Book Club Learning that you are right to be angry in situations of injustice is one of the very first spells.
Terry Pratchett wrote some incredibly strong witches who were not afraid of who they were and channeled anger to make the world better.
If you've never read him look for The Witches trilogy. I'd love to be Granny Weatherwax, but who am I kidding, I'm Gytha Ogg all the way...
Book Club I’ve never paid attention to this before, now I’m questioning so much. Some of these were really formative for me, and I can’t help but wonder what patriarchal nonsense got buried in my psyche from them. Oh well, out with the old! Guess who’s stuffing her neighborhood’s Little Free Libraries silly..
Book Club So I'm a trans guy but I still adore this subreddit, so here's a page from a book I found recently called "shine your icy crown" by Amanda Lovelace. I think you'd all enjoy it :)
Hi all!! I’m a progressive feminist mama to an amazing almost 3 year old little boy, who I’m doing my best to raise as an open-minded, kind, and inclusive little human in an exceedingly conservative, red af rural area. I’m hoping you all could share some recommendations for books for kids that will start sharing ideas about feminism, diversity, inclusivity, LGBTQ+ rights, etc. to add to his X-mas list. We’ve got some (he LOOOVES his RBG book), but I’d love more suggestions from the lovely members of this community, because the love and support that you all show to each other in this group is the kind of energy I’m trying to bring into mine and my little man’s life. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this!!
Book Club A Yule Time Story - I realized just how little stories were out there for children about Yule and all the other holidays... I decided to write one for my daughter and maybe even publish them some day ❤️
Book Club This book is about my Great Grandmother who was a Madame, my Great Grandfather who was an Ex-Mafia gangster, and my still alive and kicking badass Nana. I was sitting around and thought maybe you witches would like to read this book and enjoy.
Ahoy witches… I am looking for recommendations of graphic novels that feature main characters that are size inclusive. Bonus points for Romance/Erotica recs in this category.
I am a coach who works with eating disorder recovery patients, and I have some clients who enjoy graphic novels, but feel disheartened by the prevalence of impossibly skinny and hypersexualized heroines. I am pretty unfamiliar with this type of media so I would super appreciate some help finding resources that support a body neutral perspective.
Thanks in advance!!
Book Club Bought this book yesterday. It is QUITE dense. I'm very much not practicing but simply have a sociological interest.
- from 'Desert'
Like the title says, I need to be charmed. I need to read an epic series that will carry me through the fall and into the winter with magical feelings. I've read Harry Potter, LOTR, and The Wheel of Time. I'm looking for that epic adventure that involves withcraft, if possible! What are your favorites? Doesn't have to be a series, I just need to hunker down with some tea and read.
Titles suggested so far:
- His Dark Materials - Phillip Pullman
- Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
- Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean Aul
- Wordslut: a feminist guide to taking back the English language" by Amanda montell
- Throne of Glass Series
- The Fourth Element and The Fourth Talisman - Kat Ross
- Lord Valentines Castle
- Alvin Maker Series - Orson Scott Card
- Old Kingdom Series - Garth Nix
- Caraval Stephanie Garber
- The Finisher - Vega Jane series - David Baldacci
- Trylle series - Amanda Hocking
- Jessica Townsend's Wunder/Nevermoor series
- Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles
- Lene Kaaberbøl's "Wild Witch" series (Vildheks)
- Nnedi Okorafor's Akata Witch series
- Discworld Terry Pratchett
- Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix
- Earthsea books by Ursula le Guinn
- Rusalka series by C.J.Cherryh
- Morgaine Cycle C.J. Cherryh
- Naomi Novik's Scholomance trilogy
- The Firebringer Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce
- The Dragon Chronicles by Susan Fletcher
- The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede “fun, feminitst comfort read”
- Song of the Summer King by Jess Owen
- The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander (or literally anything else he ever wrote)
- Witch Week by Diana Wynnne Jones (other great books by her include Howl's Moving Castle and The Dark Lord of Derkholm)
- Dragon of the Lost Sea quartet by Lawrence Yep
- Dragon Slippers series by Jessica Day George
- The Airborn trilogy (steampunk exploration on airships) by Kenneth Oppel
- Silverwing books (a young bat called Shade is separated from his colony and must face untold dangers to return to them) by Kenneth Oppel
- The Dark is Rising quartet by Susan Coope
- The Books of Bayern (4 books) by Shannon Hale
- The Scorpio Races (standalone, man-eating kelpies on a Scottish island)
- The Raven Cycle (quartet, four troubled boys seeking magic and a witch's daughter with no apparent magic)
- The Codex Alera (6 books) by Jim Butcher. In a Roman-Narnia world where power is defined by one's bond with elemental Furies, young shepherd Tavi is the only known person with no furies at all. So when he learns of a betrayal that threatens everything, he must use his wits alone to avert a catastrophic war. Soooo good, it's game of thrones but with characters you actually like! Creative, thrilling, and full of political intrigue.
- The Mage Wars (3 books) by Mercedes Lackey. Magically-engineered gryphons fighting a war! The third book is a standalone and my favorite--the teen children (one human, one gryphon) of the first two books' protagonists are stranded in a deadly jungle, injured and alone, and something is hunting them... Thrilling, immersive, and spooky.
- Books of the Raksura by Martha Wells. Gargoyle-like shape-shifter Moon thinks he's the only one of his kind, until he's plucked from his human life and introduced to a colony of his own kind, which desperately needs his help. Wildly creative, intriguing and spooky.
- The Immortals quartet by Tamora Pierce. Just had to plug this one, it's my favorite of her series <3
- The Firebringer, Aljan . The description of Aljan talking to his goddess is the first example I can remember thinking 'Yes. This is Real'. 30 years later, I still use 'what lies beyond the horizons' horizon? in my email signature.
- anything by N.K. Jemisin. The books in the Broken Earth trilogy are my personal favorites, but you should look into the Inheritance trilogy (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is the first in that series).
- Jim Butchers series: Dresden files: wizard in Chicago
- Seanan McGuire: October Daye series: fae detective in San Fran Bay area
- Patricia Briggs: Mercy Thompson series: Native shapeshifter coyote in Washington state
- Snow Queen by Joan Vinge--a sci-fi retelling of the old fairy tale, chockful of strong and diverse women characters (and some pretty great male characters too), lyrical writing, great world-building with a focus on hard science without it taking away from the humanity of the characters.
- Anything by Naomi Novik. She has a few beautifully written fairytale retellings, and a series of dragonriders in an alt Napoleonic War type setting. Oh, and I think she also has her own spin on the whole magic academy trope and I've heard good things about that series, as well.
- Deverry series by Katherine Kerr spans centuries.
- Stormlight Archive series. One of my favorite aspects of the spell work in this series is that the magicians learn to access their higher powers through progressive personal growth and gaining insights about themselves/accepting themselves/healing from trauma.
- The serrated edge series Mercedes Lackey and others in a shared universe. Starting with Born To Run… the front cover blurb is Hot Cars, Hot Elves and Rock n Roll
- War of the Oaks by Emma Bull
- Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan. Basically Greek mythology in the modern world, with some of my favorite fictional characters ever.
- Urban Fantasy
- The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
- Iron Druid Series by Kevin Hearne
- The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (It's a series but book 2 is kind of where the main story starts)
- The Others series by Anne Bishop
- I also enjoy Seanan Mcguire's wayward children and cryptid series
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (I know it’s on your list, just seconding it!)
- Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
- The Bear and the Nightingale trilogy by Katherine Ardern
- The Unicorn Chronicles by Bruce Coville
- The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede
- The Song of the Lioness series and the Wild Magic series by Tamora Pierce
- Robin Hobb’s Farseer series - then Liveship Traders just the first trilogy
- Marion Zimmer Bradley's, 'Forest House, 'The Mists of Avalon', and 'Lady of Avalon' are pretty marvelous reads.
- Anne Rice's Vampire series as well as her Witches series.
- I also quite enjoyed a young adult series by Frank Beddor, 'The Looking Glass Wars'. The books are a different take on Alice in Wonderland.
- Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
- The Lunar Chronicles. It’s a futuristic retelling of some classic fairy tales (Cinder drops her cybernetic foot at the ball, Rapunzel is stuck in a satellite orbiting earth). All 5 books have strong female leads and the story is really well told.
- Keeper of Tales Trilogy by Ronlyn Domingue. It’s got a subtle witchy vibe, especially the 2nd and 3rd books.
- The Black Witch by Laurie Forest
- Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab!
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. It's inclusive as a bonus.
- The Mallorean vol 1 & 2,
- Markus Heitz the Dwarves is pretty great,
- Merry Gentry by Laurell K Hamilton series if you can handle lots of sex scenes.
- Erin Evans Brimstone Angel.
- All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness (tv series a discovery of witches)
- The Skyward series (Skyward, Starsight and Cytonic)
- the mistborn trilogy (The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension and The Hero of Ages). Written by Brandon Sanderson who completed the Wheel of Time after Robert Jordan passed. Pretty much any book by Mr Sanderson 😁
- Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. It's about fey and I think it's really good. Loved in high-school and love now
- the Spooks apprentice by Josephy Delaney
- Tanya Huff - the Keeper trilogy, Third Time Lucky, etc... Her Valor books are military sci fi, they're *great*, but the fantasy stuff is even better.
- Jim Butcher -- the Dresden Files books, the first one is Storm Front and there are a lot of them (too lazy to look it up). Harry Dresden is a wizard living in Chicago, wonderful series.
- Mercedes Lackey - my favorite is the Diana Tregarde series.
- David Eddings - the Belgariad and Mallorean series.
- The Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo. I didn't really like the first trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising), but her other books (Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom and King of Scars, haven't read Rule of Wolves, yet.) are awesome. (Nina Zenik is my favorite witch.)
Book Club Book Recommendation: Her Majesty's Royal Coven: LGBTQIA+ Issues, Gender Identity, Intersectional Feminism, etc...
Her Majesty's Royal Coven is really, really, really good.
It touches on UK transphobia, intersectional feminism, LGBTQIA+ issues, and so much more.
Warning: the ending is rough.
Anyone know of some good fairy tales, myths (Celtic is our ancestral background if that's helpful), or fantasy stories that are good for reading to children --that AREN'T the "strong male hero saves female damsel" or "child didn't listen so they got eaten by the old lady in the woods"? I will be homeschooling kindergarten next year and would love some morning reading material that is witchy, mythological or fantastical apart from the standard children's books. Thanks!
I think Sally Jackson from the Percy Jackson series is underrated. Then again, I’m pretty sure the entire fandom rates her pretty highly, but compared to the main characters, not incredibly high. I might as well give her more attention. You guys would definitely love her.
In the first book, she literally killed her abusive husband by showing him the head of Medusa, sold his statue to a museum, and used the money to go back to college and finish her education. If that alone doesn’t make her an honorary witch, I don’t know what does.
I just got this book, not sure how useful it will be in my practice but it’s just gorgeous 😍