A list of witchy titles for summer reading
I remember certain books I’ve read in the summer. I remember the ones about Jesse James, The Rolling Stones, Gone with the Wind, and my favorite book, Stephen King’s It. Laying on the beach with the smell of suntan lotion in the air and a book in your hand… It’s pure summer. Following is a list of witchy books. The first half are fiction and the second half nonfiction, as summer is a great time to learn a new craft or delve into history. I have put an asterisk after the books I’ve read and recommend. The others – I look forward to reading. Enjoy!
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen*: I loved this book. It’s about a woman who cooks foods with certain plants to help solve problems they’re having. Her sister with daughter move back in and Claire is forced to deal with having more people in her life. It’s Southern, which I love.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare: A classic book that won the Newberry Medal. In the 1600’s a teenage girl goes to live with relatives in Connecticut and meets the witch of Blackbird Pond. I don’t know what else happens because I haven’t read it yet and don’t want to spoil the ending by reading a synopsis. If you wish to read about it, click here.
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman: The movie was cute and fun with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman acting witchy with their avant garde aunts (“Put the lime in the coconut…”). They come from a family that has been blamed by the community for anything that has gone wrong. One day one of the sisters shows up back home with a dead body in her car. A magical solution to problems does not turn out as expected. I assume the book will be even better than the movie, as they usually are.
The Secret Circle series by LJ Smith*: This popular show was dropped from TV schedules, but lives on in a series of books about an entertaining group of high schoolers who are witches, and one new girl in town, who discovers her power. Read the books first then watch the series on Netflix.
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe: A woman in 1991 and another in 1681 Salem are connected somehow. I haven’t read this one either, so if you’d like to know more about it, here’s a link to the Wiki page.
Harry Potter series by JK Rowling: Seven novels about a young wizard who attends the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Of course, you know about Harry. Read the novels then watch the eight movies.
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire: A look at the Wicked Witch’s (Elphaba) point of view. Surprise – she’s a radical protester! Read the book then come to NYC and see the play on Broadway.
The Witching Hour (first of three books on the Lives of Mayfair Witches) by Anne Rice*: Very New Orleans and dripping with witchcraft as thick as the humid air. You can probably spend the entire summer reading these three hefty books (The Witching Hour, Lasher, and Taltos).
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman: The End is near, Good and Evil are striking up the band, and an angel and demon who should be into it are a little too used to life on Earth to gather their swords.
11/22/63 A Novel by Stephen King*: LOVED IT! Time travel in the days/weeks/months just before Kennedy gets shot. One of my favorites by King.
Wicca: The Complete Craft by Jeanne Mclarney*: This book covers everything – history, rituals, gods and goddesses, sabbats, meditation, spells, etc.
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham*: Comprehensive guide of all herbs, their gender, planet, element, powers, magical uses.
Power of the Witch: The Earth, the Moon, and the Magical Path to Enlightenment by Laurie Cabot*: I studied under Laurie and highlighted much of this book when I read it. Excellent information from how to go into Alpha to the history of witchcraft, altars, hermetic law, and much more. She actually explains how magic works.
The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall*: Excellent guide to all crystals with clear photos, includes attributes, healing and position for healing.
The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege by Marilynne K. Roach: Just as it says, it is the day-by-day account of how the witch trials came to be and what unfolded at each trial.
Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners by Joan Bunning*: It’s like a school course on how to read tarot. Describes each card, explains how to interpret and includes spreads.
Grimoire for the Green Witch: A Complete Book of Shadows by Ann Moura*: Very descriptive Book of Shadows that is fun to read and informative. Highly recommend.
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne*: Basically, it’s the power of positive thinking. Read it.
Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg: A program for learning how to meditate, given in a modern easy method.
Advanced Candle Magick: More Spells and Rituals for Every Purpose by Raymond Buckland: Better than the original Candle Magick book, I’d recommend this one because we all pretty much can get the basic info from any Wicca book.