I feel very much not in the Halloween spirit this year. I think it’s because it’s not such a big thing here in the UK, especially when you’re an “adult” and no longer at university. I’m hoping things get a little more festive next week as I’m planning on attending a publishing social that is Halloween-themed and includes tarot card readings (I’m super into tarot cards and
trying to learn started trying to learn earlier this year but have hardly picked up my cards in months because I’m terrible). I saw this Halloween book tag on over on Madge’s blog, Caffeine and Books, and I love the spoopy meme so I thought it would be a good chance to try get into the Halloween spirit a bit before it comes around next week! I’m tagging anyone that needs a little more spoopiness in their lives.
The Spoopy Memes Book Tag was created by Emily at Embuhleeliest, and the rules are to please link back to Emily’s original post (where you can pick up the ~official~ Spoopy Memes Book Tag banner) and please include the memes in your post!
Time to get spooky! What books will you be reading to celebrate this time of year?
I’m reading Hideo Yokoyama’s Six Four right now which is a crime thriller. I’m actually not sure what else I’m going to read this month! I’ve been in a slump so I’m trying to mood read to get out of it so we’ll see!
Do you put up decorations for Halloween? If so, describe them! Even better, show them!
Not this year! We had some great decorations during my final year at university, including glittery bats and witchy window stickers and even long witches socks for our dining table legs!
What is the scariest book you’ve ever read? What made it so scary?
Easily House of Leaves. I talked about it a little here. I read it a couple of years ago, back when I only really had time to read at night. I couldn’t put it down but it also made me too scared to sleep. It’s a very weird book with a structure that demands a lot of attention so it’s completely consuming. I can’t really explain it but it’s incredible.
What’s the last book you read that truly shocked you, made your jaw drop, or made you chuck the book across the room?
Not scary, but The Dutch House. Something happens very close to the end which honestly was inevitable and shouldn’t have been a shock at all but I was so attached to the characters that I think I was hoping it wouldn’t happen. It was also dropped in almost nonchalantly so it caught me off guard and I gasped outloud, shouted ‘No!’ and immediately started sobbing.
What’s a book that’s fallen out of the spotlight that you still really like and try to get people to read?
Anything by Jesmyn Ward, I think. Also Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki is another one that I always recommend. And The Other Half of Augusta Hope didn’t get nearly enough hype as it deserved, I’m so in love with that book.
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 this year, but I like to do silly costumes because they’re usually pretty easy to throw together. For my last Halloween costume, a friend and I dressed up as devilled eggs, complete with fried egg earrings.
What is your opinion on the word ‘spoopy’, and memes that follow its theme?
I honestly use the word spoopy a troubling amount considering it’s not a ‘real’ word. Big fan of most memes but these ones especially.