Tuesday, January 02, 2018

2018 Witches and Witchcraft Reading Challenge

I have wanted to participate in Melissa's Witches and Witchcraft Reading Challenge for awhile now, but never have managed it. I want this year to be all about reading what I want to read when I want to read it, and reading about magic and witches is a big draw for me. This is a year long challenge that ends December 31, 2018.

2018 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

Book Criteria: 
Any full length book that includes a witch as a main character or includes major witchcraft elements counts. They may be fiction or non-fiction. However, they should not be reference books which are not read cover to cover-I will leave this to your discretion.
There are several levels being offered to participants:
  • Initiate: Read 1 – 5 Witchy Books
  • Maiden: Read 6 – 10 Witchy Books
  • Mother: Read 11 – 15 Witchy Books
  • Crone: Read 16 – 20 Witchy Books
I am going to aim for the Initiate Level with the hope that I will be able to meet a higher level. This way I can be sure to succeed one way or the other! [It's not cheating. It is just being realistic.]

Some of my witchy options straight from my TBR shelves:
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane By Katherine Howe
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrision
  • It Takes a Witch by Heather Blake
  • Witch Way to Murder by Shirley Damsgaard
  • A Modern Witch by Debora Geary
  • Rules For Magic by Alice Hoffman
  • The Witch's Trinity by Erika Mailman
  • Akata Witch by NnediOkorafor
  • Daughters of the Witching Hill by Mary Sharratt
  • The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M. J. Rose
  • The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  • The Witch’s Market by Mingmei Yip
  • The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • The Queen of Tearling by Erika Johansen
  • Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
  • Chocolat by Joanne Harris
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  • The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker
  • Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

There's a wide variety of different types of books on this list to choose from. This is the perfect excuse to finally get to some of them!

Have you read any of these? What witchy or witchcraft books would you recommend? 


Thank you to Melissa of Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf for hosting this challenge!

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29 comments:

  1. Oh, this one looks fun! I love 'witch' books. I'll have to seriously consider it. :-)

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    1. Kay - I am looking forward to an excuse to dive into my witch novels. :-)

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  2. I really enjoyed The Queen of Tearling, Garden Spells, Chocolat, and Poison Study. Didn't much care for The Physic Book of Deliverance Dane or The Magicians.

    Others that I really liked: Sorcery & Cecelia by Patricia Wrede & Caroline Stevermer (so much fun! more about sorcery); The Darkest Power Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong; The Tudor Witch Trilogy by Victoria Lamb; and Mist Over Pendel by Robert Neil (based on a real event). A lot of these were books I read over the years for Carl's annual R.I.P. challenge.

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    1. Jenclair - I saw the first episode of The Magicians TV show and enjoyed it, but think I want to try the book before I continue watching it. I've heard mixed things about the book.

      Thank you for the recommendations! I will be sure to check them all out (okay, got them on my wishlist now).

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    1. Kathy - I can't believe I've waited so long to participate!

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  4. I'm participating in this as well! I'm also an initiate (I haven't put up my post yet), but I don't know what I'm going to read. Time to scour through my goodreads shelves!

    Good luck with the readathon!!

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    1. Gennifer - Yay! I think it will be a lot of fun. I can't wait to see what you end up reading for it. Good luck to you too!

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  5. This is a fun challenge! I might play along...unofficially. Since officially, I'm not doing any reading challenges this year. ;D

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    1. Lark - I hope you will, even if unofficially. :-)

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  6. Good luck! This sounds like a fun challenge. I haven't read any of the books on your list, but it is a great way to get to some that have been hanging around.

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    1. Charlie - Thank you! Yes, I hope I am able to clear some of these off my TBR pile. Some of them have been there a long while.

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  7. What a fun challenge! I think Chocolat would be a wonderful choice. Just saying' :) Enjoy!

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    1. Iliana - I've heard Chocolat is really good. :-)

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  8. I so love the idea of participating in challenges! But most of (not all of) the time I suck at it. so I say You GO!! I'm going to have to think on some Witchy themed books and let you know if I come up with anything good.

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    1. Debbie - I am not the best at challenges either--but I so enjoy signing up for them. LOL Thank you for the encouragement!

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  9. This sounds like fun! I'm looking forward to all the reviews you'll be reading for this reading challenge, Wendy. :)

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    1. Melody - Thanks, Melody! I think it will be fun. :-)

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  10. What a fun challenge. I love witchy books too. From your list, I've read Rules of Magic and The Bear and the Nightingale, which I loved, and The Bone Witch, which didn't work quite as well for me, although I still want to read the next book in the series because it was one of those books where it starts out slow but has a fantastic ending.

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    1. Suzanne - Thank you! I think I will have fun with this one. :-)

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  11. Sounds like a lot of fun! I love to read books with a character as a witch in it. I recommend these too: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab and Bewitching by Alex Flinn.

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    1. Nina - Thank you for the recommendations! I will definitely be checking those out as well. :-)

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  12. This sounds fun, Alice Hoffman came to my mind right away. Enjoy! I have Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen on my shelves too waiting TBR. Great list.

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    1. Naida - I keep saying I'm going to read Garden Spells and then I never pick it up to read . . . Maybe this is the year!

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  13. Oh what fun! I haven't read many witchy books though I do want to read Practical Magic this year and I read and loved Garden Spells last year. Can't wait to see what you pick!

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    1. Katherine - I hope you get a chance to read Practical Magic this year. It's a good one. I love Alice Hoffman's writing.

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  14. Welcome to the challenge! I've read quite a few on your list...Garden Spells is one of my all time favorite books and The Rules of Magic is just wonderful. I'd definitely bump them up on the list :)

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    1. Melissa - Thank you for hosting! I can't wait to read both Garden Spells and Rules of Magic. As I was mentioning to Naida above, I keep thinking of starting Garden Spells, but never seem to choose to read it. Now may be the year!

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