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So excited for this Book Review: Round 5 because it’s our Fall Edition! If you’re wanting to get into the spooky season, then check out these books to set the mood! Honestly, there’s nothing better than curling up by the fire and reading a book — especially during fall!
This book was one of my favorites during fall! It’s actually a part of a trilogy and although the second book isn’t the best, the first and third ones are amazing. Diana Bishop is an American academic studying alchemical history in Oxford. She is a witch but doesn’t acknowledge her powers, and the world she lives in also includes vampires and demons. One day at the library, she stumbles upon an old manuscript covered in magic. She senses the magic and returns it to the library archives, but by touching the book, witches, vampires, and demons are now aware that it exists and begin to hunt it (and thus, her). However, an ancient vampire named Matthew provides her protection and they eventually fall in love. It’s kind of like an adult version of Twilight, except with better writing!
All of Alice Hoffman’s books are great, but if you’ve never read Practical Magic, you definitely should…even if you’ve already seen the movie! It follows the lives of two sisters, Sally and Gillian, who are orphaned and turn to their two aunts. Their world is rocked when the girls arrive to their aunts’ home and they discover the truth of who..or what… they really are. The sisters are complete opposites, which provides an enchanting dynamic (Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock play them in the movie). They learn about their family curse, which brings everyone closer together and shows the importance of sister bonds.
I read this book in the summer and honestly wished I had waited for the fall, because it was truly *magical*. I’m not sure if it was from the character development or the visual imagery of the circus, but the atmosphere of the book was something to behold. The plot involves two magicians, Celia and Marco, who are bound to each other through a magical ‘competition’ — without knowing who the other is. The novel grows with them over the course of years (10-20 years!) and the book alternates between characters, time periods, and view points, providing an intricately woven tale of The Night Circus. It’s a story about love, loss, and magic, and I couldn’t recommend it enough!
A quick yet entertaining read! A Witch in Time centers around Juliet, the main character and muse of painter Marchant, gets trapped in a curse, where she is reincarnated over and over again, first as a 1930’s as Hollywood actress Nora Wheeler, then in the 1970’s as aspiring musician Sandra Keane, and once more in 2000’s as magazine publisher Helen Lambert. In each reincarnation, Juliet is tethered to Marchant and has to experience their break up cyclically. She is also protected by her own demon guardian and administrator of the curse, Lucian Varnier, who she ends up falling in love with each time. The only problem is that the curse doesn’t let her live past her 34th birthday in each life. Discovering she has magical powers of her own, will Helen learn to break the curse or suffer the same fate as Juliet, Nora, and Sandra?
Photography by Erin Trimble
What have you been reading lately? Drop them in the comments below!
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There’s not a day that goes by when I don’t feel so blessed to be Jordan’s wife. He is my everything. These photos and video are the sweetest reminder of our love for one another. So, grab a cup of coffee, pull up a seat, and try not to bawl your eyes out (because I know we did). Every time we look through our photos and watch our video, we cry the happiest tears.
It’s crazy what can happen in a year. I met the love of my life and the rest is history. I was having a hard time ending this post, because frankly, I think I could talk about that evening forever. Then I realized that this post doesn’t have an ending, but instead, a beginning. Thank you so much for all of the love, excitement, and gratitude.
One of my favorite things to do in the fall is bake my dark chocolate chip pumpkin bread! I’ve made it *so* many times for me, J, and friends & family. It’s moist, decadent, and super easy to make! It also makes for a great DIY housewarming gift.