Post — 4 Min Read

Witchy Reads for Your Quarantine: Books you’ll want to read coven to coven

Post — 4 Min Read

Witchy Reads for Your Quarantine: Books you’ll want to read coven to coven

When it comes to Hermit-ing, my go-to activity has always been to read like a motherfucker (writing friends will appreciate the Cheryl Strayed reference). As a kid, reading was my way to escape the outside world. I went to millions of places. Narnia. Victorian London. Neverland. Hogwarts. Now that we’re all stuck inside for the foreseeable future what better way to pass the time than to read. If you’re looking for some textual healing, I got you.

The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams

“Find the babysitters. Love, Mom.”

In The Babysitters Coven, we meet seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl, expert baby sitter, fashionista, and possible witch? When strange occurrences begin happening on the job, it’s up to Esme and her friends to solve the mystery.

This YA novel has been described as mixture of Buffy meets Sabrina meets Adventures in Babysitting. The writing, the character development, and scenes all reminded me of being a teen witch back home in the Midwest. I could not put this book down!

If you enjoy YA novels, witches, memories of The Babysitters Club, and humor, this is your book. We all have a little bit of Esme Pearl in us, and reading The Babysitters Coven was like meeting my teenage self all over again.The second in the series, For Better or Cursed, will be released this fall.

 

Inner Witch: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Craft by Gabriela Herstik

“Witchcraft teaches new ways to hone your needs because it’s a direct path to harnessing your power.”

This was one of my first reads on 2020. I wrote a longer review that you can read here. If you’re looking for an introduction into witchcraft and other magickal practices such as tarot, crystal work, and astrology, Herstik’s Inner Witch is a fantastic place to start.

She walks the reader through basic practices, creating a grimoire and Book of Shadows, fashion magick, sex magick, and more while infusing her introduction and experience with witchcraft. This is my number one current recommendation for establishing your own witchcraft practice.

Priestess by Marcella Kroll

“Truth comes in waves like the ocean.”

 This was my birthday present to myself back in November, and I am so, so glad that it was. Kroll’s book Priestess is cosmic delight and blends visual grimoire with memoir with a Book of Shadows. This book can be used a number of ways: for spell work, affirmations, bibliomancy (divination with books).

Through her words and illustrations, Kroll opens a door that many of us only know through dreams. To crack open this book is to crack open the expanse of our imaginations and to finally realize that anything is possible.

 

Waking the Witch by Pamela Grossman

“The witch is the ultimate feminist icon because she is a fully rounded symbol of female oppression and liberation.” 

One of my favorite podcasts of all time is The Witch Wave with Pamela Grossman. In addition to providing us her delightful voice, she interviews members of the witch and magickal community. When she announced she had a book coming out, I headed straight to pre-order.

In Waking the Witch, Grossman explores the archetype of the witch and it’s place in our culture. She dives into everything from her own awakening to The Wicked Witch of the West to witches in pop culture. This is an illuminating and meticulous meditation on what it means to be a witch.

 

You Were Born For This by Chani Nicholas

Being witness is essential to our humanity, our growth, and our ability to move past the trauma that we have survived. If astrology does its job, it offers a mirror in which we see both our best selves and our growth edges.”

 I shit you not – I honestly feel that if I had had this book five years ago, I would have saved all that time in therapy. Okay, maybe that’s a slightly exaggerated observation (honestly, I don’t feel that it is but whatevs). But to say that this book blew my mind would be an understatement.

Beyond the Time Passages, Co-Star, and The Pattern app, my experience with astrology has been somewhat limited. It wasn’t until last year when I explored my own astrology that I realized how much in my chart speaks to my personality (I am a Scorpio Sun with a Virgo Moon and Rising). With You Were Born For This, I felt more connected to myself that I had in a very, very long time.  

With Nicholas’ book, she takes a “Choose Your Own Adventure” approach to help you, the fledgling astrologer, learn about astrology beyond knowing your sun sign. Using both her website and the book, by the time you have finished, you will have constructed a basic astrology chart. I had so much fun doing my own, I did my husband’s chart as well. I also finished this book in one night. So go forth and make those star charts, dearie.

 Happy reading, witches!