Friday, October 12, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition!

Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition!

Happy Friday friends!

It's been a really long time since I've participated in one of these hops, mainly because we were posting infrequently for a while. I missed them! Getting to answer fun questions, visiting other people on their blogs, it's a great way to network! I actually miss being up on what other book bloggers are doing, and so it's one of my goals for the rest of this year and all of next year to start getting connected again.

Let's start things out with this book blog hop, shall we?

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This week's question:
It's getting close to Halloween. If you HAD to read one of these two genres, which would you prefer -- urban fantasy, or horror, and why?

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This is actually an easy one for me, because I read both of these genres! So, to make it a little tougher, I'm going to go ahead and choose one as a favorite and explain why. Are you ready? Because I'm going to settle right into why I love HORROR.

Horror books run the gambit from middle grade, all the way up to adult books and I love every single aspect of this genre. I could gush for ages about everything from ghost stories, to gore filled slasher stories, to stories filled with tense moments and overall dread. There's something beautiful about a well-written horror novel. They allow characters to take chances, face their fears and, hopefully, come out the other side a stronger person. They pit us, the reader, against all the things that we normally try to hide from. They make the fears we hold inside a little bit easier to understand, because we can see them through the eyes of someone else.

Plus, I just love to be scared!

Since I was a young reader I've loved that feeling of encroaching dread that comes with a good scary story. Every September and October you'll see my bookshelves filled with these kind of books and I can't wait!

Want some recs?

If you want some YA horror that features ghosts, fabulous characters, and ominous happenings, try The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud. The whole series is fabulous!

If you want to read a tome, that features historical fiction mixed with horror, try The Terror by Dan Simmons. It's gory, but wonderfully done.

Finally, if you want a book that will enchant you, terrify you, and make you fall in love with every single character, try Boy's Life by Robert McCammon. Get tissues. You'll need them.


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