The main reason I decided to host the #Februwitchy readathon (details here if you missed them!) is to give myself the motivation to read some of the huge amount of witchy backlist books I have on my TBR. As a blogger I try to keep up with new releases to a certain extent, but it does mean that sometimes books miss their window and sit for ages unread. So, it’s time to tackle some witchy books!
(As a heads up, I don’t intend to read ALL of these in February – that would be mad, since I have other books to read too! But I’m very much a mood reader so I wanted to put in a whole lot of options.)
I read Truthwitch by Susan Dennard quite a while ago, probably in 2018? I really enjoyed it, but I never managed to catch up with the rest of the series, and I have Bloodwitch, which is book 3, sitting on my NetGalley shelf feeling sorry for itself, so I’d better get caught up!
Then we have two adult fiction books: Witchmark by CL Polk, which I got for my birthday last year and is a perfect example of a book I am really excited for but which kept getting pushed back by newer releases; and The Witch Who Courted Death by Maria Lewis, which was an unsolicited review copy I received last year – an urban fantasy ‘with a feminist twist’, which sounds interesting, if not my usual genre.
Next up are two non-fiction books that have sat on my shelves for far too long! Some Day Your Witch Will Come by Kay Stone is a book of essays on folklore and fairy tales, and Hedgewitch by Rae Beth is a classic how-to on witchcraft told through letters from an experienced witch to her two apprentices. Both are research books for me and look fascinating.
Then we move back to fiction, but YA fiction this time!
- Wood Angel follows Kate, a young girl who has a gift for making charms in a world that burns witches – I’ve seen that it’s supposed to be really sad, so this is definitely one I’ll need to be in the mood for.
- The Price Guide to the Occult and The Rosemary Spell both focus on contemporary teen witches getting caught up in the mysteries of the past – I think these will be books I can read once and then pass on, so with the shelf space getting tight, it’s their time to be read!
- I really enjoyed Laure Eve’s The Graces and The Curses, which were contemporary witchy reads, so I grabbed a copy of Fearsome Dreamer, which seems to be more fantasy/dystopia, focusing on hedgewitch Rue.
- Author Michelle Harrison, whose books I adore, recommended The Merrybegot to me last year, and I bought it straightaway, but it too has been neglected in favour of new releases, so I’m looking forward to finally getting around to this historical witch story.
- And The Bone Witch is another book I was really hyped for, but totally failed to actually get stuck into – I’m looking forward to this as it sounds really atmospheric and creepy.
And last but not least, my favourite kind of witches – middle grade ones!
- I’ve gotten really behind on my review copies, so unfortunately Double Double Toil has been patiently waiting for me for ages – it’s the sequel to the excellent Cauldron’s Bubble, which twists all sorts of Shakespeare stories into a witchy adventure.
- The quickest read in the whole list is Witch Glitch, part of the Witch Wars series, which is just fun and silly and sweet, so I’ll be saving this for a palate cleanser between some of the other heavier reads.
- A Witch Come True is the last book in the series that began with The Apprentice Witch, which follows newly-qualified witch Arianwyn as she tries to make a life for herself in a new village – Studio Ghibli meets Tamora Pierce.
- The Girl Who Drank the Moon is I think, one left over from when I used to work at Blackwells, so it’s been on the shelf for at least a few years.
- Storm Witch is a reread, since I have the sequel coming up for review, but I’ve forgotten almost everything about it except that I really enjoyed it!
- A Reckless Magick is the third Kat Stephenson book – she’s a magical Guardian and a witch in a fantasy Regency England. These are a huge amount of fun, and it’s high time I finished the series. There are a bunch of short stories too, after this.
These wouldn’t fit in the picture above, but I’m also going to be carrying on with the Tiffany Aching books – A Hat Full of Sky and Wintersmith are books 2 and 3 respectively. I’m not a Pratchett fan generally, but I really liked the first book in the series, so I’m keen to read these.
And that’s it! 21 books, but as I say, I definitely don’t plan to read them all in February! What should I get to first? What are you reading for #Februwitchy?