The first two weeks of February have flown by, so it’s a good time to take stock of how much of my #Februwitchy TBR I’ve managed to read so far.
Daughter of Witches by Patricia C Wrede
I said in my intro post that I was apprehensive of this one, because I hadn’t really enjoyed the first book in the series, but this was a lot more fun! It’s still fairly dated, and certainly doesn’t come close to the brilliance of her other work, but there was a lot more character work this time around. A good, quick read, and I’m looking forward to the remaining three books now!
A Spell in the Wild by Alice Tarbuck
This was a really interesting read. It’s a mix of nature and history non-fiction, memoir, and description of the author’s own witchcraft practice; it’s honestly not the most cohesive book, but it has a kind of casual, chatty tone to it that makes it feel very easy to read.
Diary of an Accidental Witch: Flying High by Perdita and Honor Cargill
I’ve already put a review up for this (find it here!) but this is a fab sequel in a very enjoyable middle grade series!
A Season of Spells by Sylvia Hunter
I read both the second book in the trilogy, Lady of Magick, and this third book, in the course of three days – so much for not being sure I’d get to it! I’m in two minds about the series as a whole; it’s an absolutely amazing setting, with so much detail, but the books themselves can be slow-going and even boring in places, and I wished they’d given more character interactions rather than having everyone be so isolated all the time. The main couple suffered from this hugely, and it was their romance that carried book one for me so I felt the lack of that particularly. However, this is still fab alternate historical fiction, and I recommend to anyone with the patience to power through 1500 pages of meandering period writing (fans of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, perhaps?).
A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
I really didn’t expect this book to be the way it was! I’ve read another book in this loosely-connected series before, so was expecting a fairly straightforward historical story, but this was actually a really unusually-structured book, following five generations of mothers and daughters over more than 100 years of history. It has some fascinating explorations of motherhood and daughterhood, as each daughter takes over the narrative and we get her perspective of her relationship with her mother, but I found it very, very bleak. It may have just been my mood, but it was really depressing to get to know each woman and then have her thrown aside – and also just a lot of bad stuff happens to these witches! The shift of history in the background was fascinating, though.
A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
I don’t think Tiffany Aching needs much of an introduction; in fact I’ve put off reading this series for years because of over-zealous fans berating me for not having read it! But I am enjoying the series so far; I don’t think I would have liked it at all as a kid, as it feels very adult in its observations and humour, but I’m having a good time now!
A Letter to Three Witches by Elizabeth Bass
This wasn’t actually on my original TBR, but since it fits the theme perfectly I’m counting it! However, I found it a bit disappointing; it’s a fun story, but something about the characters just didn’t quite work for me, and although the plot had plenty going on, it wasn’t enough to distract me from how irritating everyone was.
So that’s six (plus an extra) out of thirteen, which is pretty much on track for the month. Witch me luck with the rest!