.

I have a strange attachment to Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis. I read it for an essay in my AP United States History class during my junior year of high school and I adored it.

Creepy Doll: A cover too scary to look at.

Even the spine of The Shining by Stephen King is creepy. I remember finishing this book while staying overnight in a lodge on a mountain in January… definitely fit the mood of the book!

YOU! Since Halloween is today, I’m not quite sure if anyone will want to do this tag. But if you’d like to, definitely go for it! Happy Halloween!!

What are your answers to these prompts? What do you think of mine? Let me know in the comments section below!



7 responses to “Halloween Creatures Book Tag”

  1. Happy Halloween, Holly 😄
    It’s such a great tag .. I ought to have done it but it’s too late btw I agree on Wuthering heights and Emma. There are my favvv classics 😆💕
    Have you taken all of the photos cause everything is gorgeous!!!
    Loved the post. ❤


  2. Oh I love your pictures so much, Holly! ❤
    I agree about Harry Potter, that death was way too sad, it broke my heart 😦


  3. Yay!! I’m so glad you did this! I loved reading your answers. Jane Eyre has been on my TBR for so long now. I really need to get to it soon! 😄

    Also, sorry if you get a notification that I just started following you! I’ve been following but I just bumped the unfollow button. Whoops! 🙈😂


  4. Oh man, Beloved also haunts me even years after reading it! That book has such a powerful impact.


  5. These are great answers! as always, reading your posts reminds me that I MUST read My Antonia and Beloved, and I should probably reread the Hobbit too *sigh* oh for more time/better usage of time and motivation to use it to read!


  6. The Hobbit’s one of my favourite books too!! Awesome answers!


  7. These are really great photos! I must admit that I’m a bit reluctant to start reading Wuthering Heights because many people have told me that they didn’t like any of the characters…
    A book that really scared me was Unwind because, well, duh. And a book that shocked me was Half a Yellow Sun because I was like ‘This Biafran war was pretty significant yet nobody talks about it?’. I think it’s something to do with Euro/Western centrism that we have heard of The Vietnam war but not this one.


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