The Novels I Like to Read
So … I try to read as much as I can. I have 3 kids, I homeschool, I write my own books and in small ways, I try to keep up with social media … so I do the best I can … LOL!
BUT … when I do get down to a pile of books I’m ready to dig into … I have a for sure kind of book I like to read.
First … It has to have some magic in it. I love when the world I immerse myself in is a little more than … do you know what I mean? The book can have an insane amount of magic like The Magicians Series and Harry Potter or it can just dabble in it … but give me something more than.
Second … I love a good relationship, with all the ups, downs, ins, outs and sexual energy/tension of a real relationship. I’m all about human behavior and how it nestles all up in the relationships we find ourselves in.
Third … I need good writing. I love imagery and details and all the 5 senses. (An example of this, albeit a more adult kind of book … I loved Anne Rices’ Beauty Trilogy … but I found it so hard to get through the 50 Shades series)
I love Anais Nin and Sarah Waters and Alice Hoffman … I want to be transported with words.
Those are my criteria.
I took the book really slow because I knew I didn’t want it to end. I loved it … I love all of her books, and I don’t know if it’s just because I’ve been reading her book since I was a teenager and now I just allow myself to love whatever she writes or if I just really love her voice or each book simply rocks. She has such a beautiful knack for creating characters that I utterly fall in love with, root for and connect to.
However, I did have a weird experience with this one. I originally saw Practical Magic in the theaters, at a time when I wasn’t reading as much. I didn’t know it was based on the Alice Hoffman novel. So the movie held it’s own in my head for a long time and I never actually read the book. Now, The Rules of Magic is the prequel and I couldn’t stop already having images and pictures in my head from the movie. I still loved the book, but I couldn’t separate the movie from what I was reading …
Have ya’ll ever had that issue where you’ve seen the movie first before you read something … and it restricts the entire journey for you … It’s just so strange.
And that folks … is why I insist on my kids reading the books before they see the movies (though I couldn’t help it with the Harry Potter series … because there was no way I was waiting for them to read 7 books before seeing the movies!).
On a side note to this somewhat random post … I also thought, as I finished The Rules of Magic, how strange it would be to write a second book after having had a movie made of a first book where characters were brought to life.