So it’s only September, and I’m already deep in a spooky Halloween mood. I love this time of year – it’s the perfect weather, it’s so beautiful, and it’s a time when a lot of people get their spook on. I have a lot of fond memories of going Trick-or-Treating when I was a kid, and consuming so much sugar that I went dizzy. And now, I’m a little bit obsessed with a particular type of spooky book – those about queer witches. So I thought that I would write this post, and publish it a little bit early into the autumn season for anyone else looking to get their cauldrons a-bubbling.
- Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova – I had to start with this book, of course! It is about Alex, who is a bruja. And not just any bruja – she is an Encantrix – the most powerful bruja to be in her family for generations. She tries to get rid of her powers, but she forgets that everything comes with a price. (Not only do I love the world in this one, but also the fact that Alex is bisexual!)
- Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue – I’ve talked about this book before, but it is so unique that I had to include it here. This is a book of thirteen interlinked short stories which follow various characters from fairytales. Cinderella forsakes the handsome prince and runs off with the fairy godmother; Beauty discovers the Beast behind the mask is not so very different from the face she sees in the mirror; Snow White is awakened from slumber by the bittersweet fruit of an unnamed desire.
- Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno – Georgina Fernweh is about to turn 18, but her magical powers haven’t arrived yet. This book is all about the summer before she leaves her home island for the first time, and Georgina trying to figure out why her magic is lost. It’s also about magical birds, queer ladies, and sisterhood. It’s one of my faves of 2019.
- The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta – This is the story of six queer witches forging their own paths which are shrouded in the mist, magic, and secrets of the ancient California redwoods. It really explores identity and marginalisations through witchcraft, which I absolutely adored. This is a super atmospheric book that swept me off my feet – definitely a perfect novel for autumn!
- Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu – I loved this graphic novel so much! It follows Nova Huang, a young witch who lives with her grandmothers. She is suddenly reunited with an old crush, Tam Lang, a nonbinary werewolf who is battling a horse demon in the woods. This is a graphic novel all about family, love, and witchcraft.
Some witchy books that I want to read include:
Also, if you’re looking for more witchy books (some of which are queer), Corey’s Book Corner has a great list!