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Double, Double Toil and Trouble: Fall Under the Spell of These 13 Bewitching Books

Emma Volk is a summer intern at Touchstone, a imprint of Simon & Schuster. She studies English at Columbia University and is the Design Editor for the Columbia Daily Spectator. While classics like THE GREAT GATSBY and THE HOUSE OF MIRTH will always hold a special place in her heart and on her shelf, she also enjoys a range of modern and literary fiction.

Nothing says Halloween like pointed hats, black cats, and broomsticks. The thrill and mystery of witchcraft make for the perfect read. So don your robes, grab your potion of choice, and get ready to fall under the spell of one of these thirteen magical books.


Practical Magic
by Alice Hoffman

Having lived most of their lives with their eccentric and magically gifted aunts, orphaned sisters Sally and Gillian want nothing more than to ignore their own burgeoning powers and blend into normal society. But when a ghost begins to menace their hometown, can this misfit family embrace their magical gifts to save their community?

Practical Magic
Alice Hoffman

Having lived most of their lives with their eccentric and magically gifted aunts, orphaned sisters Sally and Gillian want nothing more than to ignore their own burgeoning powers and blend into normal society. But when a ghost begins to menace their hometown, can this misfit family embrace their magical gifts to save their community?

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J. K. Rowling

Let yourself be enchanted by this international phenomenon of a series about an orphaned boy wizard who holds the fate of the magical world in his hands. Whether you’re revisiting the world of witchcraft and wizardry or diving in for the first time, Harry’s story lives up to the hype.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J. K. Rowling

Let yourself be enchanted by this international phenomenon of a series about an orphaned boy wizard who holds the fate of the magical world in his hands. Whether you’re revisiting the world of witchcraft and wizardry or diving in for the first time, Harry’s story lives up to the hype.

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A Discovery of Witches
by Deborah Harkness
When Diana Bishop steps into the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, she never expects to become involved with a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires. But Diana’s accidental discovery of a bewitched alchemical manuscript sets the fantastical underworld stirring, forcing her to embrace her magical heritage and break the manuscript’s age-old spell.
A Discovery of Witches
Deborah Harkness

Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendent of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld that kicks off this riveting and magical trilogy.

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The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
by Katherine Howe

In modern day Salem, Harvard graduate student Connie discovers an ancient key labeled “Deliverance Dane” in her grandmother’s abandoned home. As she gets caught up in a quest to discover Deliverance’s identity, Connie finds herself haunted by visions of the Salem witch trials, leading her to fear that she may be tied to Salem’s dark past in mysterious and unexpected ways.

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
Katherine Howe

In modern day Salem, Harvard graduate student Connie discovers an ancient key labeled “Deliverance Dane” in her grandmother’s abandoned home. As she gets caught up in a quest to discover Deliverance’s identity, Connie finds herself haunted by visions of the Salem witch trials, leading her to fear that she may be tied to Salem’s dark past in mysterious and unexpected ways.

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Good Omens
by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
According to Agnes Nutter’s completely accurate book of prophecies, the world is due to end this Saturday. Trouble is, the demon Crowley and angel Aziraphale have come to enjoy human existence and will do whatever they can to stop the impending apocalypse. And on top of that, someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .
Good Omens
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . . Naughty, funny, wacky and irreverent, this is a wonderful new side of Gaiman.

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The Witching Hour
by Anne Rice

For centuries, one woman in each generation of the dynasty of Mayfair witches has been haunted by a dangerous apparition, and now that her mother’s dead, Rowan Mayfair finds herself the newest target. Complex and hypnotic, this Anne Rice classic charts the history of an all-powerful magical coven and the forces that conspire against it.

The Witching Hour
Anne Rice

For centuries, one woman in each generation of the dynasty of Mayfair witches has been haunted by a dangerous apparition, and now that her mother’s dead, Rowan Mayfair finds herself the newest target. Complex and hypnotic, this Anne Rice classic charts the history of an all-powerful magical coven and the forces that conspire against it.

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The Magicians
by Lev Grossman
An apathetic young man’s wildest dreams come true when he is accepted to a school of sorcery, but all too soon he realizes that even magic cannot bring him happiness. Yes, there’s adventure and spells, but The Magicians is no Harry Potter 2.0—it’s a carefully crafted, subversive twist on the fantasy genre that’s more psychological than fantastical.
The Magicians
Lev Grossman

With influences ranging from The Chronicles of Narnia to Harry Potter to A Game of Thrones, Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy is an enthralling, diabolically crafted coming-of-age tale about magic practiced in the real world—where good and evil aren’t black and white and power comes at a terrible price. Dig into this series now before the Syfy adaptation hits the small screen next year.

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The Midnight Witch
by Paula Brackston

Amidst the opulence of Edwardian London, Lilith and her coven must protect the powerful Elixir they guard from a group of dark-magic practicing sorcerers. As head witch of her coven, Lilith knows their creed all too well: secrecy and silence. But when she falls in love with a man who is neither a witch nor a member of her class, how long can she maintain her double life?

The Midnight Witch
Paula Brackston

Amidst the opulence of Edwardian London, Lilith and her coven must protect the powerful Elixir they guard from a group of dark-magic practicing sorcerers. As head witch of her coven, Lilith knows their creed all too well: secrecy and silence. But when she falls in love with a man who is neither a witch nor a member of her class, how long can she maintain her double life?

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The Witches of Eastwick
by John Updike

Three small-town divorcées’ lives are forever changed when they are suddenly granted mysterious powers. But this blessing takes a turn for the scandalous when an enigmatic and wealthy stranger moves to town and invites the trio to his derelict mansion. What follows is a dark, clever, and bewitching romp through one town’s collective psyche.

The Witches of Eastwick
John Updike

Three small-town divorcées’ lives are forever changed when they are suddenly granted mysterious powers. But this blessing takes a turn for the scandalous when an enigmatic and wealthy stranger moves to town and invites the trio to his derelict mansion. What follows is a dark, clever, and bewitching romp through one town’s collective psyche.

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The Hangman's Daughter
by Oliver Potzsch

A dying boy is pulled from the river with an odd mark tattooed on his shoulder. Is witchcraft involved? That’s what hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to find out. Set in seventeenth-century Germany, this chilling and fast-paced historical thriller is penned by a descendent of the Kuisls, an infamous real-life executioner clan.

The Hangman's Daughter
Oliver Potzsch

A dying boy is pulled from the river with an odd mark tattooed on his shoulder. Is witchcraft involved? That’s what hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to find out. Set in seventeenth-century Germany, this chilling and fast-paced historical thriller is penned by a descendent of the Kuisls, an infamous real-life executioner clan.

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The Lace Reader
by Brunonia Barry

The Whitney women have an unusual talent: they can read the future in a piece of lace. This bewitching gothic novel is a haunting and remarkable tale.

The Lace Reader
Brunonia Barry

The Whitney women have an unusual talent: they can read the future in a piece of lace. This bewitching gothic novel is a haunting and remarkable tale.

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Daughters of the Witching Hill
by Mary Sharratt

The horror of the 1612 Pendle witch trials is brought vividly to life through this wrenching and well-researched novel about a family’s struggle to survive the hysteria of a witch hunt.

Daughters of the Witching Hill
Mary Sharratt

The horror of the 1612 Pendle witch trials is brought vividly to life through this wrenching and well-researched novel about a family’s struggle to survive the hysteria of a witch hunt.

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The Witches
by Stacy Schiff

Why did the Salem witch trials take place? How did the panic spread so rapidly? Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Stacy Schiff tackles these question and more in this thrilling and psychologically complex exploration of a dark and baffling American mystery.

The Witches
Stacy Schiff

Why did the Salem witch trials take place? How did the panic spread so rapidly? Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Stacy Schiff tackles these question and more in this thrilling and psychologically complex exploration of a dark and baffling American mystery.

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