Happy Halloween, friends!
I hope you all have an incredibly spooky night, filled to the brim with magic, candy, fun, and other fantastic Halloween festivities.
In my little corner of the world, I haven’t quite yet figured out a way to celebrate this ghoulish holiday without burning my retinas from watching Hocus Pocus too much
(“too much?” is there a limit??). Much like the rest of the living population, Hocus Pocus is by far my favorite Halloween movie, and it always provides a huge punch of nostalgia. All of that being said, I’m not convinced that there’s any better way to ring in Halloween than with the Hocus Pocus book tag.
There are no rules. It’s YOUR blog. But it would be nice if you linked back to Never Not Reading (tag creator), and maybe the person who tagged you too. Share the love folks.
The Sanderson Sisters – a great trilogy
Okay, I think it’d be illegal for me to not (once again) confess to my love of the Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken. I met these characters and learned their stories at the exact right time in my life, and it really impacted me in the best way possible. Despite the fact that there’s a collection of novellas and a companion novel that takes place a few years after the original ending, it’s for sure still (originally) a trilogy. And, come to think of it, I haven’t really read many trilogies at all?
Winifred Sanderson – a book with a truly evil female villain
Arguably, I don’t exactly think she’s your stereotypical villain, but I would never want to anger Julia Sigsby from The Institue by Stephen King. She is truly terrifying, does terrifying things, and I don’t want to be on her bad side. Every single scene involving Ms. Sigsby left me feeling unnerved and unsafe in a way a character has not made me feel in a very long time.
Sarah Sanderson – a book that uncannily attracts children
Maybe if I mention Artemis Fowl here, I’ll finally read it?! I feel like Artemis Fowl is almost a cult classic for kids, and I really need to delve into that. Plus, I’ve heard Artemis himself is pretty much a young Kaz Brekker, so you know I’m already invested.
Mary Sanderson – a book that is just plain silly
I feel like calling A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue a “silly” book is a disservice to the wonderfully intelligent content littered through the pages, but I’ve really never laughed so hard while reading a book. The wit itself pegs this book as “silly,” even though there are some other incredible themes woven throughout the whole story.
You can read my full review on this book here!
Max – a book that is trying really hard to be cool but doesn’t always succeed
This description of Max honestly has me cackling. It’s so on point, it’s unreal.
LET ME EXPLAIN MYSELF HERE. I could not at all get into Normal People by Sally Rooney. Everyone and their mother was talking about how beautiful the book was, how realistic, and I just didn’t see that. I really respected the fact that it’s a realistic book about realistic people and the relationships they have, but I really just couldn’t get behind it.
Dani – a book that isn’t afraid to tell it like it is
Hold Still and We Are Okay by Nina Lacour are some of the most realistic, in my opinion, YA books that tackle mental health and mental disorders. Both books talk about serious topics in a way that makes it feel genuine, real, and all the more heartbreaking.
You can read my review on We Are Okay here!
Also, a special shoutout to The Art of Racing in The Rain. It’s told from the perspective of a dog, and I obviously don’t know how well that representation stands up, but the ending unapologetically tells you exactly how it is. And it really hurts.
Binx – a book series that just won’t die
Even though I’ve never read anything by Cassandra Clare, she still feels like a perfect fit in this category. There are so many continuations and prequels and sequels and companions and short stories and novellas that go along with her original books, and to an outsider, it really just feels like so much.
Ice – a book with a character that’s dumb as a rock
In more ways than one, Mal from the Shadow and Bone trilogy is one of the dumbest characters I’ve ever met. Sure, he was on the front lines during a war and is assumedly smart in that regard, but I’ve never encountered a character less aware of what other people actually want. Honestly, Mal just needs to leave people alone (cough, Alina, cough) and go on his own merry way. We’d probably be better off anyways. Sorry, not sorry.
The Black Flame Candle – a book or series you wish you could resurrect
I need a prequel or a sequel or a short story or something for The Book Thief. This book was one of the last to truly get to me, and I would immediately consume absolutely any other content taking place in that world with those characters, no matter how heartbreaking.
Headless Billy Butcherson – a book that’s not as bad as people make it out to be
I think, at some point in time, we’ve all fallen down the John Green rabbit hole. For me, he was one of my favorite authors during the time I first read his books, and my favorite of his was always Paper Towns. Even though it’s been a hot minute since I’ve actually read it, I never really understood why people didn’t like it so much. I know that John Green’s female protagonists are almost all exactly the same, but I still don’t quite understand all of the hate that Paper Towns gets.
Like I said though, it’s been a while since I’ve actually picked it up.
Winifred Sanderson’s Spell Book – a book with a mind of its own
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle will forever be the most confusing book I’ve ever read. I never had a clue of what was going on, and I felt like the book knew absolutely everything and left me in the dark. There were so many connections to make between the characters and the lies they tell, but I was still mentally pages and pages behind. Stranger though, I really loved this book and being confused the whole time. It’s definitely a doozy.
Gary Marshall – a book with a cameo
AHHHHHH! The cameo that happens in Attachments by Rainbow Rowell will always, always, always be my favorite thing. It warms my heart every time I go back to read it, and I’m not even going to say who it is because you need to experience it all on your own.
Have I mentioned how much I love Hocus Pocus?!
Honestly, you guys, this was such an incredible tag to do. I had so much fun talking about one of my favorites movies and some of my favorites books. Even though it’s officially the last day of October/Spooky Season (can you hear my heart breaking?!), please feel free to do this tag if you would like to!