Witchcraft Book Recommendations

Since posting a rather blunt review about Silver Ravenwolf and her books, I’ve received several messages about authors and titles to read regarding witchcraft.

Before reading this list, here is a reminder: I do not take everything in these books to heart, and neither should you.  Take what any author says with a grain of salt.  You may not like the recommendations I give, which is fine (please don’t reblog and bash these titles as I will not respond as that is not the purpose of this post). 

Regardless, these titles have shaped my practice.  Check them out:

  1. Mastering Witchcraft: A Practical Guide for Witches, Warlocks & Coven by Paul Huson
  2. Weiser Field Guide to Witches by Judika Iles
  3. Pure Magic: A Complete Course in Spellcasting by Judika Illes
  4. Power of the Witch: The Earth, the Moon, and the Magical Path to Enlightenment by Laurie Cabot and Tom Cowan
  5. A Witch Alone: Thirteen Moons to Master Natural Magic by Marian Green
  6. Old World Witchcraft: Ancient Ways for Modern Days by Raven Grimassi 
  7. The Inner Temple of Witchcraft: Magick, Meditation and Psychic Development (Penczak Temple Series) by Christopher Penzcak
  8. Instant Magick: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Spellcraft by Christopher Penzcak
  9. The Witch’s Shield: Protection Magick and Psychic Self-Defense by Christopher Penzcak
  10. Witchcraft: Theory and Practice by Ly de Angeles
  11. Witchcraft on a Shoestring: Practicing the Craft Without Breaking Your Budget by Deborah Blake
  12. Protection and Reversal Magick by Jason Miller
Casefile Monday

We have a sweet spot for fanfic that has a secret (or in this case, a not-so-secret) admirer lusting after Scully, and that could possibly be because we relate to them so much.  What’s not to love?  She’s intelligent, has an understated sense of humor, is loyal as a motherfella, and beautiful as hell. This crush, however, serves as background noise with the casefile that has Mulder front-and-center, with a serial killer that has fixated on him.  Today’s rec is a wild ride, philes.  We hope you enjoy!

Title: Sticks and Stones

Author: AKA Jake

Rating: R

Length: 48K / 24,000+ Word Count

Synopsis:  Just your average everyday mutant hunt?  Don’t bet on it.  This murdering monter’s MO includes carving Mulder’s name onto his victim’s backs.  And Mulder’s taking the killer’s signature personally.

Spoilers: Through S4

Possible Triggers: None

Hi guys, popping in to ask a favour! My friend has uploaded a story to wattpad (free app for authors to share their work and people who like to read) and he’s looking to share it about a lot more! I’ve started reading it and I’m enjoying it so far. ^_^ On wattpad, at the bottom of every chapter, there’s a “vote” option, and the more votes he can get on all of his chapters the more the app will recommend and share his story. If you guys have a spare moment could you have a look for his story and give him some votes?:3 I’d really appreciate it, thank you! Just search for “The Saint and The Sorcerer” on the app ^_^
How Creating Inclusive SF/F Sparked a Culture War
Hugo-award winning editor Lynne M. Thomas speaks out about the backlash against her work on inclusive science fiction and fantasy--and why she needs your help.

Hi, I’m Lynne M. Thomas. I’m the co-editor-in-chief and co-publisher of Uncanny Magazine, along with my husband, Michael Damian Thomas.  And according to Wired, I’m partially responsible for sparking a culture war.

I co-edited Chicks Dig Time Lords, a collection of geek girl essays about Doctor Who which won a Hugo Award in 2010, and I also edited the story “If You Were A Dinosaur, My Love,” which won a Nebula Award in 2014 and was also nominated for the Hugo Award.  (So 25% of Wired’s list of “The Books and Stories That Sparked a Culture War”.)  I won two other Hugo Awards for the SF Squeecast, a group podcast that was all about telling people what was awesome in SF/F.  My Uncanny Magazine is currently a finalist for a Hugo Award and a World Fantasy Award.  Uncanny has had 14 different award nominations so far for stories, art, and poetry.

Both Chicks Dig Time Lords and “Dinosaur” are routinely attacked on the Internet by certain people (a parody of “Dinosaur” made it onto this year’s Hugo Award ballot due to a slate and as part of a campaign of ongoing harassment directed at its writer).  These works are derided by people who believe inclusive SF/F is bad for the genre, or just plain bad.  These works were pointed to as the reasons for creating certain Hugo Award slates over the last few years.  A well-known alt-right website weirdly implied that Tor Books was responsible for the Hugo nominations for those two works since they were so bad.  (I’ve never worked for Tor.)  There have been dozens of articles written about my work and what is wrong with it; most of them don’t mention my name.

I stand by my work.  I’m proud of my work. The stories we tell to one another matter, as do the storytellers.  Editors understand this.  We select stories we want to see out in the world.

We all want to find ourselves in stories.  Finding ourselves in stories should be easy.  No one should ever have to feel grateful just to see themselves.

Yet many of us have to expend way too much effort to do so.  Our daughter Caitlin is disabled, nonverbal, and uses a wheelchair.  I’m bisexual and female.  Michael is genderqueer, bisexual, and disabled.  We shouldn’t have to search high and low to find stories that reflect us.  And neither should anyone else.

When we founded Uncanny Magazine, we decided we were going to make a platform for writers and stories from every conceivable background.  We assume you belong here too.  That is our default.  When writers have the space to tell their stories without having to expend energy demonstrating their right to exist, they produce some downright extraordinary work.

Sometimes those stories are critical examinations of the worlds we inhabit, from points of view we don’t always consider.  Sofia Samatar’s “Those” examines colonization from the point of view of the colonized. Sam J. Miller’s “The Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History” reimagines the Stonewall Riots as sparked by literal combustion from collective anger.  Lisa Bolekaja’s “Three Voices” spins a tale of the transformative power of music in the Black community.  “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang (translated by Ken Liu) follows a sanitation worker who will endanger himself trying to make a better life for his daughter.  In E. Lily Yu’s “Woman at Exhibition,” a viewer eats a painting in protest of how women are often erased from their own artistic histories.

Many of our stories focus on friendship and community, like Shveta Thakrar’s “The Rainbow Flame” and Amal El-Mohtar’s “Pockets,” or the long-suffering graduate students in Elizabeth Bear’s “In Libres.”  Sometimes, there are tales of how navigating our relationships and communities can be… complicated, like in Sarah Pinsker’s “When the Circus Lights Down,” Catherynne M. Valente’s “Planet Lion,” Maria Dahvana Headley’s “The Virgin Played Bass,” Charlie Jane Anders’ “Ghost Champagne,” and Kat Howard’s “The Sound of Salt and Sea.”  Other stories are about coming to peace with where we are at, like John Chu’s “Restore the Heart Into Love” and Sunny Moraine’s “Love Letters to Things Lost and Gained.”

These stories’ themes are wrapped up in ghosts, zombies, space ships, psychic lions, first contact, horses made of bone, cat musicians, sentient prosthetics, and more.  Each of these stories comes from the viewpoint of a writer who is marginalized, often in multiple ways.  Their experiences and voices speak to readers from similar backgrounds, and to every reader who wants to expand their brains by seeing stories from viewpoints that are not their own.

David J. Schwartz calls this “Unicorn space,” a twist on our Space Unicorn mascot that I wish I’d thought of.  Space Unicorns are folks who finds ourselves in stories and read stories about folks that may be different from us, and our response is: I’m glad you’re here, too.  Because that is how you build a community; specifically, the kind that I prefer to live in.  We still need more spaces where our right to exist is not in question.  So let’s keep building it.  Together.

We call our supporters (Kickstarter backers, subscribers, Patreon patrons, readers, and creators) the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps.  Right now, we’re recruiting, via Kickstarter.  We are putting together our third year, and we want you as a shareholder.  This is your magazine.

I’ve been busy working with my partner-in-crime Michael, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, Erika Ensign, Steven Schapansky, Deborah Stanish, Amal El-Mohtar, and the rest of the Uncanny Magazine team to keep bringing more and more inclusive SF/F, issue after issue, podcast after podcast.  We’ve lined up a whole bunch of fantastic contributors for next year, along with some epic backer rewards.  The more money we raise, the more spaces for new contributors we create.  We will be able to hand the mic to so many creators from various backgrounds.  We want you to make the Unicorn space with us.

Shine on, Space Unicorns!

“We all want to find ourselves in stories.  Finding ourselves in stories should be easy.  No one should ever have to feel grateful just to see themselves.“


anon asked for a jace x simon fic rec so here you go! i’m still pretty new to this show so i haven’t read everything yet but this just what i have read so far :) 

Jace x Simon Fic Rec

check out my jace x simon tag too :))

2tyger  asked:

Hi Samantha! Do you have any recommendations for books about US foreign policy?

Great question!

Unfortunately, this isn’t a topic I’ve read a lot about. However, there are a few books on my to-read list about the US military that may relate to this topic:

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, by Rachel Maddow

Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, by Jeremy Scahill

The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program, by Jeremy Scahill

If anyone has any recommendations, please pass them along!

anonymous asked:

Saw people recommending books, thought I'd throw my two cents in. I'd say pretty much any book by Brandon Sanderson is worth a read, although I'd suggest starting with either Elantris or the first Mistborn Trilogy. They're not my favorite books of his, but they're the best place to start, since they don't need an intricate knowledge of the Cosmere (the shared universe that most of his books take place in) to enjoy.

ohh ok ill look him up!

“93% Chance I Don’t Hate You” Cover Reveal!

Since there’s not a new chapter of “93% Chance,” this Monday, Amy and I have decided to give you guys something cool to make up for that.

Below is the full cover for our novel “93% Chance I Don’t Hate You.”

Pretty cover, huh?

Follow @amyhlynnofficial and me for more updates. Next Monday, we’ll going to have some really, REALLY exciting information for you guys!

Remember, while you wait for our next announcement, you can read the first 12 chapters of 93% Chance on Wattpad, and add the book to your Goodreads to-read list.

Ashton Lewis doesn’t have a care in the world. His only sources of stress are passing mixed media art classes and setting up a tattoo parlor one day. But when the one-night-stand-only lifestyle no longer appeals to him, Ashton decides it’s time to settle down. A drunken mistake and a poorly chosen pseudonym later, Ashton finds himself on a blind date with his classmate, Carter Redford, the stuck up rich girl whom Ashton is pretty sure hates him.

College junior Carter Redford has been groomed to take over the family business since before she could talk. Heiress to a major entertainment journalism company, almost every aspect of her life is controlled by her overbearing parents, from the clothes she wears, to who her friends are, and eventually, the man she marries.

While this is not ideal for Carter, she is ready to sacrifice her own happiness if it is what her family needs. That is, until one day, when her best friend Jackson convinces her to try blind dating. More specifically, to use an app called Blinder.

Expecting someone business minded and type A, Carter is astonished to learn that her blind date is with none other than her fellow student - Ashton Lewis. Though he is gorgeous and a talented artist, Carter is hardly pleased with his “devil may care” attitude, and would rather take her chances on the man her parents have picked out for her than a laid back slacker. But when Carter’s curiosity gets the best of her, and Ashton manages to pull her into his unstructured lifestyle, Carter may not be able to resist the rushes of freedom and rebellion he encourages.

A laugh out loud romantic drama, 93% Chance I Don’t Hate You is a novel about overcoming prejudices, standing up for oneself, and learning how to live life on one’s own terms.

All caught up on 93% Chance and need something else to read? If you haven’t already, get yourself (or a friend, or a family member, or your favorite grocery store clerk) a copy of the new high fantasy novel, Epic, available on Amazon, B&N, Lulu, and Smashwords!

amanda-catherinee  asked:

I'm an incoming senior & for Ap lit we have to chose 2 books to read this summer on the ap list. My problem is that I have too many of these books and don't know what to start with (because I'll eventually read them all).They are: The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Illiad, Jude the Obscure, Dracula, Into the Wild, The Things They Carried, Invisible Man, To the Lighthouse, As I Lay Dying, Oliver Twist, Night, and The Invisible Man. Which ones would you recommend reading first/would you?

Wait, your reading list includes both Invisible Man AND The Invisible Man? Way to confuse everybody, AP Lit teacher. 

There’s some really good, and really heavy stuff on that list. Night is brutal and heartbreaking, but relatively short. Dracula is a fun read; if you’ve never read it before I’d suggest starting with that one. Oliver Twist, As I Lay DyingTo the Lighthouse, and Invisible Man might be best left for the school year, when you have more support to get you through the drier or more complex parts. You could take on Illiad if you’re feeling ambitious. I haven’t yet read Jude the Obscure, so I can’t say one way or the other there

If I was choosing from this list, I’d probably start with Dracula, Into the Wild, or The Picture of Dorian Gray. But that’s just personal preference! (Nice thing about summer reading is you have the luxury of switching your choice if you start one and aren’t feeling it.) Happy reading!

Summer Reading List

1. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

I know there are a plethora of self-improvement books out there and there are always “new and improved” self-improvement books coming out every other day but we can all agree that a strong, sound, and clear foundation is always a necessity. This book will cover the basics you need to increase your confidence, learn to tackle daily challenges and actually surpass them, live and do all the things that you do with passion and purpose, and also to help you realize your ambitions. 

2. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini

I know a bunch of people that are in sales that will swear by this book but the art of influence and persuasion doesn’t always have to be about selling a product or service. The psychology of why and how people say “yes” is a skill that’s going to get you far in any industry and any sector. This book covers the simple six universal principles of persuasion and how to use them to become a skilled persuader – and how to defend yourself against them. Do yourself a favor and give yourself a few minutes a day to learn the essential principles of persuasion. 

3. Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp

Written by the geniuses over at Google Ventures, this is a book that covers a very unique five-day process for solving tough problems, proven at more than a hundred companies. Regardless of whether you’re in engineering, sales, marketing, arts or what have you, this practical guide to answering critical business questions, from startups to Fortune 100s, is going to give you some critical skills to take with you in your career. If you’re in the business of building upon your career capital, this is a very important book to have to gain some more technical understandings and an engineer’s mindset under your belt. 

What are some must-reads from you? Not looking for “career” type books necessarily, but what’s on your reading list this summer?

The Book Meme

@geekischic Thanks for tagging me sweetheart.

Rules: in a text post, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard- they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag 10 friends, including me, so i’ll see your list.  

I read a lot however, I read romance novels over specific books with a message, but here are some that will always stay with me.

  1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  2. The Scarlet Letter
  3. The Kite Runner
  4. The Secret Garden (I never finished it but was always fascinated by it)
  5. Great Gatsby
  6. Pride and Prejudice

I tag anyone who would like to do this.