Monday, April 1, 2024

I'm in a slump of some sort

 

I've been struggling with ideas lately. This happens when I'm overwhelmed at work.  Or over stimulated. Or lazy. I fall into a slump that is sometimes hard to get out of. 

My plan is to write up a brief review for a couple of books I've read the past month.  I'm hoping this pushes me in the direction of reading the other two books in the series. The series consists of four books written by Alice Hoffman, written about the Owens women through the generations.  

As many of us did, I fell in love with Practical Magic the first time I saw the movie, so so many years ago. It is now a quasi Halloween tradition as we watch it every October.  When I learned there were books, I was beyond excited to read them.  

I’m trying to get back into reading like I used to, back when I loved to read and get lost in a fantasy world.  I’d gobble up a book (or two) in a weekend.  Then law school happened and I’d read a couple hundred pages a night to prepare for class the next day.  Law school legit killed my desire to read anything.  I graduated in 2014. I was able to read a whole book (after starting it at least 11 times) in 2018.  Since then, I’ve read many books and the Practical Magic series is my latest grab. 

It is said that you can read these books in any order, because they all tie into each other but do not require reading one before the other.  Chronologically, however, the books flow are as follows:

Magic Lessons, set in 1664 tells the story of Maria Owens.

The Book of Magic, set in the 1960-70s, tells the stories of Franny, Jet, and their brother, Vincent

The Rules of Magic, set after the Book of Magic, tells the story of Franny and the things we do for love. At any cost.

Practical Magic, is set in the 80s-90s and tells the story of sisters Jilly (Gillian) and Sally.  

I have read the first two books, Magic Lessons and The Book of Magic.  So I'll write up a brief review of each and post them in the next few days. And by days, I probably mean weeks. Because again, work, lazy, yadda yadda yadda. 

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