Top 5 Wednesday: Books With Witches

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week is top five books featuring witches. I didn’t think I’d have a lot, because most of books I read that are fantasy have magic, but not necessarily witches. But I ended up finding five witchy books I’ve read and two I want to read.  Let me know your top five in the comments!

  1. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

This book is fun. I wouldn’t say the writing or characters are anything spectacular, but it’s a fun guilty pleasure read. The first book is definitely the best though, after that I felt the series started to get overdramatic and cheesey.

Witches, vampires, demons, oh my! A couple years ago, Sophie discovered she was a witch and it’s gotten her into a bit of trouble. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, but with too many mishaps she gets sent to Hex Hall—an isolated reform school for witches, faeries, and shape shifters.

2. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Manon and her fellow Ironteeth witches are vicious in the Throne of Glass series. We don’t even see or really interact with the witches until the third book I believe. If I’m being honest, I didn’t care for Manon at first. I was just so much more invested in the other characters by the time we were introduced to her that I wanted to skip through all her sections. But over the course of the series, I’ve come to love her just as much as everyone else.

3. The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine

This is a Snow White retelling. I feel like that’s all I really need to say about the plot, other than there’s a lot more magic and mythology thrown in. Actually, our “Snow White” is a witch as well as her evil step-mother—or they at least I think they’re considered witches, they have magic so.

4. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare and Macbeth are obviously classics. For those of you that don’t know, there are the three witches that predict Macbeth’s downfall—is that right, it’s been a while. I typically enjoy Shakespeare’s comedies more, but like I said, this is a classic, especially when it comes to witches in literature.

5. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I definitely enjoyed this series; I’m just a lot less hardcore and fangirl about it than I know a lot of people are. I can’t remember the later books in the series that well either to be honest; just the general plot and arc of everything. Anyway, we all know there are witches and warlocks in this series, including Magnus Bane.

And here are some witchy books I hope to read (and soon!):

6. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

I met Susan at the recent BTAF and she was so sweet and cool. I’m definitely looking forward to starting this series; I have both books on my shelf. I don’t know too much about it, I think there’s different types of witches, and it’s more friendship based than romance, and that’s all I really need to know I think before starting it.

7. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page

I love the idea of a young adult Wizard of Oz reimagining. I’m sure everyone’s heard of Wicked where we learn the real story of the “Wicked Witch of the West.” I absolutely love how that story turns everything you think you know on its head, and I’m sure this series will do the same with how I think about Dorothy.

Let me know any bewitching reading recommendations you have in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Books With Witches

  1. I glad to see someone else who has Macbeth on their list, though actually the three witches where the ones who told Macbeth that he would be king; which prompted him to kill the current king.

    Dorothy Must Die is another that was on my list as well! I absolutely love this series to death, with the different twist and turns it takes. I definitely recommend checking it out soon.

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