The Dia de los Muertos Book Tag

I created this tag with Anna Book Critter. Everybody is welcome to do this tag, just please link back to both of our blogs ❤

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The Day of the Dead is all about remembering and honoring past generations.

Name a book with an intergenerational cast or a strong focus on family.

I have to go with the Flowers in the Attic series by V.C Andrews. It’s such classic Southern Gothic, perfect for a spooky autumnal read.

The series follows the entire family. It’s the best intergenerational series I’ve ever read. Books one and two follow Cathy and Christopher (and their younger twin siblings in book one) and the main antagonists are their mother and grandmother. Then book three follows the children of Cathy and Christopher. Book four follows the the children and grandchildren of Cathy and Christopher. And then there’s the prequel Garden of Shadows, which is set in the POV of the antagonist grandmother of Cathy and Christopher.

The whole series is creepy and emotional and heart-wrenching. I highly recommend for so good, classic pulp-y Southern Gothic.

Dia de los Muertos is an important Mexican holiday. Name a book that takes place in Mexico or includes Mexican culture. 

I read this book in both high school and college and really loved how heartfelt it was. It’s a quick, vivid read and I highly recommend it.

This holiday is often celebrated with vibrant, colorful imagery and sugar skulls. Name a book with a cover as visually-interesting and colorful as a sugar skull.

I love the cover of Emily Hurricane’s wattpad book Persephone.

I love all of the brightly-colored smoke. The cover is absolutely beautiful. You can read the book for free here.

Food is an important part of the Dia de los Muertos celebration. Food is set out on altars for the spirits of departed family members.

Tell us a book where food really makes the story!

I wasn’t a great fan of this book for a lot of reasons (in fact, I DNF’d at about the 3/4 mark), but the food was a fun part of the story. As the MC and her fiance travel across the country, they eat all kinds of delicious European food. There were many descriptions of buttery croissants and delicious French treats.

Dia de los Muertos is not only celebrated in Mexico, but also in Central and South America. Name a book that takes place in Central or South America or has a Central or South American author. 

I’ll have to go with this well-known classic. I read it a number of times in both high school and college. It’s not one of my favorites, but there are some strong elements of the writing, and I can see why so many people like it.

In addition to sugar skulls, flowers and butterflies are also symbols of this holiday. Tell us a book with flowers or butterflies on the cover

I’ll have to show off this beautiful copy of Persuasion that my Aunt bought for me a couple of years ago.

The Day of the Dead is about celebrating life. Name a book that celebrates life. 

I love this book so much. I read for the first time when I was 11 and last year I reread it. Anne is such a vivacious and optimistic character. She’s so fun to read about. The entire book just makes you feel so hopeful about life.

It is also a day of remembering loved ones who passed on. Name a book that was either given to you or reminds you of a loved one who passed away. 

When my uncle died in a car crash about 13 years ago, I received a bunch of his old belongings. Mostly fantasy novels, D&D stuff, and a couple of model airplanes.

Some of the books that his wife gave me to remember him by were his Lord of the Rings books, which he really loved.

El flor del Muerto – The flower of the dead. Marigolds are used in massive quantities on the Day of the Dead. These flowers represent the sun and rebirth. Also believe to guide the spirits back home. Name a book about rebirth. 

I’ll go with the third Wheel of Time book! The one all about the ‘Dragon Reborn.’ This is the book in the series that I’m currently reading.

Colors are used as a form of symbolism in the decorations and sugar skulls. Some of the colors used in association with Dia de los Muertos are yellow (unity), white (hope and purity), red (blood and life), purple (mourning), and pink (happiness). 

Take a photo of some book spines in the Dia de los Muertos colors!

That’s it for this tag! Thanks to Anna Book Critter for working with me on it! You can check out her post here

And a happy Dia de los Muertos to all who celebrate ❤

Anyone who feels like doing the tag, feel free to snag the questions for yourself and you can put a link to your post in the comments below 🙂

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