Creatures of the Night Book Tag

I haven’t done a book tag since last June when I did the Mid-Year Freakout Tag and I’ve been itching to do another one. Since I now have the availability of my Monday posts, I found a few tags which have interested me that I’ll be posting over the next few months.

This is the Creatures of the Night Book Tag, which was created by katytastic on YouTube. I saw it adapted for blogs from Dreamland Book Blog, who posted it a really long time ago. The tag gives different popular monsters which appear in books/media, and I’ll pick my favorite from the ones I’ve read.

– Werewolf –
Is it weird that the only books I’ve read with werewolves are Harry Potter and the Twilight books? I tried looking into some other books which might interest me and include these moonlight shapeshifters, but I haven’t found anything quite yet. I’ll keep my eye out! For now I guess I’ll choose Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?

– Zombie –
Severance by Ling Ma has stuck with me since I read it last month. Even though at the time I only gave the book three stars, I find myself thinking about this book all the time, and I definitely think it’s the best zombie book that I’ve read.

– Witch/Warlock/Spellcaster –
I really don’t want to also choose Harry Potter for this, though that is my favorite. I’m going to say Red Sister by Mark Lawrence because that’s one of the only other books that I’ve read which includes some spell casting, I suppose? I loved the finale of this series and I’m super excited to continue reading more of Mark Lawrence’s previous and future series.

– Fairy/Fae –
I know that this is a more prominent part of the sequel to this book, but since I haven’t read that one yet I’m going with the only book I’ve read where this is mentioned which is The Name of the Wind. I really want the third book to get a release date so that I can re-read the first and finally get to the second book. It was one of the best books I read a few years ago, and I’ve been waiting to dive into the rest of the series for what feels like forever.

– Demon –
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix is a no-brainer. We knew at least one Hendrix novel was going to make it onto this list, and it had to be the first one I read from him. I can’t thank the staff at my local Barnes & Noble enough for the recommendation of this book, because it reintroduced me to horror in a huge way and has led me down genre paths I never would have explored otherwise.

– Angel –
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor was one of the first series I read when I was seriously getting back into reading, and it’s probably the series I recommend the most. Full of angels, demons, and everything in between, I loved the mystical element and the setting of this book.

– Alien –
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green was a really interesting alien novel to me which plays into the culture of viral videos and dealing with that level of internet fame. I really liked this book when it originally came out, and the sequel is one of my most highly anticipated books of the year.

– Superpowered Human –
Vicious by V.E. Schwab is the most perfect representation of this type of monster. The characters in this book turn themselves into superheroes for a college project, and the rivalry between the two is unparalleled in any other book I’ve read so far. Though this was originally a standalone, a sequel came out last year and another is planned for next yer. I’ll read anything that V.E. Schwab writes, so I’m extremely excited for that as well.

– Vampire –
For the final two monsters on this list, I wanted to mention two books that have these monsters and that I’m looking forward to reading. Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix comes out in April, and it’s easily my most highly anticipated book of the year.

– Ghost –
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson is a classic horror novel and one which I’m really eager to get to as I try and visit the roots of the genre. In reading recommendations, this is one of the most quintessential ghost stories written by one of the best horror writers ever.

That’s the end of the Creatures of the Night Book Tag. I really enjoyed trying to figure out which of these creatures I’ve read and which I need more of in my life (looking at you, ghosts and werewolves…) As I continue to read horror and thriller novels in the future I think I’d like to revisit this tag to see how my answers have changed.

-Siobhan

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