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Magic Lessons: A Prequel to Practical Magic
Magic Lessons: A Prequel to Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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From New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman comes the origin story of her beloved novel and basis for the cult classic film Practical Magic--taking us on a captivating journey to the Salem witch trials, featuring the indomitable matriarch of the Owens family, Maria. It's no secret that love has plagued the Owens family for centuries. But when did the curse begin, and why? It all began with Maria Owens, who arrived in America in 1680, with a baby in tow... Born with pitch-black hair and pale green eyes, Maria was abandoned in the English countryside by her birth mother and raised by Hannah Owens who warned her, "Always love someone who will love you back." She inherits Hannah's Grimoire--a magical book of enchantments that include instructions to heal illnesses, ingredients for soaps that restore youth, and spells that make a person burn with love for another. When Hannah dies in an attack, Maria leaves for Curacao, where she meets John Hathorne, a magistrate from Salem living freely for the first time in his life as he falls in love with Maria. But Hathorne soon abandons her, before Maria realizes she's pregnant. When she gives birth to a red-headed baby girl, Faith, who possesses immense magical talent, Maria embarks on a voyage to Salem to face her destiny, with or without magic. But aboard the ship bringing her to America, fate intervenes and she meets a man who will change her life, if she'll only let him. Her journey, laced with secrets and truths, devastation and joy, magic and curses, will show her that love is the only answer, always. Infused with Hoffman's "trademark alchemy" (USA TODAY) and her graceful, resplendent, hypnotic storytelling this exquisite novel is, quite simply, magical.
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TracyReadsBooks
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Pickpick

I‘ve had this one sitting on my shelves for what seems like ever. I have to say, I‘m really glad I picked it up. The story of Maria Owens is engaging, empowering and, of course, really entertaining. I read this one without reading Practical Magic or it‘s sequel but that wasn‘t a problem and now I want to read them so the TBR will continue to grow. Great historical fiction.

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TracyReadsBooks
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There‘s nothing like waking up early on a cold, wintery morning and enjoying a good book with a hot cup of coffee (or tea). Definitely one of my favorite things. This book has been on my shelf since well before it‘s release date. It‘s long overdue for a read!

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Linsy
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Pickpick

My first read of the games! I'm trying to finish off what I started last month. This book was like a big, warm magical hug. I loved revisiting this world. Excited to read the finale! ✨

#wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs #adventathon #botm
@Clwojick @ozma.of.oz

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TurnerofPages
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I'm very excited to read this, but I need some advice. Should I read Practical Magic first? This is a prequel to that, so it only makes sense to read it first. Any suggestions?

Linsy I would read Practical Magic first! I know that this one comws first in the timeline, but I'm not sure I would have liked it as much if I hadn't read it first. That being said, this one is much more overtly magical, so I guess it depends on your preferences. 2mo
TurnerofPages @Linsy Perfect! I will take your advice I have all of them now, so I just may start these this weekend. And yes, I prefer the more overtly magical, so I will be counting the ticks of the clock till I get to this one!!! VERY EXCITED!!! 2mo
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sprainedbrain
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Pickpick

I (finally) read Practical Magic this fall and was inspired by @mklong to read the series in chronological order.

Magic Lessons starts with the first Owens woman, following Maria from 17th century rural England to Curaçao to Salem. It‘s about women, family, the rules of magic, finding strength, celebrating love, and of course, a family curse, all with Hoffman‘s glorious storytelling and endearing characters. Of course I loved it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

mklong Woot! So glad you loved it. Kind of knew you would 😉 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Yup I really enjoyed this one too! Have you read her latest? 2mo
sprainedbrain @Jee_HookedOnBookz not yet, but soonish! I‘m going in order. 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @sprainedbrain 👍 Looking forward to reading what you think! :) 2mo
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sprainedbrain
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It‘s been a couple of days since I finished this fantastic book, and I know that Alice Hoffman writes (really good) fiction and all, but damn if all of that isn‘t as true as can be. ❤️

Kdgordon88 💜💜💜 2mo
Suet624 So true. 2mo
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JenlovesJT47
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Pickpick

I had to read the prequel in the Practical Magic series before diving into the 4th and final book. We learn the story of Maria Owens in the 1600s, the one who put a curse on any man who would ever love an Owens woman. I love the way Alice Hoffman tells a story and this is just as good as the rest of the series. I can‘t wait to read the new one! 5⭐️

#BOTM
#historicalfiction
#witchery
#magic

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short_soprano
Bailedbailed

bailed ☹️ I really wanted to love this book, and I was so excited for it. however, I ended up not finishing it, which is very rare for me! it was just too dark, and the elements of the story were not strong enough for me to offset the depressing-ness. maybe I‘ll come back to it at some point.

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DMC_run8
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Pickpick

I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. The story follows Maria Owens, a woman with the power to heal all types of ailments, from Essex County, England to th island of Curacao to Salem, Massachusetts.

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Loreen
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#firstlineFriday #firstlinefridays
“She was found on a January day in a field where the junipers grew, wound in a blue blanket with her name carefully stitched along the border with silk thread.”

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BookBosomed1
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Mehso-so

While this was not my favorite book out of the series, I am glad to have read it. I dig the feminist magic that anchors the series. At the core of this particular story is the message that amazing things happen when women realize their voice has volume.

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BookBosomed1
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Isn‘t that the truth.

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Julsmarshall
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Pickpick

I loved learning the backstory to the the O.G. Owens matriarch Maria. Vividly told and deftly woven, this story did not disappoint. I‘ve never read Practical Magic, only seen the movie, so I‘m looking forward to reading that one too. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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BookBosomed1
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My Sunday evening ready buddy, Henry.

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Linsy
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Hoping to get to this beauty — along with her newest — next month! ✨
#witchesandwizards #littensdressedinblood @midnightbookgirl

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booksandsympathy
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While at my local bookstore, I decided to pick up a paperback of Magic Lessons. I just couldn't resist.

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MeganAnn
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Pickpick

It‘s raining outside and I‘ve spent a delightfully cozy day so far finishing this book. This prequel follows Maria Owens and her daughter as we learn about the start of the Owens family and how they came to be cursed in love. I loved it and I‘m looking forward to rereading Rules of Magic & Practical Magic later this month.

15 points for team theme + 1 participation #teamhendrix #scarathlon2021
8h15min for #screamathon #bookspinbingo #spookoween

TheSpineView Rainy days are the best book days! ❤🌧📖🌧 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Julsmarshall
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Enjoying this witchy historical novel on #audio on my walks. #currentlisten

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BookBosomed1
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Freddy likes to keep an eye on me when I read in my bedroom chair, even if it means he falls asleep in the process. He is my best bud.

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CaitlinR
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Mehso-so

Well , I finished this, but I‘m not sure why. I‘ve enjoyed Hoffman‘s Owens Family books, but was disappointed by Magic Lessons. The book serves as a prequel to Practical Magic, telling us the us the early tale of Maria Owen and her daughter Faith.

Not much depth. The narrative is quite repetitive and tells us little that we didn‘t already know from the other books in the series. A disappointment.

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Jgacreations
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Pickpick

So many ways to love this book.…..who doesn‘t love practical magic???? The prequel and the similarities between the Owens in the 1600 and the ones today are beautiful. Very magical.

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Skygoddess1
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Pickpick

It was great getting to learn how everything started with Maria Owens and the love curse she cast on herself and all Owens to come. #AuthorAMonth #BookspinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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StaceGhost
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Pickpick

Finally the weather has turned! Enjoying the Practical Magic series and making a TON of apple cider, apple sauce, apple pies, apple butter, etc. 🍎🍏🍎🍏love this time of the year 🍁photo by Rebecca of aclotheshorse

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mklong
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Pickpick

This was my #BOTM a year ago and I am just now getting around to it. Easily my favorite of the series! I‘m planning to reread the other two to get ready for the new (and maybe last? 😢) one. Counting on it being an October BOTM option.

And couldn‘t resist posting this cute pic of Sandy on our hike this morning instead of a picture of the book!

Leftcoastzen So cute! 4mo
BookNAround Sandi is too adorable. 4mo
Nute Hey, Sandy!🐶🧡 4mo
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Karkar Hi Sandy! You are a cutie! ❤️🐾❤️ 4mo
LeahBergen Sandy!! ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Cathythoughts Cutie 😍 4mo
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BookBosomed1
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My cuddle bug. Always ready for evening reading cuddles.

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Kimberlone
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Pickpick

I was truly enchanted by the book, which I wasn‘t expecting since I wasn‘t really impressed by Practical Magic when I read it a few years ago. The epic and magical tale of Maria Owens, from Essex County, England to Curaçao to Salem, Massachusetts, touches on themes of fate, power, redemption, and, of course, love in all its forms. I am definitely seeking out Rules of Magic next.

Kimberlone This was a strange juxtaposition with Hour of the Witch, which I finished earlier this week. Both take place in basically the same time period in Puritan late-1600s Salem, Massachusetts around the time of the infamous witch trials. Both MCs endure undeserved punishment and oppression and eventually find happiness, but while Hour of the Witch left me feeling cold and somber, Magic Lessons was full of light and charm. 4mo
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BookwormAHN
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Pickpick

I can't believe I waited so long to read these books. I loved this book. This prequel tells of how Maria Owens came to Salem and started the curse that's messed with her family for generations 🧡
#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville #aamah
#LittensDressedInBlood #BlackMagicWoman @MidnightBookGirl

Kimberlone Currently reading this. Enchanted! 4mo
StaceGhost I‘ve never read these either but I watch Practical Magic at least once a month 4mo
samanthagutt I loved Practical Magic and Rules of Magic. I need to read this one this fall! 4mo
MidnightBookGirl I love this series too! I read Practical Magic for the first time in the early 90s, but I remember not loving it. However, I wanted to read Rules of Magic, so I re-read Practical Magic and older me loved it. I still have this one on my TBR though. 4mo
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Kimberlone
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Into the last third of this book. I finished Part 3: The Talisman last night around midnight, with tears streaming down my face. I have no idea where this is going from here, but I am looking forward to finishing this (hopefully tonight?).

Trashcanman Give the dirt a little room. 4mo
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Kimberlone
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Started this a couple days ago, and absolutely loving it so far. I was pretty underwhelmed by Practical Magic when I read it a few years ago (the movie was better in my opinion), but I have been completely drawn into this epic tale of Maria Owens. The language and imagery are just beautiful!

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rather_be_reading
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Heads up!

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Texreader
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Ebook on sale today! #authoramonth @Soubhiville

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Scochrane26
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#authoramonth deal on amazon in the US. $2.99

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Melismatic
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Pickpick

The perfect touch of autumnal magic in this book to make the slide into Fall feel seamless. Loved this more than Practical Magic, to be honest, because it felt more authentically magical (& feminist).

#AuthorAMonth

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Katie.happens
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Pickpick

Magic Lessons is a fantastic read for autumn. Maybe it‘s the history buff in me, but I liked it better than the novel that inspired it, Practical Magic. It‘s moody and engaging, covers long spans of time like the original novel, as well as including the power of feminism in daily life that the original presented so beautifully.

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Annie1215
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. I often can and like when I prove my theories right. This used to annoy me so much when I was younger and could never surprise my mom lol

2. Currently the Practical Magic series - especially the tagged book

3. Sucker for romance especially enemies-to-lovers and unlikely pairings

4, grateful for my health and my family

Eggs Thanks for the great responses ❤️📖💙 5mo
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Mandycolesings
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Mehso-so

Wasn't a fan of the spells , but liked the romantic style of fairytale writing. It was entertaining. Nice summer read.

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BRB_ImReading
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Thanks @5feet.of.fury
1: magic lessons (prequel to practical magic)
2: 👍
3: it really depends on my mood. Mystery/thriller/horror/romance. All the 📚

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wideeyedreader
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Bailedbailed

My second bail in a row this month, and also my #bookspin. Sadly, I found the storytelling in this one to be boring and detached, with far more telling than showing. I also have to wonder if the historical setting was an excuse for the author to show off her historical knowledge, considering the amount of history she shares that her characters would not have known. Not for me.

TheAromaofBooks Oh lame!!! At least it's off the list!! 7mo
wideeyedreader @TheAromaofBooks that‘s very true! 7mo
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LiteraryLona
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Pickpick

I‘m so in love with this series and the generations of wisdom and love that it represents.

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Jnnlb
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Lynnsoprano
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#bookhaul I picked this up at the library while retrieving hubby‘s hold. I‘ve not read Practical Magic or anything by Alice Hoffman. I‘m curious.

Palimpsest I read this last fall without having read anything else by Hoffman and it felt like I didn‘t have to have knowledge about her other stories. It‘s a bit of a leisurely pace, but I really enjoyed it and hope you do too! 9mo
Lynnsoprano @Palimpsest Thanks! Good to know. 9mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I really love this series. I started with the third and then worked backwards and am going to read the 4th next. I think they work as stand alones or together. I agree they are a bit slow, they are more about character development and language then action. 9mo
Jennag28 Alice Hoffman is my favorite author, I‘ve read all of her books. The whole Magic series is fantastic & the last one comes out in October. She has a great monthly newsletter if you are interested📚 9mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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3-20-21: My 29th finished book of 2021! Taking place in the 1600s, we get to meet Maria Owens the fabled matriarch mentioned in the original book, Practical Magic. This is a prequel to that one. Abandoned in a snowy field, Maria is found by Hannah Owens and taught how to use the “Nameless Art”. After Maria is betrayed by the man she loves, she follows him to Salem where witches are being put on trial.Here she invokes the infamous curse about love.

GidgetsTreasures75 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #magiclessons #alicehoffman 👍🏼📖#️⃣2️⃣9️⃣ (edited) 10mo
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perfectsinner
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Pickpick

Hoffman weaves another beautiful story full of magic, love, witchery and darkness. A beautifully written prequel that I will have to buy for my collection. Easy 5 star.

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perfectsinner
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Part III
Hoping to finish today.
When this is released in paperback, I'll probably buy it to add it to my collection
So far I'm enjoying it.

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perfectsinner
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She knew how to walk in the shadows so she wouldn't shine in the darkness.
Magic Lessons, Alice Hoffman

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perfectsinner
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Started this yesterday.

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ErraticElle
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Mehso-so

A good novel with rich historical writing. Different in style from the other books in the series. An overall darker and more somber read. Slow pacing due to dense and detailed descriptions leading to a flattened plot in the middle of the novel. Still a good read, but slower. I found it to be okay. I enjoyed the informational content & liked the backstory for the matriarch of the series. However, I was a bit let down by the flavor of the book.

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monalyisha
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I‘ve had this book in my possession since October & I still haven‘t read it yet. Sometimes, I do that. I get SO excited about something that I can‘t bring myself to read it. 😅🙈🤷‍♀️

Does anyone else do this? It‘s like, I‘m worried about it living up to my own expectations? Or maybe I don‘t want it to be over? But I don‘t think it‘s any of that. Is there a German word for this? I feel like it‘d definitely be German...

ItsAnotherJen I do!! 11mo
monalyisha @ItsAnotherJen Does it baffle you as much as it does me? 😆 11mo
TheKidUpstairs I do! I bought Ridgerunner when it was released, but I keep choosing other books. The Outlander is a favourite, and I'm so worried it won't live up to it. Even though it won awards and has been so well reviewed! 11mo
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ItsAnotherJen @monalyisha Yes, I don't understand why I do it either!😅🤪 and this book is one that I want to read too. I love books about magic! 11mo
monalyisha @ItsAnotherJen Not to pile it on, but I‘m also a blonde in love with a bearded man. 👯‍♀️ Twinning? 11mo
MittenGirlPeach I so understand. I don‘t want books I‘m excited about / know I‘ll love to end, so I keep them in reserve! 11mo
ItsAnotherJen @monalyisha Haha! Twinning and winning! Men w/beards are the best! 11mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Yes! I have about 200 books that I needed right then that I have not gotten to. 😂 11mo
Bits It took me over a year to read the final HP. And lived in constant fear of spoilers the whole time, but couldn't bring myself to "end it." ? 11mo
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