One of my proudest accomplishments of 2017 (the year’s not even over yet, but whatever) is that I started reading more. I’m a teacher, so I’m reading for work constantly, which means leisure reading takes a back seat whenever school is in session. Happily, I found a place for regular reading in my day-to-day life, at the gym of all places, and I’ve been steadily working my way through my magickal book shelves ever since.
This is essentially a Top 10 list of witchcraft and paganism books that I’d like to read before the end of next year. To be on the list it has to be on my Amazon wishlist and I have to not have a copy of it yet. You could use it as a guide to bulk up your own reading list/magickal library, and if you have read any of these, I would love to know what you think of them! They are organized alphabetically by book title; clicking on images opens the cover image larger, and book title links go to Amazon.
Ancient Ways: Reclaiming the Pagan Tradition by Pauline Campanelli (2014) – There are two Pauline Campanelli books on my wishlist, the other is Wheel of the Year: Living a Magical Life. This book is for the whole Wheel of the Year; most of the books I have are for one Sabbat, so I’m interested in adding another book to my shelves that covers the whole year.
The Hearth Witch’s Compendium: Magical and Natural Living for Every Day by Anna Franklin (2017) – I am always wanting to learn more about witchcraft, especially around the home, which is where I do the majority of my magickal work. This book is an assemblage of recipes, spells, and tips and it has excellent reviews. I leafed through it at the bookstore and it looks like a really good reference to have around.
The Goddess Is in the Details: Wisdom for the Everyday Witch by Deborah Blake (2009) – I have been meaning to read this book since I finished Blake’s Everyday Witchcraft (link goes to my review) earlier this year. This book is one of her earlier publications and is about living witchcraft every day, something that’s easy to forget to do. Plus it seems to go beyond the basics of witchcraft, something I need at this point in my Craft.
How to Survive Mercury Retrograde: And Venus & Mars, Too by Bernie Ashman (2016) – I am interested in getting deeper into planetary retrogrades and how they affect day-to-day life. This book seems to only deal with Mercury, Venus, and Mars though, and has mixed reviews online, so it’s the lowest one on my list at the moment.
Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers by Taisia Kitaiskaia (2017) – This is a relatively new release and seems to be riding the current witch trend. I have a MA in Literature and I’m a witch, but I’ve hesitated to pick this book up because I’m afraid I am too critical to enjoy it. The book seems to be light reading and should be enjoyable, plus it’s one of the few non-Llewellyn books on this list, and I’d like to broaden my magickal horizons. It currently has glowing reviews online, which is a bonus.
Living Earth Devotional: 365 Green Practices for Sacred Connection by Clea Danaan (2013) – This looks to me to be a page-a-day style guide to following the Wheel of the Year. It’s supposed to be Earth-centered and intelligently written, two things I definitely look for in a book.
Supermarket Magic: Creating Spells, Brews, Potions & Powders from Everyday Ingredients by Michael Furie (2013) – Furie is one of the names that comes up every time I read a Llewellyn almanac, and I always seem to enjoy his articles. His new book, Supermarket Sabbats, is also on my wishlist, and it looked pretty promising when I read through it at the bookstore. Eventually, I plan on picking up both since I enjoy simple, practical guides to witchcraft.
The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft by Ronald Hutton (2001) – This is the oldest book on my wishlist, and the most scholarly, published by the Oxford University Press. It’s a history book that looks at the emergence of modern Wicca and witchcraft from the perspective of a historian. This book is also rather important and is cited often in other witchcraft history books I read, so I’d like to have it under my belt as soon as possible.
To Walk a Pagan Path: Practical Spirituality for Every Day by Alaric Albertsson (2013) – This book seems to go deeper into living as a pagan on a daily basis, not just on the Sabbats; similar to Blake’s book, but for pagans instead of witches. The reviews are pretty mixed online, but this book isn’t at my local bookstore, so I can’t flip through it easily.
Wheel of the Year Coloring Book by Samantha Symons (2017) – Symons is the owner of Awen Creative, a Druid Etsy shop. She has taken her beautiful Wheel of the Year greeting cards and turned them into a short coloring book (12 images). I absolutely love her style, so even though this isn’t a ‘book’ in the traditional sense, it’s getting an honorable mention here.
There you have it, my current book wishlist (witchlist). What books are you hoping to read next year? If you have any book suggestions, especially for non-Llewellyn books, please let me know in the comments!
Blessed be, friends.