Since we’re almost halfway through October already, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to do this wonderful Autumn Book Tag created by the lovely Viktoria from Seelieknight. It encompasses everything that I love about this season.
- Best autumnal themed book cover?
- Which fictional friend group would you trust with a Ouija board?
- Which book setting would you love to be celebrating in during Halloween night?
- Best autumnal food description inside of a story?
- Which fictional character would you dress as?
- An antagonist you would pledge your allegiance to?
- The creepiest book you’ve ever read?
- A book you’ve yet to read but will read this October?
- Which fictional character would you put in charge of the decorations for a Halloween party?
- Two of my current favourites are both recent purchases: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and Sleep No More by P.D. James. The cover of Shirley Jackson’s book is dark, haunting and utterly terrifying, promising a tale full of mystery and horror…and many sleepless nights! I finished reading Sleep No More by P.D. James only recently and I thoroughly enjoyed it. P.D. James’ writing is full of emotion and I love the way she gives a certain distinctive quality to the traditional murder-mystery story, with moral and psychological complications.
2. I’m not the kind of person who loves to dabble with the supernatural, even though I’m not really sure what is real or pure fiction. So I would probably choose a group of friends who I can trust to be there for me and protect me from any evil spirits! I think the Fellowship of the Ring is definitely my first choice, because all of the nine members have distinctive qualities that promise adventure, a good laugh but also protection and security.
3. Cliched or not, there’s no doubt that Halloween at Hogwarts would definitely be a day to remember. “By the time Hallowe’en arrived, Harry was regretting his rash promise to go to the deathday party. The rest of the school was happily anticipating their Hallowe’en feast; the Great Hall had been decorated with the usual live bats, Rubeus Hagrid’s vast pumpkins had been carved into lanterns large enough for three men to sit in, and there were rumours that Albus Dumbledore had booked a troupe of dancing skeletons for the entertainment.” Imagine all the delicious food, goblets of coloured candy, cakes and pies, followed by the highly anticipated show by the Hogwarts ghosts.
4. The Night Circus is always the first book that comes to mind when I think about Autumnal food. Caramel apples, black and white striped paper bag of chocolate or caramel covered popcorn, chocolate mice with almond ears and liquorice tails, cinnamon rolls covered in icing, spiced cocoa and cider. “Apples dipped in caramel so dark they appeared almost blackened but remained light and crisp and sweet.” The whole book is a feast to your senses that makes you long to be at the circus and experience first hand it’s magic and attractions.
5. There are so many characters that I’d like to dress as someday but to mention a few: Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows, Arwen from Lord of the Rings, Celia Bowen from The Night Circus, Lila Bard from A Darker Shade of Magic and Frankenstein’s monster.
6. I would pledge my allegiance to Henry Winter from The Secret History. Not that I approve of his behaviour, but I’m fascinated with the way his mind works, his self-preservation and emotional detachment. Henry, in his dark English suit and an umbrella, the linguistic genius, is in my opinion one of the most compelling characters from the group.
7. This is an easy one for me: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind. This is the kind of book that makes you feel uncomfortable in your own skin and it is this same discomfort that terrifies you. The story is about a quest for the perfect perfume which turns into a creepy, weird and revolting story, where a man would commit murder just to indulge his sense of smell! Sounds utterly horrific but definitely worth the read!
8. I wish there were more days in October so I could read all the books on my TBR! I’m currently more than halfway through Jane Eyre, which I’m thoroughly enjoying and I think I’m going to start reading Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente. I do want to reread The Diviners by Libba Bray and The Secret History by Donna Tartt, both of which are long and take me such a long time to read so it’s going to be quite a feat! I also want to read The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, one of my most anticipated books of 2019!
9. I would definitely choose Celia and Marco from The Night Circus, because they managed to create such wonderful and enchanting attractions in the circus. Their tents were imbued with deep and complex magic that added a certain aura of mystery and charm to them, making the experience feel almost like a dream. I am pretty sure that the Halloween decorations would be a success!