[Book Discussion] Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman details the lives of two sisters as they grow up, from living with their aunts to finding their own lives.

Personally, I enjoyed the novel, it was light and entertaining. It wasn’t entirely what I expected it to be from the description, but was enjoyable.

I liked how the novel played with the ideas of love, betrayal and magic. The novel was really ambiguous in its use of ‘magic’. I felt like I was constantly questioning whether their magic was real, or whether it was just truly bad luck that kept bringing all these misfortunes on these women.

The writing style of the novel was fairly simplistic for the most part, but there was certain parts that stood out. It was written like a storyteller, you were getting all the information from some omniscient narrator who always knew just a little more than the reader and the characters in the novel. Perhaps in a more metaphorical sense, this was the magic speaking.

Hoffman knows how to write about love, or perhaps, knows how to make use of the feelings of love, as this is perhaps the biggest theme of the novel. Love centred everything, love between sisters, love between family and finally love between partners. Hoffman described the frustrations of love between family, and the scorching love between partners. At first it was sightly off putting, but in the end, I did kind of enjoy the overdramatic descriptions of love, particularly between Gillian and Ben Frye.

Overall, I would recommend it to someone, but perhaps only for someone looking for something within a certain genre.

What did you think of Practical Magic? Let me know!

Halfway!

So, by this point in our month, you should be at least half way through the book!

Unless you’re a fast reader and already completed, then congrats!

I hope everyone is enjoying or has enjoyed Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic. I’m just over halfway myself and I’m enjoying the book quite a lot!

Since this is our first month as a book club, I’m still in the process of figuring out which way is going to work best.

There are currently two options you could go for, that I think will work best.

First option:

Do you have a wordpress blog of your own? Then simply write the review on your own blog with the title of the book in the subject, then in the tags put ‘longreadersbookclub’ so I can track it and reblog it onto this site.

The review should ideally be 100-300 words, but if you have a lot to say, then please do so!

An example of the title would be something like [Book discussion] Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic. But go crazy!

Second Option:

Don’t have a wordpress blog? Or simply don’t want to post it yourself? Then, drop me an email (longreadersbookclub@gmail.com) and I’ll post it onto the blog myself.

The format should be similar to this, which can be found on the Contact page:

Subject:

[Book Review] Month and Book Title + Author.

Body of email:

Name

Social Media (If you want to!)

Did you like the book?

100-300 words on your thoughts of the book.

 

If you could post your discussion by the 31st of May, 10pm BST that would be wonderful, but for people in later timezones, then I’ll look for anything on the tags on the 1st. So, please don’t think I’m ignoring you!

I’m not anticipating a lot for the first month, which is fine, but hopefully we can inspire some great discussion this month and over the coming months!

 

One Week In!

How’s everyone’s progress on the Practical Magic so far?

I haven’t managed to get through as much of it as I’d hoped to be able to so far this month. But it’s been quite intriguing what I’ve read so far! I’m not entirely sure what to expect yet, as I feel like it’s a book that could surprise me.

How are you guys finding it?

Don’t forget you can suggest our book for next month here!

Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the start of our first book club month! I hope you’re all as excited as I am! It’s certainly going to be an adventure!

If you don’t know what book we’re reading, you can find the link to the post here.

Just as a small post, if you would like to have your discussion posted, you can send your discussion to me on longreadersbookclub@gmail.com

You’re discussion should be about 100-300 words, so it doesn’t have to be lengthy, but if you have a lot to talk about, then please go ahead!

Remember to include your social media pages, too!

Happy Reading, everyone! I hope everyone enjoys the book, and we have a nice discussion around it.

Vote For Our May Book!

Hello, and welcome to our first poll for our first book of the month!

Gathering suggestions did not go so well, but hopefully, people don’t mind the suggestions I have put forward myself.

This first book is exciting to me, and hopefully everyone feels just as excited as I do.

The poll should hopefully be at the bottom of the post! (I edited this section, as it was not appearing!)

For synopses of all the books, I will include the links to their Goodreads pages.

Stay With Me

The Hobbit

Practical Magic

Manhattan Beach

The Leavers