I’ve always loved books about witches! I’ve got a bunch on my TBR right now, so I thought I would share my next witchy reads, especially as Samhain approaches. I’ve listed books in a range of genres, grouped by theme. Most will be new reads but a few are ones I want to reread soon.
- Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft ed by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe. These are YA stories centering witches and so many amazing YA authors are included in this collection!
- Becoming Dangerous: Witchy Femmes, Queer Conjurers and Magical Rebels on Summoning the Power to Resist ed by Katie West and Jasmine Elliot. I helped kickstart this anthology of personal essays by marginalized witches and I am so excited to read it!
- Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology ed by Joamette Gil. Fifteen original comics about queer witches of color.
- Spell on Wheels by Kate Leth. Three witches go on a road trip to regain the magical artifacts stolen by an abusive ex. Has fat rep, queer rep, and two witches of color.
- The Accidental Santera by Irete Lazo. Depicts the spiritual journey of a Latina scientist who finds out she comes from a long line of Santeras
- Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova. At her deathday celebration, a Latinx bisexual teen bruja tries to get rid of her powers, but it backfires, and now she must travel through Los Lagos to rescue her family.
- Darkling by Brooklyn Ray. A queer trans man hereditary blood witch has two secrets: his family legacy, kept from his coven, and his love for his best friend.
- Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha. A novelization of the film about Salem teens releasing witches from the afterlife, and a follow-up novel about their child doing the same thing.
- Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. The novel came first, but the film is an all-time fave, centering witch sisters grappling with a curse and an abusive ex who will not leave them alone.
Grappling with Ethics
- Rag and Bone by KJ Charles. This m/m historical fantasy mystery romance centers a warlock learning to use his powers ethically, struggling in his relationship with a rag seller.
- The Resignation Letter by Dax Murray. An f/f romance about a brilliant mage and an insecure empress, where the mage is grappling with a deep ethical issue.
- Help Wanted by J Emery. Magic university student getting tutored by a bird boy and falls for him, all while gender and ace-spec questioning. I want to reread this before I review.
- Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. Soccer, magic school, kids save the day. I’ve been meaning to reread this; it’s been years since I first read.
- The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. Tea discovers that she has a gift for necromancy and under the mentorship of an older bone witch, begins her training, focused on learning how to wield elemental magic.
- The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. Young witch coming into her power acts to protect the folks who protected her.
- A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano. Girl from a family of brujas tries to figure out if she has magic, too.
- Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender. Girl born during a hurricane who has visions and realizes that she is queer.
- Magic, Murder and Mistletoe by Ellen Jane. This f/f mystery romance centers a witch and a sorcerer who are both suspects in a murder.
- Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho. Centers Zacharias Wythe, an African slave freed and the first Black Sorcerer Royal who is grappling with a magical mystery and political intrigue.
- Witchmark by C.L. Polk. A steampunk-fantasy murder-mystery with paranormal romance vibes set in a world inspired by WWI Britain, following a witch disguising himself as a doctor to avoid being enslaved.
- Outside the Bones by Lyn Di Orio. Centers the neighborhood bruja dealing with accidental spells and ghosts bent on revenge.
- Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older. Follows a Puerto Rican teen who discovers that her family are shadowshapers, powerful individuals who can ‘shape’ spirits through art, music, and storytelling.
- Deadline by Stephanie Ahn. Urban fantasy novel about a magical detective/blood witch masochist who takes a job to search for a magical sword that belongs to a powerful mage family in New York City.
- Moon-Bright Tides by RoAnna Sylver. This fantasy f/f romance centers a mermaid and a sea witch.
- Sea Witch Vol 1: May She Lay Us Waste by Moss Angel. Surrealist experimental novel centering Sara who is living inside an oceanic gay witch god in an intense trans girl world.
- Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis. I have heard such wonderful things about this snowbound magical romance, by an author whose MG witch stories are a fave of mine.
- Cabin Fever by Alisha Rai. It’s been years since I read this snowed in romantic suspense centering a witch with PTSD and a police officer who she nurses after he is shot. Time for a reread.
- We Are the Weirdos by Maranda Elizabeth. About teen witches obsessed with The Craft, centering incarcerated queer and trans survivor characters with mental illness.
- The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan. This YA centers a Romani sexual assault survivor taking magical revenge on the boys who assaulted her.
- Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson. Girl gangs, fat rep, Mexican rep, and a teen who brings her BFF back from the dead after she dies mysteriously.
Trans and/or Non-Binary-Centered Stories
- Caroline’s Heart by Austin Chant. Fantasy Western m/f romance with two trans leads, centering a cowboy and a witch who is mourning her girlfriend’s death.
- Brew by Dane Figeroa Edidi. Centers a Black trans girl teen witch from Baltimore, and is about her relationship with her mother, who is also a witch, and her learning to control her magical abilities.
- A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power by Rose Lemberg. I love this kinky non-binary centered high fantasy novella about supermages, and especially appreciate the trauma survivor representation. I want to reread this on audio.
Witches and Monarchs
- My Lady King by Kayla Bashe. A swords and sorcery fantasy f/f romance between a butch warrior monarch and a bisexual survivor witch.
- Grey the Witch by Edwin Betancourt. This had me at ownvoices gay ace MC; he is living in the present day mortal realm but spells go wrong and assassins are after him and he must return to the magic realm and his prince ex while he helps unravel what’s going on.
- Witch, Cat and Cobb by J.K. Pendragon. A princess runs away from her arranged marriage to hide in the swamp, falls for the trans woman swamp witch.
Witch as in Pagan
- The Coven of Arcas by John Genest. An MC who is a new initiate into a queer bear wiccan circle, yes please I need this in my life.
- Laughing Down the Moon by Eva Indigo. I’m looking forward to reading this cross-faith f/f romance with a pagan MC who is grappling with depression.
- Mr March Names the Stars by Rivka Aarons-Hughe. A contemporary m/m romance novella with a trans man lead, this is the sweetest homiest cozy romance and I want to read it again soon. I really liked the trans and enby rep, the ace rep, the pagan rep. It’s one of the only ace/ace pairings I’ve read and my fave so far.
Witches and Polyamory
- Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton. Queer polyamory and magic, with a triad that has a witch as one of the MCs.
- Triad Blood by ‘Nathan Burgoine. A vampire, wizard and demon form a triad, breaking tradition.
- Fire Logic by Laurie Marks. Mages, queerness, polyamory. This was highly recommended by a few close friends.
- The Prince’s Boy by Cecilia Tan. This dark m/m taboo fantasy erotica book is the first of two volumes and has a lot of magical kink and a romance between a prince and his whipping boy and court politics and its Cecilia Tan who writes just delicious BDSM.
- Something to Remember by Elliott Junkyard. I really enjoyed this f/enby erotic romance short centering two mages (a water mage and a healer)! I especially liked the way magic was integrated into the story. I want to revisit this soon.
- A Spell for Luck by Daria Defore. I’m looking forward to reading this m/m witch/demon erotica novella, that comes out Oct 31! I loved Defore’s other work and I hear rumor of many tongues and D/s.
While I’m at it, I’m gonna link to this list of favourite blogs for intersectional witches!