“Swish and flick.”
-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
I love Halloween. No idea why as I’m a total wimp and scared of everything! But every October, I get ridiculously excited and happily buy pumpkins, carve pumpkins, bake pumpkin pies, decorate my apartment, torment my lovely husband with my random burst of uber excitement and dress up like a witch. Then watch Harry Potter and stuff my face with my special Halloween bowl filled with Halloween themed treats and baked goods. Yep. I am a child. But guess what? I HAVE NO REGRETS! *cackles manically*
*tries to remember where I was going with this*
I love witches, and you all know I love reading, so of course witchy books are awesome. I thought it’d be fun to recommend my top witchy reads to you guys this Halloween!
(These are only in the order in which I remember them, not in order of preference haha)
HARRY POTTER by J.K. Rowling
This goes without saying. Harry Potter covers all the basics of witchcraft and wizardry-bubbling cauldrons with rare and disgusting ingredients turning the potions different colours, wands, charms and hexes, broomsticks, pet toads and owls and cats… It’s a classic for a reason!
THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J Maas.
There are witches in the Throne of Glass series. Great witchy characters that are dark and scary and have iron talons and you will end up loving. This is a long, epic series so I don’t want to spoil anything, but start with Throne of Glass, get addicted and keep reading!
ALL SOULS TRILOGY by Deborah Harkness
This trilogy starts with the first book, A Discovery of Witches, in which an old vampire and a spellbound witch discover a mysterious manuscript. This trilogy is brilliantly written and vastly underrated. It is for adults so it is not a light trilogy to read, but well worth a read! I highly recommend these books.
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell.
In the contemporary YA novel Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell writes a girl who writes fanfic. We see excerpts of this fanfic, called Carry On, within this book. Then Rowell published Carry On as a standalone book and it is GLORIOUS! It’s obviously a re-imagining of Harry Potter, and it is honestly like going back to Hogwarts. Think magical boarding schools, a whole host of fantastic creatures and spells and a dark nemesis.
THE FAIRWICK CHRONICLES by Carol Goodman.
This is a trilogy beginning with Incubus, one of my favourite books. I NEVER see this book anywhere! It is a paranormal/urban fantasy novel for adults, with witches, vampires, fae and a touch of the gothic as the main character moves into a Victorian house on the edge of a wood which is supposedly haunted. She soon discovers the the town she’s teaching in hides many secrets… Gah! It’s deliciously atmospheric to read at this time of year, romantic and steamy.
HIS DARK MATERIALS by Philip Pullman.
This trilogy starts with Northern Lights, (or The Golden Compass if you’re outside the UK), which is my number ONE favourite book. I’ve loved this since it first got published. This book is the reason that I travelled to the arctic to see the northern lights for myself. But anyway, it also has witches in it! Beautiful, powerful creatures that fly under the northern lights in northern climes by broomstick and don’t feel the cold.
THE SOUTHERN VAMPIRE MYSTERIES by Charlaine Harris
Also known as the Sookie Stackhouse series or True Blood if you’ve arrived here by way of HBO. I adored these books. They are a great example of paranormal books, mainly centering on vampires to begin with, they also quickly delve into werewolves and witches shortly after. And these witches are creeptastic. Definitely a darker series, and definitely not YA, this series is complete at 13 books and perfect for binge reading. It’s light and easy to get into with a mystery at the heart of each book.
TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard.
Witches get a fantastical remake in the first of this new series by Susan Dennard. A fantasy rather than paranormal, witches are the main event in this series and come in different forms with different, specific powers. Although there are a lot of mixed reviews about this book, I personally loved it and recommend it if you’re more into fantasy than paranormal or urban fantasy!
SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH by various authors.
Sorry not sorry. Hahaha. Perfect nostalgic reading for any other 90’s kids out there!
OTHER WITCHY BOOKS:
Other books you can check out if you like witches include:
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. (They’re casters not witches!)
THE WITCH’S KISS by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr. (Currently reading, will let you know!)
THE GRACES by Laure Eve. (A good, atmospheric read but not a fave.)
HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins. (This is on my wishlist still)
ONCE A WITCH by Carolyn MacCullough (Also still on my wishlist)
TRIAL BY FIRE (on my TBR for this Halloween!)
HALF BAD by Sally Green. (I DNFed this but loads of others loved it!)
WITCH CHILD by Celia Rees. (Read this years ago but can’t remember it, oops!)
THE WITCH’S DAUGHTER by Paula Brackston (she has 3 witchy standalones, all on my wishlist!)
Thank you so much for reading this guys! Who else loves witchy books? Have you got any favourites that I’ve missed out here? And what will you all be reading this Halloween?
“If you wanted to… You could bend and shape the world.”
-Susan Dennard, Truthwitch.