Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Toil and Trouble--Books Featuring Witches!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blog meme now hosted by Jana over at The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week's topic is: Halloween Freebie--Witches!

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is a Halloween freebie, so I decided to compile a list filled with books of witches! Some of these books feature witches that are more on the witch-adjacent side since they probably wouldn't be considered straight up witches, but they're close enough and therefore fit this list. Who doesn't love some great witches and what better time to read about them than on Halloween? Let me know what some of your favorite books with witches are!

The Witch's Kind
The Witch's Kind by Louisa Morgan

"From the author of A Secret History of Witches comes an absorbing tale of love, sacrifice, family ties, and magic, set in the Pacific Northwest in the aftermath of World War II. 

Barrie Anne Blythe and her aunt Charlotte have always known that the other residents of their small coastal community find them peculiar -- two women living alone on the outskirts of town. It is the price of concealing their strange and dangerous family secret. 

But two events threaten to upend their lives forever. The first is the arrival of a mysterious abandoned baby with a hint of power like their own. The second is the sudden reappearance of Barrie Anne's long-lost husband -- who is not quite the man she thought she married. 

Together, Barrie Anne and Charlotte must decide how far they are willing to go to protect themselves -- and the child they think of as their own -- from suspicious neighbors, the government, and even their own family..." Goodreads

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

"At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil. 

After Vasilisa's mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa's new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows." Goodreads 

The Grace Year
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

"No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden. 

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive. 

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other." Goodreads

A Secret History of Witches
A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan

"An ancient and dangerous power is being handed down from mother to daughter through some of the most consequential historic events of the last two centuries. 

After Grandmére Ursule gives her life to save her tribe, her magic seems to die with her. Even so, her family keeps the Old Faith, practicing the spells and rites that have been handed from mother to daughter for generations. Until one day, Ursule’s young granddaughter steps into the circle, and magic flows anew. 

From early 19th century Brittany to London during the Second World War, five generations of witches fight the battles of their time, deciding how far they are willing to go to protect their family, their heritage, and ultimately, all of our futures." Goodreads

Spinning Silver
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

"Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders... but her father isn't a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife's dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers' pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed--and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold. 

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it's worth--especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand." Goodreads

The Apprentice Witch
The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol

"Arianwyn has flunked her witch's assessment: She's doomed. Declared an apprentice and sent to the town of Lull in disgrace, she may never become a real witch—much to the glee of her archrival, Gimma. But Lull is not what it seems. Strange things are sighted in the woods, a dangerous infestation of hex creeps throughout the town, and a mysterious magical visitor arrives with his eye on her. 

With every spirit banished, creature helped, and spell cast, Arianwyn starts to get the hang of being a witch—even if she's only an apprentice. But the worst still lies ahead. For a sinister darkness has begun to haunt her spells, and there may be much more at stake than just her pride…for Arianwyn and the entire land." Goodreads

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grishaverse, #0.5 & 2.5 & 2.6)
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

"Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price. 

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love. " Goodreads

The Witches of New York
The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

"Respectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl. Those averse to magic need not apply. 

New York in the spring of 1880 is a place alive with wonder and curiosity. Determined to learn the truth about the world, its residents enthusiastically engage in both scientific experimentation and spiritualist pursuits. Séances are the entertainment of choice in exclusive social circles, and many enterprising women—some possessed of true intuitive powers, and some gifted with the art of performance—find work as mediums. 

Enter Adelaide Thom and Eleanor St. Clair. At their humble teashop, Tea and Sympathy, they provide a place for whispered confessions, secret cures, and spiritual assignations for a select society of ladies, who speak the right words and ask the right questions. But the profile of Tea and Sympathy is about to change with the fortuitous arrival of Beatrice Dunn. 

When seventeen-year-old Beatrice leaves the safety of her village to answer an ad that reads "Respectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl. Those averse to magic need not apply," she has little inclination of what the job will demand of her. Beatrice doesn't know it yet, but she is no ordinary small-town girl; she has great spiritual gifts—ones that will serve as her greatest asset and also place her in grave danger. Under the tutelage of Adelaide and Eleanor, Beatrice comes to harness many of her powers, but not even they can prepare her for the evils lurking in the darkest corners of the city or the courage it will take to face them." Goodreads

Circe by Madeline Miller

"In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. 

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus. 

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love." Goodreads

The Physick Book of Deliverance DaneThe Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

"A spellbinding, beautifully written novel that moves between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and disturbing periods in American history--the Salem witch trials. 

Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie's grandmother's abandoned home near Salem, she can't refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key within a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest--to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge.Goodreads

Have you read any of these books? What are some of your favorite witch-related books?


  1. I'm super curious about The Grace Year.

    My TTT.

  2. Oh these look awesome!

    Lotte | www.lottelauv.blogspot.co.uk

  3. Great list! I looove Spinning Silver and Circe, and I really enjoyed The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, too. A Secret History of Witches, The Bear and the Nightingale, The Language of Thorns and The Grace Year are all on my TBR.

    1. They are all so great, I should actually re-read a lot of them!

  4. We both tackled the same theme this week, although our lists are very different! There are several book on your list I still haven't read, mostly glaringly The Bear and the Nightingale and Circe😁

    1. Ooh that means even more witch books! The Bear and the Nightingale is one of my favorite trilogies, it's so beautiful.

  5. I won a copy of The Grace Year from Goodreads, need to read it SOOOOON!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  6. I haven't read any of these lol. However, some of them sound really good! Thanks for sharing!

    - Tabatha
    My Top Ten Tuesday ;)

  7. Great List!!! I have a few of these on my tbr!!Here is my post https://paigesofbook.blogspot.com/2019/10/top-ten-tuesday-book-characters-linked.html.

    1. Thanks, I hope you get a chance to check out the ones on your TBR!

  8. I need to read Spinning Silver and The Language of Thorns.

  9. Some great books on here! Adding The Grace Year to my TBR.

    Here's my list:

  10. I read A Secret History of Witches. It was good, but it took me a while to get into. Great list!

  11. I'm hoping to get to Circe before the end of the year!

  12. I’m so excited for The Grace Year! I don’t think I’ve seen a bad review of it yet.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  13. I love a good witchy read, so I'm taking note of some of the novels I've yet to read on your list! Great picks.