Top 5 Tuesday: 5 Books That Scare Me

This weeks top 5 Tuesday is all about 5 books that scare me. I haven’t read any books that really scare me so I am going to take this as 5 books that I think will scare me. Honestly I feel like they are all going to be Stephen King because he is the king of Horror but let’s see what happens. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan Reads.

5 Books That I Think Will Scare Me

“The Shinning” by Stephen King

I am currently reading this book and I am a little bit short of half way. I haven’t ran into anything too scary yet but I feel like that is because the story is still just starting out. I have ran into some parts that I have noticed my heart rate creeping up and my body feels tense, so I think this book could be the first book to actually scare me!

I watched the movie a little while ago and I wasn’t exactly scared but probably more confused than anything. I am finding that now that I am reading the book I am understanding the story better and I think that will help get me to the point that I will actually be scared.

“IT” by Stephen King

I absolutely hate clowns and the fact that I have see both the old and the new film along with the sequel of this movie astounds me! I first watched this back in 2016 when here in Utah (maybe the whole country… IDK) there were people dressing up as clowns and hurting people, I remember at work we couldn’t walk outside without someone always with us for fear we could die, not great timing, it probably made my fear even worse!

If I ever read this book I don’t know if I could even finish it because I would be way too scared! I have heard it is a good book though, so it is very tempting to try it and just see what happens. Someone talk me into this!

“The Exorcist” by William Peter Blatty

Once again this is a movie that really scared me! I can’t even look at this cover without feeling uncomfortable.

I really am not someone who likes to watch horror but I will give it a try around Halloween. I get scared really easily and I just do not think this book and I would get along too well.

I like to read my books at night and this would probably give me nightmares and I really can’t be having that right now.

“The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson

This was the TV show that actually convinced me that maybe one day I could enjoy watching horror movies. I thought the TV show was very well done. Since I’ve watched the show though I have been tempted to read the book because the books are always better. However, if the book is always better does that mean the book would be scarier?

The TV show scared the crap out of me so if the book is scary I am not sure I can handle it! The monsters my head creates can be scary enough let alone with a little guidance from a book! It would be worth the read though because I am sure it is a great read.

“Rosemary’s Baby” by Ira Levin

I guess there is a movie for this book (shocker) However, I haven’t seen it yet. While I was reading the synopsis of the book though it really did sound like an interesting horror tale.

I have heard a lot of great reviews about this book however, children and babies in horror films I feel like are always the scariest part! I couldn’t imagine reading about it!

Have you read this book? Would you recommend it?

Conclusion

I am not a horror fan. I think I will continue to read my thrillers and mysteries, that is as far as I need to take it! I leave all the horror reading to people who truly enjoy it!

I am currently reading “The Shinning” and I have already read “Pet Semetary” and I am sure I will read more of Stephen Kings novels but maybe only on special occasions. It was funny because as I was looking through scary books online “Pet Semetary” Kept popping up very high on the lists but I really didn’t think that book was scary. I hope one of his books can give me a good scare.

QOTD: What is the scariest book you have read?

One Year Bookstaversary!

One whole year on Bookstagram is a dream come true! I never stick with something for too long without getting bored or starting a new project but I can officially say I’ve done it! I heard somewhere that if you do something for a whole year you know that you will stick with it from here on out! What an accomplishment! I want to share some of my favoroite moments from this past year with you all. Also don’t forget to join in on my Giveaway before it is too late!

About Me

Hello, My name is Bailie and I am a bookstagrammer and book blogger! A year ago from today I picked up my first book in years and actually fell in love with something I thought was pointless while growing up. I went from reading one book once in a blue moon to finishing 3-5 books a month!

Starting my bookstagram and now my blog have been my greatest accomplishments for awhile and I am so excited I am able to share my passion with others and be able to make connections with other bookish people. Thank you so much for all the amazing support over this past year!

Book of the Month Club is what actually got me into reading! I give them all the credit! I saw the box one day and just decided to give it a try and all of a sudden I was hooked! They offer so many different genres for you to pick from and all of them are great choices! Here I am with all my BOTM picks and my top six reads from this past year! And no I haven’t read all of these yet.

If you are interested in giving BOTM a chance hit the link below and get your first box for a really good price!

Things I have accomplished in this past year

Books Read: 43

Rep Positions: 4

Instagram Followers: 2,050

Instagram Posts: 170

Blog Followers: 56

Friends Made: Way too many too count!

I have made quite a few goals for myself when I started this journey and I am so happy to say that I have surpassed my own expectations and it is all because of my friends, family and followers! I am so thankful for all of the support I have received over this past year.

One of my main goals recently was to reach 2,000 followers on my Instagram by my bookstaversary and I did it! I even got it done a month early back in September! I don’t really worry too much about the followers but more so about making friends with the people I share my content with. I want to thank all of the wonderful people I have met through bookstagram and all the friendships I have made. To Court, Lily, Cam, Belinda and Ivy, you all have been my number one booksta supporters and I wouldn’t be where I am without you all.

Starting this blog was a random idea that turned into a burning passion and I personally think it has been one of the best things to happen to me. I have been able to keep myself ,motivated to actually find a passion in life and work on it to turn it into a main part of my life. One day I hope to be able to make it my full time job. I have plans to start a YouTube series and a podcast and hopefully start getting a merch line going as well, but that is all a ways down in the future so stay tuned!

Last Shout Out (I Think)

This goes out to my number one supporter, Hype man, and love of my life Noah. You have no idea how many times I pull him away from what he is doing to take pictures for me or even just to make dinner because I need to get a blog posted. However, he never complains, I think he is more excited about my blog than I am!

Without his support I don’t think I would have made it this far along in this journey. So thank you so much for all you do for me. I love you!

Top Five Reads

First Place
Second Place
Third Place
Fourth Place
Fifth Place

Honorable Mentions

This is written by a 17 year old who knows how to bring a story alive!
This book made me sit on the edge of my seat the whole time!

Wrap Up

This year has been a rollercoaster for sure but one thing that has always been here is my books! Books are such a beautiful thing because they all offer different worlds to travel too. I have no clue how I lived my life without reading until recently, my life has changed so much since I picked up my first book! I never thought in a million years I would be where I am today, writing a blog (that people actually read) and making friends who actually have the same hobbies as me.

Thank you once again for your growing support and I can not wait to see what next year holds! Don’t forget to enter my giveaway I am hosting through Instagram!

Bookstaversary Giveaway!

My bookstaversary is tomorrow, October 8th! Gosh I can’t believe I have been on my reading journey for a full year! When I was growing up I absolutely HATED reading and now I have over 2,000 followers on my bookstagram and over 50 followers here on my new blog! I have had such an amazing journey here so far and I am excited to share more about my journey tomorrow. However today I am opening up my 48 hour giveaway! This giveaway will be hosted on my Instagram. Head there now to enter the giveaway!

What Can You Win?

I have three authors who are kindly participating in this giveaway and will be signing a copy of their book for 3 lucky winners! Each winner will receive one book of their choice from the three books. The First place winner will also receive a book off of their amazon wish list! This is such a fun giveaway to participate in and it also helps support smaller authors.

About the Authors and Their Books

Bree Moore

Bree is an Urban Fantasy novel writer who loves to write female led books. The”Lost Souls” Series being her longest running.

She lives in Utah with her husband and their six children whom she homeschools.

Other than writing she has a passion for child birth, shopping and Celtic music!

“Raven Born” by Bree Moore the first book in the “Lost Souls” Series

As a half-raven, half-woman shifter, Harper’s very existence is illegal. Rumors of a hidden community of raven people draw her north, but she won’t go without her brother.

When she’s captured by a government task force and taken to a camp for illegal paranormals, she’s threatened by a fate worse than death: the loss of her wings.

Now Harper must find a way to evade the magical spells that imprison her. To succeed, she’ll have to trust someone who could betray her in an instant.

Can Harper escape Camp Silver Lake and find her brother before her wings or her life are taken from her?

Lily Kathleen

Lily Kathleen is a 17 year old high school senior who lives on a farm. Her farm has roughly four hundred goats, how cute! She has a love for music such as; Playing guitar, piano and singing!

Her passion for romance started when she was only twelve years old which helped her to start writing her own stories to share with everyone.

She self-published her first book “The Intellect” June 14th, 2021 But she has other books in the works! I can not wait to see what else her beautiful mind creates!

“The Intellect” By Lily Kathleen

Fifteen-year-old Jessica Adams moves to a small town in South Dakota at the beginning of summer. Moving is normal for her, but this time seems to be a bit different. She isolates herself from the outside world as she begins to question her whole life. Her parents never give her the freedom her older siblings have, nor can she even be left at home alone without her parents constantly texting and calling her. She begins to feel alone, as she spends her whole summer cooped up in her room.

But things quickly start to turn around when she meets a mysterious guy, named Aaron Conners, on the first day of school. No one looks at him, nor talks to him. So why is he always hiding?

He has a seriously huge secret, but so does she. Her secret can lead her into much danger. The only thing is that she doesn’t actually know what her secret is.

Will she make a massive mistake in trying to figure out what her big secret is? And will it lead her and those she loves into more danger than ever before?

Belinda Lei

Belinda is a managing director of an anti bullying campaign called Act to Change and she also takes a stand for AAPI Hate.

She is a lover of all genres from thriller to fantasy. However her book is a Young Adult novel filled with drama, tears and laughter. This book will take you back to your high school years and spark some memories!

She has a lot of accomplishments under her belt including being a Yale MBA candidate, proud Georgetown Hoya, software engineer, and a former strategy consultant.

Find this information and more on her website and check out her anti bullying campaign as well.

“Not That Rich” by Belinda Lei


Hunter and Trisha Wang, like the majority of their classmates, are trying to balance AP classes, Ivy League applications, numerous extracurriculars, and tumultuously juicy social lives, all while living in their affluent, suburban bubble. Will Hunter get into Stanford and still be able to maintain his relationship with the “it girl” Sierra Jones? Will Trisha find love with outsider Ray Martinez and figure out what’s going on with her influencer best friend, Pamela Shah? Will billionaire newcomer Jack Zhou figure out how to fit in? And who exactly is The Stranger? Welcome to Winchester High, a prestigious college preparatory school where students live seemingly perfect, privileged lives.

Giveaway Rules

  • Must be following me on Instagram and please stick around.
  • Must be following All three of the authors Instagrams as well. Please also stick around, they all have such great content!

Bree Moore

Lily Kathleen

Belinda Lei

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  • Comment which book you would like to win.
  • Tag three bookish friends.

Extra entries

  • Share my blog post (make sure to tag me or link back)
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  • Tag more friends! Each comment with a tag will be an extra entry.
  • Buy one of the other authors books and you will get 10 extra entries! (Must be able to prove purchase) whether it is an ebook copy or physical it counts! Links are in their Bio’s

Legal stuff

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  • Must be In the United States due to shipping (So Sorry for international people, I will host another giveaway soon for all!)
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  • Must be willing to share a link to your amazon registry and address for shipping purposes only.

I hope you all have fun! This Giveaway will close on October 9th at Midnight MST.

Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan from MeeghanReads. Each week is a new topic and you give your top five from that category. This weeks Topic is horror tropes that you are brave in the face of… or that you find mildly ridiculous to funny.

I am going to be honest with you, I haven’t read many horror books mostly just thrillers that involve human killers. I also wasn’t a horror fan at all growing up and recently started to watch scary movies. So top five horror tropes that don’t scare me might be a bit hard to do, maybe I just do what tropes I don’t think will scare me but still need to try. Let’s see what I can come up with, shall we?

Zombies

As much as I don’t like zombie movies it’s not because I think they are scary but more so the gore. I really don’t like watching blood, guts, and gore in my movies. Especially when it doesn’t seem plausible. Such as, I am good with blood and guts from a medical show but not in violent action movies or unrealistic situations.

I haven’t came across a zombie book before but I also don’t think I would read a zombie book either. Definitely not a trope I would read but I don’t think it would scare me either.

Do you have a zombie book to recommend?

Serial Killers

As a true crime fanatic serial killers don’t scare me. I find these more interesting than anything. I think I would really enjoy a book that covers a serial killer.

These movies tend to be cheesy because the victims are typically very stupid with their choices. I don’t really get scared watching these movies because of the killer but more so because of the jump scares! I am very jumpy at all times even when I know something is going to happen but I enjoy the thrill!

I welcome these types of books with open arms! Send your recommendations my way!

Aliens

The only alien that I approve of is Stitch. I could read about him all day every day. I have an extensive Stitch collection so I am all for that alien.

Aliens just don’t catch my interest, I don’t think aliens are real and I don’t like listening or reading about anything to do with aliens.

Alien movies are boring and offer nothing stimulating to my brain. I just don’t think this would be a scary trope for me.

Technology Take Over

I know this is a movie but I am sure a book exists or could exist with this type of horror trope.

I just don’t get the idea of something taking over technology. I wouldn’t find something like this scary whether it was a movie or a book. I find this more silly than anything.

I’m sure if ghost or demons do exist they could take over technology but I personally have not first handedly had this experience and until then I will believe this idea is completely ridiculous!

Cults

I just recently finished a book involving a cult and I was more intrigued than scared. The book was called “A Deadly Influence” by Mike Omer. This was a really good thriller about a kidnapping that was possibly connected to a cult. Check my review out Here.

Midsommar was an awful movie and I didn’t find it scary just more uncomfortable than anything. I just don’t think a horror book about cults would freak me out.

Thoughts

I really want to find a book that really scares me. However I have heard that it is really hard to find a book that really scares you. I need some book recommendations for the scariest books you have read.

I am currently reading “The Shinning” by Stephen King and although I didn’t find the movie scary I have high hopes for the book. I also have “The Chestnut Man” by Soren Sveistrup and I have seen some very good reviews on this book.

QOTD: What Horror tropes do you find not scary?

October Spooky TBR

October is finally here! Fall is upon us along with pumpkin spice, black cats and haunted houses! I love the month of October so much! I love doing all the spooky activities, in fact I worked for a haunted house for a season and that was probably one of my favorite short lived jobs I have had. There was also a small family owned corn maze down by my childhood home I would go to two or three times a year!

This is my year to read some good spooky books or at least Halloween themed books. Last year around this time I think I only read one, maybe two books, that would have gotten me in the spooky mood but this year I have a lot planned! I am taking this very seriously!

Spooky TBR Hopefuls

“The Shinning” by Stephen King is very high on my TBR ever since I read “Pet Semetary” a few months back. It was kind of funny because I ordered this book last weekend through amazon so I could start immediately and the day it arrived someone invited me to join their buddy read for the book, what great timing!. I have seen the movie recently actually and I really enjoyed it but have heard mix reviews about the book strangely but I am still very excited to dive into this book this spooky season.

“The Ex Hex” by Erin Sterling has been everywhere on my bookstagram! Well book of the month club decided to have this book as on of their main picks so of course I had to add it into my box! So I will now have a cute romance Halloween read along with a horror book, it feels like a good balance.

“The Chestnut Man” by Soren Sveistrup has been on my wish list for far too long and this month through book of the month club I finally gave myself a good enough excuse to spend some extra money and grab this as an add on! Now that it has a TV series on Netflix I really need to read this so I don’t get any spoilers.

“The Last Thing He Told Me” by Laura Dave was another book I got from Book of the month club recently. I feel like this thriller will get me into the spooky season spirit! I really love thrillers so how could I go wrong?

Conclusion

This month I only have four books on my TBR hopeful list because “The Shinning” has like a million pages and I know I am a slow reader. So I hope I can read all of these this month but like usual, I can’t make any promises.

I am also still trying to finish “Maybe You Should Talk To Someone” by Lori Gottlieb. I am reading it very slowly because I am trying to take every word in and learn from the book. I hope to finish it this month but I am in no rush.

Stay tuned for my Bookstaversary coming up on October 8th, next Friday! I am having a huge giveaway that I am so excited for! I am giving away signed copies of some of my favorite books! You will not want to miss out on this!

You all should join Book Of The Month Club if you haven’t already. They have so many good books especially good ones for the spooky season! Down below is my link to get your first book for super cheap! Check it out!

September Wrap Up

Hello fellow book lovers, friends and family! Can you believe that September is already over? I can’t! There is no way tomorrow is already October, But I am so excited for spooky season! Fall is definitely my favorite season, mostly for the beautiful leaves, cooler weather and of course Halloween!

This month I gave my self five books to read from five different genres. How well do you think I did? Well let’s fine out!

What Did I Plan on Reading?

I really wanted to challenge myself so I picked very different genres for this month. I was really excited about all of these books but I will admit I didn’t end up reading them all.

What Did I Actually Read?

“The Intellect” By Lily Kathleen

This book was the perfect mixture of Romance and mystery tied together. When you think of a YA romance book you want this cute high school relationship that doesn’t feel like an adult love story. This book gave me the nostalgia of high school romance, the way you feel when you have a crush and when you try to hide the way you feel to protect your heart from being hurt. This book had all the feels of high school love rushing back to me.

I also got the chance to interview Lily Kathleen! She shared a lot of her writing process with me and was an absolute blast! Down below will be a link to the interview and Full review.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

“Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets” By J.K. Rowling

Compared to the first book, this one was a let down! I just found the magically world more amazing in the first one. I personally was just bored this entire book.

I did watch the movie afterwards and I did like that there were more scenes in the book that weren’t involved in the movie and I thought those details were a nice touch.

I am still going to continue reading this series because I heard the third and fourth books were amazing so we shall see!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

“Desperate Measures” By Katee Robert

This is a twist on the story of Aladdin but Aladdin is actually the bad guy and Jasmin and Jafar are an “Item” of some sorts. This is a very steamy book with a lot of trigger warnings.

I personally wasn’t in love with this book mostly because I can’t picture Jafar as a sexy man and also because the story line was meh. However, I guess when you are looking for a spicy book it’s for the spice not the story.

Blue is official rating and red is the spicy rating

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Favorite Quote

“But this wasn’t an ending, this was a beginning of a happier life. I felt like I had something to hold onto. Something that would actually let me be free to be who I was and not pretend to be someone I wasn’t.”

From “The Intellect”

Life Updates

This month the most interesting thing to have happened to me was that I got to Interview three very different authors! Also each of these authors are giving a signed book away on my giveaway that is coming up on October 8Th! I am so excited for next month you have no Idea! Be sure to stay tuned for updates on the upcoming giveaway and go follow these authors!