New Book: A Discovery of Witches

Ever since Katipunan (the town where I live) got Fully Booked, I’ve been visiting it almost every week. I go there and I stay for over an hour; I go through rows and rows of books, picking up and reading the back of each one that catches my eye. So far my mother hasn’t had to drag me out of there because I spent too much time, which is a good thing considering I’m in college and I gotta utilise my time etc. (which I’m not doing so well now :p I have two papers to pass tomorrow and I’m not done with the first one).

Back to Fully Booked.

Yesterday I was supposed to go to school and direct a play for my class, Humanities and Literature. I asked my Asst. Director if we had rehearsals, and thankfully we didn’t. She told me that due to the early call-backs, we didn’t have to meet that day. So off I went to Fully Booked. Hurrah!

I looked around to see what was new, and apparently there were a lot of books that were new and a lot of books that I haven’t seen in a while. I saw the new box set for A Song of Ice and Fire with a supplementary readers guide. This box set by the way isn’t complete, G.R.R.M. has planned two more books entitled The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. I also saw a new publication of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s just a new paperback design; I doubt the stories been touched. I also saw Fight Club. Fight Club  was one of the first books I read that got me back to reading like a maniac :p

Lastly, the book pictured above. When I saw this book, I immediately grabbed it and took it with me to the couch (there’s a couch in Fully Booked <3). Something drew me to grab it, maybe it was the fact I love witches or maybe because I saw the Penguin Classics logo–who knows. So here’s what you’ll see on its jacket:

Deep in the heart of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, scholar Diana Bishop requests  a manuscript called Ashmole 782 in the course of her research. Coming from an old and distinguished lineage of witches, Diana senses that the ancient book might be bound up with magic – but she herself wants nothing to do sorcery; and after making a few notes on it’s curious images, she banishes it quickly back to the stacks. But what she doesn’t know is that the old alchemical text has been lost for centuries, and its sudden appearance has set a fantastical underworld stirring. Soon, a distracting horde of daemons, witches, and vampires descends upon the Bodleian’s reading rooms. One of these creatures is Matthew Clairmont, an enigmatic and eminent geneticist, practitioner of yoga, and wine connoisseur – and also a vampire with a keen interest in Ashmole 782.

How could I say no to that huh??? I quickly read through two pages of the book, and I had made my decision to buy it. I took the book back to its shelf and got a sealed copy (the one I read was the free-to-read copy). I wondered around the bookstore looking for more gems to be found, and I did in fact find one.

It’s a collector’s item book of Lewis Carroll‘s work. All his works are compiled into one big book that’s jacketed by a pink leather hardcover case, and on its case are illustrations look like something Tim Burton would’ve made. It took my soul, soI made my reservations for that book.

I bought both books today, and they are now my two new precious babies :) I will read A Discovery of Witches first, then I shall read the other.


Equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. A Discovery of Witches is a novel of epic scope, traveling from the cobbled streets of Oxford to the chateaus and mountains of the Auvergne to a small town in upstate New York. It also takes us into a rich fifteen-hundred-year history that spans Clovis and the Crusades, the Knights Templar, and the American Revolution. As Matthew and Diana’s alliance deepens into intimacy, Diana must come to terms with age-old taboos and her own family’s conflicted history—and she must learn where the modern woman she is meets the source of ancient power that is her legacy, With a scholar’s depth and the touch of a great storyteller, Deborah Harkness has woven a tale of passion and obsession; the collision of magic, alchemy, and science; and the closely guarded secrets of an enchanted world. (Katy budget Books)

6 thoughts on “New Book: A Discovery of Witches

    1. Thank you, my good sir! I’ve been making reviews of books in Goodreads, but none are as good or better than this one. I guess that’s why I haven’t been posting them here. I’ll take note on making more. Thank you!


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