Hocus Pocus Book Tag

hocus pocus book tag

It’s almost Halloween! And if there is one thing that is a must-have for every Halloween, it’s Hocus Pocus. So I was excited to see this tag on Caffeine and Books – I wasn’t tagged, but this tag just seemed like too much fun to miss out on! And, in the spirit of Halloween, I will attempt to answer every question with scary books. Hopefully I can do it. (Warning: there will be a lot of Stephen King in this post.)

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The Sanderson Sisters – a great trilogy

I think I have to go with the Shades of Magic trilogy by V. E. Schwab. Because it’s amazing. BUT, if I didn’t have to pick a trilogy, other great spooky series or duologues are Schwab’s Villains, Monsters of Verity, Cassidy Blake, and Archived series. Also, Libba Bray’s Diviners series.

Winnifred Sanderson – a book with a truly evil female villain

There are so many good ones! Annie Wilkes in Misery comes to mind (because Stephen King is what I think about when it’s Halloween time).

Sarah Sanderson – a book that uncannily attracts children

I mean, Coraline by Neil Gaiman is a no-brainer answer. But when I was a kid (wow, that made me feel old), it was Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. You were really cool if you read those.

Mary Sanderson – a book that is just plain silly

If you want a spooky book that will also make you laugh, you can’t go wrong with An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel. It’s about an old-school scary vampire that wakes up and finds himself in the age of beautiful Twilight-esque vampires.

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

I think for this one, I have to go with My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. I liked a lot about this book – that it’s set in Nigera, that it tackles some difficult issues – but I want my thrillers to be exciting, and this one just wasn’t. I still liked it overall, though.

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

I feel like I have to choose a nonfiction book for this one, so I’m going with Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty. This book will tell you exactly what might happen to your body after you die. (And your dog is much more likely to eat your eyeballs than your cat is.)

Binx – a book series that just won’t die

I haven’t read any of the books yet, but I think the Millennium series (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) should have stayed a trilogy. Some series just go on way too long. (On a non-scary note, anything by Sarah J. Maas is just too much.)

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

I have to go with a thriller I don’t mention often, and that’s Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. Because for the record, bringing back dinosaurs is a VERY TERRIBLE IDEA. Don’t do it. T-rex ruled the earth for a reason, and your brain is no match for his teeth.

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

I want to bring back some lesser-known Stephen King books like The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (which might be the first horror book I ever read) and The Dark Half. He has a lot of great books that don’t get enough attention.

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

I actually went on my Goodreads page, and the book with the lowest average rating that I gave five stars is See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt. It’s a fictional account of the Borden Murders, told from the point of view of the infamous Lizzie Borden. I really liked it (obviously), but I can also understand why it’s not for everyone.

Winifred Sanderson’s Spell Book – a book with a mind of it’s own

If there is any scary book that has cemented itself in pop culture, it’s Stephen King’s It. I’m currently reading the book, and before I even picked it up, I knew it was about a clown named Pennywise. It’s the reason clowns terrify so many people. I think it just extends past the book itself and into people’s psyches, even if they’ve never read the book (or seen the movie).

Garry Marshall – a book with a cameo

I have to go with one of my favorite books for this one: 11/22/63. In it, the main character, Jake Epping, travels back in time and, at one point, ends up in Derry, Maine (can you guess where this is going?). He comes across two kids named Richie Tozier and Bev Marsh, two members of the Losers’ Club from It.


That’s it for this tag! Feel free to do it if you want to fit in one more Halloween tag.

Let me know in the comments – which Sanderson sister are you? (I’m Winifred.)

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