There was a book tag going around at the end of last year (mostly on BookTube) called “The Creatures of the Night” book tag. And since I recently developed a
small addiction to BookTube (aka: YouTube videos about books), I’ve been watching a lot of these videos. And it looked like fun, so I thought I’d do it. I kind of feel like a rebel for doing all these book tags I haven’t been tagged for. Oh well.
This tag is a great source of Halloween reading recommendations (though I will be posting my top ten Halloween reads at the end of this month), so I thought I’d be perfect since we are halfway through October (seriously, how did that happen?). Here are my recommendations for creatures of the night:
Vampires: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. The Historian is awesome in that it’s kind of grown-up vampire fiction. It follows the original legend, and the vampire in question is none other than Vlad Dracula. For me, this is the ultimate vampire novel (other than Dracula, of course).
Werewolves: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. I think the only other books I’ve read that feature werewolves are The Mortal Instruments series and Twilight. And neither of those come close to Harry Potter.
Zombies: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. I just finished this book about a week ago and really enjoyed it! The only other zombie book I can think of is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, which is also really entertaining.
Ghosts: The Diviners by Libba Bray. The villain in this book is a serial-killing ghost named Naughty John. In my opinion, he is definitely one of the creepiest characters on this list.
Witch/Warlock/Spellcaster: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Harry Potter is the obvious choice here, but I decided to go with this one because I love it just as much, and the White Witch definitely gave me nightmares as a child.
Fairy/Fae: Stardust by Neil Gaiman. Honestly, other than traditional fairy tales, this was the only book with fairy/fae I could think of that I really love. It does help that the faery in question is a beautiful girl with cat ears.
Demons: Beowulf. You can’t really compete with Grendel. Or his mother. (Unless you’re Beowulf.)
Angels: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. The angel in this book is one of the coolest characters ever, but I think any more info than that would be a spoiler. So just go read it, okay?
Aliens: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Definitely one of my favorite sci-fi books of all time, and the only one I can think of that actually has aliens in it.
Superpowered Humans: Matilda by Roald Dahl. This book seems a bit out of place on this list, but I don’t care because I love it. The many hours I spent trying to move things with my mind as a child will attest to that.
And that’s it! This was such a fun tag, and it’s made me realize that I really need to read more “creature” books because I did have trouble with a few of these. Hope you enjoyed this list, and stay tuned for my top ten Halloween recommendations coming up in a few weeks!