Halloween Bingo: Spellbound

I’m going to discuss the top row of my bingo card over the next several posts – the spaces and what I have planned for them.

The top right corner of the card is the Spellbound square. This square, in some capacity or another, has been around basically since the beginning of Halloween Bingo, back in 2016, although we just called it “Witches” that year. The definition is: books containing witches, warlocks, sorcerors and witchcraft;

I’ve previously read for this square on a number of different occasions: 

2016: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2017: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
2018: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
2019: Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
2020: The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

Until I just looked back over my cards, I did not remember that, first, I’ve had it on my card in some incarnation for every single Halloween Bingo game, and, second, that I revisited Harry Potter three times for this square.

Anyway, this has long been a favorite square for me, and not just because Harry Potter is a beloved series. I love books which center on witches and witchcraft.

So, this year, there are at least three books I’m considering reading for the Spellbound square:

The 13th Witch by Mark Hayden: This book popped up on the GR feed of one of my friends and it looks really delightful. It is also, as a bonus, available on the Kindle Unlimited library, so I can read it for free. One of my goals for this year is to minimize the amount of money I spend buying books for HB, so that’s excellent.

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman: This would be a reread for me. I read the prequel, The Rules of Magic, for the Relics and Curiosities square in 2019. I am a fan of magical realism generally, and Alice Hoffman specifically. This would be a library check-out for me. It’s in my holds list, and should pop up right around September 1.

The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox: This is a piece of historical fiction set in Maine, 1846. It’s been on my Halloween Bingo shelf for a couple of years, having been published in 2019, and there are 2 copies available from my library.