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  • Tara Sonin 7:00 pm on 2018/01/10 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , breath of magic, crystal cove, , daughter of the blood, , erika mailman, , , , , , , , , naomi novik, , , paula brackson, practical magic, , , the ocean at the end of the lane, , the witches of east end, the witching hour, the witchs daughter, the witchs trinity, toil and trouble, uprooted, , wicked deeds on a winters night, witch and wizard   

    16 Witchy Books You Need This Winter 

    You may think Autumn is the only time for witchery, but we say winter and witches go together like snowflakes and hot cocoa! If January has been keeping you cold, here are some witchy reads that will excite…and maybe even scare you a bit, too.

    A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness
    When factions of supernatural creatures set their sights on a document that could give them the upper hand in a war, a reluctant witch must seek the protection of an equally reluctant vampire, her supposed mortal enemy. Witch stories have a tendency to emphasize the importance of family…but in this case, it could be her own family that wants her dead. Can true love between two warring beings prevail?

    Practical Magic, by Alice Hoffman
    The Owens sisters are cursed: the men that they love will always die. But with that curse comes unique abilities—magic—that on more than one occasion, they have used to try and prevent others that they love from falling prey to the same fate. Gillian and Sally grew up as outsiders, always trying to escape the rumors about their family. One of them married, and the other ran away, determined never to do so. But when tragedy brings them together again, the curse is always there to welcome them home…

    Dark Witch, by Nora Roberts
    In this witchy trilogy, Iona Sheehan travels to Ireland to connect with family she has always yearned to know. Reunited with her cousins in the home of her ancestors, Iona is hopeful she’s found everything she’s been looking for. And then she meets Boyle MacGrath: a cowboy with no ties, except the one winding its way around her heart.

    Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night, by Kresley Cole
    In the fourth installment in this paranormal romance series, Mariketa the witch has been stripped of her magic, leaving her with no choice but to seek the protection of her greatest enemy, Bowen MacRieve. Bowen is a tortured werewolf determined never to let his heart belong to another—especially Mari—but soon enough, they cannot deny the passion between them. Forbidden love, evil forces, and magic combine for a riveting tale.

    Breath of Magic, by Teresa Medeiros
    Arian Whitewood is a witch from the seventeenth century…which means she does not belong three hundred years in the future, but alas, that’s where a mysterious amulet takes her. She meets Tristan Lennox, a billionaire with no faith in magic…and so he never expected his reward of 1 million dollars to the person who could prove its existence to ever come true. Outlander fans will love this reverse-time-travel billionaire romance.

    Crystal Cove, by Lisa Kleypas
    Friday Harbor has been a good home to Justine; here she’s found the stability she never had with her untamable mother, Marigold, and she enjoys the safety in her mundane life of running a small hotel. But then, her world is rocked by the truth that her lack of love is the result of a dark curse cast on her at birth.

    The Witch’s Daughter, by Paula Brackston
    One of the most fascinating and engrossing witch tales I’ve ever read: you will not be able to look away from the tale of Elizabeth Hawksmith, a witch who has survived over three-hundred years in loneliness, only to discover a Witchfinder from her past has been stalking her through time, determined to collect on a debt. But this time, Elizabeth can’t run: she has a teenage girl under her care, and something more important than her own immortality to protect.

    The Witches of East End, by Melissa De La Cruz
    The Beauchamp witches try to live a normal life; the fact that they are forbidden to practice magic makes that slightly easier. But when murder and mystery find them in their solitude, they decide the time has come to defy the rules and do what must be done to defeat the evil in their midst.

    Daughter of the Blood, by Anne Bishop
    This high fantasy in which power is manifested through magical gems stars a mysterious Queen who will rise to a power stronger even than Hell itself. Three men seek to find and control the girl who is destined to ascend the throne in a ruthless quest of corruption, greed, and lust.

    Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
    The story of the Wicked Witch of the West begins at birth—born green, an outcast in society, she is nonetheless destined to wield a magic that will make her infamous. This villain origin story is action-packed, beautiful, and romantic.

    The Witch’s Trinity, by Erika Mailman
    This fascinating tale of witchcraft, fear, and history begins in 1507 when a German town is struck by a famine…which one friar believes is the result of witchcraft. Güde Müller has been tormented by visions that she cannot explain…and soon she realizes that her position in the town is compromised, perhaps even by her own family.

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
    This unique story is difficult to describe, but incredibly ethereal, dark, and haunting. A man comes home to Sussex for a funeral, and is drawn to the mysterious house at the end of the road where, as a child, he met a mysterious girl and something magical and dangerous happened to him as a child.

    The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe
    Connie’s summer is full to the brim with research for her PhD. But when her mother asks her to help handle the sale of her grandmother’s house, Connie finds herself pulled into a dark mystery involving a family bible, an old key, and a name: Deliverance Dane. Who was she? And why is Connie suddenly having visions of the Salem Witch Trials?

    Uprooted, by Naomi Novik
    A terrifying wizard known as The Dragon kidnaps girls in a small town every ten years—and soon, Agnieszka’s best friend will be chosen. That is, until a twist of fate results in her being chosen instead.

    Witch and Wizard, by James Patterson
    In a dystopian world of governmental control, Wisty and Whit Allgood are siblings accused of being a witch and wizard. Young people everywhere have been torn from their homes and forced to face judgment for this “crime” of magic.

    The Witching Hour, by Anne Rice
    This lush, dark, and gorgeously gory paranormal series introduces readers to the Mayfair witches, whose stories have been told for centuries by the Talamasca. This time, Rowan Mayfair is a neurosurgeon who never knew of her abilities until one day when she brings a man back from the dead. Cursed (or gifted, or both) with the ability to see the dark realm and the evil spirit who wants to come through to the mortal realm, Rowan must find a way to defeat him and protect the world—and people—she loves.

    What witchy books do you love?

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  • Nicole Hill 4:06 pm on 2014/12/11 Permalink
    Tags: alan bennett, , christopher morley, , , , , , short books, , , the ocean at the end of the lane   

    5 Great Stocking Stuffer Books 

    Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the LaneSelecting the stocking stuffer is an art. Fill a stocking with purely candy and tiny treats, and it’s Halloween. At the same time, I’ve yet to discover the oversized sock that can remain aloft when saddled with a hardcover version of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. But never fear, noble shoppers, for this is why slim, trim, teensy paperbacks were invented. So clear a hole between the Snickers and the miniscule bendy reading light for some of these small beauties, sure to please.

    We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory
    This book is more than fine. It’s twisted, odd, touching, and stupendous. When a mysterious psychiatrist gathers together survivors of supernatural trauma for a support group, things are going to get bumpy. And they do it quickly when you have a monster hunter in the room alongside a cranky elder who survived life as a cannibal buffet item. As you might expect, the disparate stories these souls have to tell aren’t so unrelated after all.

    Smut, by Alan Bennett
    Two triumphant tragicomedies in one itty bitty living space. In The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson, Bennett introduces Mrs. Donaldson, a recent widow who decides to supplement her income—and subsequently spice up her life—by volunteering as a test patient for medical students, and also renting out a spare room. In doing both, she finds two titillating new hobbies: role-playing and voyeurism. In The Shielding of Mrs. Forbes, we find a complicated web of family deception in which nobody knows who knows what. All of that in 160 pages.

    Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer
    The first entry in VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy introduces Area X, an overgrown unknown land cut off from the outside world. That is, until the expeditions begin. Previous expeditions have not fared well, with the members of the 11th all dying quickly after their return of an aggressive cancer. Annihilation focuses on the 12th expedition, composed entirely of women, and like them, readers should expect the unexpected.

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
    At his finest—which is usually where he operates—Gaiman makes magic. This short reflection on the wonderment and bewilderment of childhood is sad, sweet, poignant, and yes, magical. When a man returns to his childhood home for a funeral, he begins to ruminate about events from his seventh year. It all centers on a farm down the road and a girl named Lettie Hempstock. His memories seem too strange to be true, but you can bet they are.

    Parnassus on Wheels, by Christopher Morley
    Sometimes the best strategy is to kick it with a classic, and Morley’s pint-sized yarn about a most epic road trip—on a book caravan!—certainly fits the bill. Christmas requires a certain amount of whimsy, and it’s here in these pages in droves. There’s an enigmatic and delightful bookseller, a no-nonsense farm woman, and a traveling bookstore called Parnassus. It’s a simple adventure of their life on the road, which makes it all the more enjoyable.

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