I love Halloween and if you’re a reader like I am you’ll find yourself reaching for spooky and magical page turners this time of year. Here are a few books that I find myself rereading every year in between Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic on repeat. Grab yourself a cocoa or chai latte and prepare to sink your teeth in (you’re welcome) to these enchanting reads.
The Rules of Magic – The prequel to Practical Magic, this spellbinding novel follows Franny, Jet, and Vincent in 1960’s New York and their experiences with the curse that’s plagued the Owens family since 1620. Both heartbreaking and thrilling with an important message of always being true to yourself , you’ll race through this book till the very end which will leave you wanting more. Good thing there’s both the book and movie of Practical Magic to keep you satisfied.
The All Souls Trilogy – This trilogy starts with A Discovery of Witches, so I would start there if you haven’t yet experienced The All Souls Trilogy. The series follows Diana Bishop, a witch and a scholar, who discovers an important, enchanted manuscript that opens the door to a fantastical underworld of creatures including vampires and daemons. Both smart and suspenseful, these books will thrill you.
Sex and the Single Witch – A collection of three short stories involving love spells gone wrong, shady warlocks, romance, and potion making. This light read is both fun and sexy and is chick lit at it’s best. I love reading short stories when I don’t have a lot of time to invest in a 300-page novel and these three shorts are girly and fun. Great to read along with your girlfriends.
The Night Circus – This hauntingly beautiful book is one of my absolute favorites to read this time of year. The circus only opens at night at it features a black and white canvas tent, amazing performers and characters, and, at the heart of it, two dueling magicians competing in a game that they’ve trained their whole lives for. The high stakes, forbidden love story, and amazing descriptions of elaborate dinner parties and carnival food will make you wish this circus actually existed or maybe even give you inspo for your next spooky party. I know it did for me.
Harry Potter – What kind of Potterhead would I be if I didn’t recommend this series around Halloween? The first two novels in the series both showcase iconic Halloween scenes and if you’re new to Harry Potter (I’ll try to forgive you) that’s where you should start. If you’re rereading for the 10th time like me then feel free to pick up whichever out of the 7 you prefer and enjoy the genius that is JK Rowling while you patiently (or not so patiently) await the second Fantastic Beasts movie.
What are your favorite Halloween Reads? Do you go for mysterious and suspenseful? Downright scary? Or magical and haunting? Let me know in the comments below and Happy October!