Hocus Pocus Tag

hocus pocus tag

So I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but I *love* Hocus Pocus- so much so that I watch it annually #sorrynotsorry. That’s why I was ridiculously excited to be tagged by the lovely Never Not Reading (and the creator of this awesome tag!)- thank you so much!! Her blog is really brilliant and covers a huge array of topics, tags and reviews- so I highly recommend checking her out!


There are no rules. It’s YOUR blog. But if would be nice if you linked back to me, and maybe the person who tagged you too. Share the love folks.

The Sanderson Sisters

A great trilogy.

sanderson sisters

I don’t even care that I’ve used this answer a million times before- Sabriel is just incredible! Plus it’s about necromancy, so it’s really appropriate for this tag.

Winifred Sanderson

A book with a truly evil female villain.

winifred sanderson

Oh gosh- great question! I’m gonna go with Cersei Lannister, cos man, I love to hate her (plus she’s so morally ambiguous that some people don’t even see her as a villain)

Sarah Sanderson

A book that uncannily attracts children.

sarah sanderson

Okay, I’m going for pretty young children, but I don’t know any child that doesn’t like the Gruffalo (or maybe that’s just cos like the Gruffalo 😉 )

Mary Sanderson

A book that is just plain silly.

mary sanderson

I’m going with The Owl and the Pussycat, because the Owl and the pussycat went to see in a beautiful pea green boat… It’s pure nonsense and I love it.


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


Gosh there’s loads I could put here- I’m going to pick something that’s likely to offend a ton of people and say Divergent, cos I feel like no matter how edgy it tried to be with that concept, it was less Hollister/Abercrombie (or whatever the cool kids are wearing now) and more like a ratty old jumper- if you pulled one of the loose strings it all fell apart. And I know a lot of people think it was the “hipster of books” by doing dystopia before it was cool, but it actually was just the first book to jump on the trend after Hunger Games (just look at the publication dates)


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


I’m going to say Jude the Obscure because you can’t beat a little 19th century realism- although, since one of the things it deals with is mental health, and not in a “sensitive” way as so many people are pleading for nowadays, a lot of people will not agree with me here. Still if you do want authenticity, then look no further. (If you want kittens and rainbows and whatnot, maybe don’t read Hardy, or books with depression in them for that matter)


A book series that just won’t die.


I really have no one to blame but myself for keeping this one alive (cos I keep stupidly buying the darn books) but #sorrynotsorry I’ve had enough of the Shadowhunter books. They’re literally the same thing, rehashed over and over, only by the time it gets to “Dark” Artifices the villains are lamer *sarcastic yayyy*.


A book with a character that’s dumb as a rock.

ice hocus pocus

I’m gonna pick the main character in the Testing series, specifically because she is *supposed* to be smart and I have never seen a supposedly smart character make so many dumb decisions. Seriously authors- it’s not enough to label a character as clever if you’re then gonna make them an idiot!

The Black Flame Candle

A book or series you wish you could resurrect. 


Well I just checked on Goodreads, and can’t understand why the Wind Singer series only has c.15,000 ratings- it’s seriously amazing!!

Headless Billy Butcherson

A book that’s not so bad as people make it out to be.

headless billy

Hehe this is hard for me, cos I rarely like books that other people hate, but I do think that Catcher in the Rye gets a bad rap. I mean it’s definitely got a hateable main character, so I can understand why it divides people into “love it” or “hate it” camps, but it’s still an objectively well executed book (okay, I may be biased, since I’m in the love it camp)

Winifred Sanderson’s Spell Book

A book with a mind of its own.

spell book

Hmm anything by Tim Bowler to be honest. He’s a complete pantser (no, I don’t mean he pants, I mean the totally-technical term of writing by the seat of his pants) so everything I’ve ever read by him starts very dramatically then tends to meander off into the weirdest and most unexpected directions. Sometimes it’s good, but a lot of the time it’s just very, very bad.

Garry Marshall

A book with a cameo.

garry marshall

One thing I actually *love* about the Iron Fey series is how it manages to incorporate lots of characters straight out of Shakespeare and mythology- like Mab, Titania, and Puck- without making them lousy and pathetic (as so many YA interpretations seem to do). I actually find the cameos in this work really well and add, rather than detract, to the main characters and lore of the world building.

I’m tagging: Alanna, Keira, Kat, The Bookish Underdog, All Bout Them Books, My Musing, Quirky Book Nerd, Upside Down Books, and Melting Pots and Other Calamities

And now I think I might go watch Hocus Pocus for the umpteenth time… what movies do you like to watch at Halloween? Let me know in the comments!

55 thoughts on “Hocus Pocus Tag

  1. Great answers! I loved The Wind Singer. I would love to re-read it some time. All I can remember is Mumpo was my favourite character, and the old-children were really creepy! I think that the last time I read it I was in primary school, so a loooong time ago 😛

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  2. Such a cute tag! ❤ And great answers Orangutan! I couldn't agree more with Divergent… I was shocked from almost the opening pages that this was cool… the writing alone was simplistic to a fault… I could see the draw of the brutality though… which the movie LEFT OUT! GAH! hahhhahaha.

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  3. Confession, I don’t think I’ve ever watched Hocus Pocus in its entirety. *hides in shame* On the plus side, I definitely agree with the comment on Divergent. At the time I enjoyed the book, but as the years have gone by and my interest in dystopia wanes I can see just how mediocre the series actually is.

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  4. Thanks for the tag! I’ve never heard of Hocus Pocus before (and my spellcheck keeps changing Pocus to Locus which is incredibly annoying). If you hadn’t noticed, I’M SO LATE, so I think I might save this one for next year. On the other hand I LOVE THE GRUFFALO. Who wouldn’t love the Gruffalo…

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