#T5W: Books Featuring Witches
I’m trying something new this week: Top 5 Wednesday! Books featuring witches is the topic this week. Like everyone else in America, I am happy for it to be October. I will read about witches any ol’ day but it feels so right to read witchy books in the Fall. I made a point of not adding Harry Potter or the Chronicles of Narnia to this list, because those are two series that I have read over and over and I wanted to broaden my horizons. But if anyone must know, my favorite witch in literature is Molly Weasley. Hands down.
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde. One of my favorite authors wrote this YA book about a world where magic is drying up and an orphan named Jennifer Strange is running Kazam, an agency for wizards and witches who do odd jobs like re-plumbing homes. There are some really weird witches in this book. And apparently a TV movie was made for Sky One and aired at Christmas 2016 in the UK. I want to get my hands on that!
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. A witch curses a young woman so that she looks like an old woman, hilarity and romance ensue. This book is so charming but the Witch of the Waste is not. I have not watched the Studio Ghibli movie yet, but I need to. I loved this book so much.
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. I listened to the audiobook, read by Anne Hathaway, with my kids this summer and it was so good. The witches in the book are a bit different than the ones in the movie, and the flying monkeys are scary but it turns out they were not really owned by the Wicked Witch. I thought the movie was the story, but it is not!
Uprooted by Naomi Novik. This book is described as being like a Grimm’s fairy tale, and it is. The story line is similar to Howl’s Moving Castle in some ways, though the imprisoned girl here is not enchanted to look like an old woman. It feels a little bit trite in some ways, but I thought it was a well-told story.
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. This one is from my to-read list. I am really looking forward to reading this book, about a girl born in New York who moves to her parents’ homeland of Nigeria and discovers her magic. It has stellar reviews and the story sounds good. It’s the first in a series.
And that is it! Top 5 Wednesday #T5W is a Goodreads group. This is my first time participating, I’m looking forward to trying more!
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