It’s October. It’s getting cold. The leaves are falling. The weather is turning. The nights are getting darker. Fall is definitely here. Hallowe’en is creeping into the shops as fast as Christmas is. So this theme, books containing witches, could not really come at a much better time, could it? I love this time of year, in fact, it’s probably my favourite time of year. I’m a huge fan of the October/November/December period.
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This week, the theme is witches and all things witchcraft. I don’t actually read that many books that contain witches, but I do love a good seasonal topic and so have dived right in:
- Northern Lights Philip Pullman: Controversial opinion (apparently) but this is my favourite book in His Dark Materials. Yes, the books focus on Lyra, but witches and witchcraft are prevalent in the first book.
- Coraline Neil Gaiman: I’ve not that long discovered Neil Gaiman, and thus far, Coraline is my favourite of his novels. I love the matter of fact-ness that comes as Coraline crosses into the other house, and while I really hate the character in theory, the Beldam (which I have just found out is actually another word for witch) is a horrible, evil, but brilliant character.
- The Southern Vampire Mysteries Charlaine Harris: I feel slightly ashamed that I have included these novels in this post, but back in the day I really, really loved them. Although the witches weren’t the main focus of the story arc and didn’t appear until later in the series, they were a great modern take on a more traditional view on witches.
- Witches Roald Dahl: I am a huge fan of Roald Dahl, so it’s not surprising that this children’s novel is on the list. OK, so it’s every child’s nightmare to think that there are child-hating witches knocking about, but it is an awesome, incredible book, with great illustrations by Quentin Blake too!
- Harry Potter Series J K Rowling: When you think of badass witches and all things witchcraft, let’s be honest, our minds all jump to Hermione Granger, Professor McGonagall, and Hogwarts. I very much doubt there will ever be a series that contains witches that I like more!
What witchy books have you enjoyed reading, and why?