Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Books for a Magic Literature Class

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today’s post is:

Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101 (examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101)”

I have always been fascinated with magic and witchcraft so I decided to pick books that deal with magic (except for Harry Potter, of course):

A Discovery of Witches Series by Deborah Harkness – I haven’t read book 2 and 3 yet but no doubt it would be just as good as the first one. This series full of witchcraft and history it would be perfect for a magic class.

The Gemma Doyle Series by Libba Bray – We need to read about a female witch kicking some ass.

Blue is for Nightmares Series by Laurie Faria Stolarz – Mixture of magic and emotions is always good reading material for a class.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

The Chronicles of Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis – Maybe Christian allegory but will be useful for a magic class


Tithe by Holly Black


The Wonderful Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum – Can’t forget the classics


The Line by J.D. Horn


Macbeth by William Shakespeare – Can’t forget about those Three Witches

And last and certain not least…

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – You actually thought I could leave this book off my list. With a series full of magic and wonder, it’s impossible to keep this away from a magic class.

These are all of the books I can think of. Are there any others you would add on my syllabus?

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Books for a Magic Literature Class

  1. GREAT list! I loved The Gemma Doyle trilogy and Tithe and (duh) Harry Potter growing up so I KNOW I would sign up. Magic and witchcraft intrigue me too!!! I would add WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr to the syllabus if I were you 😉 I mean if this were a real course haha it deals with dark faery court!

    So yes the answer is SIGN ME UP FOR THIS CLASS!!!! haha I am ready!

    My TTT:

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  2. Awesome list! I love reading books with magic in them. Harry Potter is a must on this list haha. Other than that, I’ve only read Macbeth and Chronicles of Narnia on your list. If I did this list, I’d also put: The Mortal Instruments/The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (Magnus Bane! Warlocks! Yay!), Shadow and Bone (Grisha trilogy) by Leigh Bardugo, and Throne of Glass & A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas! Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes, I haven’t read it but I’m pretty sure also has magic!

    Here’s my Top Ten, if you’d like to check it out! Anjie @ Love Thy Shelf

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