I’m enjoying my hatred so much more than I ever enjoyed love. Love is temperamental. Tiring. It makes demands. Love uses you. Changes its mind. But hatred, now. That’s something you could use. Sculpt. Wield. It’s hard or soft, however you need it. Love humiliates you, but hatred cradles you. It’s so soothing.
First off, we have Gail Carson Levine. She writes children lit, her most famous is Ella Enchanted aka the best retelling of Cinderella ever. This is an objective fact, not an opinion*. Her books are witty and her main characters don’t fall into the trope of “strong female character” and are all unique. They have relationships with other women. The romances are well developed, but still allow room for character development, setting, and plot.
Tamora Pierce has created two different worlds: Circle of Magic and Tortall, both incredibly flushed out worlds and have multiple series set in both. She has mainly female protagonists, some are WOC and others are queer, and they all have amazing story arcs. In the Tortall series, each woman gets her own series and develops so much.
Malinda Lo writes high fantasy books (and some scifi) and it’s very gay. They are very clear cut stories, with beautiful writing and plays on well known tropes in the fantasy genre. Her books feature WOC as well and she is still writing new books, although some of her newer ones are sci fi and realistic fiction.
Robin McKinley writes beautifully written books, almost all with female leads. They center around female relationships and most are retellings of fairy tales. Most are high fantasy, but a few are urban fantasy. They are pretty open ended, and finish with a lot of unanswered questions, which I find refreshing.
Kirsten Cashore only has three books out, but they are perfect for entering into the fantasy world. Her series can all be read as standalones, but best read in order of publication. Her books feature WOC and queer women, with healthy romantic relationships and politics and friendships.
Nancy from Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway. Beautifully written book with an ace main character (and a major trans character) who try to readjust to living on earth after having had various adventures in other realities. Highly recommended!
An unusually handsome man, he has been painted with brush and pen a hundred times, but yet there is always something to say of that noble, unostentatious figure, the perfect poise of head and shoulders and limbs, the strength that lay hidden and the activity that his fifty-five years could not repress. Withal graceful and easy, he was approachable by all; gave attention to all in the simplest manner. His eyes—sad eyes! the saddest it seems to me of all men's—beaming the highest intelligence and with unvarying kindliness, yet with command so firmly set that all knew him for the unquestioned chief. He loved horses and had good ones, and rode carefully and safely, but I never liked his seat. The General was always well dressed in gray sack-coat of Confederate cloth, matching trousers tuck into well-fitting riding-boots—the simplest emblems of his rank appearing, and a good, large black felt army hat completed the attire of our commander. He rarely wore his sword, but his binoculars were always at hand. Fond of the company of ladies, he had a good memory for pretty girls. His white teeth and winning smile were irresistible. While in Savannah and calling on my father, one of my sisters sang for him. Afterwards, in Virginia, almost as soon as he saw me he asked after his ‘little singing-bird.’
Gilbert Moxley Sorrel’s description of Robert E. Lee in his memoir, Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer
i can’t believe people are yelling at cc for pushing back tlh?? come back to me when you’ve written beautifully connected book series’s, had a close family member die, had several bouts of pneumonia, had writers block, and writing several projects all at the same time.
Which book is have you read that affected you the most deeply? Why?
I’m gonna list two books because they’re both my favorite!!
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - It’s so beautifully written. It’s a WW2 book, in a time of hatred, (as a reader), I was able to experience love, survival, strength, and persistence. It’s so inspirational. I cried my eyes out tbh.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey - It’s about a married old couple whose relationship becomes tarnished after a miscarriage. Their relationship slowly comes together again after building a snow child and that’s where the magic starts. The book evokes sadness, hopefulness, and sensitivity.
Pippin pressed forward as they passed under the lamp beneath the gate-arch, and when he saw the pale face of Faramir he caught his breath. It was the face of one who has been assailed by a great fear or anguish, but has mastered it and now is quiet. Pippin gazing at him saw how closely he resembled his brother Boromir - whom Pippin had liked from the first, admiring the great man’s lordly but kindly manner.
Yet suddenly for Faramir his heart was strangely moved with a feeling that he had not known before. Here was one with an air of high nobility such as Aragorn at times revealed, less high perhaps, yet also less incalculable and remote: one of the Kings of Men born into a later time, but touched with the wisdom and sadness of the Elder Race. He knew now why Beregond spoke his name with love.He was a captain that men would follow, that he would follow, even under the shadow of the black wings.
Hello, I am interested in draconic withcraft and was wondering if there were some resources you would recommend I use in order to find out more?
Hello! I can definitely point you out to some resources! Unfortunately, Draconic Witchcraft is a very specific craft, and those who choose to follow it either have to singlehandedly create their own path, or pick and choose from the books we have written on the subject. I believe most people do a combination of both, depending on their level of Neo-Wiccan commitment. It’s also important to note that any book or resource on any magical subject is always going to be an introduction, and it’s up to you to pursue the rest of your practice and gain your own experience!
Here are a handful of books that are written specifically for those who wish to partake in draconic witchcraft:
Dancing with Dragons by D.J. Conway - The enthusiastically critiqued and well-squinted-at Dragon Magic 101 book, this one is available in most bookstores, but as you can see on Amazon most people are desperately trying to throw it away for a penny plus shipping. I personally don’t find it very helpful, but it will probably be to your liking if you are Wiccan or consider yourself to be a solitary Wicca. Outside of the rituals outlined in the book, it has a very good, extensive history on the mythology of dragons in various cultures, outlines a fair amount mythological draconic figures by name and description, and even provides a cute little alphabet at the end for use in spells. I recommend it as an introduction if you have never been introduced to magic or witchcraft before.
Sea, Land, Sky: A Dragon Magick Grimoire by Parker J. Torrence - I have not read this one, but I just put it on my wishlist so I can! People seem to be touting this book as an exciting new alternative to Conway’s, and according to the reviews it seems to be slightly more well-liked, but still just as Wiccan-flavored, and perhaps even a little more basic.
I also recommend doing any reading on actual dragon mythology, as this can help you understand dragons, their place in culture, and what they can be invoked for in witchcraft! Here are some books I recommend:
There are disappointingly few books on specific dragon mythology, but I recommend finding a book in your library or bookstore and reading the pages that have to do with dragons!
There are, also, the beloved children’s books that are in an informational format, many of which inspired me and many others from a very young age to love dragons. There are countless novels that involve dragons, but these books act more like informational encyclopedias.
Dragonology by Dugald Steer - Part of an extensive franchise, and easily the best put together of the Ologies publications at the time, this book presents dragons from all over the world in a very palatable and fun tone. I must warn you, this is not terribly accurate to real mythology. I personally recommend the handbook even more enthusiastically than the actual book, because I feel it is more informational. This book also presents a type of Runes as an alphabet, which I personally use often in sigils and other magical work!
There are also a couple of blogs on tumblr that try to educate others who wish to work with dragons or become involved in Draconic Witchcraft, most notably dragonmagick and dragonology-101. You’re welcome to peruse their blogs for more information, or if you have any other questions, don’t be afraid to come to me!
Hey! I really like your blog and was wondering if you had any teen fantasy and adventure series to recommend? You seem really familiar with the book-world and I'm trying to find more series to read. Please and thank you! Hopefully you have a wonderful week!!
Hi anon! Fantasy is probably my favorite genre so I have a bunch of recs! (all links are to my reviews except the one that aren’t)
Girls Made of Snow and Glass — a slower-paced Snow White reimagining about a princess and her stepmother and their complicated relationship.
Rosemarked — comes out in November. About a healer who has a deadly disease but an immunity to poisons who teams up with a soldier to attempt to take down the empire that oppresses both their peoples
Labyrinth Lost — beautifully written book about a witch who accidentally banishes her family when she tries to get rid of her magic and has to go on a quest to save them
The Bone Witch — when Tea accidentally raises her brother from the dead she has to learn to master her powers as an asha. most of the book is pretty slow but it’s very descriptive and unique and has some major twists
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements proceed it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mention or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern [5 stars]
This is honestly one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read. The plot and characters were incredibly well thought out and complex, without being overly confusing for the reader, and despite covering a range of time periods and point of views the story flowed easily from one perspective to the next. However, the narrative was by far the most outstanding aspect of this book. The circus acts, costumes and people were all vividly described to the reader, and the magic and romance of the book were enhanced by this description, rather than drowning in a flood of unnecessary adjectives. I would definitely recommend giving this book a chance, even if it is not your usual genre, as the writing is so unique compared to more fast-paced fantasy novels.
“Be your own best friend. Love yourself just as you are!” This is the message that “Love: a story about who you truly are” teaches children to embrace. Within the pages of this beautifully written and illustrated book, children are taught how to have compassion and acceptance for themselves. And how to love themselves through many everyday situations. The happiness and confidence that can come from learning this ability is a gift that children, even grown-up ones, will carry with them their entire lives! Love: a story about who you truly are