I unabashedly love Halloween. Yes, I’m a grown woman that likes to carve pumpkins, make my own costume and watch scary movies. Occasionally, I will read horror novels, but very rarely. Stephen King was my favorite author when I was a teen, now I’m unfamiliar with the genre.
However, I have read quite a few books with witches. Like most adolescent girls I went through a phase of being obsessed with all things Salem and the occult, mostly witches. Heck, my first Halloween costume I can remember wearing was the Wicked Witch! And yes, I chose being the Wicked Witch over Glenda the Good, says a lot about me even as a child. Anyways, over the years I have read a fair amount of books a bout witches that I want to recommend, especially if you want to get in the mood for Halloween.
The Witches by Roald Dahl
This first one is technically a kid’s book, but I think adults would also enjoy it. It’s pretty dark for a kid’s book honestly. It’s about a boy who stumbles on a plan by a group of witches to get rid of all children. I love the illustrations and the main villain still gives me shivers just thinking about her! If you want evil witches, then look no further than this book.
The Three Sisters Island Trilogy by Nora Roberts
I freaking love this trilogy! I can’t just pick one book to recommend, so I’m suggestion all three. The story follows three women who are connected by an island and must stop an evil force. The less I say the better. These books are in the romance genre, so be prepared for some sexy times. I went through a romance/Nora Roberts phase as a teen and of all the books I’ve read (and that is a lot) this trilogy is by far the best.
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Forget about the crappy Sandra Bullock version and read the book instead. The book is way less PG and has an aspect of magical realism that is really interesting. It’s about a family of witches and any man that falls in love with them will die. I enjoyed the characters and their relationships, mostly between the groups of sisters. Books set on islands and in upper north america seem to be part of the witch genre, but I dig it!
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
This is a newer book that I’ve read about witches and magic that I also really liked. It’s about a young girl who lives in a cursed wood and is forced to live with a wizard as his servant/pupil. Mixed with polish fairy tales and folk legend gives this story a unique feel. I liked the main protagonist Agnieszka and how she doesn’t fall into the usual witch tropes. A YA book that even has a bit of sexy times! What’s not to like?
What are your favorite witchy books?Let me know in the comments below.