It has been forever since I blogged, and I have really missed it. Under the old format I was mostly blogging reviews, which I still enjoy doing, but it seemed like it was getting to be a chore in some ways and I think I just got burned out. At any rate, I have been thinking about reviving my blog for most of this year, and I have been trying out different scenarios in my head of ways to make a comeback and have come to the conclusion that I should just jump in and take the plunge. So here I am plunging away.
The biggest difference that I intend to make with the blog is to blog about things other than reviews. Many times when I am reading a book and I have comments I want to make about the book, the writing style, the author in general, the type of book. I start all of these conversations in my head and I have decided that I should just write them down here.
Writing a blog is a weird thing because unless people comment on what you write, you really have no idea whether people are reading your thoughts or not. I think to be a successful blogger, you have to do it for yourself as much as anything else. So here goes my second attempt. Hopefully you will like the new format and find things that interest you to read about. And if you feel like leaving a comment, I will certainly try to get back to you. I love Conversations.
October Books About Witches
I have a younger sister who knows me better than almost anyone, and she knows how much I love reading and books. Often she will tag me on Facebook with links to articles about books and reading and I love getting them. The other day she sent me this one:
And I am passing it on to you. It lists 18 Historical Fiction books about witches and there are some really great ones on the list. Although I read all types of books, I would have to say Historical Fiction is probably my favorite genre. Something about reading books about other times and cultures just fascinates me. So any list that has Historical Fiction in the title gets my attention. Of the 18 books on the list, I have only read four, I own 4 more and have them on my to read list, and I have not heard of 10.
I read The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spear while I was still in high school and it was probably my first fictional connection to the Salem/Colonial witch mania. I remember being enthralled by the book. The other three that I have read, The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Kaltherine Howe, and The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston have been read in the last few years. I would recommend them all, but I think that the Kathleen Kent book was probably my favorite. Another interesting tidbit, I believe that Kathleen Kent and Katherine Howe are both descended from Salem "withches".
The four that I have to read are The Witches of New York by Ami McKay, The Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan, The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch, and The Witchfinder's Sister by Beth Underdown. The Witchfinder's Sister is the next one on my list.
As for the 10 that I have not heard of before...I will definitely by checking them out. There are a few books about witches that I have read that aren't on the list and should be, I think. The most notable one is A discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Although it is a hefty book, it really held my interest and it read quite quickly. I am anxious to see what they do with the TV/Movie adaptation that is in the works. Another one that I would add to the list is Daughters of the Witching Hill by Mary Sharrat which I currently have checked out from the library.
What is your favorite Historical Fiction book about witches? What about witchy books from other genres? Which ones do you recommend?