Last fall, the fabulous Katie over at Never Not Reading dreamed up a brilliant book tag. This tag has everything – black cats, zombies, witches…. but really, it’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus 😉 .
I love Hocus Pocus – it’s hands down one of my top Halloween movies, and I don’t let October pass without watching it. I’ve been holding on to this tag for a year, and Halloween just seemed like the perfect time to light the black flame candle….
(As a note – I added Allison and changed up the cameo one a little. If you want the truly original tag, check out Katie’s post! 🙂 )
The Sanderson Sisters
A Great Trilogy
I’ve got to give this one to The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins. I know these days, dystopias are overdone and cliche… and even The Hunger Games itself wasn’t completely original. But I just love Katniss and how she is a flawed heroine, and I could read the trilogy over and over again.
A book with a truly evil female villain
This one is tough! I’ve been thinking it over for a little while, and have come to the decision that… villains are layered? Male, female… there’s always something more than black-and-white villains. This is a bit less true in childrens and MG books, but as soon as you hit YA, it’s complicated. The closest female villain I can think of is The Red Queen from The Queen of the Tearling. However, even she is complex, because by the time we start hearing her perspective in The Invasion of the Tearling… she’s compelling and not purely evil. Though, she’s done some very evil things….
A book that uncannily attracts children.
I have pretty limited experience here, since I don’t have children nor do I work with them… but using my best friend’s daughter who is an avid reader… it made me laugh to see her reading the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey! I remember reading them when I was her age, and I’m amused and surprised that they’ve transcended nearly two decades.
A book that is just plain silly.
Lots of books make me chuckle, and there are those that seem so outlandish, they’re just ridiculous. However, no book has ever made me laugh as much as Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. I am a constant advocate for this book, so if you haven’t read it yet, do yourself a favor and do. Not many books make me laugh to tears.
A book that is trying really hard to be cool, but doesn’t always succeed.
I feel this way a lot about that flood of vampire books that appeared right after the success of Twilight. Most recently, I read Evermore from this era. It was almost something interesting… then turned into this weird love triangle and disappointment. It really was trying so hard to be cool.
A book that isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.
Dani cracks me up. I almost used her “yabbos” quote here. 🙂 Anywho! I read The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer at the beginning of the month and positively loved it… and more so because I felt like Schumer didn’t sugar coat things. Say what you want about her movies and her comedy… I really appreciated her candor in her book.
A book that’s game for adventure.
I love adventure stories and I’m always out for a good ramble through the forest or a ship on the seven seas. I read a decent amount of books that categorize as “adventure”, but my favorite classic adventure story is Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.
A book series that just won’t die.
So Katie’s answer to this question made me chuckle, because it was my first thought, too! So please don’t hate me, loves, but I’m going to jump on board with this tags creator and say Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I know so many people adore this series, and I’m probably not qualified to poke at it since I only read the first book, but I do have a hard time seeing how there was enough content for so many books.
That said, I never wanted Harry Potter to end, and now that there’s spinoffs and movies and plays… I wish it stayed at seven books. So I’m full of controversial opinions!
A book with a character that’s dumb as a rock.
Haha. So. My husband and I read The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer at the beginning of the month. It’s the third book in the Artemis Fowl series and loads of fun… but you want characters that are dumb as rocks? There’s a couple guards at Spiro Tower named Pecs and Chips, and there’s a scene where they’re arguing about who is better – Barney the Dinosaur or honestly someone else, I don’t remember, but they were pretty stereotypical “dumb as rocks” characters.
The Black Flame Candle
A book or series you wish you could resurrect.
Much like the incident with the black flame candle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Pottermore have taught me something important. So did La Belle Sauvage. That is: sometimes it is better to let dead things lie. As much as I love the series of my childhood, everything that has come after has been fine on its own, but doesn’t feel canon. I don’t think I’d resurrect anything.
Headless Billy Bucherson
A book that’s not so bad as people make it out to be.
I want to throw this out to the classics! A lot of people shy away from Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde and Gaston Lertoux simply because of the age of their books, but Phantom of the Opera is a classic for a reason. Classic novels are always worth a try – and if one doesn’t suit you, just like any other book, another one likely will.
Winnifred Sanderson’s Spell Book
A book that has a mind of its own.
Having recently read Inkspell, I think I’m going to give Inkheart by Cornelia Funke this one. Both literally and figuratively. The novel itself is full of life and twists and turns as it pleases… and in the pages of the book itself, Inkheart and the characters within it certainly breathe their own life into the world.
A book with a cameo.
As much as I appreciate the crossovers in Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, Tamora Pierce did it first! I remember when I was a little kid, it was such a thrill to see the Lioness pop up in Wolf Speaker! That said, I love crossover universes in general. Literary cameos are so much fun!