Do you even like book tags? I am okay with book tags sometimes. I will just do the tag because it is a little late to start having a blogistential crisis.
1. A book that kept you up all night.*squints* In my experience, there is not a book that would keep me up that would take all night to read. Sure, there are long books out there—but they are never that long.
I will tell you the story of how I stayed up reading all night one night. I got sick when I was visiting my grandma out-of-state, and since I didn’t have my asthma under control I couldn’t breathe laying down. Rather than tough it out horizontally the whole night, I went to the kitchen and read Assassin by Anna Myers, Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer, and another book I don’t remember all night long. It was the longest night ever.
2. A book that made you scared to sleep.TV shows have been known to give me the heebie-jeebies, books usually do not.
3. A book that made you go to sleep.I don’t think I’ve ever fallen asleep reading.
4. A book that left you tossing and turning all night in anticipation of its release.…You know, there is such a thing as patience, and I have it. I do. And you know what, even if a book is released there is a chance I cannot buy it or it is not coming for a few weeks and if so, too bad for me. I just have to wait.
I was very excited when Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo came out, though. Not can’t-sleep excited, but excited.
5. A book that has your dream shipI am not much of a shipper, but I have to admit that Scarlet and Wolf from The Lunar Chronicles are too cute not to die over.
6. A book that would be your worst nightmare to live in.The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Women are reduced to the usefulness of their bodies in producing children, women are not allowed to read or write, women get sent to clean up toxic waste and die as soon as they become infertile, white men rule the world.
And not that this world is perfect but that one is a Heather’s-personal-hell sandwiched between eternal punishment and death to mankind.
7. A book that reminds you of nighttime.Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, because Ari has a lot of nighttime reflections, and that is kind of significant, even if he is also a stupid teenage boy sometimes. (Like seriously, what kind of people dance naked in the rain? They will get pneumonia! And cold!)
8. A book that had a nightmarish cliffhanger.A Stranger Thing by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal. It’s the second book in the series and I feel like I can’t spoil it for you guys, but it’s the kind of cliffhanger that becomes the incredibly stressful problem of the third book, and has made me conclude there are some things new mothers should never ever have to go through. Ever.
9. A book you actually dreamt about.I’ve dreamt about H.I.V.E. by Mark Walden, where I was on a mission with Dr. Nero and we invaded a shopping mall with grapplers—which is dumb, because we could have just used the doors, but whatever.
10. A book monster you wouldn't want to find under your bed.All of them? I don’t want anything under my bed. I can’t think of any one monster in particular, but I will say that no creature without a rational mind has every bothered me as a literary monster so much as the human monsters who have a sense of rationality and the depravity to enjoy suffering.
Vampires. Judge Claude Frollo. Fenrir Greyback. Fangs of Dang. Opal Koboi. Echidna. Dragons. None of those things I want under my bed.