October is upon us, and whilst my attention is firmly on the “C” word that is fast approaching, for most people their thoughts will be turning to Halloween. Now, I am not a huge fan of this particular day – as my friends will be more than happy to tell you, I have a very low tolerance for anything remotely horror related and I scare really, really easily. I put it down to an over-active imagination. That said, I do love a good book about witchcraft, so this year I thought I would at least try to get in the Halloween spirit by sharing a few books that are not too scary for those of us of a delicate constitution.
First up, proving my love of witchy books, here are a few recommendations of books that I have reviewed previously right here on my blog (click on the titles to read my reviews), kicking off with one of my favourite series:
- Deborah Harkness – The All Souls Trilogy
I have just finished by The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan, and a review of this great book will be coming soon, so watch this space. On my own reading list for this month are two books that have come very highly recommended to me, The Once & Future Witches by Alix E Harrow, and The Vine Witch by Luane G. Smith – reviews will follow for both of these fascinating sounding books very soon!
My lovely book family at The Fiction Cafe have given me so many recommendations of witchcraft related books that I couldn’t possibly fit them all into one month, but all of the following have been firmly added to my ever-growing TBR pile.
- Sharon Booth – The Witches of Castle Clair Series
- Alice Hoffman – The Rules of Magic (a prequel to Practical Magic)
- Alys West – Beltane (Book 1 of the Spellworker Chronicles)
Although they aren’t witch related, I can’t do a Halloween post without mentioning a brand new series which sees the release of two books this month, The Blood Web Chronicles by Caedis Knight. There is a lot more to come about these books very soon, but in the meantime, the first book in the series, Vampires of Moscow and a prequel novella, Sirens of Los Angeles are both available to pre-order now.
What are your favourite witchcraft related books? If they aren’t included above, I would love your recommendations (remember, not too scary!). Right now, I am off to locate my Halloween movie binge DVDs – Hocus Pocus, The Craft and Practical Magic. That’s about as scary as my film viewing gets!