As much as I enjoy fantasy, it wasn’t until I started thinking of a list for the October Monthly Recommendations post about witchy reads that I realized I really don’t read many books featuring witches, which is kind of a shame because I really loved witchy books when I was growing up. So because I don’t really have many current recommendations, I thought it might be fun to do a throwback post to some of my favorite witchy reads from when I was a kid!
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Alright, let’s just get the elephant out of the room right off the bat. How could I not put Harry Potter in this post? It played such an important role in my childhood and was the ultimate witchy read growing up. I know I’m not alone in desperately wanting a letter from Hogwarts to show up in the mail!
T*Witches by H.B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld
Was anyone else obsessed with the T*Witches books growing up? I loved the long lost twins trope and their witchy powers and the elements of mythology and prophecy. It was totally up my ally, and my sister and I were huge fans. I remember thinking that the Disney Channel film adaptation with Tia and Tamera Mowry wasn’t my favorite film adaptation ever, but I still really enjoyed it and was a big fan of the Mowry twins.
Sweep by Cate Tiernan
Sweep was another series I was super caught up in when I was in high school, and I think I still have all 15 books in the series with their original covers. I actually really don’t remember an awful lot about them anymore, I just remember being really invested in the story and obsessively tracking down all of the books in the series. I have enough of an emotional attachment to these books that they’ve survived several rounds of purging the hoard of books in my closet!
Night World by L.J. Smith
I know The Secret Circle books were much more overtly witchy, but the Night World books were always my favorite L.J. Smith books, and at least one or two featured witches! To be honest, I don’t really remember these books all that well, either, but I remembered they were generally paranormal and featured a lot of destined soul mates, which I totally ate up in middle and high school.
I’m sure there are plenty more witchy books I enjoyed growing up (I’m pretty sure I had a Salem witch trials phase…), but these are some of the first ones that came to mind for this post. I haven’t read any of them in years, with the exception of Harry Potter, of course. But it’s fun to look back and them, and these were all definitely some of my top favorites at some point when I was growing up. Have you read any of them? Let me know in the comments!
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