27 April, 2010

Practical Magic

For years, I've thought that Practical Magic was only a delightful chick flick starting Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.  Apparently, I've been wrong for over ten years.

This past weekend, the hubby and I made a trip up to Boston for a wedding.  We also had a chance to catch up with two of my dear friends and walk around some shops.  One of them, a bookstore, had a used book section in the basement.  It was there that laying in the rack, I found the novel Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman.  I was puzzeled at first because I had no idea that one of my favorite witchy movies was a book first.  Then, I became embarassed.  How could I, an English teacher, have not known this?  Very rarely do I see films without reading the book version first.  So, for $4, I purchased the book.  Tonight I will begin reading it and I will hopefully have a review for everyone in a day or so.  I hope that this book won't go into my "currently reading pile" because of schoolwork and grading.  That pile is becoming too large (it has about 10 books in it now).  Such is the life of the teacher.  I cannot wait until summer so I can really dive into the stacks I have laying around.  During my 2 1/2 month break, I usually go through a good 20 to 50 books, depending on my schedule or what books I find.

Has anyone else read this book before?  Leave me a comment with your own review.  If you haven't read it, do you have any other fictional "witchy books" that you enjoy?  Please give me some names.  I need to add more to my collection.

Tomorrow I will post the full moon ritual for April!


Avie said...

I love Alice Hoffman...


..she writes what I would call magical realism. All her stories are real 'family' sagas but grounded in an atmosphere of spirituality or hints of magic. A lot of reference to old superstitions, traditions and natural healing practices.

In terms of others 'witchy' fiction, I really enjoyed Celia Rees' 'historical' novels for teenagers, 'Witch Child' and 'Sorceress' - they're interestingly written and my students enjoy them too!

anna @ frosted petunias said...

Practical Magic is one of my favorite movies. I'd love that house! I read the book before the movie was made and I like both. They're completely different from each other IMO. Last summer I read the Madelyn Alt series of witchy fiction. Very light but lots of fun. See you at the Mad Tea Party!

Leathra said...

Ohh, I've been looking for that book! You found it, what a lucky find! I'm also looking to get a copy of Howl's Moving Castle--the book of course. I can't wait to hear what you think of it!

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