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  • Writer's pictureKristina Elyse Butke

The Spooky "Would You Rather" Book Tag

Two jack'o lanterns on a black background - THE SPOOKY "WOULD YOU RATHER" BOOK TAG
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This holiday-themed post comes from Heather at the Sassy Book Geek. Let's dive right in, shall we?


1.) Thrillers or Supernatural(s)?

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I absolutely love the supernatural, so I'll always choose those kind of books. To me, thrillers tend to be a little more based in reality (crime thriller, tech thriller, etc.) and as someone who loves more fantastical things, books with monsters or hauntings or witchiness are my cup of tea.

2.) Ghosts or Zombies?

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I'm going to have to go with ghosts for this one. Ghosts have always scared me, and they're representative of so many things--not just a spirit haunting you, but a memory, or a feeling...I want to leave you with this quote from The Haunting of HIll House (2018):

Ghosts are guilt, ghosts are secrets, ghosts are regrets and failings. But most times, most times a ghost is a wish.

3.) Vampires or Werewolves?

Clawed hand holding bloodied pages of Anne Rice's "The Vampire Lestat"
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This is tough for me because one of my favorite scenes in horror is always the moment a human transforms into a werewolf...but I think overall I have to go with vampires. I like the aesthetic of vampires being beautiful, immortal creatures who represent unquenchable desire but also have a cold, monstrous side to them. Vampires can be really sexy, too, and I like that.

4.) Witches or Demons?

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Demons. I find the old grimoires that categorize demons really interesting, and then there's a lot to play with in terms of how you can interpret demons. Some of them are ugly and terrifying. Some are beautiful, like fallen angels. Some are patrons of knowledge, and some are personifications of the ugliest of human emotions. And, like vampires, some of them can also be sexy! ...In one of my future books, I'm writing about a demon!

5.) Would you rather read a book with 13 chapters or a book with a black cat on the cover?

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I'm not particularly superstitious about the number 13 here but I'd still go with the cat cover simply because I love cats, and usually a black cat indicates there's going to be some sort of magical, witchy fun in the book.

6.) Would you rather read a spooky book in the dark with only a candle for light or by yourself in a locked brightly lit room?

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As long as I'm able to adequately see by candlelight, I'd go with the dark room because I think it'd be great to add to the atmosphere of the scary book.

7.) Would you rather face your worst fears or be trapped in the mind of a killer?

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Ooooh, this one is also kind of tough! You'd think I'd want to face my worst fears because the idea is that if you do, you'll overcome them, but I'm afraid of stuff like plane crashes and drowning, and there's no way I'd want to experience that. So I'm going with trapped in the mind of a killer...does a killer think about killing all the time? I would think they would have mundane moments in their daily life, so I'd at least get some kind of reprieve from their mind.

8.) Would you rather watch a scary movie or read a scary book?

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As much as I love reading, I think I love scary movies more. I just love how movies come up with visuals for scary things...sometimes my mind has a harder time picturing what authors are talking about, so it's nice to see things come to life on screen.

9.) Would you rather read spooky books during the fall time or all year?

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I don't set out to read spooky books during the season...I tend to read them whenever the mood strikes, so I'm going to choose to read them all year.

10.) Would you rather read 10 spooky books in October or 10 spooky books all year?

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This question is way too similar to the last one! I'd rather read ten spooky books all year because I don't actually think I can read ten books in a month.


Guess what, friends? I want to see your answers! Respond in the comments or try this on your own blog (be sure to drop your link in the comments if you do this). Enjoy the spooky season!


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