Double, Double, Toil and Ten Witchy Reads

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about fall-themed book covers. And while I originally thought of covers heavy on purples and oranges, with falling foliage and cozy locales, I noticed an unexpected pattern when it came to the type of book that really make me think of autumn: they all featured witches. Magic and spells, cauldrons and potions, familiars and grimoires—when witches start showing up with regularity on seasonal book lists, that’s when I know fall is well and truly here. So grab a broom, a cape, a pointed hat, and a black cat and check out one of these ten witchy reads. It’s the best way to celebrate the season.


Akata Witch
by Nnedi Okorafor
Goodreads

The Bone Witch
by Rin Chupeco
Goodreads

Practical Magic
by Alice Hoffman
Goodreads

A Secret History of Witches
by Louisa Morgan
Goodreads

These Witch’s Don’t Burn
by Isabel Sterling
Goodreads

Undead Girl Gang
by Lily Anderson
Goodreads

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
by Gregory Maguire
Goodreads

The Witch’s Daughter
by Paula Brackston
Goodreads

Which Witch?
by Eva Ibbotson
Goodreads

The Year of the Witching
by Alexis Henderson
Goodreads


Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.

71 responses to “Double, Double, Toil and Ten Witchy Reads”

  1. Haha a good witchy cover is nice. 🙂 The Brackston books- ooh and Chupeco- have caught my eye…

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    1. Those two are so good—and the covers are gorgeous.

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  2. an interesting view on what covers make you feel the autumn breeze!

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    1. And I’m definitely feeling it this week! Temperatures are dropping and I have a stack of witchy reads ready to go.

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  3. I love that you took this topic in a completely different direction, and picked such great books with perfect fall vibes! There’s a few that I’ve read, a few that I want to read, and a few that I’m considering adding to my TBR. Awesome post!

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    1. Thank you so much! I set off to find more traditional fall covers, but I kept coming back to all of these books with witches in them. Sometimes you just can’t argue with where a good book leads you—and thankfully it worked out!

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  4. I like Akata Witch. I need to read the sequel!. My TTT Fall-ish covers

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    1. Same here! I have a copy of it around here somewhere—just need to make time for it.

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  5. Nice! The first few covers are mesmerising… 🤩

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    1. Glad you enjoyed them! After deciding on the witchy theme, the covers alone made it hard to narrow this down to ten books. There are a ton of great ones out there.

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  6. Witches are the best kind for Fall.I STILL need to read The Bone Witch, These Witches Don’t Burn and I really want The Year of the Witching.

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    1. They’re all great for very different reasons. If you get around to any (or all!), I hope you love them.

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  7. The Year of the Witching is very spooky looking.

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    1. I’m on love with that cover. So atmospheric and perfectly sets the mood for the text.

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  8. The covers are beautiful! Love the witch twist you did for this prompt.

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    1. Thank you so much! It was a lot fun once I got going, but there were almost too many great books—and covers!—to choose from.

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  9. Great take for this week! Practical Magic is a Halloween movie staple for me.

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    1. Same here! I love that movie, and I really need to give the book another chance. I read it in college and didn’t quite click with it like I thought I would. I feel like I’d have a better appreciation for it now.

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      1. Agreed. It’s been on my reread list for a while because it seems like I’d connect with it differently as an adult.

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  10. Great list! I really enjoyed These Witches Don’t Burn and I’m keen to give Bone Witch and The Year of the Witching a try though I hope I’m not too scared to read both 😂

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    1. Both of those are awesome—I think you’d like them, even with the spooky elements!

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  11. Great take on this theme Christopher. Love those covers.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed these, Carla! I was almost spoiled by great covers this week—too many good ones to choose from.

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  12. I’m so happy it’s finally spooky season! I haven’t seen that cover of Undead Girl Gang before – I’m used to the one with the close up of the jacket – but I love it, I want to get that edition.

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    1. I was torn over which cover to use because the jacket one seems to be more popular, but I can’t get over all the pink. It works perfectly.

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  13. The Bone Witch sounds interesting, and the cover is really pretty too! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. I love that cover too. There’s so much going on, but it’s all tied together.

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  14. I like the witchy theme a lot. Yes, it’s very autumnal. 🙂

    My post.

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    1. Thank you for reading! Glad I’m not the only one to find these fall-ish.

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  15. I haven’t read any of these, definitely need to read more witchy books!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/10/06/top-ten-tuesday-284/

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    1. I hope you get the chance to check a few of these out! Everyone could use a good witchy book in their life.

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  16. Ha, this is the exact topic I’m planning to do for the Halloween freebie later this month! Nothing like a great witchy book for October. 🙂 Nice to see Akata Witch on your list!

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    1. Too funny! Great minds and all that. I argued with myself over whether I should do it now or later, but couldn’t wait. Looking forward to seeing what you pick!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading, Patrick!

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  17. I haven’t read any of these – falling down on my witchy reads! I have the (prequel? I think it is?) to Practical Magic though and I’m quite curious to read that!

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    1. I haven’t checked out the sequel or prequel for Practical Magic—I’m so curious what they’re like. This might be the perfect time of year to check them out!

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  18. Witchy reads! I love it! You did good with this topic. It’s so fun!

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    1. Thank you! I had a lot of fun finding books for this. Everyone can use a good witchy read.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! It was a lot of fun to compile.

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  19. I’ve been on the fence about Practical Magic for so long. She just released a prequel, I think. It was part of Book of the Month but I might get her first book next month. I have been on a hold list for Year of the Witching for so long! I hope it’s worth it. 🙂 Great list!!

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    1. Thank you so much! Practical Magic was an odd one for me. I love the movie, but I read the book in college and it just didn’t click with me. I’m really wanting to revisit it though. I feel like I might have a much better appreciation of it now.

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      1. Yeah, I’ve heard so many things like this! Makes me hesitate. Maybe it’s a good library book to see if I like the first one! If you do revisit, would be interesting to see if you like it better now.

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  20. These Witches Don’t Burn and its sequel are so much fun. 🙂

    Lauren @ Always Me

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    1. I haven’t made it around to the sequel yet, but it looks fantastic!

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  21. I love the cover for A Secret History of Witches! I’ve only watched the Practical Magic Movie, but have been wanting to read the book for awhile… I might try to actually get around to that this October 😂

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    1. October does sound like the perfect time to do it! The first time I read it was around Halloween and it definitely added to the atmosphere.

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  22. I definitely need to read more witchy books – the only one here I’ve read is The Bone Witch and I loved it!

    My TTT

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    1. That one is so, so good. Hopefully you’re able to check out a witchy read or two in time for Halloween!

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  23. Love your twist this week! I own Practical Magic but haven’t read it yet. Although, I did read The Rules of Magic. This would be the perfect time for me to read PM! If I could only find the time. Ha! Happy Reading.

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    1. I know what you mean. I’m not reading nearly as much as I’d like this year. At least all of these great reads will still be there, waiting for us to finally get around to them!

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  24. Really liked your twist! I definitely agree that it’s the best way to celebrate the season. 🎃
    Can’t wait to read The Year of the Witching. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! The Year of the Witching is excellent—hope you enjoy it!

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  25. Great post! I love a good witchy read and several of these are new to me so definitely adding to my TBR. Thanks! 🙂

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    1. If you end up checking any of these out, I hope you love them! They’re all a lot of fun in their own ways.

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  26. This is great! Some good recs for next years Februwitchy

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    1. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of Februwitchy. I just looked it up and it sounds like a lot of fun. Hopefully you’ve found a new favorite or two in here to use for it!

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  27. I’ve had Practical Magic on myTBR pile for a while but seeing that gorgeous cover makes me want to move it right to the top 🙂

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    1. That cover for Practical Magic is one of my favorites of all time. It’s perfect. When you get around to it, I hope you enjoy it! I’m thinking about rereading it this month if I have time.

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  28. Fun theme! Witches are always interesting to read about. I especially love the covers for THE WITCH’S DAUGHTER and THE WITCHING HOUR. I hadn’t heard of the former before, but the latter has been on my TBR list ever since I first heard about it.

    Happy TTT (on a Thursday)!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

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    1. I meant THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING, not THE WITCHING HOUR 🙂

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      1. No worries at all! With so many witchy reads, it’s easy to get tongue tied. Though funnily enough, Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour just barely didn’t make my list this week!

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  29. Great list! I haven’t read any of these books yet, but several of them are on my TBR! And you’re right, witchy books are perfect for the season!

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    1. If you get the chance to check any of them out, I hope you love them!

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  30. Witchy Books are amazing books! Nice twist on this TTT. Practical Magic is practically a staple. I also loved the prequel The Rules of Magic and just got the brand new prequel Magic Lessons and cannot wait to read it! These Witches Don’t Burn was such a good read!

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    1. Really looking forward to checking out Magic Lessons! It sounds like it’s going to be fantastic. You really can never go wrong with a witchy read though.

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  31. Great list of books! I read The Witch’s Daughter and loved it so much. I really want to read Practical Magic and These Witches Don’t Burn.

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    1. Thank you so much! All of those are awesome—but really, if a book features a witch, then it already scores a lot of points for me.

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