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Book Review: Legendary by Stephanie Garber

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Thanksgiving week is always a favorite of mine. My hubby and I are hosting dinner on Thursday for the family, and it’s a real blessing to be able to provide a nice meal and family time for everyone. I look forward to the family gathering on Thursday, and I also look forward to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, a glorious long weekend with nothing to do but – you guessed it – read! (and eat leftovers of course!)

But before I get cooking, I have a new review to share. Today I’ll be reviewing Legendary, the sequel to Caraval, which propelled me into an unputdownable magical adventure, just what I needed!

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Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Each year on Veteran’s Day I find myself reflecting on my freedom and how grateful I am to the many men and women who have dedicated and given their lives to defending that freedom. I am so grateful that I can walk into a bookstore or library and pick up a book on just about any topic I please and educate myself. I can learn, read, and write what I please without fear of persecution or harm. It’s not lost on me how many other people, especially women, are not so fortunate in many parts of the world. So I would like to dedicate today’s post to Veterans, particularly my brother who is currently serving. Never forget.

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September Wrap-Up!

David SedarisSeptember got off to an unseasonably warm start in the northeast. I went into the month ready for orange leaves, pumpkins, and all things magical. But instead I got record-breaking heat and humidity! Don’t get me wrong, I love summer! But after a particularly grueling, hot, and humid one, I was beyond ready to transition into fall. By the end of the month, I got my wish. I have been loving these last few days of cool, crisp air, the appearance of pumpkins and fall decorations, and leaves starting to turn.

One of the things I most look forward to about October is the reading. I recently blogged about my first scary read. As much as I loved scary stories as a teen (R.L. Stine, anyone?) I just started getting into them as an adult. I’m excited to read more this month. But before I get into my upcoming reads, here’s my September wrap-up!

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Book Review: Slow Poison by Helen Slavin

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With fall getting into full swing, I’ve been craving seasonal reads – stories that take place in the fall, relate to Halloween, scary stories, and magical reads. Slow Poison fit the bill and then some! It is the second installment in the Witch Ways series by Helen Slavin about the Way sisters. Last year, I did a blog post about some of my favorite magical reads, and it’s safe to say that Slow Poison can join the others on that list.

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October Wrap-Up!

October Wrap-Up

October was a fun month! Now that I have graduated and life has returned to semi-normal, I finally got the chance to enjoy my favorite season again. I have been so busy these last few years dealing with mid-terms and research papers in October that I haven’t had time to really enjoy the fall season or even decorate for Halloween. But that all changed this year! I decorated my front yard and my front porch, complete with garlands of fall leaves and orange lights. I also had the opportunity to dive into some spooky and magical reads. Below, I’ve highlighted all the books I read in October. Click on the titles to be taken to the full reviews.

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Book Review: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

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“…be who you are, every part of you, the good and the bad, the sorrowful and the joyous. You can never run away. There is nowhere to run to.” – The Rules of Magic

I have been so excited to read this prequel to Hoffman’s Practical Magic! I saw the Practical Magic movie before I read the book. I was surprised at how different the movie and book were from each other. It was like they were two different stories. But I actually loved them both. It is rare for me to like a book and the movie version of the book and usually only happens in cases like this, when I saw the movie first.

With the popularity of the movie, I wasn’t sure if Hoffman’s prequel, in which she tells the story of the Aunts (Jet and Frannie), was going to lean more toward the movie version or stay true to the book version. But the thing is, the Aunts didn’t play as big of a role in the book as they did in the movie. So Hoffman really could have done just about anything she wanted with their early characters. What she chose to do was take readers back to New York City in the ‘60s as the Owens siblings – Jet, Frannie, and their brother Vincent – discovered that they weren’t quite ordinary.
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Magical Reads

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I had planned on my next post being a review of the upcoming release Match Made in Manhattan. However, with October being in full swing, I’d rather focus on magical and spooky reads for the rest of the month. I will be sharing my review of Match Made in Manhattan in November. Today, I’d like to share some of my favorite magical reads with you. Any of these would be great books to pick up if you are in the mood for something magical in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Some of these I’ve read several times while others are way overdue for a re-read. But I loved them all, and I’m excited to share them with you.
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Book Review: The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill

The Girl Who Drank the MoonThe first thing that drew my attention to this book was its cover. It is taken up largely by a full moon with a young girl standing under it, surrounded by illuminated white bird silhouettes and a small, colorful dragon. This was obviously a magical story. The second thing I noticed was the large, shiny Newbery Medal sticker. This book was a Newbery winner, so it must be something special. I picked up the book and, in reading the inside flap, learned that this book was about a witch, a magical baby, a swamp monster, a dragon, innocent townspeople, and a whole lot of magic. I was sold!
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