Exploring My Inner Witch (don’t we all have one?)

Last week I received a Halloween decoration flier in the mail for a home decor store featuring witch’s shoes and hats – amazing orange and black stripped witch’s shoes with curled toes (I need these). The next day I was browsing a local things-to-do magazine and came upon an ad for the witching festivities at Gardner Village – a little village of shops that comes alive with witches each year. They host Breakfast with a Witch, Witch-a-Palooza, Witches Night Out and A Ride with a Witch events all through September and October. All of this witching news got me excited for the season (you can bet my little boys will be eating pancakes with a green-nosed lady in the near future) and got me to thinking about books (okay, everything gets me thinking about books).

Now, a little confession: I would like to be a witch. A real witch. I would like to own a cauldron, jars full of frog’s toes, newt’s eyes, wool of bat (what is that?) and scale of dragon. I would like hocus-pocus, abracadabra, and shazam to be part of my daily vocabulary. I would like to trade in my minivan for a broom with a few miles, turn my multicolored cats a midnight shade of black and get on speaking terms with the local owls. I could fine tune my already cacklely laugh into something more sinister and oh …. I’m gonna need those shoes.

With that off my chest, let’s get back to books. Books on witches. Since my minivan is probably with me for the near future, I would like to dive into some great books about witches. Real witches, not Salem witches or mean women, but good old fashioned spell casting, wart-nosed, wand toting witches. Where to start?

I read Witches by Roald Dahl last year and was a little disappointed. I don’t think of witches as bad or scary – but fun with maybe a tad bit of evil. I liked Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman and Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett. My boys and I love the children’s book Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. I have ordered The Witching Hour by Anne Rice from Paperbackswap and have searched for more, but I need some help.
What witch books can you recommend? Help me compile a definitive list of witching books – just in time to get in touch with our inner cackle.

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3 Responses to “Exploring My Inner Witch (don’t we all have one?)”

  1. Heather says:

    You might want to start with Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison. I’ve only read the opening pages, but have read one of the books further in the series and love the Rachel Morgan, the witch and main character.

  2. Julie says:

    The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howell. I LOVED it.

  3. I am a real pushover for Halloween decorations and I LOVE Gardner Village! I’ll check back for your list. I have a book that is absolutely hilarious, but is for joyful (?) Mothering: “I Didn’t Plan to be a Witch” by Linda Eyre, mother of 8.

    Instead of witches, I read a lot of mysteries at this time of the year — I’m hooked on Agatha Raisin for a cozy mystery sleuth.