Top 5 Wednesday: Books featuring witches

It’s time for a new Top 5 Wednesday. In case you didn’t know, Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group run by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes that gives a topic every week for your Top 5 lists, be it on your blog, youtube, instagram, tumblr, etc. This week’s topic is your favorite books featuring witches.

This topic was a little challenging for me to narrow down. When I first started thinking about it, I could only think of two books/series that had witches in them. But as I went digging through my goodreads shelf, I realized that it’s a genre I frequent. I did try to narrow it down to some series that I haven’t seen get a ton of attention, barring one. In no particular order, we have:

5. All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness – Each of the books in this series are a chunker and it tends to be fairly divisive, but I’m solidly in camp I-thought-it-was-fantastic. Part urban fantasy, part historical fiction, some time travel, and a healthy dose of Romance made it great for me. Diana Bishop comes from a long family of witches, but she wants nothing to do with anything magical herself. While researching for her newest academic presentation she accidentally calls up a lost alchemical manuscript, setting off a chain of events that ropes her back in to using magic and digging up family secrets. Sure, there’s some cheese factor and a healthy suspension of reality required for some things, but it was good enough that I read through all 3 books in about a week. And at 500+ pages each, that is no small feat.

4. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova – This was probably my favorite book I read last year and I am eagerly awaiting the rest of the series. Seriously, we need a pub date announcement now or I may explode of anticipation. I digress. Labyrinth lost is the story of Alex. Alex is a bruja, and probably the most powerful bruja in generations, but she just wants to be normal. At her Deathday celebration to accept her full powers, Alex tries to cast a spell to rid herself of her powers, only the spell backfires. Her whole family vanishes and she goes on a journey to Los Lagos to find and rescue them. The book is unapologetically Latinx, and there’s some fantastic bi rep. It’s not just about accepting who you are, but also about how family can both help and hinder that quest.

3. The Witches of Echo Park by Amber Benson – I originally picked this book up because I am a huge Buffy fan and I really liked another book series that Amber Benson was narrating. When I searched to see what else she had narrated this popped up and I couldn’t resist. Urban Fantasy with witches set in a city I’m really familiar with? There was no way I was passing that up. It turned out to be way better than I was expecting. I haven’t read the rest of the series, but they are on my TBR. Our main character is Lyse, a witch living a fairly mundane life in Georgia, who comes back home to Echo Park, California upon learning her great-aunt Eleanora is deathly ill. Once she’s back home, Lyse discovers a whole world of secrets her great-aunt was keeping from her. Danger, secrets, and a coven full of interesting characters makes this a great read if you’re a fan of witchy books or just UF in general.

2. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher – What list of witches (and wizards!) isn’t complete without The Dresden Files. Part detective story, loads of funny sidekicks, and a somewhat bumbling, incredibly snarky wizard put this right up there with my favorite series ever. With 14 books in the series there’s plenty to catch up on as well. In case you aren’t familiar with it, Harry Dresden is a private detective/wizard for hire in Chicagoland. Pay him enough and he’ll investigate whatever you want, while also occasionally working with the Chicago P.D. and breaking pretty much any tech devices he comes across.

1. The Line by JD Horn – One thing people should know about me is that I’m a sucker for Southern Gothic style books. This series is no exception. Mercy is the non-magical half of a set of twins in a powerful magical family. When things in the family go haywire and the Taylor family matriarch dies, Mercy finds out exactly how important her family is to Savannah and just how many secrets her family members have been keeping. If you like your witch stories with a little southern flair, this is definitely a series to check out.

 

Well, there’s this week’s top 5. What are some of your favorite books about/featuring witches?

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Bromances edition

 

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group that gives a topic every week for your Top 5 lists, be it on your blog, youtube, instagram, tumblr, etc. This week’s topic is your top 5 favorite bromances.

 

This topic took a bit of digging back through my read list. I know of and enjoy a lot of female friendships in my novels but not so much bromances. At least not bromances that tip over into the full on romance scales. Without further ado, here are my top 5 favorite bromances (in no particular order).

Mikey and Jared in The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – This is just a lovely friendship and it was one of my favorite parts of the book. Mikey doesn’t care that Jared is gay and there’s none of that “OMG HE MIGHT HIT ON ME AND THAT IS GROSS” posturing that is so typical with straight guy/gay guy relationships in any form. Jared is supportive of Mikey and tries so hard to make him feel better when his OCD spirals. It’s just so touching.

Locke and Jean Tannen in The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch –  If you haven’t read this yet, the first thing you should know is Locke will do pretty much anything for his friends. You don’t fuck with them if you aren’t looking for some serious hurt. His friendship with Jean Tannen is amazing and hilarious. Jean Tannen is basically the long suffering straight man to Locke’s crazy antics and I love them both so much.

Harry and Bob in  The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher – This is the one friendship on this list where I was a little unsure about adding it. I mean, TECHNICALLY Harry owns Bob. Either way, the interactions with Harry and Bob are some of my favorite parts of these books. I love the snarky back and forth between them and Bob’s love of romance novels cracks me up.

Will, will, and Tiny in  Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan – Ok, first off, Tiny is one of my FAVORITE characters. Yes, he is somewhat problematic in his being kind of a stereotype of the fabulous gay man, but he reminds me so very much of my friends Anthony and Keith in high school. Both of them were amazing, wonderful, fabulous, out gay men. They were both a little over the top despite getting a metric fuckton of shit for it because this was high school *mumbles* years ago. I digress. Tiny’s friendships with both Wills are great, but let’s be honest, Tiny would be the greatest friend to anyone and this book should just be about him.

Ethan and Link in The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Ethan/Link – Since I’m currently on a re-read of this series, this bromance is still fresh in my mind. Link is the best. He deals with his batshit DAR-loving Mom, the fact that his best friend wants to tank their popularity by hanging out with the one person everyone in town hates, and the fact that his best friend kind of does that shitty thing where he ditches Link when for a girl. Despite Ethan being kind of douchey to Link for the first part of Book One, Link still loans his car, sticks up for Ethan, and hangs out with him even though it is socially disadvantageous. Ethan definitely wises up by the end of Book One and they go on to have a glorious friendship despite the supernatural shenanigans that happen.