Welcome to the Book Adventure Challenge!
I recently heard of the term book flight and fell completely in love with the idea. I mean, it’s brilliant! First of all the reference to a wonderful flight of wine is obvious but it also speaks so clearly to my reading palette. I typically will read 3-5 books in a row that all have the same central theme.
With this in mind, I started brainstorming how I could share this book flight concept with everyone else. I’ve shared book reviews here in the past and have always hoped that those reviews would lead someone to their next great read. BUT…I found that I only wanted to write reviews on books that really spoke to my soul. I don’t connect emotionally with every book I read but that doesn’t mean that I’m not reading books that I absolutely adore. Books that I will recommend over and over again in conversation. So, just like sitting down with a great friend over an exquisite flight of wine, I’d like you to sit down and enjoy this flight of books.
At the beginning of every month I’ll be sharing a flight of books that I have either previously enjoyed or are on my to be read list for the month. Each of the books will all have the same central theme. For October, something witchy this way comes.
📚 Book Flight 📖
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Can there be any other book to start our witchy book flight? I think not! I first found the Harry Potter series right after I had my first child. I was watching a morning talk show and J.K. Rowling was promoting book 3 of the series. My first outing with my new baby…Barnes and Noble. I bought the first three books and began reading them out loud as I breast fed my son. Needless to say, the Harry Potter series has become one of my all time favorite book series. I have read the American version of the story more times than I can count and the United Kingdom version several times as well. You may be wondering what the difference is in the two versions. The slang. The characters speak in typical British slang. For example, there is no kissing but there is snogging. 😘 That word reminds me of snot, 🤮, so…although I love a good British accent, some of the slang…not so much. 😂 By the way, is there an American woman alive who doesn’t love a British accent? I think not!
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
The Rules of Magic is actually a prequel to Practical Magic. Alice Hoffmans’ writing is simply magical. I love the way she weaves words together to create a picture. This story follows lives of Susanna Owens’ children. Two witches and a wizard…all of whom I’d love to visit with over a flight of wine. My heart though is with Fanny. She is strong, talented, and broken in the most beautiful way. Read this book!
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
This is book one in a five book series. It combines both magic and a dystopian society. Triplet sisters raised in different realms. Each sister with a different power who must fight to the death to win the crown. Eek! It’s just so good!! I found this book shortly have the pub date of book one. I read it in two days! And then…had the agonizing wait until the the next book was published. For the record this happened with every book. The story is rich in detail and you immediately find yourself rooting for the three sisters. Who will be your favorite?
A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
A historical saga that culminates in a World War II story. I’m in!! Historical fiction is my jam! Do the kids still say that? 😂 The story follows the Orchieres family as they fight to keep the magic alive after the death of the family matriarch. As World War II approaches that magic will be needed more than ever. I read this book last year. I loved it then and it still brings me so much joy every time I see it on my shelf. This is also the only book on my list that is not a series.
Witch & Wizard by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
There are five books in this series and this is the only book in the flight I have not read. My oldest son has read the first three books. I’m not sure why I haven’t read this series yet. It’s been sitting on my shelf for quite some time. Let’s just say I may or may not have a small book addiction. I really do mean to read every book when I buy it. It’s just that so many great books are published every month and sometimes some books get pushed down list. 🤷♀️ What is a person to do? Not buy the new books??? That’s not really an option for me. 😉 Anywho…this is the first book I’ll be reading in October. One of my favorite part of a James Patterson book…short chapters. Just one more chapter before bed. It’s short.
I hope one of these books will be your favorite read of October. Cheers to reading! 🍷 📖