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Listed: The Witch Trials

Sometimes some of the most exciting and interesting books are about some of the most darkest times in history. For some reason, while witch trials of any kind (and especially the Salem witch trials) are utterly horrible, I find the topic fascinating. I don’t comprehend the kind of fear that would motivate people to hunt down others due to a belief they are consorting with the devil… and it draws me in, whether it’s a story about those being hunted, or those doing the hunting… So, for this week, I wanted to feature a group of books that are about witch trials (mostly the Salem ones, but there are others mixed in there).

  1. The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner. Originally Published 2008. LT
  2. The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent. Originally Published 2008. LT
  3. Witch Child by Celia Rees. Originally Published 2000. LT
  4. The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Originally Published 1953. LT
  5. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. Originally Published 1958. LT
  6. Daughters of Witching Hill by Mary Sharratt. Originally Published 2010. LT
  7. The Witch’s Trinity by Erika Mailman. Originally Published 2007. LT
  8. Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill. Originally Published 2010. LT
  9. Time of the Witches by Anna Myers. Originally Published 2009. LT
  10. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell. Originally Published 1861. LT

What are some of the books about witch trials that you have found particularly fascinating?

Do you like this feature? You should also check out Librarian’s Book Reviews’ Listless Monday and A Bookshelf Monstrosity’s Books By A Theme.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 6:54 am September 20, 2010.
Category: Listed

  • Teresa

    Yay! A fave topic of mine! Let’s see, there’s …

    – Deliverance From Evil by Frances Hill
    – The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
    – Susannah Morrow by Megan Chance
    – House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    I’m planning on hosting a “Salem Reading Challenge” next year. I’ll be posting about it in November :) Hopefully it’ll be something your interested in.

  • Teresa

    you’re* … (spelling errors make me sad)

  • Audra

    Love this!! I posted a link to this at my book collection by theme post!