I told my lovely friend Destiny that I wanted to participate in more book blogger tags, and she came through! Thank you for the tag, this was super fun!
- Mention the creator of the tag and link back to original post [Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight]
- Thank the blogger who tagged you
- Answer the 10 questions below using any genre
- Tag 5+ friends
I decided to only use horror books for this, which was a bit of a struggle for some of these, ahh!
1. secrets & lies → a book set in a sleepy small town
There are plenty of little towns I could use from King’s books to cover this one, but since IT is the one I’ve read most recently, I’m going to go with Derry! (It’s also my favorite – runner’s up would probably include Castle Rock & Jerusalem’s Lot!)
2. salt & sand → a book with a beachside community
Jaws is one of those classic stories that everyone just knows by heart, whether they’ve read the book or watched the movie – or both! The tale of a terrifying shark preying on the small seaside town of Amity is iconic. Visiting the Jaws section of Universal Studios growing up was a formative thing for me – that shark is horrifying!
3. here there be dragons → a book with a voyage on the high seas
I’m never going to stop talking about how much I love killer mermaids, friends. Never ever. Mira Grant (AKA Seanan McGuire)’s compelling tale of scientific discovery-meets-gore is unputdownable – trust me! While you’re at it, check out ROLLING IN THE DEEP, the prequel to this one!
4. tread lightly → a book set down a murky river or a jungle
You might think you’re ready to read this story about a father and his son on their fishing trip, but you’d be VERY WRONG. I still think about this, months after reading it, and it’s one of those that’ll undoubtedly stay with me forever.
5. frozen wastes → a book with a frostbitten atmosphere
How could I answer this without mentioning the one and only Christmasland? One of the most horrifying and chilly places I’ve ever visited in my reading time, Christmasland is A SPECTACLE! With a giant tree decorated with the heads of adults, where the sweets never stop and hot chocolate never runs out, where killer children with sharp teeth chase you with even sharper knives…. Yikes!
6. the boonies → a book with rough or isolated terrain
Alright, I’ll be honest – I don’t know if an isolate mansion counts as being in “isolated terrain”, but if a girl can get lost in the woods, or if they can hurt you in some way, that seems pretty damn ‘rough’ to me, so we’re going with it, lol! THE DARK GAME is one of the many books by Jonathan Janz that I own, and it’s one of my favorites!
7. hinterlands & cowboys → a book with a western-esque setting
How could I go with anything else? I started reading THE DARK TOWER series this year for a group readalong on Bookstagram, and I am in love. It’s got everything – horror, fantasy, death, destruction, action! I’m loving my journey so far, although I’m only a couple of books in – can’t wait to finish the series!
8. look lively → a book across sweeping desert sands
While not all of the stories in COYOTE SONGS take place in the actual middle of the desert, a decent amount of them do – and all involve la frontera, and the place it holds in so many different lives.
9. wild & untamed → a book set in the heart of the woods
THE RITUAL was one of those rare books I only discovered after watching the film adaptation. I loved the movie, and loved the book even more – Adam Nevill is an incredibly talented horror writer, check him out if you haven’t!
10. wildest dreams → a whimsical book shrouded in magic
THE THIEF OF ALWAYS is one of those books that’s hard to describe to someone that hasn’t read it. “Magical horror” would be the perfect description, but even that doesn’t seem to do it justice. Clive Barker’s writing is gorgeous, and the story itself is one of those timeless coming-of-age type books that sticks with you for years to come. My only regret is that I didn’t read this one sooner!