I believe books are magic. They have the power to bring people together and deepen our relationship with the world and ourselves. Sometimes, the story around the story is just as interesting as what’s printed on the paper between the covers. Periodically, I’ll highlight my favorite magical books.
Storm Front by Jim Butcher is a book which is near and dear to my heart. I love the book because it’s a fun, zany, old school, Urban Fantasy. It features Harry Dresden, a wisecracking wizard with an extremely complicated hero complex. Storm Front is the first book in The Dresden Files, a fantastic series filled with adventure, horror, heart, and a beloved cast of fantastically flawed characters. They’re good books. The kind of good books that stick with you for years. The kind of good book that draws people together.
How It All Began
My best friend, Munki, gifted this book to me a decade ago. We spent many late nights excitedly screaming at each other over the phone about Harry’s wild wizard antics. I love the book because it will always be wrapped up in the special memories of friendship.
Six years ago, I gifted Storm Front to the guy who would eventually become my husband. We have shared Harry’s adventures together, laughed at the nerd references, and shook our heads at Harry’s stubbornness. I love this book because it will always be a part of our young love story.
I shared the book with a friend who wooed me over to loving audio books. I knew he would love the book, but he wasn’t much of a reader. That’s how he discovered the audio book which got him into reading the series – and other novels as well. I was slow to adopt the new audio book craze, but my friend’s enthusiasm for James Marsters’ performance of the books finally won me over. Marsters is a gifted actor and has truly become the voice of The Dresden Files. I love the book because it helped me discover something out of my comfort zone.
The Story Continues
In just a couple of days Peace Talks, the latest book in The Dresden Files series, will be released. I am just a ball of anticipation. The people I love, some who live far away now, are sharing our hype and excitement over a group chat.
In that chat space, we’re all together, happy, safe, and anticipating. In that space we can take a break from the weight of our days. I love the book Storm Front for kicking off The Dresden Files Series. And I love that this series is giving my loved ones something to look forward to during a truly challenging period of our lives.
I’d love to hear about your magical books in the comments below.