30 of the Best Witch Books That are Wickedly Addicting
Halloween is fast approaching and every year, as soon as the weather begins to cool for fall, I can’t get enough of witch books! This year has some amazing new picks that I cannot read fast enough! Whether you like YA witch books, witch book series, or witch romances, we’ve got you covered with our favorites.
There is something about witch books that has always captivated my attention. I’m not saying that I wish I could make a potion or two but, I would really love to make a potion or two that was not just what my kids are eating for dinner. Which witch book is your favorite?
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Best Witch Books of 2023
Weyward by Emilia Hart
This is such a well-thought-out book and one of the best witch books I have read in a while. The book follows three Weyward women. In 2017, Kate is fleeing an abusive partner to her great-aunt’s cottage. In 1619, Altha is awaiting her own witch trial and in 1942 we meet Violet whose father keeps her trapped in her house because she cannot fit into what society expects of her.
Each of these women finds themselves and who they are as the story progresses and I found myself completely sucked in. I loved this debut urban fantasy novel and I cannot wait to see what comes next from this author. It is also a perfect book to read if you love the Practical Magic Series or the All Souls Trilogy. If fantasy books are your favorite, you will love this pick from ultimate beach reads 2023.
Must Read Witch Books for 2022
The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais
I am a huge fan of Ms. Marais’ writing. I read her previous two books and was so excited to read this one because fantasy is my favorite genre. This book did not disappoint. The writing is beautiful and very much Marais’ style and the witches in this book are hilarious. They are witty and funny and there is never a dull moment in the Manor.
The magic in this book is woven seamlessly into the story that has non-stop surprises. The book begins with the people of the town descending onto the manor with a wrecking ball to destroy it and the distillery and leave the witches homeless. They are left with less than two weeks to save their house but in order to do so, they must reveal long-kept secrets.
I do not want to give anything away. This family drama book made me laugh out loud often and shed a few tears as well. I absolutely loved this witch book and it is a definite must-read from our list of ultimate beach reads 2023.
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
This book is definitely a feel-good book of the season. Mika Moon knows that she must hide her magic and stay away from other witches so their powers do not draw the attention of other people. She also knows that witches are destined to be orphans, a very lonely existence.
When she is asked to come and teach magic to three young witches, she finds the life that she had always dreamed of, even if it is temporary. But, does it have to be? Can she find the life she always wanted?
I listened to this charming witch book in one day and loved it. This is a delightful pick from our list of ultimate beach reads 2023.
Acts of Violet by Margarita Montimore
I absolutely loved the GMA book club pick Oona Out of Order and it was on our list of the best of the year. I was so excited to read this book and it did not disappoint.
When the famous magician Violet Volk disappears without a trace, nobody can figure out where she went. Now, a decade later, her sister is wondering if Violet will finally reappear and if she can get some answers. Her fans still love and adore her but Sasha wants answers. Their relationship has left so many questions. As Sasha searches for answers, she will have to come to terms with the past.
I loved this witch book. It is so original and unlike anything that I have read. It is magical realism at its best which is not surprising coming from this author. And while nobody ever called Violet a witch, she performed real magic which makes this a perfect book for a list of witch books.
The Book of Night by Holly Black
I have read Holly Black for years and love her so I was so excited to read this adult fantasy. This fantasy is complex and dark which I should have guessed from the name.
Black is able to make our world into something else and make it seem entirely plausible. In this world, shadows can be manipulated and changed into something else. They can be removed and controlled.
Charlie is a Con artist who finds herself pulled into something that is over her head. Desperate to save herself and her sister, Charlie will do almost anything. While nobody calls themselves witches in this book, the manipulation of matter is certainly witch-like.
YA Witch Books
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
I absolutely loved this book about Sunny, a twelve-year-old girl who lives with her parents and two brothers in Nigeria. Sunny is albino and teased for her looks.
When Sunny discovers that she is a “free agent”, someone with magical abilities whose parents are not magic, she enters a world she didn’t know existed. Sunny and her three fellow magical students must study and learn their abilities in order to stop the Black Hat Killer before he brings about complete destruction.
Unlike anything that I have read before, the story is woven beautifully and it is a must-read from witch books.
Plain Bad Heroines by Emily Danforth
I started Plain Bad Heroines and I did not know what to think. I debated giving up on the book for a little while because I just wasn’t sure where the book was going. Fast forward. I loved it and I am glad I stuck with it. This book is unlike any other book I have ever read. It has all the makings of cult horror. It is scary, complex and so well-written.
The lines between reality and fiction are perfectly blurred. It is a book about a book and making a movie about that same book. ( follow that? Lol) The story intertwines the lives of all those that read the book and the mystery and supernatural that follows them 🐝. I don’t usually read horror but I loved this book and needed to include it in our list of witch books.
If you love this book, we have 20 more Dark Academia book recommendations here.
Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Louise Le Blanche is a witch, and Reid Diggory is a witch hunter, but when they are forced to be married Lou has to keep her identity a secret and try not to fall for her handsome husband.
Set in the pre-industrial age in Paris, France, this historical fantasy book is perfect for lovers of YA! It’s got funny, fierce heroines, a steamy love story, and a cast that is actually diverse! I devoured all three witch books in this series.
The Watchmakers Daughter (Glass and Steel#1 by C.J Archer
I read this book in a day. I then read the next three in as many days. I am not sure what is so addicting about these witch books, but they are just that- addicting. There is a little magic, a great story and a whole lot of chemistry going on in these books.
India Steel does not know what to do when her father dies and her fiancé steals her inheritance- the watch store where she always worked. Members of the watchmaking guild are afraid of her. Left with no other choice, India takes a job with Matthew Glass. A charismatic, if not mysterious man from America.
The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson
I loved this book and read it in only a few days. Once a year, Wren is chased through the forest by a group of boys who deliberately taunt her and terrify her. They are judges- a powerful group of families who control magic. Little do they know that Wren is an Augur- another magical family who has to keep her identity hidden.
The war between the Judges and the Augur is old and deep. In order to save her family, Wren must take an internship within the walls of a Judge’s home and risk everything. The lies and the deceit are spellbinding I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. This is a modern witch book that is a must-read.
Ultimate List of YA Fantasy
If fantasy books are your favorite books, then these are the perfect book lists for you. We carefully divided them into sub-genres.
Witch Book Series
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
For years, the Owens women have known that their bad luck is because of a curse. This book is the first book in the practical magic series. I just adore this tale of magic, family, and sisterhood. At this point, this is one of the best urban fantasy books and it is truly iconic.
Gillian and Sally are sisters who have been raised by their two aunts. They both want to leave their small Massachusetts town. But, when Gillian gets into trouble, she runs to Sally for help.
The trouble comes back to haunt them and when a hunky police chief comes to town, the sisters try hard to cover up their family secrets. The powerful bond between the Owens sisters brings this story to life and was a must for a list of books about sisters. This is the first published book in the Practical Magic series and the one I recommend you read first.
Not sure which Practical Magic book to read first, we have a whole post about it!
Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness
If you love the witch aspect of Harry Potter, Vampires, fantasy books, or time travel books then you will love The All Souls trilogy. This fantasy novel explores the history of witches, demons, and vampires.
Diana Bishop is a witch who accidentally recovers an ancient book that has been missing for hundreds of years. In doing so, she triggers her long-forgotten magic and opens the door for vampires, witches, and demons to search out Diana and the book.
This urban fantasy book about secret societies, witches, vampires, and more is a blend of heart-pounding action, historical fiction, and romance with the perfect mix of fantasy as well. If you have read this dark academia novel and loved it, you should check out our 9 Magical Books Like A Discovery of Witches!
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The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Quentin Coldwater is a high school student obsessed with the made of world of Fillory. He finds himself admitted to a magical college that is both secret and elite.
The best way I can describe this series is if Harry Potter was admitted to Hogwarts in College. It has a different feel but it is fun, imaginative and entertaining. I’m a little obsessed with the tv series as well.
If you like The Magicians, here are more adult books like Harry Potter.
Salem Witch Trial Books
Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman
I started it the minute I got it but made myself wait until Halloween to finish the book because I wanted to enjoy the book to the fullest. I absolutely loved this prequel to the amazing Practical Magic.
The Owens women have a centuries old curse that started with Maria Owens in the 1600s. With her amazing ability to weave a story, Alice Hoffman has once again written a book captured my heart on the first page. Part historical fiction and part love story, this book had everything that I wanted from a prequel.
If you love Alice Hoffman, you’ll love our guide to The Practical Magic series!
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
This children’s story is the book that sparked my interest in witch books. It’s all about Kit Tyler, a child new to colonial America, who befriends a woman named Hannah Tupper.
But the townspeople believe that Hannah is a witch, and soon Kit is swept into a trial similar to the Salem Witch Trials. She has to prove her innocence or risk being killed like a witch.
A Break with Charity by Ann Rinaldi
Ann Rinaldi inspired my love of historical fiction with her books, and A Break with Charity is no exception. This book tells the story of the Salem Witch Trials.
Susanna knows that Ann Putnam is planning to falsely accuse women her mother dislikes of being witches, but when she is threatened by Ann, she has no choice but to go along with her plan. But once her own parents are swept into the madness, Susanna seeks a plan to stop the witch trials once and for all.
Witch Romance Books
Witch Please by Ann Aguirre
This charming romance is perfect for Halloween! Danica is a witch hiding as a mechanic with her cousin, Clem.
Swearing to her grandmother not to fall in love with a mundane (non-magic man) so as not to lose her power is easier said than done.
She meets baker, Titus, and is instantly smitten. Can she casually date him or will she catch the feels?
The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
This is the most charming Halloween romance book about witches EVER. I don’t think I’ve read anything quite like it, but it’s perfect for the spooky season.
9 years ago Rhys Penhallow broke Viviane Jones’ heart and so she cursed him. Now he’s back in the town his family founded to infuse magic back into the ley lines but everything goes wrong!
As his curse takes over the town, Rhys and Vivi have to work to end the curse and restore the right magic back to the town…if they can keep their rekindled romance at bay long enough!
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
In a small town where everything stays the same, Vianne comes and sets up her chocolate shop. She has the ability to know exactly what everyone needs to mend their souls.
Warning: do not read this book if you are hungry because the description of the chocolate confections are almost as good as the book itself. Add in a touch of romance, and this book is a delicious treat.
Historical Fiction Witch Books
A History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
Five generations of witches must decide what they are willing to do to protect their families. Ursule is a powerful witch whose power was thought to be lost when she dies.
When her granddaughter steps into the circle, the magic is reborn.
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
An alternative telling of the tale of King Arthur, featuring the Lady of the Lake, Paganism vs. Christianity, and an epic struggle for power.
Merlin and the Lady of the Lake practice pagan witchcraft, as they try to keep the old ways alive against the new religion gaining popularity, the choices they make for Arthur’s kingdom inspire the tale we know so well.
The mini-series adaptation of this book is wonderful too and well worth the watch!
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark
This book. So many people recommended it to me because of my love for Harry Potter. The writing style was Victorian, which fit the book’s time period but felt hard to read at times. The story, however, is full, complex and epic.
In nineteenth century England, people believe that magic has disappeared until Mr. Norrell reveals his powers. He then takes Jonathan strange as a student. But when Strange is drawn to darker magic, the two men develop a rivalry that can change history.
The Lost Queen by Signe Pike
If you love Outlander, The Mists of Avalon, or The Clan of the Cave Bear, then you will love this story. Set in Britain when Christianity is poised to become the religion of the country, a future queen swore to the old-ways is learning how to balance the needs of her people and her religion with the role she’s expected to play.
Meanwhile, her twin brother is training to be the man history knows as Merlin. The first in a new trilogy about Arthurian legend, I’m looking forward to the next book coming out in September.
Books with Witches
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
How do we love Outlander? We cannot count the ways. The ninth book in the series, Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone, will be released on November 23, 2021.
This epic story begins in 1945 when Claire Randall and her husband take a second honeymoon to the Scottish Highlands to celebrate being reunited after the war. When Claire touches one of the standing stones, she is transported to 1743.
This is when the real story begins. In order to stay safe as an English women in Scotland, she must depend on Jamie Frasier for protection. Amazing history, magical realism, romance and witches overflow in this iconic epic saga.
If you love Outlander as much as we do, check out our post with 21 books for Outlander fans.
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
The White Queen is one of my favorite Philippa Gregory novels, revolving around Elizabeth Woodville and her relationship with the King of England. I love the magical elements of this book as Elizabeth and her mother were said to be witches.
It’s really a wonderful story. I learned so much about the tumultuous history of Britain. Also of note, Elizabeth was the mother of the boys in the tower which this book covers as well.
If you love books about royalty, check out our list of historical fiction books like The Crown.
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare’s most well known works. When three witches tell Macbeth (a Scottish general) that he will be king, Macbeth makes sure this comes to pass by killing the king himself.
Soon, Macbeth is paranoid and begins to kill more people in order to remain the reigning king. Obviously, this is a very simplified version of the story but, all the death and destruction begins with the prophecy of three witches.
Middle-Grade Witch Books
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling
I was in university when this book was published and the first four were sitting on my younger brother’s bookshelf before I picked it up to see what the fuss was about.
I read all four books in as many days and was married with a child before the final book was published.
This book is so much more than just a book. It is a vernacular that is used in our house. It is the book that changed all books and our culture forever.
I am so grateful for the world of Harry Potter because I think it opened up the world of books to people who may never have known they love to read.
The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag
Boys grow up to be shapeshifters and girls become witches. But, what if you are a boy who loves witchery? Would you show your talents if it meant you would be exiled?
This Middle grade challenges gender stereotypes and is a perfect witch book for any middle-grade fantasy reader. Not only is the story great and the illustrations gorgeous, but the message of this book made it a must for best graphic novels of all time.
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis
The iconic book is actually the second book in the Chronicles of Narnia Series. However, since the first book is technically a prequel, I consider this the first and it can be read independently of the rest of the books in the series,
When four children discover a secret passage from a wardrobe into the Land of Narnia, they find a land enslaved by the white witch. They find friends, enemies and magic in this book that has withstood the test of time.
The Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse
This graphic novel is the first in a series and I love it for so many reasons. It’s about modern day witches in Brooklyn. It is a diverse book with female heroines and it’s amazing!
When Effie finds out that her aunts are witches, she want to join them in practicing witchcraft, but she has a lot to learn. This is a charming one-sitting read for your favorite little witch or wizard.
Stand Alone Witch Books
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
Everyone knows the Wicked Witch of the West but not everyone knows how she became that way. She wasn’t always bad. This is the story of a girl that would grow up to become one of the most hated villains in history.
I think of Professor Snape from Harry Potter in the same way. If you love witches and root for the bad guy, this is the book for you.
The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Flora and her brother are pirates on the Dove. In order to protect her identity, she has become Florian and is tasked with protecting Lady Evelyn on the ship until the time she can be sold.
Flora does not intend to fall in love with Evelyn and when the two free a captured mermaid, they change the fate of more than just her.
I am so glad that someone recommended this book to me. It is one of those books that really did not get the visibility that it should have. This book is so well written and is filled with magic while also exploring the power of love.