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Question of the Week: 103 - 3/17/2003

What Are You Reading?

What was the last book(s) that you read or what favorite book would you recommend to others? When in the bookstore or library, which section do you head for first?

Do you prefer fiction or non fiction? Do you read mostly for enjoyment/entertainment or for knowledge/information?

What media besides books do you read? What is your literary skeleton in the bookcase (such as comics, fashion mags, tabloids, showbiz gossip, sports)?

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Reading For Knowledge *is* Entertainment! Mar 21st. at 10:11:26 pm EST

Kathy Williams (Brodhead, KY) Age: 38 - Email

I am a word junkie and I read voraciously. When I go to a bookstore (we have a great one in Lexington called Joseph Beth's) , I head straight to the New Age section, then I head for cookbooks, then I head for the travel section. Right now, I'm re- reading "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I also like The World According to Garp and a lot of classics, like the Scarlet Letter and Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote (it's excellent) . I also read a lot of books on writing (Natalie Goldberg, Anne Lamott, etc. because I teach writing workshops) and books on creativity by Julia Cameron. I'm also re-reading Drawing Down the Moon. I first read it in the '80s. In rereading it, I've discovered that I appreciate it a lot more than I did when I was a younger (not so faithful) Witch. I also read about a magazine a day (Prevention, Cooking Light, Oprah, the Utne Reader, Body and Soul, etc.) My skeleton on the bookshelf? The Weekly World News. I mean, really, is there any better tabloid in the world?

I Love BOOKS Mar 22nd. at 11:01:35 am EST

Jan Fairlee (Chula Vista, Ca) Age: 59 - Email

Alot of my private library are herbal books and Aromatherapy. My Pagan and Wiccan books take up most of the rest of the space. I have everything that Cunningham and Ravenwolf have written. Also Raven Grimassi. The first section I go to in a book store is New Age, then to Mysteries. I love Rosemary Edgehill too and Bell, Book andMurder are such fun to read. I also just finished reading two books by M.R. Sellars, Harm None and Never Burn a Witch.They are good, but very graphic. I am reading Green Witchcraft again since it is my favorite series. It is by Ann Moura. The skeletons on my bookshelves are trashy love stories and cozy murders. Not much literary value, but lots of fun.

These Are A Few Of My Fav-o-rite Things... Mar 22nd. at 12:33:13 pm EST

Wade (Iowa) Age: 26 - Email

Well, when I get into a reading bindge, I often multi-task, going back and forth from title to title. However, some books which have landed themselves on my required reading list include within recent months include:

* "The Holographic Universe", by Michael Talbot
* "The Gods of the Celts", by Miranda Green
* "Celtic Goddesses", by Miranda Green, and...
* "The Ancient British Goddess", by Kathy Jones
- I picked up that last title on a recent trip to Borders when I initially believed that I wouldn't walk out with anything! It's absolutely wonderful- and so inspirational! I recommend it to everyone...

However, this list barely cracks the surface of what I have on my "required reading list".

Well... Mar 22nd. at 1:05:24 pm EST

Stone Wolf (WA, USA) Age: 22 - Email

Well, I came to the conclusion a long time ago that most non-fiction Pagan writings were fluffy crap. When I go to the bookstore and I see Silver Ravenwolf's glam-filled teen witchcraft books, it's actually fairly nauseating. Mostly because of what she largely gets wrong, and the the tidbits that she gets right. In magick writings today, that's the way things work. You have to have an eye good enough to filter the worthless junk from the useful stuff.

So what am I reading currently? I usually stick to fiction these days. It stirs my mind better and has proven to be more thought provoking. Currently though, I am working on Haunted America. It's a book of ghost stories from across the US (they also have an earlier book called Haunted Heartland) . Most of the stories are pretty mundane. You know what I mean; he saw this, or she heard this sound, most of the ghosts exhibit signs of non-sentience, or unintelligence, leading to my theory that ordinary ghosts are simply mindless leftover energy usually.

However, one story The Evil on South Larabee Street, was very interesting, and I believe not a ghost at all. I came to the conclusion that it was rather an artificial elemental feeding off a family for it's own survival needs. The story happened some years ago back in the 80's back and was featured on Unsolved Mysteries sometime later. I'd recommend looking through the book for that one story.

My Required Reading List... Mar 22nd. at 1:13:13 pm EST

Wade (Iowa) Age: 26 - Email

Well, looks like I just jumped the gun, so-to-speak, when I'd originally responded tothis weeks querie. So, here's a more thorough answer from my perspective:

* "Power Of The Witch", by Laurie Cabot
* "Celebrate The Earth", by Laurie Cabot
* "A Salem Witches Herbal Magick", by Laurie Cabot
* "A Witches' Bible", by Janet & Stewart Farrar
* "The Witches' Goddess", by Janet & Stewart Farrar
* "The Witches' God", by Janet & Stewart Farrar
* "Spells & How They Work", by Janet & Stewart Farrar
* "Herb Craft", by Anna Franklin
* "A Compendium Of Herbal Magick", by Paul Beyerl
* "Witchcraft For Tomorrow", by Doreen Valiente
* "An ABC of Witchcraft", by Doreen Valiente
* "The Heart Of Wicca", by Ellen Cannon Reed
* "Man & His Symbols", by Carl Jung
* "Deepening Witchcraft", by Grey Cat
* "The White Goddess", by Robert Graves
* "Triumph Of The Moon", by Ronald Hutton
* "Stations of the Sun", by Ronald Hutton
* "Aradia: The Gospel of the Witches", by Leland & Farrar (Original & New Translations)
* "The Golden Bough", by Sir James Frazier
* "The Silver Bough", by F.M. McNeill
* "The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews", by Scott Cunningham
* "Wylundt's Book of Incenses"
* "Magickal Inceses & Oils", by Anna Franklin
* "A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Yewar", by Ellen Evert Hopman
* "Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magick"
* "The Ancient British Goddess", by Kathy Jones
* "The Gods of the Celts", by Miranda Green
* "Celtic Goddesses", by Miranda Green
* "Celtic Gods, Celtic Goddesses", by R.J. Stewart
* "The Goddesses & Gods of Old Europe", by Marija Gimbutas
* "A Grimoire Of Shadows", by Ed Fitch


* "Cassell's Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Sytmbol & Spirit"
* "Blossom of Bone", by Randy P. Connor
* "Witchcraft & the Gay Counterculture", by Arthur Evans
* "Queer Spirits: A Gay Men's Myth Book", by Will Roscoe
* "Another Mother Tongue", by Judy Grahn
* "Two Flutes Playing", by Andrew Ramer
* "Equal Rites: Lesbian & Gay Worship, Ceremonies, and Celebrations", by Zalmon Sherwood and Cherry
* "Gay Witchcraft: Empowering the Tribe", by Christopher Penczak [due out just in time for Pride! So, look for, and support, this book when it's released]


Recently, with9in the last year, I have witnessed a number of book published which take an identical stance with regards to Witchcraft as Laurie Cabot groundbreaking work did, using science & physics to do so. Now, if that isn't a prime example of synchronicity, than I don't know what is!

* "The Kybalion: Hermpetic Philosophy", by 3 Anonymous Initiates
* "The Tao Of Physics", by Fritja Capra
* "Stalking The Wild Pendulum", by Itzhak Bentov
* "The Holographic Universe", by Michael Talbot
* "The Looking Glass Universe", by F. David Peat
* "Synchronicity: The Bridge Between Matter & Mind", by F. David Peat Link to More info related to this post -- HERE

Eclectic Mind Meanderings Mar 22nd. at 2:03:22 pm EST

Amie (michigan) Age: 33 - Email - Web

I read for both knowledge and enjoyment. I also tend to have a *lot* of different books going at once so that there is always something I am in the "mood" for to pick up. Currently, I am in the process of finishing these:

"American Gods" by Neil Gaiman
"Looking Good in Print fourth edition" by Roger C. Parker
"Celtic Women's Spirituality" by Edain McCoy
"Harm None" by M.J. Sellars

A short list for me with the first and last being fiction. The first was recommended reading by a shaman friend and the last is an autographed copy by the writer whom I was able to participate in a class during a convention not too long ago.

The People's History Mar 22nd. at 2:10:36 pm EST

Solwynn (Charleston, WV) Age: 21 - Email

I'm currnetly enthralled with the People's History of the US, by Howard Zinn. In light of current events, it's a great tool for perspective--and it reads really, really well! It tells history as a story, the only way I think it should be told. Peace.

My Book I Am Currently Reading. Mar 22nd. at 4:09:43 pm EST

Anolle (Denver) Age: 15 - Email - Web

I am reading right now Laurie Cabot's book "Power of the Witch." It is a very informative book. I am learning quite alot from it, which i need because soon i am going to start a coven, and i want all the people in it to get the oppertunity to read this book also!
Out of 1-10, i would say it is a 12!!!

What I Am Reading Mar 22nd. at 10:08:13 pm EST

Crimson Wolf (Boring as hell Loring job Corp Center, Limestone, ME) Age: 17 - Email

Wow I can read, hooked on phonics worked for me. lol well I am currently reading many books to help me in setting up Crimson Wolfs Book of Shadows,

1. Wicca, By Scott Cunningham, I like this book, it has a looser style than his Living Wicca
2. To Ride a Silver Broomstick, by Silver RavenWolf, I love this book.
3. Living Wicca, Scott Cunningham, Good Book but a little on the strict side
4. The Craft, mind lapse on author, Great easily understandable book

No recollection of names for these books

5. Wisdom of the Native Americans
6. The Chickasaw
7. Shamanism
8. The encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft, feels kinda Christian made.

Well thats what Im reading, need suggestions on other good books, like history, i need to catch up greatly on my diety research, and other books that can help me learn more. Or if your in the Limestone or Presque Isle area a mentor.

Book Fetish Mar 23rd. at 8:10:38 am EST

Foxheart (NH) Age: 23 - Email

I am and have always been a book lover. I have my own personal library at home and buy more books than I'll ever read. I am addicted to knowledge about the past, Wicca, Paganism and any sub-topics therein.

The last book I actually completed reading was Philosopy of Wicca by Amber Laine Fisher. An excellent book that delves into the whys and wherefores of Wicca as a religion and life path. It is not a spell book or grimoire. It is more of a frank discussion about Goddess and God and Wiccan morality.

The book I keep by my beside and that I am almost through with is The Devil In Massachesetts: A Modern Enquiry Into The Salem Witch Trials. Another excellent book that details the entire Salem Village tragedy in 1691/1692. The author is Marion L. Starkey. Admittedly it is not the most current book about the Trials (printed in 1949) but it does weave an interesting picture of the times and people.

Lately I prefer non-fiction books but I have been known to go on tangents into the fictional realms, mostly suspense, horror, and sci-fi. To me gaining knowledge is entertainment. I hardly differentiate between the two so that question is hard to answer. Also, I almost always head to the New Age section of the bookstore first just in case there is something new or something that hadn't caught my attention before.

If I had to reccomend one book from my extensive library it would have to be Silver RavenWolf's To Ride A Silver Broomstick. That book is a wonderful resource. My copy is tabbed and scribbled on and highlighted and dog-eared and the binding is falling apart.

Now if only I could find another book case...

As always, Peace and Blessed Be,


Acute Bibliophilia Mar 23rd. at 1:12:28 pm EST

Updog (Richmond, VA) Age: 26 - Email

On my recent reading list (I don't have a TV so I read alot) :
-Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner (my arch-nemesis since highschool... This time I loved it)
-The Diversity of Life by E.O. Wilson (should be on every 'nature worshipper's' required reading list)
-Everything that I can get my hands on by JB Russell, especially his four part history of the concept of the devil (OK this is beyond the scope of 'recent' reading)
-The Wiccan Warrior by Kerr Cuhulain
-Cheng Hsin:The Principles of Effortless Power by Peter Ralston (Required reading in my opinion)
-Lots of HP Lovecraft
-The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
-Miss Corpus by Clay Macleod Chapman
-How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
-A Wicked Pack of Cards: A history of the occult Tarot (part 1) by ??? (very good, if a bit dry, scholarly investigation into the actual development of cartomantic practice and theory. the name, by the way, is drawn from a line in TS Eliot's the Wasteland... it's not an anti-tarot book)
-One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
-Too much chemistry (job related)

I'm sure there are a few others that have escaped my mention... in addition to reading, I have been watching and rewatching Joseph Campbell's interviews with Bill Moyers entitled The Power of Myth.

Future list:
-La Casa de los Espiritus by Isabel Allende
-The Masks of God by Joseph Campbell
-Insect Lives edited by Hoyt and Schultz
-Bugs in the System:Insects and their impact on Human affairs by May Berenbaum
-Fierce Invalids Back from Hot Climates by Tom Robbins
-Watt by Samuel Beckett (Also the trilogy Malloy, Malone Dies, and the Unnameable)
-Syntactic Structure by Noam Chomskey (if I don't go mad in the process)

Recomended stuff that didn't make the list:
-The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
-The Church of Dead Girls by Stephen Dobyns
-The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
-In the Skin of a Lion Michael Ondaatje
-The Mind of the Raven by Bernd Heinrich
-The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould
-poetry by ee cummings

hmm... that's all from the top of my head, but in my humble 'pinion we ought to TURN OFF THE TELEVISION and partake of the riches that are at our fingertips. I think it's important to read deeply and across the boundries of conventional disciplines. In the words of Francis Picabia (paraphrased unfortunately) :

One must be a nomad-- pass through ideas as one would pass through cities and countries.

Buffy, Or More Specifically, Spike. Mar 23rd. at 10:15:30 pm EST

DestinyRain (Ohio) Age: 25 - Email

My current read is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel *ducks*. It's called Spike and Dru: Pretty Maids All in a Row. At least that's my current "fun" read. I'm also reading Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow for a class I'm taking.

The book I read previously was a collection of Slave Narratives, including those of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs. I highly recommend this book, or any collection of slave narratives. History is, after all, our most important teacher.


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