There's a lot of witch / witchcraft books out there and since Halloween is just around the corner I thought of making an active list where I share books I've read and reviewed and books that I still haven't read but have plans to.
Novice Witches and Apprentice Wizards: An Essential Handbook of Magic by Francesca Matteoni
I received a copy of Novice Witches and Apprentice Wizards: An Essential Handbook of Magic by Francesca Matteoni from Liminal 11 in exchange for a review and feature! The book serves as an 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗴𝘂𝗶𝗱𝗲 for both novice and experienced witches and wizards. It is divided into 𝟱 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘀: history of magic: where we can trace where magic began and made its way through time + we meet witches and wizards who lived in the real world and literature (Joan of Arc, Gandalf, Matteuccia Da Todi etc.)+ magical animals (or familiars) + magical tools and instruments such as wands, decks, candles, mirrors, etc + practice spell casting and make love charms, use magical herbs, pray and connect to the trees and more! Book review here!
Magic Lessons: The Prequel To Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
This is the story of Maria Owens, the matriarch of the line of the magical Owen women. Abandoned in the snowy fields of England as a baby, she was placed under the care of Hannah Owens. Her adoptive mother notices Maria has a gift and taught her the "Nameless Arts" and eventually leading to her untimely demise in Salem. This is a story of where the Owen bloodline begins and how they met or, dare I say, created their fate.
The Rules of Magic: A Novel (The Practical Magic Series) by Alice Hoffman
This book begins a hundred years later where we are introduced with Franny, Jet and Vincent who were told about the rules of magic (if you watched the movie or read the prequel books, you might have an idea what these are). Themes such as sibling love + family love + forgiveness + magical realism are all mixed together in this book.
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
This is where the 1998 film of the same title was based on. This is a perfect autumn read!
The Book of Magic: A Novel (The Practical Magic Series) by Alice Hoffman
From Salem to New York to Paris to London, we travel with the Owen family to find an end to to their curse. With that being said, to truly appreciate this book, you have to read the others (mentioned above) first.
The Witch's Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
Angrboda has been burned, reborn three times and got her heart stabbed out because of her foresight and for not providing Odin information about the future. As she fled and tried to hide her existence from Odin, she was found by Loki who brought her her heart (quite literally) and decided she was interesting. I find this novel hilarious as Loki, as with his nature, never fails to get himself into trouble while Angrboda, still in hiding, has no choice but to take care of him (because he keeps on visiting her supposedly secret hideout). Their friendship, which is filled with funny banters, eventually turned to love and that's as far as I'll go because you should be getting yourself a copy so you can read what happens next!
The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin
This is a story about witches whose magic are based on the seasons. One who holds magic for the entire season, an Everwitch, named Clara, needs to learn to control her magic so as not to hurt someone she loves. If you are looking for a comforting read with romance and magic, this book may be just for you.
Wild Witch by Rachel Griffin
Circe by Madeline Miller
I've read this book 2 years ago just when the pandemic started and it was part of my coping mechanism. Circe is a lesser known goddesses in the Greek Pantheon and Madeline Miller gave her life. If you haven't read this book - go get a copy now!
As with everything I share, take what resonates with you and leave the rest.
I realise that in the making of this list I may have to categorise them (divination vs fantasy) in the future
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