Hi guys! How are y’all? I hope you’re ready for more Halloween-themed post, cause this week’s going to be Witch Week on the blog! My love for witches started with TV-witches like Sabrina, the Charmed ones and Buffy’s Willow on the screen. For as long as I can remember witches have been my favorite characters to read about. It doesn’t matter if it’s the classic fairy tale witch in the woods or a seemingly ordinary teenage who discovers she has magical powers. If there’s a witch in it, I’ll read it. So I think it’s about a time I finally did a post about all my favorite withcy books. Spoiler alert: There’s a lot.
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
The Wicked Deep’s an eerie and atmospheric read, perfect for Halloween. It’s set in the cursed town of Sparrow, where 200 years ago three sisters were accused of witchcraft and drowned in the harbor. Now, for a brief time each summer the sisters return, possessing the bodies of three girls to seek their revenge on the town.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
This middle grade novel is a lovely, heart-warming tale about magic and the power of stories. Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch in the forest, and each year the witch rescues the babies and find them loving homes. When she accidentally feeds a baby moonlight, which enmagicks her, the witch decides to raise the girl herself.
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
Mila refuses to believe that her best friend’s death was the result of a suicide pact with the school’s mean girls. So she does what any teen witch would do, casts a spell to bring her BFF back and find the truth. Unfortunately, the mean girls come back as well. This is such a darkly funny read and the zombie squad a girgang goals!
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
The first book in the trilogy about the wonderful Brooklyn Brujas follows middle sister, Alex, who resents her own powers so much she casts a spell to get rid of them. When the spell backfires and her family disappears instead, she has to travel to the darkly magical land Los Lagos to bring them back.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
This dark and magical Asian-inspired fantasy follows Tea, a girl who discover she’s a bone witch when she accidentally raises her brother from the grave. Then she has to leave her home and train to become an Asha, a Geisha-like magical warrior and performer.
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
When the mysterious girl who haunts Ethan’s dreams movies to town, he finds himself drawn to her. Together they try to uncover the reason for the connection and the curse that’s haunted her family for generations. I read this a long time ago, but it’s till one of the most richly atmospheric books I’ve ever read and I love it’s Southern Gothic vibes.
The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton
When Rona Blackburn came to Anathema Island, her otherworldly skills were met with fear and the island’s original settlers burned her out of her home. Her descendant Nor Blackburn just wants a normal life, but when her estranged mother publishes a book which promises to cast any spell for the right price, it’s the start of a dark, dangerous time on the island.
The Graces by Laure Eve
I’ve seen this book described as Twilight with witches, and it’s honestly pretty fitting. The new girl in a small town becomes obsessed with a mysterious family, who are rumored to have magical powers. But she has her own reasons for wanting to get close to them.
Wild Witch by Lene Kaaberbøl
This lovely middle grade novel, translated from Danish, tells the story of a young girl who discovers she’s a witch after being attacked by an unusually large and mysterious black cat. She then goes to stay with her aunt in the country and learn about her magic, which lets her communicate with animals and harness power from the natural world.
Circe by Madeline Miller
Circe’s one of the most famous witches in history and in this beautiful and lyrical book Miller re-imagines her story, putting her at the center of many of Greek mythology’s most fascinating tales and having her encounter many of it’s most famous heroes.
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
The movie version of this is one of my OG witchy favorites and the book is just as magical. For more than 200 years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that goes wrong in town. All Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape the whispers, pointed fingers and rumors of witchery, but the bonds they share bring them back – almost as if by magic…
Dragon Claw by Kate Forsyth
This classic and nostalgic fantasy tale is set in the Celtic land of Eileanan, where witches and magic have been outlawed. We follow Isabeau, a young witch who must set out on a dangerous quest to save magic and all the witches.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
A village bordering on the corrupted, magical woods, must rely on a wizard known as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But as a price he demands a young woman to serve him for ten year and no one’s more shocked than Agnieszka herself when he chooses her.
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl’s children’s classic is responsible for some of literature’s most creepy and evil witches. A young boy becomes an unwilling spectator at the witches’ yearly convention and overhears their plot to turn every child in England into a mouse.
Akata witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Nnedi Okorafor’s one of my favorite SFF writhers and Akata Witch was the book that made me fall in love with her writing. We follow Sunny, a young Nigerian girl with albinism, as she discovers her magic and gets introduced to the secret society of the Leopard People.