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When Magic and Book Plots Collide {3 Favorites}

I’m kind of a sucker for a book with magic in it. Now that we’re entering the magic of summer, I wanted to just jump on and share a few of my favorites…

A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript. 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.

I’ve talked about this series a lot it seems but it’s truly up my ally. I’ll admit, though, that it’s not for everyone. The historical bits can be a bit dry if you’re not in to that. I actually loved those sections, so it’s just personal preference.

Half Bad, Sally Green

Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Another witch book but this one features a male protagonist. It’s so good, guys. I honestly wasn’t expecting much from this book. I won it and it sat on my bookshelf for several years before I finally picked it up. I’m an idiot for not giving it a try earlier. I flew through the series and have forever felt sad that I came to the end.

A Gathering of Shadows, V.E. Schwab

Restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games, a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

This is the second book in the Shades of London Trilogy. I love all the books but this one is especially fun because it features a magical tournament.


I’ve picked up a couple more books with magic infused plots to read this summer. Have you jumped into the magic of summer yet?

Kimberly Lynne
Librarian - History Nerd - Nature Lover - Notebook Hoarder - Mom - Wife