I was massively excited the other day to discover that Katie over at Never Not Reading had created a Hocus Pocus book tag, and I was even more excited that she had tagged me to do it! I love love love Hocus Pocus! Basically, my little sister was born on Halloween so we have always had a thing for this occasion. Also, there are three Sanderson sisters and I am the middle child of two sisters, so of course, it is one of our favourite seasonal films because of this too (plus the perfect opportunity for a cosplay!). Anyway, this is quite a hefty tag with some fantastic categories, so I better get straight into it!
The Sanderson Sisters – A Great Trilogy
This is a tricky one because I’m not sure if the Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater counts as a trilogy since Sinner was released?! I think I’m going to decide that it does if only because I included it in my reading recommendations for autumn post so it is very fitting in this Halloweeny tag!
Winifred Sanderson – A book with a truly evil female villain
I think this will probably be similar to a lot of people, but I just cannot see past Umbridge from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. She is just awful!
Sarah Sanderson – A book that uncannily attracts children
Before I say my book can I just point out that I think Sarah Jessica Parker is amazing in this film?! Everyone in agreement? Fantastic, let’s move on! For me, I think it has to be the Roald Dahl books in general, my favourite is Matilda but maybe the most well known is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? I read them when I was younger, kids are still reading them now and I think (and hope) that kids will be reading them for many years to come!
Mary Sanderson – A book that’s just plain silly
A bit different here because I’m going with a non-fiction, namely, Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell. The book is obviously meant to be funny and a bit silly and it certainly succeeds in that!
Max – A book that is trying really hard to be cool, but doesn’t always succeed
I know a lot of people really enjoyed this book but, for me, I think is has to be The Rest of Us Just Live here by Patrick Ness. This book was ok and I appreciated that it was trying to do something different, but sometimes I just felt like because it was trying so hard to be different, it was a bit boring in places. I’m not sure, maybe I just didn’t get it!
Dani – A book that isn’t afraid to tell it like it is
Another non-fiction here, but I am going to go for Doing It by Hannah Witton. As the title might suggest, this book is very head on in dealing with subjects that aren’t always spoken about plainly. It’s also incredibly funny (just like Hocus Pocus!).
Binx – A book series that just won’t die
Please don’t hate me but I’m going to say The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare (I know it’s not just one series but hear me out!). I haven’t picked these books spanning multiple series because I don’t like them, it just confuses me with their being so many of them! As you might know, lots of books really overwhelm me, so that’s why I picked The Shadowhunter Chronicles.
Ice – A book with a character that’s dumb as a rock
Slight cheat here as I can’t at the moment thing about one particular character who is dumb through and through. So, instead I want to mention Jesper and Kaz from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. Of course, both of these characters are far from dumb, but both of them make one, big, dumb move each during the course of the duology so I’m sticking them here (as punishment!).
The Black Flame Candle – A book or series you wish you could resurrect
The Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. I need more of these characters in my life! Please?!
Headless Billy Butcherson – A book that’s not so bad as people make it out to be
I’ve seen quite a few people who don’t like The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater so I’m going to go for that. Now, I’m not going to pretend that I’m not biased because I am! I love Maggie Stiefvater and this series but I would suggest anyone who is interested at least give Shiver a try and make up your own mind be it bad or good!
Winifred Sanderson’s Spell Book – A book with a mind of it’s own
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson because I like the message the book is trying to get across just not the story and the way it’s gets there (if that makes any sense at all!).
Garry Marshall – A book with a cameo
I can’t think of a book with a cameo, but when I first saw this category, The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns by John Green came into my head because Nat Wolff is in both of the film adaptions. I’m sorry for including a film in a book tag but let’s just dress them up for Halloween!
So, there we have it, the Hocus Pocus book tag. I may have taken some artistic licence with a couple of these answers so please forgive me!!
Ash and Lo @Windowsill Books
And anyone else who wants to take part!
Happy reading! (now please excuse me while I go and watch Hocus Pocus!)
*I used gifs from Katie’s original post