The best witchy books to read during Halloween season or when you just want something a little magical, as recommended by the members of the Peanut Blossom Book Club.
Whether it's Halloween or you just want something a little magical, finding the best witchy books can be a challenge. You want something that's light, fun, and isn't too heavy or scary.
The Peanut Blossom Book Club members highly recommend this list of fiction books about magic that features the "fun" kind of magic, not heavy fantasy.
Many titles have a chick lit feel, and who doesn't love relaxing into some of that every once in awhile?
You'll find several titles that launch a series, the authors do such a great job of fleshing out the characters and creating the worlds that one book simply isn't enough. Those can be the best finds because it means there's one less book you need to search out to add to your read next pile.
Try one of these for a magical October book club pick, or enjoy them all year round. These fun witches don't turn into pumpkins come November!
Best Witchy Books
Cozy up with one of these awesome books about witches. Each title comes highly recommended by the members of the Peanut Blossom Book Club.
A Discovery of Witches (Series)
The worlds of witches, vampires, and humans collide when Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library.
When the book appears for her, she has to learn to a supernatural underworld with vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont and his family.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever―and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
The Once and Future Witches
In 1893, there's no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.
But when the Eastwood sisters join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women's movement into the witch's movement.
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel
Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long.
The Night Circus
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors where only one can remain standing.
For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at.
Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.
A Secret History of Witches
Brittany, 1821. After Grand-Mere Ursule gives her life to save her family, their magic seems to die with her. Even so, the Orchires fight to keep the old ways alive, practicing half-remembered spells and arcane rites in hopes of a revival.
And when their youngest daughter comes of age, magic flows anew. With the dawning of the second World War, magic becomes more needed than ever.
The Witches of New York
When seventeen-year-old Beatrice leaves the safety of her village to answer an ad that reads "Respectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl. Those averse to magic need not apply," she has little inclination of what the job will demand of her.
Beatrice doesn't know it yet, but she is no ordinary small-town girl; she has great spiritual gifts—ones that will serve as her greatest asset and also place her in grave danger. Under the tutelage of Adelaide and Eleanor, Beatrice comes to harness many of her powers, but not even they can prepare her for the evils lurking in the darkest corners of the city or the courage it will take to face them.
The orphaned Elsie Camden learned as a girl that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them.
But as an unlicensed magic user, her gift is a crime. Commissioned by an underground group known as the Cowls, Elsie uses her spellbreaking to push back against the aristocrats and help the common man. She always did love the tale of Robin Hood.
That's only half the story though....
Brownies and Broomsticks
Katie Lightfoot's tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her aunt and uncle open a bakery in Savannah's quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees.
While working at the Honeybee Bakery, Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren't just tasty: Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells!
Mix in a local murder, and it's off to the rescue.
The Witch's Daughter
In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows.
Secluded at his cottage in the woods, Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers she didn't know she had and making her immortal. She couldn't have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.
Now enter present day England...
The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown. Their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.
Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.
This is the story of an enchanted tree and the extraordinary people who tend it.
Dead Witch Walking
In Cincinnati, vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining—and it's Rachel Morgan's job to keep that world civilized.
A bounty hunter and a witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she'll bring them back alive, dead . . . or undead.
Switching Hour: Magic and Mayhem (Series)
Released from the magic pokey and paroled with limited power is enough to make any witch grumpy. However, if you throw in a recently resurrected cat, a lime-green Kia, and a sexy egotistical werewolf, it's enough to make a gal fly off the edge.
Not to mention a mission...with no freaking directions.
The Witches of Cambridge
Amandine Bisset has always had the power to feel the emotions of those around her. It’s a secret she can share only with her friends—all professors, all witches—when they gather for the Cambridge University Society of Literature and Witchcraft. Amandine treasures these meetings but lately senses the ties among her colleagues beginning to unravel. If only she had her student Noa’s power to hear the innermost thoughts of others, she might know how to patch things up.
Unfortunately, Noa regards her gift as a curse. So when a seductive artist claims he can cure her, Noa jumps at the chance, no matter the cost.
The Black Witch (Series)
Elloren Gardner is the spitting image of her heroine grandmother, but Elloren is devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else. When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at Verpax University.
She soon realizes that the university may be the most treacherous place of all for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.
Dorothy Must Die (Series)
The story of Dorothy may not be quite what you've always believed. There's another girl from Kansas who's been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. She's been trained to fight. and has a mission: Remove the Tin Woodman's heart. Steal the Scarecrow's brain. Take the Lion's courage. And—Dorothy must die.
She didn't ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?
The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel (Series)
In the long Russian nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. The story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, is her favorite.
Then Vasya’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village.
Agnieszka's people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep the powers of the corrupted Wood at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.
The Color of Magic: A Discworld Novel (Series)
Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different. It refuses to succumb to the quaint notion that universes are ruled by pure logic and the harmony of numbers.
Its very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the arrival of the first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land. But if the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries and, well, Death, is a spectacularly inept wizard, a little logic might turn out to be a very good idea.
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