Hello and welcome back to my collaborative books and Disney posts, matching books to a particular Disney song.
Today’s song is one I probably should have done right at the beginning – Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo from Cinderella.
It is after all the inspiration for the series title!
This song is all about magic – magic, that once revealed, changes someone’s life entirely.
Fantasy across all age cohorts has stories of protagonists who discover a whole different life when introduced to magic or what they initially believe as magic, intentionally or unintentionally, so I have plenty of books to choose from.
Let’s dive in and see what three books I’ve picked.
NB: All links provided are non-affiliate and UK based.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern:
Zachary stumbles into a world of magic, stories, and intrigue after discovering a rather odd book in his university library. A bee, a sword, and a key send him on a journey to find two people who change the course of his life whilst also helping him to recognise who he was all along.
Slow but beautifully crafted, The Starless Sea is everything a reader feels when exploring and uncovering the power of stories. It is how they change our lives forever.
The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan
Each year the magicians of Imardin gather together to purge and cleanse the city of vagrants, urchins and miscreants, sending anyone on their way that doesn’t belong there. Angry at this treatment befalling her friends and family, a young girl Sonea displays her dismay by throwing stones at the magicians on their parade. However, both parties make a startling discovery – Sonea has magic herself, magic that is unruly and has to be controlled before she lets it loose across the city and destroys herself.
The Magicians’ Guild is a good book to read if you’re starting to explore fantasy and want a magic school setting that isn’t the series that shall not be named. It is about trust, discovering the magic you want to wield, and finding your place in the world.
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Not exactly a book about magic, but history and time travel, and I think it still fits nonetheless as our character discovers a new life away from that in the present day. Etta Spencer is a violin student in New York. She is on stage, performing to an audience when something strange happens and she ultimately finds herself in another world, in another time. There she starts to realise she has a gift and she’s inherited a legacy she doesn’t know about from a family she never knew existed.
I was a little hesitant including this book because I did end up DNFing it. It wasn’t the fault of the book as I found it interesting and likeable but I felt in the mood to read something else and I’m not confident I’ll pick it up again.
There we have it. Three books where either magic or a new circumstance pushes a character down a new path, to a life completely different from the one they leave behind.
What books would you choose for Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo?
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Have a brazzle dazzle day!