5 Things That Scare Me In Books

5 Things That Scare Me In Books

Hello, friends! Halloween is merely days away (finally!) and so today, I thought I’d go over 5 things that I look for in books when I want a good scare. This list is brought to you by Top Ten Tuesday, which was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. As I feel most comfortable with smaller numbers, I’ll be making a top 5 instead.

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5. El Cuco

I’ve been thinking about this one a lot because I was talking with Jesse over at Bowties & Books about the book Five Midnights. The story features el Cuco as the main villain, and I was incredibly excited to pick it up because of this. If you don’t know, he’s sort of like the Puerto Rican boogeyman. My behavior as a child could be corrected instantly with the threat of him. Unfortunately, the book didn’t really work for me, but I would be glad to pick up another horror with this creature.

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4. Supernatural Identity Theft

Someone recommended Netflix’s Haunted to me the other day because of a specific episode where a bunch of friends were tormented by something they called the Mimic. The episode itself was not very good in my opinion got me thinking about how horrifying that would be. Imagine thinking you’re seeing someone you care about, but it’s actually another being entirely? It could lure you into places you wouldn’t normally go. It could probably kill you. All it has to do…. is gain a little trust. This is also something that happens in my favorite horror movie, It Follows. I think that’s the part that made me the most paranoid, actually. How would you know that the person you’re seeing is real or not?

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3. Home Invasion

I don’t know if I’d say that I actively seek this one out. This one frightens me so much that I’m sure I’d have instant nightmares if I read too much of it. The thing is, I don’t even live in a full house. I haven’t in years. If someone broke into my apartment in the middle of the night, there’s nowhere I can really go because it’s so tiny (which I guess is frightening on its own). But the idea of thinking you hear somebody in the house but you have no idea where? That’s terrifying. Suddenly it’s like you’re playing a game for your life. Make the wrong move and enter the wrong move, and you’re dead.

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2. Ghosts / Poltergeists

This was very nearly my number one. Honestly, ghosts are much scarier to me than humans or even serial killers, because you have absolutely no idea what they can do. A serial killer has to find you in your hiding spot, but a ghost can just pop through the walls and be all, “You really thought I couldn’t see you there?” A human can harm you, yes, but a ghost has so many more ways to do it. Especially poltergeists! My favorite ghost series is the Bad Girls Don’t Die trilogy by Katie Alender, and the third book included a scene that frightened me enough to put the book down for a second and slowly back away to catch my breath.

I also want to note that new ghosts are much scarier to me than old ones. They know the way your mind works better and can mess with you that way.

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1. Shadows

Can you believe a shadow is what beat out a ghost? It may sound silly, but just the very idea of a shadow standing, immobile, in the corner of my room sends chills down my spine like you can’t even imagine. It’s something about the fact that you can’t see what’s there but you know that something is! You want to tear your eyes away from that spot of darkness, but you just can’t. And why are they just standing still like that? Gets me every time!!!!!

I even made up a game when I was a kid that I like to call Closer and Closer. You play with two people, on opposite sides of a room (one is preferably in bed, like in the horror movies). The person standing says “open” and “close”, and the other person opens and shuts their eyes accordingly. When their eyes are closed, the person on the opposite side of the room gets closer to the other. It’s always frightening. Always. I’ve tried playing it in school, in a classroom that wasn’t entirely dark because of a lack of proper curtains, while making funny sounds, and it’s always unnerving.

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That’s all for today! What are some of the scariest things for you to read about? Let’s talk about it~ Have a happy and safe Halloween (if you celebrate!) and I’ll see you soon!

     xonikee1

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The ‘I Should Have Read That Book’ Tag

The ‘I Should Have Read That Book’ Tag

We’ve all been there. Our TBR piles are tall enough to burst through the ceiling. The amount of times we’ve looked at a book and thought, “Why haven’t I read this yet?” is probably endless. So, today I’ll be doing a tag all about those unread books! I wasn’t tagged by anybody, but I thought it would be fun to do anyway~ 💗

Rules:

Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
Link to the creator’s blog in your post
Answer the questions below
Tag 10 others to take part
ENJOY THE TAG!

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A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read 

wicked lovely

It’s been years that my friend Ari has been telling me to read the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr. Not only her, but one of my online friends growing up had this title as her username on the site we used to chat. I thought it was beautiful, and she suggested I read the book. I’m really not into fae stories, though, so I have yet to pick it up. Ari let me borrow the first three books in the series, so I should read them soon!

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up

shadows on the moon

I really loved Zoe Marriott’s Name of the Blade trilogy, so I went ahead and bought this one about 4 years ago immediately after finishing it. Somehow, I still haven’t read Shadows on the Moon. The sequel is out now, too! Every winter, I tell myself I will, but… hopefully this will be the year I get a huge urge to read a Cinderella retelling.

A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing yet

acowar

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas may be increasing my interest in fae stories (let’s be honest, it’s just Rhys that does this for me) but that doesn’t mean it’s still not hard for me to get into. I know that once I’ve got the rhythm of it, all will be fine, but I’m still hesitant. Also, it’s huge.

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read

wuthering heights

This book was never brought up even once when I was in high school. The only exposure I got to it in my teen years was through the Twilight series, because Bella mentions reading it, if I recall correctly. A few years ago, I talked to a coworker about what her favorite classic was, and she mentioned that she’d really liked Wuthering Heights as a teenager because of all the angst. Listen. I know I should have been given that clue when this was brought up by Bella, of all people. I still know nothing much apart from that, but god, I’m a sucker for angst.

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read

grisha trilogy

The entire Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. This feels even more evident now that the casting for the Netflix adaptation is creating the biggest buzz on my timeline. The only thing I’ve read from this world is Six of Crows, but I just know I’ll be trash for The Darkling, so I’d like to read it soon.

A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet 

I actually don’t have an answer for this! I always hold off before I watch an adaptation.

A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet

serpent and dove

Suddenly it feels like everybody has a copy of Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin! When I saw it in person for the first time, I nearly bought it, too. It’s also a Barnes and Noble YA Book Club pick, so that almost convinced me. I’m still not sure if I’m going to be reading it.

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That’s it for the questions! I don’t know who has done this tag yet and I’m still pretty new to the blogosphere, so I’m only going to tag a few people. I’ll be tagging Dorka @ Berries and Books, Ash @ iinktrailss, and Jess over at Jessica C Writes. Sorry if you’ve done this tag already, and no pressure either! 💗 Also, feel free to do this even if I haven’t tagged you~ (you’re officially tagged now)

Are there any books on this list you’ve read? Which ones should I aboslutely have read by now!?

       xonikee1

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WWW Wednesday #3: September 25, 2019

WWW Wednesday #3: September 25, 2019

Hi, friends! I can’t believe it’s already my third WWW Wednesday, a weekly tag hosted by Taking on a World of Words, in which you answer the following three W’s:

🌿 What are you currently reading?
🌿 What have you finished reading recently?
🌿 What are you planning on reading next? Continue reading “WWW Wednesday #3: September 25, 2019”

WWW Wednesday #1: September 11, 2019

WWW Wednesday #1: September 11, 2019

My very first WWW Wednesday! In an attempt to soothe my horrible memory issues as well as share more of what I’m reading, I’ve decided to try to do this every week. WWW Wednesday is a weekly tag hosted by Taking on a World of Words, in which you answer the following three W’s:

🌿 What are you currently reading?
🌿 What have you finished reading recently?
🌿 What are you planning on reading next? Continue reading “WWW Wednesday #1: September 11, 2019”