Magaly Guerrero at Pagan Culture has created a Witchy Books reading challenge for 2012. I read about this a while ago and decided to do it, but haven’t posted till now because I hadn’t come up with my list of books.
List of books finished, so consider this my announcement post.
Most of these are non-fiction, because I need something poking me in the side to remind me to read the books I own before buying new ones. Some are re-reads.
Challenge level: Lunar Booklover (28 books).
- Dead Witch Walking, Kim Harrison.
- Storm Front, Jim Butcher (wizards totally count, right?).
- The Forever Girl, Rebecca Hamilton (currently reading).
- The Twelve Wild Swans, Starhawk.
- Evolutionary Witchcraft, T. Thorn Coyle (reread).
- Book of Witchery, Ellen Dugan.
- Cottage Witchery, Ellen Dugan (reread).
- The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft, Christopher Penczak.
- The Inner Temple of Witchcraft, Christopher Penczak.
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Spells and Spellcraft, Cathy Jewell and Aurora Greenbough.
- The Witch’s Shield, Penczak.
- Truth or Dare, Starhawk.
- The Spiral Dance, Starhawk (reread).
- Instant Magick, Penczak.
- Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Potions, Kerri Connor
- Aradia or Gospel of the Witches, Charles G. Leland (commentary by AJ Drew).
- Book of Lies, Richard Metzger, ed.
- Encyclopedia of Magic and Witchcraft, Susan Greenwood.
- The Poison Diaries, by The Duchess of Northumberland. (Though the story wasn’t technically about witches, it was about people who worked with poisonous herbs and the uses of such herbs…as a witch on the poison path, this definitely counts for me.)
- Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe, Jonathan Barry, Marianne Hester, and Gareth Roberts eds.
- Devoted to You, Judy Harrow
- A Treasury of Witchcraft, Harry E. Wedeck
- Be a Goddess, Francesca De Grandis
- Goddess Initiation, De Grandis
- Pagan Visions for a Sustainable Future, Ly de Angeles, Emma Restall Orr & Thom van Dooren, eds.
- The Shadow Queen, Anne Bishop
- Shalador’s Lady, Anne Bishop
- A Hat Full of Sky, Terry Pratchett
I’ve left #28 blank because I don’t know what else to read. I want it to be fiction, but a lot of times one can’t be sure if a book is about witches until one reads it. So I turn to you, dear readers: what fictional book about witches do you suggest for number 28 on my reading challenge list? I am all about supporting indie/emerging authors, too, so if you’ve written a book with witches in it or know someone else who has, plug away!
ETA: I have chosen A Hat Full of Sky for the last book on the list thanks to suggestions made below.