Book Club: April, Week One

Welcome back! Last Saturday I started reading Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. I don't know about you, but I am loving this book. It's a little quick for me, in my opinion. In my defense, I have been reading Outlander (I'm stuck at the beginning of The Fiery Cross; I can't seem to make myself read more than 20 pages at a time. I guess I need something new!) and Diana Gabaldon writes in extreme detail, which I enjoy. This novel paints lovely pictures, but I wish there were more of them while I was reading! I wish there were more thoughts happening, but Hoffman's style is leaving me wanting to continue reading more.

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That's probably why I finished last week's reading portion on Sunday morning. Oops. I've been reading during nap time. I'm not really sure what we should discuss yet. I don't have questions for you to answer, but maybe I'll try to come up with some. I definitely don't want to feel like I'm teaching a class! I guess I just want to see what you all notice and discover as you are moving through the book.

Things I've noticed and held onto while reading Part I:

  • I am really enjoying all of the mentioning of botanicals and herbs! They are something I have been growing to love since starting Outlander  almost two years ago (If you haven't noticed, I'm a little obsessed). Hoffman has great descriptive imagery of the different plants around the garden and home of the Owens'. 
  • THE HOUSE. I love the house so much. I love the house in the movie. Doesn't everyone?  
  • I relate with Sally SO much. I am always the practical, worrisome person. The "mom" of my friend group. At least, that's what they tell me. I can't wait to see when Gillian pops up. I'm assuming it's coming up.  
  • There is a little disappointment about no mention of a "true love" concoction spell. Like, that was the best damn part in the movie! Especially since she finds him. Maybe it's coming up later. We shall see!!

Keep reading, friends. We'll meet up next Saturday after we read Part II. Have fun!! 

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