Six for Sunday – Witch-y Books

The final #sixforsunday for October is a nod to Halloween and is all about Witch-y Books!

Sanctuary by V.V. James

A post about witches in books has to start with the glorious Sanctuary by V.V. James. This chilling alternative take on middle class America sees witches as an active, albeit heavily monitored, part of society. It currently stands to be one of my top 10 books of 2019!

The Witches by Roald Dahl

One of my favourite books as a child, I recently re-read this and loved it just as much as I always did. I defy anyone to read this book and then not look for the signs that women may be witches. I’ve still not seen the film though, I don’t want it to destroy the magic.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

A book that I loved so much I read it in a day! The heartbreaking story behind the adoration but ultimate demise of the Swan Sisters drives forward the mythology of Swan Season in a small otherwise forgotten town. I was utterly captivated and is a story which is very much due a re-read.

Howls Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

The Witch of the Wastes is the terrifying antagonist of Hows Moving Castle, a bitter and twisted character who curses Sophie and hunts Howl, she is a much richer character in the book in comparison to the Ghibli animation. I love Diana Wynne Jones and this is certainly one of my favourite of hers.

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Whilst I have to whisper that I’m not a fan of Pratchett’s writing style, the balance of Gaiman makes this a great story. The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of the witch Agnes Nutter play a pivotal role and makes for one of my favourite scenes in the TV adaptation.

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K Rowling

No witchy list would be complete without featuring my favourite school of witchcraft and wizardry, too many amazing witches to mention although we are massive Bellatrix fans in this house!

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