Today, I’m going to blog about the last book I read in 2007 –Â Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft by Mindy Klasky.
It’s about Jane Madison, a rather insecure librarian who discovers a treasure trove of witchcraft books in the rundown cottage she’s forced to move into. Lots of chick-lit hijinks ensue, like Jane accidentally casting a love spell that goes awry.
I really liked how Klasky created her magic world/rules, and she’s got lots of great descriptions in the book. I could really relate to Jane’s love of books, if not Shakespeare. I only wished she’d included the recipes for all the yummy treats that Jane’s friend, Melissa, bakes.
I would have liked it a little more ifÂ Klasky had stretched beyond theÂ usualÂ chick-lit conventions. The book featuresÂ Melissa,Â the best friend who’s overly anxious to find Mr. Right,Â and Neko, a gay familiar who knows everything there is to know about makeup and mixing mojitos. Pretty standard stuff forÂ a chick-lit tale.
And there was one plot twist and Jane’s reaction to it that had me scratching my head. Let’s just say that someone from Jane’s past suddenly appears. I didn’t quite buy how Jane let this person back into her life. But maybe she’s just more forgiving than I am.
But overall, a solid read. Thumbs-up.
To recap,Â I read 53 books in 2006. Not too shabby, considering the fact that I have a day job and write at night. But it was 3 short of my goal of 800. Next year, I want to be up to at least 850 books read — hopefully more.
What about you? Are you going to read more in the New Year? Inquiring minds want to know …