Hocus Pocus Book Tag

This is now my (technically) 2nd book tag, and even though I was not technically tagged, I have decided that I would take things into my own hands to start it off. I LOVE Halloween, and I am obsessed with Hocus Pocus, so it seemed fitting to participate in this book tag, ON Halloween! The original creator of the tag is Never Not Reading, thanks for creating this fun tag!

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The Sanderson Sisters – A Great Trilogy

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OK, hear me out. The first two books in this series were amazing. And even though the last one was a huge bummer, especially the way it ended, it is still one of my favorites stories. It was so interesting and raw, and truth be told, I really liked the movie versions too. Honestly, I truly believe that the first two books outweigh the last one, and that is why I picked this series.


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Winifred Sanderson – A book with a truly evil female villain

I actually have nothing for you guys on this one. I haven’t read many books (that I can recall) where my skin crawled because of the evil of a female character. I mean I could be fairly cliche and Pick Umbridge from Harry Potter, but not only does that make me use Harry Potter twice in one tag, but again, it has been done.I have also seen a lot of mentions of the “Evil Queen” from Snow White and her various spin-offs/adaptions. So for now I will say this specific tag has me beat.


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Sarah Sanderson – A book that uncannily attracts children

Image result for diary of a wimpy kid I may never understand why, but this series has been read by EVERYONE. Don’t get me wrong, it is cute and if it gets kids to read, then I am all for it!


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Mary Sanderson – A book that’s just plain silly

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Not only are the drawings super basic and silly, but the content of this book is just crazy. It was cool that she did a memoir as a graphic novel-ish book, which made it super easy to get through and finish. I haven’t read her second one yet, but I have to say, I did very much enjoy this book (silly as it may be). It was still somewhat relate-able, which is important for a lot of people right now.


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Max – A book that is trying really hard to be cool, but doesn’t always succeed

Image result for ghost world I just really did not like this at all. Maybe I missed the underlying meaning behind it, or something but I did not understand or enjoy this at all. It felt like the characters were trying too hard to be relevant or understandable, which left me unamused and desperate to finish. I know a movie was made, based off this, but I have not seen it. I looked at some photos from it though, and it looked like maybe I might enjoy it a little better than I enjoyed the graphic novel version.


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Dani – A book that isn’t afraid to tell it like it is

Image result for turtles all the way down book I have to say I am really surprised that I haven’t seen this book for this heading in more tags. I obviously agree with the popular choice for this heading, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, but settled on this one for a number of reasons. While I did not enjoy the book all that much, it still have readers a unique experience. The ability to be inside the head of someone who suffers from a mental illness. It was told in such a beautiful and tasteful way that it was hard for me not to pick this book for this particular tag.


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Binx – A book series that just won’t die

Image result for goosebumps I remember even when I was young that Goosebumps was popular. Here we are 15 ish years later and it is still flying off the shelves, still relevant in children’s literature. I think that as long as kids are interested in spooky stories (that maybe are not THAT spooky) Goosebumps will be alive and well. Will tons of variations and sub-series, it could take you an entire childhood to read through everything by R.L. Stine.


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Ice – A book with a character that’s dumb as a rock

Image result for romeo and juliet If I ever read a more dense cast of characters, I wouldn’t be able to function. I mean, if you have ever read the famous play, and my guess is that you have, you know exactly what I am talking about. Actually, A Bookish Human made some really great points on a blog she posted a little while back. You can check that out for more of my feelings on this garbage “love story.”


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The Black Flame Candle – A book or series you wish you could resurrect

Related image Sorry not sorry but I will always love (and buy) ANYTHING Harry Potter. I have always thought it would be SO COOL if J.K. would write prequels. I would love to read about James and Sirius, Dumbledore and McGonagall, etc. Speaking of, I always thought it would be cool if she actually wrote Rita Skeeter’s book about Dumbledore.. but that may just be me. Regardless, if it takes place in the Potter universe, I am a fan.


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Headless Billy Butcherson – A book that’s not so bad as people make it out to be

Related image It is not as nerdy as some may assume, and it definitely much more entertaining than originally thought. I am actually really excited to see how the movie comes out, but (as with any book you really enjoy) worry at the same time that it will ruin a good thing. There are some “geek” heavy portions of the book, which I may or may not have glazed over, but concept, plot and characters were interesting on their own.


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Spell Book- A Book with a mind of its own

Image result for behind her eyes You  have to be either really into the story, or really open-minded to get behind some of the plot in this book. Don’t get me wrong, I very much enjoyed it. But it does take a little bit, once things start unraveling, to accept it for what it is.


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Garry Marshall- A book with a cameo

(I actually had no idea who this character was until I Googled him)

I am not sure I completely understand what the heading actually means when they say a “cameo” but I am going to interpret it as such. A common piece among Elin Hilderbrand’s books is that her characters all live on the same small island (or rather, the books take place there). I have not read many of her books, so I don’t know if characters overlap, but it is common among most of her books. The same can be said about Nicholas Sparks (that they all take place in NC, or that almost all of them have a character who was in/is in the military). I am not sure that this fits this heading but that is what I am posting for it. 

10 thoughts on “Hocus Pocus Book Tag

  1. Thanks for participating! I loved your answers! I love that my students are still reading Goosebumps, and still falling in love with books that way. I’m also laughing at Romeo and Juliet. The Priest in particular is such an idiot.

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    1. AHHH thank you so much. I LOVE this movie too. It will always be a classic for me, and an important part of my Halloween festivities. I loved that Freeform played it for 24 hours straight on Halloween this year (like I think its TBS does A Christmas Story on Christmas). I am really glad to have met you too!

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      1. I have not seen Practical Magic yet! It is based off Alice Hoffman’s book right? I think I am going to wait and see how I like Rules of Magic first, then maybe read Practical Magic AND THEN watch the movie lol.

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      2. Yes, it is. I haven’t read the book, only because I saw the movie 10 years ago before I knew it was a book first. I love all thing magic / witches. And Sandra Bullock. So it’s worth it. Ah, Rules of Magic, nice!

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      3. I am usually skeptical of magical themed books. I am one of those Potterheads that just can’t believe anyone will ever do magic any better than the queen. But I am super anxious to read Hoffman. I have heard nothing but good things about her books soooooo I am very much looking forward to Rules of Magic!

        But you’re right, Sandra Bullock almost always means instant gold.

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