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I had planned on my next post being a review of the upcoming release Match Made in Manhattan. However, with October being in full swing, I’d rather focus on magical and spooky reads for the rest of the month. I will be sharing my review of Match Made in Manhattan in November. Today, I’d like to share some of my favorite magical reads with you. Any of these would be great books to pick up if you are in the mood for something magical in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Some of these I’ve read several times while others are way overdue for a re-read. But I loved them all, and I’m excited to share them with you.

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

Anne Rice is well known for her Vampire Chronicles but she also wrote a series about witches. I first read the story of the Mayfair Witches over ten years ago. I am definitely due to re-read this magical book. One of my favorite things about Rice’s writing is the way she weaves together the worlds of the vampires and the witches in her books. In The Witching Hour, Rice tells the story of the Mayfair witches, a family of witches whose story spans several centuries. She introduces Rowan Mayfair, a neurosurgeon who is the latest to inherit the family gift of magic. Told in Rice’s typical gothic fashion, this story is a must for fans of Rice and witches.

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

I’m honestly not sure if this book is still in print or not. I hope so! This is book one in Mary Stewart’s Merlin trilogy. In this story, Stewart tells the story of young Myridden Emrys, or Merlin as he would later become known. This story was enchanting. It drew me in right away. Anyone interested in Merlin or Arthurian sagas should pick up this book!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I finally got to check this magical book off of my “To Be Read” list earlier this year. This exquisitely detailed story is about a mysterious magical circus that appears without warning and opens only at night. It is filled with intriguing characters, including beautiful Celia and handsome Marco, who are unknowingly competing in a magical competition. I absolutely loved this story! I disappeared inside the pages while reading it. If you want a unique, unforgettable, romantic, magical read, this is the book to pick up! You can read my full review here.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Even though I just reviewed this book recently, I wanted to include it on this list. I really was pleasantly surprised with this book. The cover initially drew me to it and then I couldn’t put it down. It reads like a fairy tale and is a story with witches – both good and bad, a swamp monster, a tiny dragon, and a young magical girl named Luna. If you missed my review, you can read it here.

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

People often seem surprised to learn that Practical Magic was a book before it was a movie. I saw the movie before reading the book. This might be why I love them both. Usually if I read the book first I don’t care for the movie. But in this case, the book really is very different from the movie. It’s like reading a completely different story. Maybe that’s why I liked them both. In the book, the Owens sisters aren’t quite as close as they are in the movie. The Aunts don’t play as prominent a role in the book, and several other differences are obvious as you read. But I still loved it! It was magical and it pulled me right into the story. I can’t wait to read Hoffman’s latest release, a Practical Magic prequel called The Rules of Magic. If you’re looking for a good read featuring witchy women, I suggest Practical Magic and then check out The Rules of Magic!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I doubt that there is anyone reading this who hasn’t heard of Harry Potter. I first read this story years and years ago and I’m not sure how many times I’ve re-read it over the years. I never grow tired of this magical story of the Boy Who Lived. I love visiting Hogwarts and being surrounded by magical creatures. If you haven’t read it or if you have but need a magic fix during October, might I suggest a visit to Hogwarts?

What are your favorite magical books?

– Kait

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Author: kaitsbookshelf

After several years of being a cubicle commander, I realized that cubicle life is not for me. I went back to school and received my Bachelor of Arts in Writing so I could pursue a career in the field I am most passionate about. I love everything about books and created this blog to have a creative place to share my passion for books with others. I am a freelance writer, editor, book reviewer, and blogger. I am a member of the EFA and SCBWI. Thanks for visiting my website!

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