WWW Wednesday, October Fourteenth

It’s time for WWW Wednesday. This was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and brought back by Taking on a World of Words. This week’s WWW definitely has an October/Halloween theme, as I prep for the end of the month blogging.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

1. What I’m currently reading:

I’ve been waiting for the prequel, Magic Lessons, and I decided to tackle Practical Magic, both the book and the movie and do a comparison. I’ll be honest: I saw the movie before I read the book and loved it, so I don’t know if that will affect the outcome of if I liked the book or the movie better.

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.

One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic…

2.What did you recently finish reading?

It should be no surprise that my favorite sleuth, who has investigated many ghostly apparitions that turn out to be bad guys (just like Scooby Doo!) tackled some Ghost Stories. Three times in fact. So I re-read one of my favorites from childhood, Nancy Drew Ghost Stories (Amazon, AbeBooks) first published in 1983, and Nancy Drew Ghost Stories II, (AbeBooks) published in 1985. I also read Nancy Drew: Girl Detective Ghost Stories which was published in 2008 during the short-lived Girl Detective series.

I also listened to an Audible book of The Crucible by Arthur Miller, performed by Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley, Jr., Hector Elizondo, Stacy Keach among others. I may borrow the movie The Crucible starring Winona Ryder and Daniel Day Lewis from the library, too, to do a comparison. There’s also a 1953 version of The Crucible available on Amazon Prime for free right now.

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

I have a book got from the Amazon First Reads program for Amazon Prime members, The Haunting of Brynn Wilder. It sounds like the perfect gothic novel for the month of October. If you’re not familiar with the First Reads program, click here for more info.

And then there’s the aforementioned Magic Lessons,which I just picked up from the library. So hopefully I can get to that.

I’m also re-reading on of my childhood favorites, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, (AbeBook)which won the Newbery medal in 1959. I remember loving this book as a child, so I wonder how I’ll feel about it as an adult. I don’t remember much of it, other than I read it about the time we were discussing the Salem Witch Trials in school.

I don’t know if I’ll get to this one, but since I also read anything about the Roosevelts, I’m going to try. Eleanor, Alice and the Roosevelt Ghosts sounds spooky enough, doesn’t it?

I may even crack open the Bewitched or Charmed DVDs to get in the witchy Halloween spirit.

So, what are you reading? Are you getting in the Halloween spirit like me? Let me know in the comments. Happy reading!

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  1. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts about Practical Magic! The movie was so good, but the book has its own charm. Hope you enjoy the Witch of Blackbird Pond as much this time around as you did as a kid. Happy reading 🙂


  2. Ooo I’m glad to hear you have been enjoying a trip down memory lane with plenty of comforting mystery re-reading this week. I also hope you will enjoy Hoffman’s Practical Magic, as I also love the film but have never read the book. Happy reading! 👋📚🎃


  3. I’ve read Eleanor, Alice and the Roosevelt Ghosts, and it was really good! Definitely creepy, if that’s what you’re looking for. I didn’t realize until the end that it was about *the* Roosevelts, since it’s such a common name and I’m completely oblivious. xD


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