A Very Witchy Reading List
I learned to read when I was in preschool and have been devouring books with reckless abandon ever since. I remember getting in trouble for reading during playtime, instead of interacting with the other children. Generally, I preferred books to other kids. This is still sometimes true.
What are my criteria for adding books to this list? It’s tough to say. For nonfiction, it’s generally that I found the author’s claims to be credible and to be shared by other reliable sources. Many of the nonfiction books were also great helps to me on my way to finding the path I am currently on (particularly Deborah Blake’s The Goddess is in the Details). Some were ones I read when I first began exploring paganism and while they are not necessarily ones that serve me now, I include them here because I remember them as fine teaching tools.
As for the criteria for fiction books, the first is that the book includes positive portrayals of witches and paganism. A second criterion is that these books sometimes attempt to combat ignorant stereotypes. There’s some overlap from books I would categorize as magical realism. Any fiction that enhances my sense of wonder and underscores my belief in magic is welcome on this list.
And sometimes the reason for a book’s inclusion on either list is that I just plain enjoyed it.
- Book of Shadows by Phyllis Curott
- Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
- The Goddess is in the Details: Wisdom for the Everyday Witch by Deborah Blake
- The Goddess Path: Myths, Invocations, and Rituals by Patricia Monaghan
- Which Witch is Which?: A Concise Guide to Wiccan and Neo-Pagan Paths and Traditions by Patricia J. Telesco
- Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
- Witch Crafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic by Phyllis Curott
- The China Garden by Liz Berry
- Chocolat by Joanne Harris
- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (along with the rest of the All Souls Trilogy)
- Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
- The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
- Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
- Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand
- When Autumn Leaves by Amy S. Foster
- The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen
- The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Related book suggestions welcome. This list is continuously updated.