Calendar Girls October Wrap-Up

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Sadly, October is already over. My favorite month, gone. *weeping* But on the bright side, the end of October means…

HALLOWEEN!!!! I’ve been waiting for 363 days, and it is ALMOST HERE. You guys, this is not a drill.

This October we had a great month talking about witches of all shapes and sizes. If there’s any one single thing I’ve taken away from this month it’s that I need to read more books with witches in them. Like, asap. I hope you guys, like me, got some great ideas for your TBR!

Best Books with Witches Picks:

The Golden Compass – Katie @ Never Not Reading (that’s ME!)
Undead Girl Gang – Adrienne @ Darque Dreamer Reads
The Crucible – Deanna @ Deanna Writes About
Balefire – Bird on a Shelf
The Wicked Deep – Samantha @ Modern Witch’s Bookshelf
The Worst Witch – Lucinda @ Lucinda is Reading
The Night Circus – Dani @ Mousai Books
Hex Hall – Sophie @ Beware of the Reader
Toil & Trouble – Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
The Witching Hour – Jennifer @ Jennifer Reads

Our Favorite Pick is…

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Calendar Girls October: Best Book with Witches

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Weeeeeelllll dang, I probably shouldn’t use Harry Potter two months in a row!

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But never fear! I love fantasy and adore witches, so I have many other amazing books I can talk about and recommend to you!

Probably.

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Review: A Discovery of Witches

519HBWFqfyL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Series: All Souls Trilogy
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Fiction
Maturity Level: 4.5
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆


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.


The first hundred pages of “A Discovery of Witches” had me saying things like “the best book I’ve read this year,” and “FINALLY! A fantasy novel that isn’t in love with vampires!” I loved the beginning, which was mostly about Diana doing research in a library and wishing she wasn’t a witch. I know several people who love libraries and love scholarly research, so all the stuff about manuscripts and Oxford had me nearly drooling. I was fascinated with the idea of Diana being born with power, but choosing to live without it because she wanted her work (and life) to have meaning. She didn’t want everything in life handed to her just because she was a Bishop and just because she knew magic. Some things, Diana knows, aren’t worth anything unless you’ve put in the work to earn them. When Diana first met Matthew, the mysterious vampire, and she was frightened of him nearly to panic, I breathed a sigh of relief knowing there would be no wishy washy, lovey dovey, GOOD vampires in this book.

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