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Practical Magic
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Dovekeepers... For more than two hundred years, the Owens women had been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town. And Gillian and Sally endured that fate as well; as children, the sisters were outsiders. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, but all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. One would do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they shared brought them back-almost as if by magic...
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Erin.Elizabeth10
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Mehso-so

This book was hot and cold for me. I loved the way Alice Hoffman wrote about the jealously between the sisters Sally & Gillian. I think she did an amazing job of portraying the simultaneous love and outrage that can be felt between siblings. But then there were so many other moments and characters in this book that felt poorly developed, those really dragged it down for me. I saw the movie has 28% on rotten tomatoes, so I don‘t think I‘ll watch.

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smalldogs_bigbooks2419
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Who else here is a chronic series starter and not finisher? Here we go again. 🧙‍♀️ 📚

LitStephanie LOL, I have a different problem. I start series and feel compelled to read the entire thing, even if I strongly dislike some of the subsequent installments. 3mo
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 @LitStephanie life is too short for books you don‘t love! 3mo
LitStephanie @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 agreed. I am currently working on my compulsion to finish any book I start, which probably comes from discipline instilled in college. I have probably bailed on more books in the past year than in the last 10 years combined. Baby steps, ha! 3mo
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 @LitStephanie I‘ve done that a lot over the last couple of years. Definitely bailing on way more books than I finished 😞 3mo
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dabbe
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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I loved the movie with Bullock and Kidman. The book was interesting, too. Most of the verb tense was written in present tense, which makes for a different read; however, the idea of the verbs happening NOW made the story even more suspenseful because the reader felt as if the action was occurring right then and now. Differs from the movie quite a bit but not enough to disrupt the main storyline.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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This September and October, I went witch-crazy. I read this Alice Hoffman series chronologically, plus two other witch books. #thanksscarathlon for the inspiration. This series is pretty traditional with roots in Salem and witch trials. Hoffman treats the family genetics, witchery, and Nameless Arts, seriously, with limited humor and irony. Because there‘s a curse!

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com (combined with The Women Could Fly)

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MsRadioSilence
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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I forgot to post it yesterday, but thank you so much @Gissy for my #BasicWitchSwap!! I can‘t wait to dive into these books and hide secrets in the book box! The candle smells great and now I have another mug for my collection, mwahaha!! Thank you so much! Also, that wrapping paper?? I loved the texture, and it was so pretty!

#BWS #BWS22

sprainedbrain 🖤🖤🖤 3mo
Gissy Glad you liked everything. I tried to buy the bones but it would arrive so late. Sometimes these stores think I live in the middle of nowhere. I liked the crystal boxes so much that I bought one for myself😂I chose the mug because it said inside the basic witch, appropriate for this swap, same with the candle, the scent was pleasant but the title was just perfect I think. The box was thinking about your cat. I hope you like the extra book.⬇️ 3mo
Gissy It was so fun going to shop and choose things for you. @Chrissyreadit gave me one of those boxes in one swap and I‘m using it to put my witchy things🖤🧡🖤. Once again, thank you to @ sprainedbrain for this amazing swap🥰 3mo
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Moll
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Great great great; lots of different relationships explored & buckets of spookiness

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Moll
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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persephone1408
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman

I'm off this weekend, so breakfast this morning with a little practical magic.🖤 This is the life. @StayCurious #TeamMonsterMash #scarathlon

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Emilymdxn
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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A wonderful Halloween #scarathlon2022 #wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. So in general I can watch all horror movies pretty much just fine. The one that I genuinely still think about when I‘m at home alone is the tragically underrated Ghost Stories w Martin Freeman in it.

2. Probably the tagged book? Hard to say tbh I love SO many

3. I guess I wear a lot of brown and black, I‘m not sure about favourites but I wear them a lot

Wanna join in @moll?

Eggs Thanks for joining in 😱💀🎃 3mo
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Sempernox
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The OG of witch-girl autumn, Practical Magic centers on three generations of women with supernatural leanings. Sisters Sally and Gillian Owens have a contentious relationship, which is further tested by a toxic ex-lover. The Owens women use their magic to resolve loose ends and heal their family.

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Cazxxx
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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AmandaBlaze
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Eggs Perfect 😍 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this cover 💫🖤 4mo
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DanaManiac
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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5 ⭐️

Reread this for #Scarathlon and devoured it in one day. Just one of my favorite books/ series ever. I think I might need to watch the movie this weekend!
~ 150-400 pgs for #PromptMaze
~ P for #AutumnAtoZ
~ Theme Read and “Magic” prompt for #TeamSlaughter

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 🌟💫 4mo
Texreader Great series!! 4mo
Clwojick Classic! 🖤 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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TheBookHippie
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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I reread this on my kindle along with her new novella The Bookstore Sisters: A Short Story. I thought this pic was so wonderful from an artist on IG!!! This is my later post for MAGIC #SCARATHON2022 #teamslaughter

DanaManiac Oh I‘ll have to check out the novella! I‘m finishing a reread of Practical Magic now ☺️ 4mo
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DanaManiac
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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I can‘t think of #Witches without thinking about my favorite gals from Practical Magic 🧙‍♀️ #ScarathlonDailyPrompts #TeamSlaughter

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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“Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.” #scarathlondailyprompts #magic #teamslaughter

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Lizpixie
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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#ScarathlonDailyPrompts #Day9 #Magic A classic read because it‘s one of the best. I love the whole series but this 1st novel is definitely the best. #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter 6pts

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BarkingMadRead
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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JuliaTheBookNerd
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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#Witch 🪄 #OminousOctober 🐈‍⬛👻🎃🖤🤍🧡

#BookNerd 🤓💙📚

Eggs 👏🏻 my choice too 🙌🏻🙌🏻 4mo
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Eggs
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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AllDebooks 25 years!!!!! How 🙀 4mo
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DMC_run8
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Always a cozy fall read.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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I‘m reading the series in chrono order—not published order. Reviews coming after book 4! Just finished the original (book 3) and rolled right into the movie adaptation. Ugh. So many changes and of course I loved the book more. Still, they‘re perfect #scarathlon2022 choices! #teammonstermash #halloweenbucketlist

And shhh … fits the #scarathlondailyprompts for #killer — or is she??? 🤷🏼‍♀️👻🧙🏻‍♀️

monalyisha So, I came to the movie before the book. But upon first reading the book in my 20‘s, I remember liking the movie ending better (and loving both the book & movie equally). 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @monalyisha I really don‘t remember which I happened upon first. It‘s been too long!! But they both have merits and cringy moments. 4mo
mrp27 Is it necessary to read the books in chronological order? 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @mrp27 No - they also work as stand alone books. 4mo
mrp27 Oh perfect! I‘ve been putting off reading them because I don‘t have them all in order. Thanks! 4mo
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Emilymdxn
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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For #ominousoctober today I have nothing going on in my life related to campfires… but I am listening to a podcast about practical magic and it got me thinking about how many great, atmospheric fire scenes there are in this movie, which I ABSOLUTELY need to rewatch this week. An all time classic. I should probably reread the book too

#scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter @Clwojick +6

DanaManiac One of my favorite movies! It‘s on my watch and reread list too. 🖤🧡 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🖤 4mo
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Allylu
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Watching Practical Magic. #Scarathlon2022

StaceGhost My favorite cozy read/watch 🖤 4mo
Clwojick An old favourite of mine! 4mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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My #scarathlon 2022 watch list! I‘m not a horror movie person, but a particular kind of scary is ok. 😂 I was in high school when the first Scream came out and I fell in love with the franchise, so it will be fun to revisit them! I was really bummed to see that the new “Wednesday” TV series doesn‘t come out until 11/23. That‘s not very spooky of you, Netflix. What are you watching this spooky season?

Clwojick The Craft! Yes!!!! 4mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Clwojick I can‘t tell you the impact The Craft had on me as a young person. Pivotal! 😂😂 4mo
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ATB
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Beautiful afternoon in Centennial Park Atlanta. Good thing I have something to read.

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Lizpixie
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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#AlphabetGame #letterP

There was a tossup for todays letter between Piranesi(fabulous recent surreal book), Post Mortem(the 1st Scarpetta novel before they imploded) & the tagged book, well the whole series really. Totally different than the movie but just as magical & even more whimsical & just a bit dark. Love all of the characters. Especially the aunts.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! ⭐️💫 6mo
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bridge12
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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So I was reading this all day today got to page 158/159 and found a pressed 4 leaf clover that I definitely did not put in here 😍

This book was beautiful, a bit of a slow start. But when Sally and Gillian come together it was quite magical. 4.5⭐️ #botm

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Outofcontroltbr
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Cute and a short read.

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JuliaTheBookNerd
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Finally getting around to reading this. I loved the movie but I‘ve heard the book is very different so we shall see if this follows the book is better mantra 🤪😬

#WitchKick 🧙🏻‍♀️ 🪄 #BookNerd 🤓💙📚

vlwelser I really like that movie. Just pretend like they are different things and enjoy both. 7mo
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AmandaBlaze
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Clwojick Great choice! A classic witchy read! 7mo
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Cortg
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Panpan

I didn‘t really care for this one but it was a 3 hr listen and I‘m using for #pop22 ~ a book about witches and #booked2022 ~ about sisters

@KarenUK @Cinfhen @Kalalalatja @Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraBB @Laughterhp @RaeLovesToRead @jenniferw88 @squirrelbrain @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Well that‘s a big bonus!!! #DoubleDip 8mo
Megabooks I liked the movie more. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
Kimberlone This book is the perfect example of the movie being better, and the other books in the series also being better. I was soooo underwhelmed by this book (after loving the movie since it came out) and then I was totally blown away by the prequel books. 7mo
Cortg @Kimberlone Interesting! I can‘t say I‘ll continue with the series, but that‘s good to know. I think this is the 1st Alice Hoffman book I‘ve read. 7mo
Cortg @Megabooks @Kimberlone I haven‘t watched the movie but decided on the book because a friend was chatting about finding it on TV recently and how much she enjoyed it. Maybe I‘ll check out the movie, we‘ll see 😃 7mo
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Shemac77
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Mehso-so

A little saccharine for me.

BookwormAHN The prequels are better. 9mo
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Shemac77
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Offload delay reading

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KristiAhlers
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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For publishing year 1995 I decided to revisit a favorite of mine. Truly love this story and the others in this series. The world building and characters are amazing. #19822022 @Librarybelle

Librarybelle Oh! Good choice! I have a copy of this but have yet to read it! 10mo
KristiAhlers @Librarybelle oh you‘ve got to read the whole series! I just love the way she writes! Her stories are always so good! 10mo
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AmandaBlaze
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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1. Alice Hoffman and Stephen King. Quite a difference in subject matter. lol
2. Living room
3. Yes. They're a lot of fun.
#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Yes what a contrast: Hoffman & King !! 11mo
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CaitlinByTheBook
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Picked up a new copy of Practical Magic today with a black cat on the cover 🖤 Found among the stacks at The Last Bookstore in LA ✨

vonnie862 It's an awesome bookstore! 12mo
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maich
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 💫✨ 14mo
Eggs I chose these too💕 14mo
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TheSpineView
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover 💛🖤 14mo
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IMASLOWREADER
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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all time favorite halloween read #readinggoals #latepost #booktober

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Q84
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Littlewolf1
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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@Chrissyreadit thank you so much for my #ANS #alterednightmareswap . I loved the theme of it and the unique way you altered. It‘s beautiful! I would have posted the ribbon that was wrapped around it, but loved it so much, I‘m wearing it💜. Thank you @LibrarianRyan for hosting.

Chrissyreadit I‘m glad you like it. 😘 1y
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tdrosebud
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Thank you sooo much @DanaManiac for my #basicwitchswap box! I'm really looking forward to trying out thrme runes and enjoying the treats. The candles smell lovely. Thanks again!
Thanks to @sprainedbrain and @mklong for hosting!

mklong How pretty!! 😍 1y
sprainedbrain Lovely gifts! 1y
DanaManiac Yay I‘m so glad you like everything! 🤗 1y
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Morr_Books
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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I enjoyed Practical Magic more than I thought I would, and it got me some #TeamTheme points for #TeamHendrix ! #Bingo #Scarathlon2021 @StayCurious
#spookoween @TheSpineView
#screamathon @4thhouseontheleft
#20in4 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1y
TheSpineView Fantastic 1y
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BookwormAHN
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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I love this movie. Thanks @sprainedbrain and @mklong for hosting a screening. I hadn't seen it since I finished reading the books and I've been meaning to rewatch it 🧙🏻‍♀️
#Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix @StayCurious

sprainedbrain It was fun! Thanks for joining us! 🖤 1y
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DebinHawaii
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Thanks to @sprainedbrain & @mklong for hosting today‘s Zoom watch of one of my favorite Halloween (or really anytime movies) to celebrate tomorrow‘s#BasicWitchSwap. It will add another 6 points to this week‘s #scaratlon total for #teamhendrix 🧹🧙🧙‍♀️🧹

sprainedbrain It was fun, and I have a new movie to watch on repeat. 🖤 1y
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Morr_Books
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Fit in some reading while at a winery in Fredericksburg. I've managed to read about 11 hours so far in #20in4 even though I'm on vacation. @Andrew65 #Scarathlon @StayCurious

Andrew65 Doing great 👏👏👏 1y
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sprainedbrain
Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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All systems appear to be go for #BasicWitchSwap opening day on Sunday! Thank you so much to everyone for making this such a fun swap. 🖤

Tomorrow, @mklong and I are going to celebrate with an impromptu witchy watch party of Practical Magic. I‘ve never seen it, and want to avoid having my witch card revoked.

Anyone care to join us? October 30 at 4 pm Eastern/3 pm Central… open to everyone, swappers or no—let me know if you want the Zoom link!

monalyisha Agh! If I were going to be around, I‘d be with you in a heartbeat! Enjoy!!! 1y
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MsRadioSilence Ahh! I would love to but I have a Halloween party starting then. :( Have fun tho!! 1y
LoverOfLearning 0h maybe!! I'll let you know. I'm loving this vibe the little group we formed here. 🧙‍♀️💀🦇🖤🧹🤘 1y
DebinHawaii Send me the link, please. I am going to try to run my errands & be back in time but don‘t wait for me just in case I can‘t get back home in time. 1y
BookwormAHN If I'm home I'll join in. I've been meaning to rewatch it 🧙🏻‍♀️ 1y
Insightsintobooks I would love to, but I have to attend a wedding. 1y
jenniferw88 I have written you a Halloween card but haven't sent yet. Will do so this week but sorry it's late! 1y
mklong You know I‘m in! 1y
alisiakae Can you send me the zoom link? We have a busy weekend (and by we, I mean my daughter, I am just chauffer 🤣) but I think I‘ll be home around then! 1y
MaleficentBookDragon I‘m in! Thank you. 1y
erank58 What a great idea! I have a committment, but I'll be sure to join in next time! 1y
Chrissyreadit I have a birthday party at that time. But I will be with you all in witchy spirit 🖤 1y
AmyG Tha ks for the invite but sadly...I will be out and about with the hubby who gets his Covid booster shot today . (I‘d rather stay home and watch. 😂) (edited) 1y
katy4peas Bummer. I‘m working today, but what a great idea! Have fun! 🧙🏻‍♀️ 1y
bridge12 Shoot! I would LOVE to do this but I‘ve already made plans to watch Doctor Sleep with my brother then 🤦🏼‍♀️ I would love a report back on Practical Magic ❤️ 1y
sprainedbrain @bridge12 there‘s another movie I still need to watch! 😂 1y
bridge12 @sprainedbrain HIGHLY recommend! Flanagan does an excellent job as director 1y
sprainedbrain @jenniferw88 you are too sweet! 🖤 1y
sprainedbrain @LoverOfLearning @DebinHawaii @BookwormAHN @mklong @4thhouseontheleft @MaleficentBookDragon Zoom link has been sent to your email! Hope you can join us, but no worries if you can‘t. 😉 1y
DinoMom We have plans otherwise I would totally join. It‘s a great movie!!! Enjoy 1y
DanaManiac Ah! This is my fave! My mom and I watched this together dozens of times. I think I can make it work if I get these errands run quickly- count me in! ☺️🥳🎃 (edited) 1y
sprainedbrain @DanaManiac I forwarded the link to you! Yay! 1y
MoonWitch94 @sprainedbrain Did you like the movie?!??! 1y
sprainedbrain @MoonWitch94 LOVED it! 🖤 1y
MoonWitch94 🎃🖤🧡 1y
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TEArificbooks
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One of my all time favorite movies. After finishing the sequel book I had to rewatch. 6 pts #teamhendrix #scarathlon @StayCurious

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sprainedbrain
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Still making my way through my September reviews…

Despite being a raging witch myself and a fan of several of Hoffman‘s books, until recently I had not read this book (still haven‘t seen the movie). Happy to report that I loved the audiobook. Hoffman‘s storytelling is magical, and I loved the Owens sisters and the aunts. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

This was my #AAM for September as well!

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monalyisha So exciting! I can‘t wait for you to see the movie. They‘re different — but I love them both equally. 🖤 1y
sprainedbrain @monalyisha I adore the cast (especially Nicole Kidman) so the only reason I haven‘t seen it is my ridiculous book-before-movie rule, which has been in place since I was in high school. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
monalyisha I totally watched it before I read the book — many, many years before. I used to watch it every Friday the 13th (along with Bell, Book, & Candle) with my bff & her fam. 1y
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BookingitwithSandra How did I not know there was a movie for this book? I‘m gonna check that one out! 😉 1y
Reggie I haven‘t read the book but the movie is lovely. 1y
mklong Ooh we should do a Zoom watch party for your first viewing! 1y
sprainedbrain @mklong that is a fabulous idea!! 1y
BookBosomed1 Oh, the movie! 🥰 I just finished the end of the book series. 😍 1y
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