Book Blogger Hop: Audiobooks vs. Regular Books

I haven’t done this hop for a while but I loved this week’s prompt, so I decided to jump in!

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer of Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended in December 2012, but was resurrected with Jennifer’s permission by Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week, a new prompt with a book-related question is released.

This week’s prompt is from Elizabeth at Silver’s Reviews.

Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, do you prefer listening instead of reading? 

No to both questions – I’ve tried getting into audiobooks in the past, but they didn’t really work for me.

Okay – to be honest, I’ve only really tried twice. It was last year, when I was trying to finish the square on the 2021 Cozy Mystery Bingo (run by /r/cozymystery on Reddit) that asked us to listen to an audiobook. I borrowed two audiobooks for a road trip I was going on and they were just okay. It was nice entertainment to fall asleep to, but then again, I don’t think audiobooks were designed to help you fall asleep…

Honestly, I feel like I could’ve gotten more value from reading the book in print format….

Strangely, I don’t like audiobooks but I love podcasts. I think it’s because podcasts are (usually) designed to be delivered in audio format, while authors write audiobooks as regular print books first. So they might not consider something like how many hours their book would be as an unabridged audiobook, whereas podcast creators are a lot more conscious about that when they’re creating the podcast.

Authors write the book as a book, so they might not have considered things like how the words would sound when spoken, or whether someone could follow along with the book when it becomes a 6 hour listen. On the other hand, these are things that a podcast creator might consider.

I’m not sure if it’s the audiobooks I chose that were the problem, or if audiobooks just aren’t for me. I’ve heard people say that the narrator matters a lot, so much so that they can make or break the audiobook. Other people say that certain genres are better for audiobook than others, like memoirs where the author themselves is reading their book.

So, maybe I’ll try again this summer when I have more time to do it, but I don’t know if things will change for me.

Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, do you have any tips for how to best enjoy them?


Life’s a Beach Book Tag

I always find tags fun – I feel like I’m answering mini interviews! They’re also a great opportunity to reflect on my reading habits.

Thank you to Celeste from A Literary Escape for tagging me on this summery tag! I tag whoever wants to try this tag out.

This tag was originally created by Lefty from Left Hand Book Lover.

The Sand: A book that stuck with you long after you finished reading

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty

Doughty is a mortician who talks about death and her job on her YouTube channel Ask a Mortician. That’s how I first became aware of this book, which is a non-fiction novel answering questions about what happens to our bodies after we die.

What I loved about this book was how it tackled an issue a lot of people have trouble talking about in a compassionate, informative, and accessible way.

The Sun: A book that burned you

Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

The Hannah Swensen series is a fairly well known cozy mystery series, so much so that Hallmark turned some of the books in this series into movies! There are 28 books in this series, which follow baker Hannah Swensen as she solves various crimes in her small town.

Seeing how many people enjoyed this book, I was excited. And then, I was deeply disappointed. I’m so disappointed I won’t leave a summary of this book. This was one of the only one-star reviews I’ve ever left. I’m glad that I borrowed this book from the library and didn’t pay for it, because it really wasn’t for me.

The Waves: A book that calms you down after a long day

The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

This book is an action-packed thriller, following criminal Nicholas Fox and his handler (and maybe romantic partner) Kate O’Hare as they infiltrate a smash-and-grab gang.

When I’m looking for something escapist, I love diving into action-adventure books and movies like Indiana Jones or The Mummy. I feel like the entire Fox & O’Hare series fits into that same mold.

The Bathing Suit: A book with a pretty, summer-y cover

Something Guava’s Give by Carrie Doyle

OK, I realize this is a bit of a literal answer given the cover is on a beach, but I think it’s perfect! This was a 5-star cozy mystery for me. It’s set on the fictional Caribbean island of Paraiso and follows Plum, who’s running her new villa rental business. She’s dragged into a murder investigation when the daughter of an heiress is found dead at the mansion of a local eccentric billionaire.

Overall, this was a fun and exciting read, a perfect escapist read that brings the tropes of the ‘traditional’ cozy mysteries to the present day.

The Birds: A book that is everywhere

ACOTAR, or A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – a book so popular it got its own acronym! It’s a new adult fantasy book that follows a mortal named Feyre. After she kills a wolf in the woods, she is captured and taken to the land of the faeries

I’ve seen this book everywhere online in bookish spaces, but I haven’t actually read it. I used to be big into fantasy when I was younger, but I’m not so interested in it anymore. Also, there are currently 62 holds on 18 copies of the eBook at my local library and I don’t feel like waiting that long for a book I’m not sure I’ll like.

The Company: A book with wonderful characters

Five Alarm Fire by D.B. Borton

This is an ARC that I reviewed a while back and absolutely loved. It’s a cozy mystery with bite. Set in the 1980s, this mystery follows aspiring PI and retiree Cat Caliban. She signs up at a beginner pottery class, only to find ashes and bone fragments in the kiln. The plot thickens when she discovers a connection between this case and a missing collection of vases once owned by a madam from one of Cincinnati’s houses of prostitution in the early 20th century.

I love this series for many reasons. One is because the cast of characters in this book is well-rounded and diverse, with people from different backgrounds, ages, races, and sexualities. They all feel like real people I might meet in my everyday life.

The Ice-Cold Drinks: A book you absolutely gulped down

Neon Gods by Katee Robert

This is a steamy romance retelling of Hades and Persephone. Persephone is reimagined as a socialite who’s just been informed by her mother that she is to be married off to the brutal city leader Zeus. She escapes to the secretive lower city and strikes a deal with Hades: her safety for a few months, in return for her participation in a fake relationship with him.

I’ll admit, I read this book when I should have been working on a university assignment. I gulped it down all in one go. It’s pretty rare for me to read books at all at once during the school year because of how busy I am, which I think is a testament to how engaging this book is.

The Fun Memories: A book you can’t wait to return to

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

I’ll be honest, I’ve been trying to finish this book for years. It’s a popular non-fiction book that covers the history of Ancient Rome by a well-known historian.

Sometimes I find it a bit tiresome to be reading something as historically depth as this book, especially when I’m reading a lot of academic books for school already. But when I do go back to this book, I always enjoy it. Beard has a way of making history seem so accessible.

Thanks for reading this post! Have you read any of these books before? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts on them.

The Hardest Game of ‘Would You Rather’ for Book Nerds Tag

I found today’s tag at Zezee with Books. Zezee found the tag from Kristin Kraves Books, who based it off a Buzzfeed article. Now, it’s my turn to take on the tag!

Would you rather have a friend who loses your books or one who dog-ears them?

Loses, because the book can be replaced by myself or my friend. It’s a lot harder to get rid of the the paper creases formed by dog-earing.

Also, mistakes happen and people lose things from no fault of their own, whereas dog-earing seems like a much more conscious decision to me.

Would you rather secretly love a book everyone else hates or secretly hate a book everyone else loves?

I wouldn’t say I hate them, but I already openly dislike books that everyone else seems to love (as evidenced by some of my ratings on Goodreads) so it wouldn’t be a problem for me to secretly hate a book instead of openly hating it.

Would you rather be stuck on a very long plane ride or train ride without a book?

I’ve done both without books before and been fine, but I’d say train rides are a bit worse.

I tend to sleep through very long plane rides, whereas I’m much more scared about missing my stop on a train or having my luggage stolen off the rack. Books would help me stay awake, whereas I could just sleep/watch movies on the plane.

Would you rather have dinner with your favourite author or your favourite character?

Author, hands down! I could ask them questions about my favourite characters, and since they’re the ones that created those characters, it’d be like I’m eating dinner with my favourite characters 😉

Would you rather date a character you have a crush on or your crush from real life?

Real life. I don’t tend to crush on characters from books anyways.

Would you rather have your favourite book turned into a movie or your favourite movie turned into a book?

After the monstrosity that was the Percy Jackson reboot, definitely the movie into book option.

In better news though, Rick Riordan is directly working on a new reboot of the books, which you can read more about on his blog. So I’m hopeful the next go around will be better.

Would you rather read a book with an annoying cliffhanger or one where your favourite character is killed off?

In cozy mysteries and romance, the latter because I don’t think cliffhangers fit into the genre at all. To me, cozy mysteries should wrap up most of the big plot points and end in a happy manner. I don’t know how an author could hit those points and still have a good cliffhanger. And one of the hallmarks of a romance is that there has to be a happy ever after or happy for now, and I don’t feel like cliffhangers fit well with that requirement.

In general though, I’d pick the cliffhanger (if it’s appropriate for the genre). It’s a great way to build suspense for the next book!

Would you rather lose the ability to read any new books or the ability to reread books you’ve already read?

Reread books, since I hardly ever reread books anyways. There are exponentially more new books out there to explore, many times more than all the books I’ve ever read in my life.

Would you rather live in a library or a bookstore?

Bookstore, because bookstores often come with other amenities like cafés or lifestyle or toy sections and whatnot that I could enjoy. Also, I love the smell of new books!

Would you rather lose your place or get a paper cut every time you read a book?

Lose my place. Getting paper cuts all the time seems quite painful – and it’d probably not be very good for my health.

Would you rather have to always read in the dark or always read books with tiny text?

Tiny text. I’ve got glasses anyways that I could use. Is it cheating if I manually made the text larger every time on my Kindle? I feel like eBooks always come with tiny text by default.

Would you rather read by a fireplace or by the beach?

Fireplace. The glare from the sun, the heat, the noise of people playing and walking around me… it’d just be too overwhelming. Reading by a fireplace seems much more idyllic, especially if it was in a quiet environment with a cup of hot chocolate!

If you’d like to take on this tag, please go for it! Or, if you’d like to answer one or two of these questions, feel free to leave your answer in the comments below.

The 20 Questions Book Tag

Today, I’m taking on the 20 Questions Book Tag! I found this tag from Amy (A Fangirls Opinion). buydebook created this tag and posted the questions in the Readaholics group on Goodreads.

1. How many books are too many books in a series?

It depends on the material of the book and the genre.The Murder, She Wrote series has over 50 books in it for example! That seems like a lot to me, but the various authors have somehow found a way to involve poor Jessica in over 50 cases and people seem to still really like the series (as the series has been around since 1989), so who am I to say that it’s too much?

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

It depends on the genre. In cozy mysteries, I wouldn’t like them at all because the genre needs to

3. Hardback or Paperback?

Paperbacks. They’re usually cheaper and they feel nicer in my hands. Though a nice hardback can look really pretty on the shelf, especially if it’s a collector’s edition hardback of some kind.

4. Favourite book?

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan. It was a big part of my life when I was a kid. It’s probably one of the only books I’ve re-read over and over again.

5. Least favourite book?

Anything I gave a 1 star review to on my Goodreads, I guess. I don’t know if I could pick out a specific book from the 1 star reviews I’ve left.

6. Love triangles, yes or no?

Sure, I guess? They’re not my favourite, but I don’t mind reading about them either. A lot of it depends on how it’s executed, of course. I didn’t mind Peeta/Gale/Katniss from the Hunger Games for example, because the love triangle wasn’t a major part of the series and the triangle didn’t seem unnatural or forced based on the way the characters were written and portrayed.

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

The Little Old Lady Strikes Again! by Catharina Ingleman-Sundberg. It’s about a group of elderly people who plan to rob a casino in Las Vegas, but who run into a gang of dangerous and younger criminals who are also planning on doing the same thing.

It was an interesting plot on paper but I didn’t feel compelled by the book or the writing style, so I returned it to the library.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

I’m not reading anything (at least, when this post is being written). I probably will be when this post actually releases, as I schedule most of my posts in advance.

Honestly, I don’t usually recommend books to people because my friends who read read different genres than me, so I can’t remember!

10. Oldest book you’ve read?

Hm.. I’ve read many extracts from books that are very old for various classes. For example, I read parts of the diary of a merchant who was part of Vasco da Gama’s first trip to India from 1497 to 1499 for an Asian Studies course.

If play manuscripts count, I read Medea for my AP English Literature class in high school. It’s a play that was first produced in 431 BCE by Euripides. The actual text we read was, of course, not from 431 BCE – it’s a more modern translation of the Ancient Greek – but the heart of the play itself was thousands of years old!

11. Newest book you’ve read?

#FollowMe for Murder by Sarah E. Burr. It was released on February 15, but I read it before that time as I got an ARC of the book from NetGalley.

12. Favourite author?

Rick Riordan! I’ll always have a very soft spot in my heart for the Percy Jackson & the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Those books meant a lot to me as a kid. His books were the first time that I saw a character that looked like me (Frank!) represented in fiction in a full way.

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

Borrowing books most of the time! I don’t typically re-read my books anyways. I usually buy the books that I know I might be interested in reading again, the books that I know will take me longer than a library loan period to finish, or the books I can’t get from my local library.

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

I gave Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman 2 stars, so probably that one. I didn’t find the book funny and the plot wasn’t compelling to me at all.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Bookmarks, though I don’t usually use ‘nice’ ones – usually just old receipts or napkins or whatever I can find. When you dog-ear, you leave a mark on the book that you can’t remove later, which I don’t like.

16. A book you can always re-read?

The Last Olympian. I don’t re-read it often nowadays, but I used to re-read it all the time as a kid. It holds so many good memories for me.

17. Can you read while listening to music?

I’m capable of doing it, but I prefer to read in silence. If I had to read with music on, I’d have to listen to something instrumental that’s not too stimulating. I usually pick lo-fi music when I’m listening to music and doing work in my university’s library.

18. One POV or multiple POVs?

One POV is fine for me. I think multiple POVs are hard to juggle for both authors and readers. Each different POV needs to have a distinct voice and ‘feeling’ to it, but they still need to tell the story of the book without confusing the reader.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Both, depending on how much time I have and how long the book is. Sometimes, it can be hard for me to put down a book and stop reading. I admit, I’ve read books into the wee hours of the morning when I probably should have been sleeping…

20. Who do you tag?

Anyone that wants to try this tag out!

Book Blogger Hop: My Thoughts on Bibliotherapy

Today, I’ll be answering a prompt from the Book Blogger Hop. This blog hop was originally created by Jennifer of Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended in December 2012, but was resurrected with Jennifer’s permission by Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week, a new prompt with a book-related question is released.

This prompt was from 2020, and was written by Maria from A Night’s Dream of Books. But, I liked it so much that I wanted to answer it two years later!

What is your opinion of bibliotherapy? Do you think this is a useful way of dealing with psychological issues? If you’ve used it yourself, or know someone who has, what book(s) would you recommend?

I had to look up what bibliotherapy is. According to Wikipedia, bibliotherapy is “a creative arts therapies modality that involves storytelling or the reading of specific texts with the purpose of healing. It uses an individual’s relationship to the content of books and poetry and other written words as therapy.”

I have been to therapy before (seeing a psychiatrist who did talk therapy), but my therapist did not use bibliotherapy. For a long time, I struggled with needle phobia – or specifically, fear of the process of getting vaccinations. I am fully vaccinated and up to date on my vaccination schedule but getting vaccines (interacting with the nurse, actually being stuck with a needle, etc.) was always really difficult for me.

I’m happy to report that I’ve come a long way after therapy, but it was CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) that helped me. We didn’t use bibliotherapy and I’m not sure how it would have been useful in my case.

My opinion is, maybe it could be useful but only in specific circumstances and only if the mental health professional you’re working with (if you are working with one) recommends it.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this week’s prompt! Have you ever heard of bibliotherapy? What are your thoughts on its efficacy?

Book Blogger Hop: Bookish Artwork

Today, I’ll be answering a prompt from the Book Blogger Hop. This blog hop was originally created by Jennifer of Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended in December 2012, but was resurrected with Jennifer’s permission by Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week, a new prompt with a book-related question is released.

This week’s prompt is from Penelope at The Reading Devil.

Do you have any bookish posters/artwork on your walls?

I do! I have two posters from Powell’s Books. Both are hung in front of my desk. Powell’s is a chain of bookstores in Portland, Oregon. It claims that it’s the largest independent bookstore in the world. The location in the picture below is their biggest one.

Picture from Wikipedia

I don’t know if they still do it as I got them a long time ago from several trips to Portland, but they used to print beautiful poster artwork on the back of the store map. Yes, the store is so big it needs a map!

I also have a print of a New Yorker cover that’s mounted on a piece of thick black paper. I got it from a trip to New York City, sold to me by someone on the side of the street for $1.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this week’s prompt. Do you have any bookish artwork on your walls?

Let’s Talk Bookish: Do You Keep Up With New Releases?

Today, I’ll be answering a question from the Let’s Talk Bookish tag, hosted by Rukky of Eternity Books and Dani at Literary Lion. This is the list of all past and future questions, if you’re interested in trying any tags for yourself.

Questions come out on Friday, but I post my personal posts on Monday so – Monday it is! The question for November 26 was:

Do you keep up with new releases?

If they’re not ARCs, then no.

I used to keep up with any of Rick Riordan’s books, at least until the Heroes of Olympus series ended. Every time a new book would come out, I’d ask my Mom to head to Costco to see if she could pick up the book for me. I’d proceed to devour it within the night!

But, now that I’m in university, I don’t really have the time to be reading books on release day anymore. While I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Rick Riordan’s books, I’ve fallen quite behind with his recent books.

For ARCs, I do keep up with them in that I’ll check sites like NetGalley or BookSirens every so often so see if there is an ARC I’m interested in. In that case, I’ll read books before they release and post about them right around release date.

I do keep up with new releases for video games though! But I think it’s a bit different in that the video games I’m interested in only release a few times a year at most, whereas book releases I’d be interested in are a lot more frequent than that. It’s a lot easier to keep up with video game releases than with book releases.

I’m interested in what you have to say: Do you keep up with new releases? Let me know in the comments!

Book Blogger Hop: My Favourite Book Review Sites

I’m jumping into the Book Blogger Hop for the first time! This blog hop was originally created by Jennifer of Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended in December 2012, but was resurrected with Jennifer’s permission by Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week, a new prompt with a book-related question is released.

This week’s prompt is by Elizabeth from Silver’s Reviews.

Do you use Goodreads as the main website to keep track of what you have read? If not, please share what you use?

Besides this blog and my Instagram, Goodreads is the main place where I keep track of where I read. I’ve had an account since 2013, though I only really started seriously using it since August.

I use it because I think it’s one of the better book reviewing sites out there. A wide variety of books are included and there are a fair amount of reviewers for every book. Even for a more obscure read, I know my chances of finding at least one review for a book or author are fairly good. It’s also the best known reviewing sites, which is great when I need to submit reviews for ARCs.

I also like the social features that it has. I’m part of a number of Goodreads groups, and it’s fun to connect with other readers. My favourite is probably The Lost Challenges. This group offers a ton of diverse reading challenges. They work well with pretty much any genre and there are a variety of time limits to pick from, from monthly to never-ending challenges. Plus, if you finish a challenge, you’ll get a shiny (virtual) badge at the end! If you’re looking for new reads or to simply up your reading experience, I’d highly recommend checking them out.

I have tried The Storygraph in the past, which is another book review site that positions itself as a more reader-friendly review site that’s not Amazon-owned. The nice thing about their site is that challenges are built into the interface, plus you can add content warnings to books. Those two little changes make the reviewing experience friendlier for me.

However, since The Storygraph is still quite new, there really isn’t a large community using it. I found that books on Goodreads that would have 50+ reviews would have none on Storygraph. I like seeing what others think about a book and it’s hard to do that on Storygraph at this point in time. I think most readers there are interested in romance and YA, so maybe your experience will be better if you try those genres?

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this week’s prompt! Do you use Goodreads and do you like it? Have you tried The Storygraph and if so, what was your experience like?

Your Answer Can’t Be Books Tag

I found this tag on katiescottagebooks – the link will take you to her take on this tag if you’re interested to see what she has to say! This tag was originally created by BookTubers Book Buds.

What is something that you own way too many of, other than books?

Souvenir pens and pencils! Specifically, the kind of pens and pencils that go for a couple of dollars in gift shops.

Pens and pencils are often one of the cheapest item you’ll find in a gift store, and they’re pretty readily available too. They also don’t take up too much room in a luggage. Sometimes, you can also get them for free, like from a hotel or conference.

The problem is that I don’t usually use these pens and pencils. With a pencil, if you sharpen and use it, then the pencil – and a piece of your collection – is now gone

What is something that you do for fun that’s not reading a book?

Lately, I’ve been really enjoying Animal Crossing: New Horizons. An update for the game and paid DLC (basically an additional extension to the game which you pay for) recently came out and it’s reinvigorated my interest in the game.

Do any of you play? I’ve been playing the series since Wild World, and the series has a lot of nostalgia for me.

What is something special or important on your nightstand, that’s not a book?

I don’t really use my nightstand as a nightstand, it’s more like a storage unit that’s conveniently by my bed. I keep extra blankets on top of my nightstand for cold nights, which will come in handy as the weather gets colder.

What’s something you buy at a bookstore other than books?

Stationery – like planners, calendars, bookmarks, and pens. Indigo, which is a major bookstore chain in Canada, sells a lot of items like this. Sometimes, I buy things for myself, but I mostly buy stationery as gifts for friends.

What’s a fun gift that you’ve received that wasn’t a book or a gift card for books?

A friend of mine got me some socks that were packaged like sushi. It came in a little takeout box, with the socks being patterned like salmon nigiri and other types of sushi. It’s both a cute and a practical gift!

This is an example of something similar to what she got me, though it’s not the exact same gift set.

I don’t watch a lot of BookTubers, so this question is actually pretty easy for me to answer! It was harder to pick just one answer.

An example of a video by Maqaroon

My recommendation is Maqaroon, because I think that a lot of different people would enjoy her channel. Joanna, the creator behind the channel, posts unique ideas for DIY projects. Joanna also has another channel called Cute Life Hacks, which has more DIY options.

If you’re crafty, you might enjoy trying her projects. A lot of her projects are also suitable for kids, so it’s great if you’re needing inspiration for something to do with kids in her own life. Plus, her videos are soothing and interesting to watch even if you’re not too interested in crafting.

Tag five BookTubers that you want to learn more about.

This is a book blog, so I’ll amend this question to say that any blogger that wants to try this tag is more than welcome to do so!

The Halloween Book Tag

I saw this tag on Victorious Readers and knew I had to do it for Halloween! From what I can tell, the tag was originally created by Book Adventures but it seems that the site is no longer active.

Favourite scary (must read) for Halloween

I love “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. You can find the full short story here.

If you’ve never read it before, I highly recommend checking it out! There’s no explicit gore or anything like that, but I did find it a scary read. I first read it in a high school English class and it’s stuck with me ever since.

Scariest book cover, like ever?

When I was a kid, I remember being super freaked out by the Goosebumps books by R.L. Stine. I was introduced to them when my cousin gave me a whole box of her old books. I think I read everything in that box except the Goosebumps books she included.

Here’s an example:

Blegh… I’m sure there are covers scarier than this, but my childhood bad memories will always stick with me, I guess.

If you could go trick-or-treating with one author, who would you pick?

I would love to go trick-or-treating with Rick Riordan. As a kid, I absolutely loved his books. I’d want to tell him about how much his writing meant to me and pick his brain about his writing.

If you could dress up as any bookish character for Halloween, who would you be?

My dream costume would be Amy’s blue dress from the Little Women movie (directed by Greta Gerwig). Little Women isn’t my favourite book ever, but I do think it’s a lovely classic. Also, Amy’s dress is absolutely gorgeous! I can’t find a screencap of the original dress online, but @angelacostumery made a beautiful recreation on Instagram which I’ll include below.

If you could find anything (from any book) in your trick-or-treat stash, what would you hope to find?

There are so many good options from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl… it’s tough to decide! I think I’d go with the Cavity-Filling Caramels. I’m not a caramel girl but I’d be willing to overlook my preferences if those candies really did fill cavities. The never-melting ice cream would be a nice second choice.

What book villain would you not like to meet alone in a dark alley on Halloween?

The velociraptors from Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. Just… nope! I don’t want to be eaten, thank you very much.

Fun fact: Did you know that actual velociraptors were about the size of a turkey? You can read more about the inaccuracies of the dinosaurs in the Jurassic Park movie in this really cool Guardian article.

Would you rather dress up as a vampire, zombie, werewolf, or shadowhunter?

I feel like vampire would be the easiest to pull off, though zombie could be fun too?

Pick a candy (just one) from Harry Potter that you would love to find in your stash?

Chocolate Frogs! I always loved the idea of collecting all the cards inside. For those of you who are interested in buying them in real life, I know that Universal Studios sells replica editions. There are also fan-made versions on sites like Etsy if you don’t want to financially support J.K. Rowling. You can even customize your own chocolate frog card!

What is your favourite Halloween candy?

Chocolate bars, specifically Kit Kat or Aero. Now, I also like Coffee Crisp, but I didn’t love it when I was a kid.

I tag anyone who is interested in doing this tag!

If you are planning to do anything this Halloween, stay safe and have fun!