It’s that time of year again! Last year, and the list still stands, I put together a roundup of spooky season / Halloween read based on level of scariness. It has everything from classics to more modern, creepy to scary.
This year for spooky season reading we’re looking at fiction books about witches! While this subject matter might seem like the stuff of YA novels, many of the recommendations below are books about witches for adults. Some are grounded in history featuring witch trials as part of their plot and others sprinkle in magic into the real world.
Classic Must Read Fiction Books about Witches
Wyrd Sisters (1988) by Terri Pratchett
The Witching Hour (1990) by Anne Rice
Practical Magic (1995) by Alice Hoffman
Chocolat (1999) by Joanne Harris
Witch Child (2000) by Celia Rees
Circe (2018) by Madeline Miller
Love is Magic: Books Where Witches Fall in Love
The Ex Hex (2021) by Erin Sterling
Payback’s a Witch (2021) by Lana Harper
Hester (2022) by Laurie Lico Albanese
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches (2022) by Sangu Mandanna
Bring Me Your Midnight (2023) by Rachel Griffin
Books About Witches That are on the Creepier Side
The Witch’s Trinity (2007) by Erika Mailman
We All Go Down Together (2014) by Gemma Files
Maggie’s Grave (2020) by David Sodergren
The Year of the Witching (2020) by Alexis Henderson
The Familiars (2020) by Stacey Halls
The Lighthouse Witches (2021) by C. J. Cooke
Cackle (2021) by Rachel Harrison
Happy reading book witches!