The Practical Magic Books have been making waves since the first book was published in 1995 but since then, these books have sparked a great debate. Should I read the Practical Magic books in the order they were published or Should I read the practical Magic Books in chronological order?
There is actually no right answer to this question. Whichever order you choose to read the books, we are sure you will find the Owens family spellbinding.
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Practical Magic Books in Publication Order
For years, the Owens women have known that their bad luck is because of a curse. This book is the first book in the practical magic series. I just adore this tale of magic, family, and sisterhood.
But trouble comes back to haunt them, and when a hunky Gillian and Sally are sisters who have been raised by their two aunts. They both want to leave their small Massachusetts town. But, when Gillian gets into trouble, she runs to Sally for help.
The trouble comes back to haunt them and when a hunky police chief comes to town, the sisters try hard to cover up their family secrets.
I love Alice Hoffman and I have read every book in this series. This one did not disappoint. I love that this book takes place one generation before Practical Magic.
We get to see Jet and Granny as kids growing up trying to escape the family curse- never fall in love. This Reese Pick was a sure-fire win from the beginning.
I started it the minute I got it but made myself wait until Halloween to finish the book because I wanted to enjoy the book to the fullest. I absolutely loved this prequel to the amazing Practical Magic.
The Owens women have a centuries-old curse that started with Maria Owens in the 1600s. With her amazing ability to weave a story, Alice Hoffman has once again written a book that captured my heart on the first page. Part historical fiction and part love story, this book had everything that I wanted from a prequel
This is the last book in the Practical Magic Series and it might be my favorite one yet. The Owens family has been cursed for over three hundred years. When Jet Owens hears the deathwatch beetle chirping, she knows she will die and is determined to break the curse once and for all before the seven days are up.
As the curse begins to take its toll on one more victim, the Owens family comes together to confront their past, uncover the truth, and end the curse for them all. I loved this conclusion to the series. It left me feeling good with no unanswered questions and true to Hoffman’s style, was a page-turner until the final word.
Chronological Order of the Practical Magic Books
- Magic Lessons (2020)
- The Rules of Magic (2017)
- Practical Magic (1995)
- The Book of Magic (2021)
Books to Read Like the Practical Magic Books
If you loved Magic Lessons, a book that takes place during the Salem Witch Trials, you will love:
Ann Rinaldi inspired my love of historical fiction with her books, and A Break with Charity is no exception. This book tells the story of the Salem Witch Trials.
Susanna knows that Ann Putnam is planning to falsely accuse women her mother dislikes of being witches, but when she is threatened by Ann, she has no choice but to go along with her plan. But once her own parents are swept into the madness, Susanna seeks a plan to stop the witch trials once and for all.
If you loved the Rules of Magic, a coming-of-age witch book that takes place in the 1960s, you will love:
Delve into the world of fantasy with this scholarly novel that explores the history of witches, wizards, and vampires. Diana is an Oxford scholar who discovers an ancient manuscript in the Bodleian Library that triggers a magical reaction. She quickly realizes that there are creatures who will go to any lengths necessary to find this book.
However, an unexpected alliance forms with Matthew, a vampire who has spent centuries searching for this manuscript. When he meets Diana though, he cannot help but protect her as she discovers her magical heritage and new powers.
A blend of heart-pounding action and historical study, this book was the perfect mix of fantasy and history. It’s one of my favorites on my list of Halloween Books For Adults!
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If you loved Practical Magic, the first book in this series and a book about family, you will love:
in 1893 there are no witches anymore. In the town of New Salem, the Eastwood sisters join the suffragist to turn the women’s movement into the witches’ movement and give women back their power.
June is the youngest sister. She has fled from a burning house to the town of New Salem where she finds her sisters. Agnes is the middle sister and Beatrice is the oldest. Each sister has had struggles personally and with their relationship with one another. They must come together for the future of Agnes’ soon-to-be-born daughter.
If you loved The Book of Magic, the final book in the series (both Chronologically and date published), you will love:
I am a huge fan of Ms. Marais’ writing. I read her previous two books and was so excited to read this one because fantasy is my favorite genre. This book did not disappoint. The writing is beautiful and very much Marais’ style and the witches in this book are hilarious. They are witty and funny and there is never a dull moment in the Manor.
The magic in this book is woven seamlessly into the story that has non-stop surprises. The book begins with the people of the town descending onto the manor with a wrecking ball to destroy it and the distillery and leave the witches homeless. They are left with less than two weeks to save their house but in order to do so, they must reveal long-kept secrets.
I do not want to give anything away. This book made me laugh out loud often and shed a few tears as well. I absolutely loved it and it is a definite must-read.