Double, Double, Toil and Trouble: Halloween Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Halloween themed freebie.  Since it is a Halloween freebie I have decided to put forth one of my favorite Halloween topics – WITCHES AND WITCHCRAFT!  I’ve always had a HUGE fascination with witches and witchcraft so this week I will be sharing some books and movies (and TV shows) involving witchcraft.

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – Of course Harry Potter is all about witchcraft and wizardry so they go perfectly with this list whether you want to read the books or watch the movies.  Both are great choices for Halloween.

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All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness – I have only read the first book in the series but it was really good!  Not only are there witches but there are also vampires and other supernatural creatures.

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller – Witchcraft and witch trials… What could be more appropriate?  If you don’t like reading plays, then check out the movie featuring Winona Ryder and Daniel Day-Lewis.

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The Witching Hour by Anne Rice – I haven’t finished this one but it has been getting good and eerie.  This is a long one though.

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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – I’ve seen mixed reviews on this series but I really enjoyed the book series and the movie of the first book.  There is light and dark magic and rather than calling themselves witches, they prefer to be called casters.

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The Cousin’s O’Dwyer trilogy by Nora Roberts – Witches and Ireland?!  Yes please.  This is a good series about a family of witches who are fighting the same evil force their ancestors before them fought against.

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American Horror Story: Coven – A whole season of AHS devoted to witches and witchcraft.  This season isn’t as creepy as previous AHS seasons but still really good.

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Hocus Pocus – And of course any Halloween movie list would not be complete without this gem.  This is a movie that must be watched every year.  I’m saving it for Halloween day and am SO excited to watch it for the millionth time.

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The Craft – Another great witch movie.  This one is creepy at times and for me, a classic for Halloween.

set_the_craft_original_640Practical Magic – I absolutely LOVE this movie!  I have lost count of how many times I’ve watched it.  Every time I have tried to grow out my hair it was because I aspired to have the long, beautiful locks of the Owens sister’s hair.  I love the story, acting, setting… everything.  You could also read the book by Alice Hoffman but I personally didn’t care much for the book.

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Witches of East End – There were two seasons of this on Lifetime based on the book by Melissa de la Cruz.  I didn’t include the book though because I liked the show a lot better.  It is pretty cheesy, especially Ingrid, but it’s still an enjoyable witch series.

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What are some of your favorite Halloween themes/books/movies?

Shelf Control – October 14, 2015

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Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.  Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available.  Take a look at your shelves and/or Kindle and post about a book you own but haven’t read yet.

3358423Title: The Witching Hour
Author:  Anne Rice
Published: Published March 1st 1993 by Turtleback Books (first published 1990)
Length: 1038 Pages

Goodreads Summary: On the veranda of a great New Orleans house, now faded, a mute and fragile woman sits rocking. And the witching hour begins…

Demonstrating once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling and the creation of legend, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of witches – a family given to poetry and incest, to murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being.

A hypnotic novel of witchcraft and the occult across four centuries, by the spellbinding, bestselling author of The Vampire Chronicles.

How I Got It: I bought it.

When I Got It: A few years ago.

Why I Want To Read It: I’ve always had an interest in witches and witchcraft.  I have read a few Anne Rice novel’s and enjoyed them so I decided to collect this series too (Lives of the Mayfair Witches).  I haven’t read it yet because it is over 1000 pages.  But I have added it to my Halloweeny TBR and I hope to start reading it after I finish  my current read.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

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Published December 27th 2011 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2011)

579 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.

Review: I am so glad that I finally got around to reading this book.  I have always had a big interest in witches and witchcraft.  And to combine that all with vampires and other supernatural creatures just made it that much better.  If you read the summary I included in this review and you’re not a fan of Twilight… don’t let that little mention scare you away because this is really nothing like Twilight.  The book was a little slow moving at first but it was still enough to keep me interested.  I’m so glad I kept on reading because I really did enjoy this book.  I loved all of the characters, especially Matthew.  I loved his and Diana’s relationship.  This story could have been your typical witch coming into her power type but it was so much more than that.  I really love how history was incorporated into the story and can’t wait to get even more history in the second book.

4/5 Stars