I was invited to this challenge over a month ago by Hassan’s Book Corner and have finally gotten a chance to try it. Halloween has long passed, and now we’re excited for the new year, but it’s an interesting and unique idea so I will do it anyway.
- Answer all prompts
- Answer honestly
- Tag 1-13 people
- Link back to the original post
- Credit the creator, Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward
- Have fun!
Witch: A magical character or book
I chose the graphic novel Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu. It was a fun story with lots of magic and witchiness. I haven’t gotten to a review for it yet, but it’s on the Ultimate Reading List.
Werewolf: The perfect book to read at night
I had no idea what to do for this one, so the best I have is Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall (another book I have yet to review). It’s a calm and reflective book that gets boring after a while so you’ll be interested but fall asleep eventually.
Frankenstein: A book that truly shocked you
It was hard to think of one for this Halloween creature, but the ending of The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang was quite shocking. Though unrealistic, it was happy and made me feel good. Another one is The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley—it was appalling the way Ada’s mother treated her.
The Devil: A dark, evil character
The closest to “dark and evil” I can think of that I read recently is Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. While I didn’t love the book itself, it broke the usual character roles and was such a unique story that makes you think a lot. As for the Devil part, the main characters are Lord Ballister Blackheart and Nimona, a villain and his sidekick.
Grim Reaper: A character that never should have died
Spoiler Alert: For the grim reaper, I chose Prim in Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I understand the story benefit of her death, but we had all just read a trilogy of violence and everyone dying and, right near the end when we thought everything would be fine, the most important person to Katniss is killed for no reason.
Zombie: A book that made you hungry for more
I loved What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera and sped through it in a day or two. It had the kind of ending that leaves you thinking, that’s all? It’s over? Fortunately, the sequel, Here’s To Us, is expected to come out on December 28.
Gargoyle: A character you would protect at all costs
Mateo and Rufus were two innocent good people who didn’t deserve their bad luck, like many people in real life. But they still made their last day the best one ever, and it was no less heartbreaking when they met their fate. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera had well-developed characters that were easy to feel for, and I would protect them at all costs.
There is a supposed sequel coming out in a little under a year, The First to Die at the End. It is about some of the first people to ever receive a call from Death-Cast, and I’m genuinely scared to read it.
Vampire: A book that sucked the life out of you
Vague Spoiler Alert: This one’s kind of cheating because I haven’t finished it yet, but I’ve already been spoiled, and it’s amazing so far so I know the end will crush me.
Ghost: A book that still haunts you
I would do They Both Die at the End, but I’m trying to avoid repeats so for the ghost I present Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. It’s a powerful historical fiction novel with an intense ending, and it has made some of my favorites lists. Some runners-up for the ghost were Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys and Refugee by Alan Gratz.
Demon: A book that really scared you
I don’t think I’ve ever read pure horror, but one book that was a little scary is Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. It’s a graphic novel collection of creepy fairy-tale-like stories told in a weirdly poetic and comforting way. I highly recommend it to anyone who can handle a bit of horror.
Skeleton: A character you have a bone to pick with
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell was decent, but the main character, Cath, annoyed me at times, especially in the manga. She seemed to reject anyone’s offers for help, then cry—she was constantly crying—because no one cared about her. And her professor was described as thinking “fan fiction is the end of the civilized world,” which is an exaggeration when she only didn’t give Cath as good a grade because she reused a world and characters.
Mummy: A book you would preserve through time
I don’t think Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit is one of the greatest books ever, but it is a short book that makes you think about the meaning of life and whether immortality is a blessing or curse. It’s important no matter the time period and can spark a lot of discussion.
Creepy Doll: A cover too scary to look at
I usually know better than to read a book with a cover too scary to look at, but I think the cover of Coraline by Neil Gaiman fits here. I love the book and movie and want to read the graphic novel.
The rules say to invite a few other people to participate in the challenge, but we’re so far past Halloween by now I don’t think anyone would be up for it. If anyone reading this has a book blog and would like to try it, consider yourself invited.
I enjoyed this challenge and will do it next year if I remember. It was interesting connecting Halloween creatures with books the complete opposite of scary. Maybe one day I’ll work up the courage to read some classic horror.