Halloween is my favorite holiday.
Christmas is a close second, but there is no other holiday that gets me more giddy than Halloween.
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been mesmerized with ghost stories and witches. There was no other little elementary school girl more excited than me when the librarian did her yearly reading of Tilly Witch. I may or may not still sing the song more than I should this time of year.
While I still get giddy over reading Tilly Witch, there are a few more “adult” ghost and witch books that have become my favorites. These are ones I’ve read over and over again and are sure to get you in the All Hallow’s Eve mood. 😉
The Best Ghosts, Witches and Such Books
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The Mayfair Witch Series
While many people love Anne Rice mostly for her vampire books, I love her more for her Mayfair Witch books. If there were ever a series I would love another book from, it would be the Mayfair Witch Series. These are longer books, but they suck you in and take you on a “witching” adventure like no other. Two of the three books are also primarily set in New Orleans, so of course I’m partial.
A Discovery of Witches
A Discovery of Witches is also part of a trilogy, however I’ve only read the first book so far. It’s another long one, but worth it. If you do like vampires, this book also brings in a vampire, which results in a forbidden love affair. There’s even a spell book involved. 😉
Witches of East End Series
You might have watched the television series of the Witches of East End and while I did think it was good, it wasn’t as good as the books. These are shorter books, but still packed with all kinds of witchy goodness.
The Eden Moore Series
I cannot say enough good things about the Eden Moore series by Cherie Priest. The way that the woman weaves ghosts, history and the south together is just amazing. Now once more, I am partial as these books are set in the Chattanooga area, which is where I’m from. In the first book, you meet Eden Moore, who is protected by three dead women who also hold the key to unlocking mysteries of Eden’s past. The second book features a ghost whose existence stems from the Civil War and the third book has zombies. As someone who has never been a fan of anything zombie related, I loved the book.
Cherie Priest also has a new book out called The Family Plot, which is separate from the Eden Moore series, but looks equally as good. It’s on my reading list!
The Tradd Street Series
I went through this series just as quickly as I went through the Mayfair witch books. As soon as I finished The House on Tradd Street, I immediately ordered the rest of the books in the series. While the third book, The Strangers on Montagu Street is probably my least favorite in the series, all of them are still great. The series is set in Charleston and centers around Melanie Middleton who sees ghosts, however she is reluctant to embrace that talent. Soon though, she realizes that in order to unlock secrets, solve mysteries and clear the names of those wronged in the past, she must talk to the ghosts.
P.S. If you are a Tradd Street series fan, then you will be super pumped to hear that a fifth book is coming out, The Guests on South Battery in January of 2017! YAY!
Ghosts of the Southern Tennessee Valley
And for all you lovers of real ghost stories, here’s one for you. A friend of mine actually wrote this book, Ghosts of the Southern Tennessee Valley, which is a collection of thirty ghost stories she researched. If you like your ghosts served up in bite-sized portions, this one’s for you. 😉
What are your favorite ghosts and witches books?
P.S. You can read my own ghost story here…