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Fiction about Witches

Posted: by Emma on October 23, 2017

October, the spookiest of months, is a great time to settle in with a good read. I have compiled a list of adult fiction books about witches to get you through till Halloween.

Fiction about Witches

A witch is considered to be a woman who possesses supernatural powers and practices magic through the use of spells, potions, and sorcery. The following books are based on witches, some good, some evil, but the one thing they have in common is they all make for great reading material!

The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

Two witches, Eleanor and Adelaide, help a new witch, Beatrice, find her place in New York City. The book is full of witch hunting, ghosts, and of course, plenty of magic. The Witches of New York has a darker feel and includes a paranormal twist but it is also full of magical spells and potions. A great novel by a Canadian author.

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The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

This is a prequel to Hoffman's bestseller, Practical Magic, but it could also be read as a standalone. Rules of Magic is about three siblings, Franny, Bridget (Jet) and Vincent Owens, three teenagers ostracized by their community because they are from the infamous witch family. The Owens clan has a history of coming from a long line of witches. This book follows the sisters and brother, all very different, as they come to terms with their magic abilities and try to find a place in the real world.

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A Discovery of Witches Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

Dr. Diana Bishop, a descendant of a famous witch from Salem, Massachusetts, who turned her back on her magic after her parents were killed when she was a child. Instead, Diana focussed on academics and became a researcher in the history of science with a particular interest in alchemy.  Her natural powers allow her to find a magical text that has been missing for centuries. Once found, the text is desired by many and Diana finds herself entangled with dark forces. A handsome, mysterious stranger comes to her aide, but he also happens to be a vampire...
Note: this book is the first book in a trilogy.

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The Wise Woman by Philippa Gregory

This historical fiction novl begins in the 16th century and follows the life of teenage, Alys, a young woman in Tudor England. Alys grew up very poor and lived with the local wise woman who tries to teach her about spells, herbs, and sorcery.  Alys instead chooses a life of religion and it isn’t until Alys falls in love with a married man that she thinks to use the magic she had learned. But using magic has its consequences and the dark magic that she has conjured now has a life of its own and is spinning out of control. Since witchcraft is punishable by death, Alys finds herself in constant danger, and tries to find a balance between her religious faith and her own power.

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Witch & Wizard by James Patterson

Two siblings, Whit, and Wisty, are taken away from their home in the middle of the night and accused of being a witch and a wizard.  A witch hunt has been started by the New Order which is run by The One Who Is The One. The New Order is attempting to get rid of all magic in the world. This was a very quick read, written for teenagers, but still fun for adults!

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Author Talk Books

Posted: by Emma on September 29, 2017

We have some very special guests joining us at L.E. Shore Memorial Library on Friday October 13th at 2:30pm for an Ontario Public Library Week Author Talk. $5/person. Tickets now available at both of our branches. Read their latest novels before the big event.

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Posted: by Emma on March 20, 2017

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Queen of the Tearling Trilogy by Erika Johansen

Posted: by Emma on December 27, 2016

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Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Posted: by Emma on November 21, 2016

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

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Station Eleven & Fates and Furies

Posted: by Emma on September 26, 2016

Two books so good they are almost indescribable.

Station Eleven & Fates and Furies

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NW by Zadie Smith

Posted: by Emma on August 29, 2016

NW by Zadie Smith

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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Posted: by Emma on October 27, 2015

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Posted: by Emma on July 31, 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Posted: by Emma on July 15, 2015

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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The Martian by Andy Weir

Posted: by Emma on March 3, 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir

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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Posted: by Emma on December 17, 2014

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

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Rules of civility by Amor Towles

Posted: by Emma on November 10, 2014

 Rules of civility by Amor Towles

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Time-Travel Fiction

Posted: by Emma on September 9, 2014

Time-Travel Fiction

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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Posted: by Emma on May 27, 2014

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

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Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Posted: by Emma on May 22, 2014

Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

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The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Posted: by Emma on March 10, 2014

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

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Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

Posted: by Emma on February 7, 2014

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

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Review: 419 by Will Ferguson

Posted: by Emma on January 28, 2014

Review: 419 by Will Ferguson

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Most-Read Fiction in 2013

Posted: by Emma on January 3, 2014

A list of the top-circulating books of 2013

Most-Read Fiction in 2013

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Review: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Posted: by Emma on November 25, 2013

Review: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

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Lynn Coady Wins the Giller Award!

Posted: by Elisa on November 6, 2013

Grab a Giller at the Library

Lynn Coady Wins the Giller Award!

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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Posted: by Emma on October 21, 2013

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

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Review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Posted: by Emma on October 2, 2013

Review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

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Best Historical Fiction

Posted: by Emma on September 11, 2013

Best Historical Fiction

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Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Posted: by Emma on August 23, 2013

Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

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Great Adaptations

Posted: by Emma on August 8, 2013

Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen

Great Adaptations

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Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Posted: by Emma on June 27, 2013

Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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