Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

Tags this week:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • nothing this week!

1 thing this week:

  • This weekend is going to be great! My boyfriend is visiting and we have so many plans. I’m scheduling this a little bit in advance, but should’ve been at a concert last night and we’ll be at a birthday party this afternoon.

Blog hopping:

  • Alex‘s review of The Mister made me laugh out loud on my lunch break! I almost want to read this one just to see how bad it is.
  • Malanie shared a list of stress-free books, which is just what I needed this week! Dear Aaron is going on my TBR and hopefully I’ll be able to read it really soon!
  • May talked about blog design and shared some really great tips!

Song of the week:

In honor of the Broods concert last night…


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Book review: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: June 13, 1995
Source: Purchased

The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman.

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. 

One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic…

Back in 2017, I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Alice Hoffman’s The Rules of Magic. I loved that book so much and decided that I needed to read Practical Magic asap. Well, fast forward a year and a half, and I found it at a used bookstore. Fast forward another three months and I’ve finally read it. It only took constant (though well-meaning and affectionate) prodding from one of my friends, who wanted to borrow it.

Almost every time I pick up a book by Alice Hoffman, I get the same feeling. It happened with Seventh Heaven, it happened with The Rules of Magic, and it happened again here with Practical Magic. Maybe it’s because all of these books feature at least a little bit of magical realism, but they just have this vibe about them that transports me right to where the characters are.

I loved all of our characters here — Sally and Gillian, Antonia and Kylie, Frances and Jet, and even minor characters like Gideon, Ben, and Gary. This book is very heavy on relationships, both platonic and romantic. I think that my favorite thing about the book was the bond between the sisters. Antonia and Kylie’s love for each other, in particular, really made the book for me.

Something that surprised me when I was reading was all of the emotions I felt! I did not expect this book to pull at my heart like this, but there were a number of times when I was reading that I almost cried!

I’d highly, highly recommend this book if you’re at all interested in magical realism or family bonds.

#killingthetbr: three months on shelf
#romanceopoly: faraway land
#ps19: a book with a two-word title


Have you read Practical Magic? Have you seen the movie? Should I drop everything and watch it now?Let’s talk in the comments!

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Monthly Favorites: March 2019

March might not have been my best reading month on record, but I did have a couple books that I really liked!


Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
★★★★☆
Goodreads | my review

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
★★★★☆
Goodreads | my review will be posted soon!


Have you read either of these books? What was the best book you read in March? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

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I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

2 things this week:

  • Did you know I’ve only finished four books so far this month? I’m not sure what kind of disaster my life is, but yikes. (For reference, I read 22 books in February.) I’m hoping April will be better.
  • My one-year anniversary giveaway ends tomorrow! There’s still time to enter if you haven’t already!

Blog hopping:

  • Gerry is celebrating her blog’s anniversary and doing an amazing giveaway!
  • Angela defined common book blogging terms!
  • Adam reviewed The Music of What Happens, which has been on my radar for a while!
  • Lotte shared some graphic novels set in space!

Song of the week:

I get such Miniature Tigers vibes from this song! It takes me back to being like 19 years old and staying up all night writing a paper. This is the kind of music I’d listen to so that I’d stay awake but still be focused.


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

Tags this week:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • nothing this week!

1 thing this week:

  • I don’t even have anything to say this week. I feel like I just keep saying “I’ve been moving and it’s been stressful!” but hey, I’ve been moving and it’s been stressful. I’m almost done though!

Blog hopping:

  • Shruti posted a satirical job opening for a YA lead.
  • LaRonda talked about how she tabs her books.
  • Laurel shared Leslie Knope’s TBR.

Song of the week:

I don’t think I’ve shared this as a song of the week yet. I am, quite honestly, obsessed with the way she counts down in the lyrics of this song.

is there a reason we’re not through?
is there a 12-step just for you
our conversation’s all in blue
11 “heys” (hey, hey, hey, hey)
ten fingers tearing out my hair
nine times you never made it there
I ate alone at 7, you were six minutes away


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS:

I’VE BEEN READING:

RECENTLY ACQUIRED:

1 THING THIS WEEK:

  • I don’t really have any book-related happenings this week, other than I went to a huge used bookstore TWICE and was maybe in actual heaven.

BLOG HOPPING:

  • Is there ever a week where I don’t feature one of Shruti’s posts? This week it’s her post about writing a review policy.
  • Kelly shared a bookish Christmas gift guide!
  • Shealea talked about her least favorite books of 2018 (and I’m always up for some snarky commentary).
  • Vicky always writes amazing posts and recently she…
  • Mandy and Sha shared their year in review!

WEEKLY PLAYLIST:

It’s almost Christmas! Here are some of my all-time favorite Christmas songs. It’s a link because I cannot figure out how to embed a playlist with this new WordPress editor!!