I’m always trying to find books with witchcraft and witches…but generally try to avoid the urban fantasy or YA type ones…not that there’s anything wrong with them…just I stopped enjoying them. So these are some of my favourites and I hope I give some ideas for your next witchy read before October is gone.
- Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. I love the book and the film. The film actually makes me cry every time and not many do that (except How to Train Your Dragon…I don’t know what that’s about!). It concerns the two sisters, Gillian and Sally, who have been outsiders all their lives and haunted by a family curse. They manage to get away until tragedy brings them back together.
- The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman is the prequel to Practical Magic, a story about the aunts from Practical Magic and their brother and how they found their magic.
- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, the first of a trilogy concerning the world of witches, daemons and vampires. Also a television series. I haven’t managed to read the rest of the trilogy but I certainly fell in love with the first book.
- The Witching Hour by Anne Rice is a book I’ve read a few times. Anne Rice is such a beautiful writer and tells the story of the Mayfair family of witches. I wish she written more on the Mayfair witches…there is 3 in the series.
- Dark Witch by Nora Roberts is part of another trilogy telling the story of the cousins O’Dwyer and their powers. This series got me reading all the magical Nora Roberts books, which are like a warm blanket…comforting and simple.
- The Shadow Chronicles is a series of books by Paula Brackston following the stories of witches with some time travel added in. It’s a great series and underrated.
- Witches of the East End by Melissa De La Cruz is the story of the Beauchamp witches in Long Island, who are forbidden to practice magic but forces arrive that mean they need to use their powers. Also a TV series…that didn’t go on long enough in my opinion.
- The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe concerns family curses, Salem and a spell book.
- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley is a must read for Pagans and lovers of magic. It is about the days of Camelot and the women there, magic and priestesses.
- The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho is the story of Athena and her powers of prophecy.
Please share your witchy reads, I’d love to have some more reading inspiration!