HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! 😀
I don’t celebrate the holiday, but I do love seeing people dress up in costumes to celebrate it and I enjoy watching horror and thriller movies and TV shows in honor of it. And since I haven’t yet watched season 2 of Stranger Things… Guess what I’ll be doing tonight!
For this blog, I decided to honor the holiday with one of my favorite Halloween-inspired movies: Hocus Pocus. I was so excited when I saw the tag on Lair of Books. I loved the movie as a kid (still do) and the songs in it. It came out in the early 1990s (back when Disney shows had substance to them).
I hardly complete trilogies or series and have mentioned the one I have completed — Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb (it’s awesome!!) — many, many times. So instead, I’ll feature a series I’ve started and liked but haven’t yet completed:
Snow Like Ashes trilogy by Sara Raasch
A YA fantasy trilogy about a girl who learns she is special and is meant to save her people.
I bought and read Snow Like Ashes two years ago because I love the cover design. The story is okay and is much like many YA fantasy novels these days where there’s a strong female protagonist and romance is a major influence on the plot. However, I enjoyed it and liked it better than Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass, which I’d read about the same time as this. I loved the world because certain countries are designated a specific season, and I liked that the romance does not overpower the plot. I’ve only read the first book so far, but I’d like to continue with the story.
It took a while for me to think of an evil female character who’s not Cersei Lannister or Professor Umbridge. In the books I’ve read, there aren’t many evil female characters who are as complex as those two. Lanfear certainly isn’t.
Lanfear is a powerful female character from Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. She is one of the 13 Forsaken, men and women who can channel the One Power but serve the Shadow, and is much feared. Lanfear first appears in The Great Hunt, book two of this 14-book series. I’ve since made it to book six and am still unimpressed by her because she lacks dimension. So far, she’s portrayed as a power-hungry woman who spends her time either trying to attract the protagonist, Rand, or being jealous and upset with him for liking other women. (They aren’t even together.)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Certainly the Harry Potter books, which attract young readers like a moth to a flame. To many, this attraction is uncanny because it was previously assumed that kids do not want to read thick books; but these books proved such assumptions wrong. Kids would blaze through the larger books in the series in a day. (I certainly did!) What is the appeal of the Harry Potter books? Many are still trying to find out and capture it for their own work to see if they can gain as much appeal.
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
A fun middle-grade novel about the charming princes from our favorite fairy tales who embark on a quest to save Cinderella.
This was a fun read that was silly at times. The book focuses on the princes from the popular fairy tales, like Cinderella and Snow White, and shows what the relationship between them and the rescued princesses are like after the fairy tale ends.
Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
The first novel in a middle-grade fantasy series about a boy who is the son of a Greek god.
I chose this book for its audio version, which is horrible. I read and enjoyed the physical copies of Riordan’s books and, about a year ago, started to reread them by audiobook. That was bad decision. It was torture to listen to because the narrator is obviously trying hard to sound cool or something. It’s weird. Best to just read the physical books if you can.
Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher
Hornbacher’s memoir about living with bipolar disorder.
This book is a good read and an insightful one for me since I do not know much about bipolar disorder or the struggles of people who live with it. Hornbacher is blunt about her experiences and actions and is quite descriptive too, which sometimes made me a little uncomfortable as I read. I highly recommend this, but it’s definitely not for everyone and could be triggering for some people.
Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale by Mark Waid, illus. by Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, and Veronica Fish
A reboot of the Archie comics. In this volume, Archie and Betty break up and we meet Veronica.
Not that I want Archie to go away. I liked these comics as a kid and was excited to see this updated version of it. Unfortunately, I didn’t like this volume. I loved the illustrations by Fiona Staples, but was beyond bored by the story. It was a big disappointment for me because I was looking forward to returning to the series. Still, I am glad to see that Archie comics have persisted over the years.
Scarlett is the protagonist in this YA fantasy novel about a girl (Scarlett) who tries to save her sister from a magic circus.
Ugh, Scarlett. I didn’t like her and was constantly frustrated by her. I also didn’t like the story much, but I do love the covers.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
A YA fantasy novel about a circus only open at night where two magicians compete to see who is more powerful.
I. Love. This. Book. Apparently, it’s what Caraval attempts to be (though I probably think this because Caraval was constantly compared to this book in it’s marketing which made me expect too much from it). The Night Circus is a spectacular story with beautiful writing and a beguiling setting that I’d love to visit. (I really wish the Night Circus was real.) It’s Morgenstern’s only book, which she wrote during NaNoWriMo. I crave more stories from her and I would definitely resurrect this story to create a series, a movie or TV-show spinoff, or a Circus Soleil performance inspired by it.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
A play, considered part of the Harry Potter cannon, that’s about one of Harry’s kids being sorted into Slytherin.
Many fans of the Harry Potter books dislike this one, and it’s easy to see why, but I really liked it. I like that it gives us a different perspective on Slytherin and other characters who were antagonists in the original books. I’d really like to see the play.
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
A Discworld series book about the first female wizard of Discworld.
I chose this book because the books in the library at Unseen University certainly seem to have a mind of their own.
I can’t think of any books so let’s just go with Stan Lee in these movies:
Everyone who likes Halloween and is interested in doing this tag. 🙂