books masterpost

Classic Books List

“Why read the classics? A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” These are a few recommendations, books everyone should read. Don’t let yourself be convinced they are good: read and decide for yourself!

(no particular order intended)

  • Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
  • The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  • North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Hard Times - Charles Dickens
  • The Karamazov Brothers - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
  • The Waves - Virginia Woolf
  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  • Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
  • Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
  • Hamlet - William Shakespeare
  • Richard II - William Shakespeare
  • Little Women - Louisa Alcott
  • The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
  • Emma - Jane Austen
  • Anna Karenina - Liev Tolstói
  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
  • Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  • The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton 
  • Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
  • Lord of The Flies - William Golding
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
  • Persuasion - Jane Austen
  • War and Peace - Liev Tolstói
  • Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  • The Tell-Tale Heart - Edgar Allan Poe
  • Dracula - Bram Stoker
  • The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar - Edgar Allan Poe
  • Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
  • The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka 
  • Moby Dick - Herman Melville
  • Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
  • King Lear - William Shakespeare
  • The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
  • Jean Barois - Roger Martin du Gard
  • Wives and Daughters - Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
  • To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  • The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
  • Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Familiars

What is a familiar?
A familiar is an animal whom you have a spiritual connection with. A witches companion. You call upon them to help you with your practices. They can be physical or spiritual beings. They are healers and guardians but above all, a loyal companion. Provides the witch with psychic protection as well as negative energy. They do not have to be your ‘pet,’ any animal that you use symbols of can also be your familiar but on a more spiritual level. Animals are chosen as a familiar because of their connection with nature and innocence. They protect on many spiritual levels as well as the home and property of the witch. They become able to communicate together in dreams and during meditation.     


History of Familiars
In Europe during the witch hunts familiars were thought of at demon like entities sent to do a witches bidding. It was believed that they were cats, dogs, and toads possessed by demons. Thus, during the witch hunt era many animals were hunted and slaughtered because of their connection with witches. Familiars were supposedly given to the Witches from by the Devil. It was believed that they were fed from the witches blood.

In some Scandinavian countries familiars were thought of as fearies, elves, pixies, dwarves, sprites, and elements of nature.

In shamanistic practices the familiar is in fact not a physical being rather it is a spiritual entity. It protects in the astral plane and from any psychic attacks.

In England and Scotland familiars took form of toads.


Familiar Misconceptions:

  • Not every witch has a familiar. In fact some are quite happy working alone. Some witches may even be allergic.
  • Cats are not the only animal used as a familiar.
  • No familiars are not possessed by demons or the devil.
  • Not all pets are familiars!


Types of animals to used as familiars: 

Any animal can be used as a familiar! The most common are cats (especially black) and dogs.


How you know it is your familiar and not just a pet:

  • It chose you.
  • You have a bond on a spiritual level.
  • You put more trust in it then anyone/anything else.
  • Takes an active role in your rituals.
  • Sits politely while you are casting being sure not to be a bother.
  • Loves to lounge in your magick work space.
  • You feel a boost of energy whenever they are near you.
  • Watches the window constantly watching for any unwelcome beings. 
  • Trails you like a shadow.
  • Hates to be separated from you


How to find your Familiar:

  • Cast a spell to bring clarity on your familiar.
  • Meditate on it.
  • Ask a form of divination about finding you familiar.


Ways to bond with your Familiar:

  • Provide it with a collar, halter, leash, etc that has protective crystals and herb sachets sewn into it. 
  • Carry a piece of a NATURALLY shed item from your familiar in a sachet or tied together with ribbon.
  • Provide them with the best food and housing you can afford.
  • Always place them before yourself.
  • Spend lots of time together.
  • Provide them with their own protection.
  • Speak to it.
  • Brush or stoke it. 
  • Treat them and reward them for their help.
  • Treat them with the kindness they deserve.
  • Honor them.
  • Provide them with an altar.
  • Give them offerings.


Familiar uses: 

  • Provide you with physical and spiritual protection.
  • Provide you the uttermost loyalty and respect
  • Benefits your emotional well being.
  •  Helps you connect with nature.
  • Enhances are physical and psychic abilities.
  • Protects home and property.


When to work with a Familiar:

  • When you want to attune with nature
  • Meditation
  • Healing magick
  • Dreamwork
  • Astral travelling 
  • Divination
  • Scrying
  • Spirit communication
  • Welcome them to join you when power is being raised and spells are cast. 


Respect a Familiar deserves:

Let it accompany you on its own accord and make sure it is willing to participate, NEVER force them to join in on a ritual. They are very sensitive to psychic power and vibrations. Treat them with kindness and the same respect you would give to a human being. Be sure to treat them as an equal and not something you own. This is very important if you want to create and maintain a connection with your familiar. Familiars are living beings and should never be treated like an athame, candle or an object for spell casting. Make sure to be cautious with the type of tools you are using during your casting with a familiar. Be cautious of candles or any toxic herbs!   


Names for familiars:

Instead of you choosing a name for them, ask them what their true name is.

References: Paganwiccan.about.com, pagancentric.org


What type of Familiar do you have?

I have a horse and a cat as my familiar! 


May the moon light your path!

☾ Moonlight Academy☽  

References: Paganwiccan.about.com, pagancentric.org

A Collection Of Books By Neurologist Oliver Sacks

If you’re interested in neuroscience or psychology, I’d highly reccomend any book by Oliver Sacks! I get asked a lot about books to read so you can also check out this video I made with my top 7 and this masterpost which includes websites where you can learn more!

1. Migrane

For centuries, physicians have been fascinated by the many manifestations of migraine, and especially by the visual hallucinations or auras- similar in some ways to those induced by hallucinogenic drugs or deliria–which often precede a migraine. Dr. Sacks describes these hallucinatory constants, and what they reveal about the working of the brain. 

2. Awakenings

Awakenings is the remarkable account of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen in a decades-long sleep, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, “awakening” effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of these individuals, the stories of their lives, and the extraordinary transformations they underwent with treatment.

3. The Island of The Color Blind

Oliver Sacks has always been fascinated by islands, and this book is an account of his work with an isolated community of islanders born totally colorblind.  He listens to these achromatopic islanders describe their colorless world in rich terms of pattern and tone, luminance and shadow.

4. Uncle Tungsten

A book about Sacks’ childood;  his discovery of biology, his departure from his childhood love of chemistry and, at age 14, a new understanding that he would become a doctor.

5. An Anthropologist on Mars

This book talks about 7 seemingly paradoxical neurological conditions: including a surgeon consumed by the compulsive tics of Tourette’s Syndrome except when he is operating; an artist who loses all sense of color in a car accident, but finds a new sensibility and creative power in black and white; and an autistic professor who has great difficulty deciphering the simplest social exchange between humans, but has built a career out of her intuitive understanding of animal behavior. 

6.  Seeing Voices

 A journey into the world of deaf culture, and the neurological and social underpinnings of the remarkable visual language of the congenitally deaf. Sacks writes “The existence of a visual language, Sign, and the visual intelligence that goes with its acquisition, shows us that the brain is rich in potentials we would scarcely have guessed of, shows us the almost unlimited resource of the human organism when it is faced with the new and must adapt.”

Laurel’s Guide to Grimoires

A while back I made a post about how I organize my Grimoire/Book of Shadows and for a long time since then I’ve wanted to a sort of 101 for creating a Grimoire/Book of Shadows. Be warned, this will be a long post! As always, this is merely my opinion, my word is not law.

(UPDATED 4/24/17; All updates are marked)

Originally posted by ephemeralsyzygy

-The Grimoire Basics-

What is a Grimoire?

As my own personal definition, a Grimoire is simply any book used by a witch in his/her/their own personal practice. There is no limit as to what a Grimoire can or cannot be, as each one is as unique as the witch who wrote it.

How do I use a Grimoire?

A grimoire is used to document, or keep track of, any magickal information that is relevant to the practitioner.It serves to log everything you need to know in your own personal craft. 

-Types of Grimoires-

These are my own personal “styles” of grimoires that I have made over the years. These are not the only “kinds” of grimoires, merely suggestions.

- “Textbook” Grimoire: This is a grimoire that is set up to serve as a reference book, a book strictly for spiritual or magickal information. 

- “Practical” Grimoire: This is a grimoire that can serve a practical purpose, such as a recipe or spell book. Often more portable than a standard grimoire.

- “Inspirational” Grimoire: These are often called inspiration journals. They are filled with spiritual images, quotes and writings to serve as a sort of “bible.”

- “Memory Keeping” or “Journal” Grimoire: This is a grimoire that serves to be a personal record of thoughts and feelings pertaining to spiritual activity in your life. 

-Grimoire Keeping Methods-

- Blank bound or spiral bound Notebooks
    - I’ve actually seen someone tape composition notebooks together to get             a “thick” book.
- Recycled or used hard/soft cover books
- Binders
- OneNote/Tumblr/Internet
- Computer Folder/Flash Drive/Memory Card

-How to make a Grimoire-

I recommend that if you are starting a grimoire or are a relatively new witch, don’t even bother buying a nice, expensive, fancy journal. Most of the time (unless you’ve already done one or two grimoires before and you know exactly what you’ll be putting in this grimoire), that book will sit on a shelf and collect dust. Many new witches get excited to have a “fancy” grimoire and then become terrified of “messing up” in it which results in that book never being used. We’ve all been there, done that.

That being said, here are the basic steps I followed when making my “permanent” grimoire.

- Decide on your Grimoire Keeping Method
 - Gather the information that you would like to put into your grimoire (this can sometimes take a very long time, it took me years), although if the “write as you go” method is more comfortable for you, then go ahead.
- Organize your information. If you’re a perfectionist like me, this might take a bit. It’s also completely natural to change up your organization style later on.
- Protect/Consecrate your Grimoire. This is completely optional, but it can also be a fun “witchy” way to bond with your grimoire.
- Put all your information in your book in anyway that you desire. I found it useful to “plan” out the book before I started writing in all the information. This way I knew exactly what pages were going where.
- Decorate your Grimoire. Also, completely optional. Some people like decorating with flowers and ribbons and pictures and stickers. Other people prefer straight to the point text. Either way works perfectly fine.

A quick note for those who suffer from the perfectionist complex: don’t sweat it. We all want our books to be “perfect” but after writing about six grimoires I’ve learned that grimoires really don’t ever become “permanent” because our preferences change as we grow. If you’re worried about it being perfect, starting “planning” pages in a cheap journal. Take note of any mistakes or things you want to change. You can always create another grimoire later. Don’t let that pesky perfectionism hold you back. And if you make mistakes, try to work with them and turn them into something else instead of scrapping your book to start over.

I used to dream of having a huge, Charmed-like Grimoire, and now I prefer the small, sloppy, scrap book, messy-writing kind of grimoire. Don’t sweat it.

Things to put in your Grimoire

- Correspondences
- Sabbats, Esbats and any Holidays you celebrate
- How to cast spells
- Spells and Rituals
- Divination
- Astrology
- Herbs and Recipes
- Crystals
- Topics you’d like to learn about later.

@cosmic-witch has a HUGE list of topics here

How to organize your Grimoire

This post details my own personal Grimoire Index. However the best way to organize your grimoire would be whatever works best for you. I personally like having everything divided into matching sections. However, if you write spells a lot, you may want spell writing notes in the front, while correspondences would be better in the back. It’s all up to personal preference. 

 Witchy-Woman’s Grimoire Organization

TripleVirgo’s Grimoire Index

 My Tips on Grimoire Organization

(UPDATED 4/24/17)

Other Grimoire Tips

- Intention Cheat Sheets. When you want to write a spell, nothing sucks more than having to flip back and forth all over your grimoire to find the information you need. My advice is to make “cheat sheets” for each of your intentions. Pick an intention, such as Money, and write down anything that corresponds to that (colors, herbs, moon phases or zodiac signs, crystals, incense, etc) this way the next time you want to do a spell for Money, you can just flip to your cheat sheet and be done. (UPDATED 4/24/17)

- Incognito Grimoire: Find a generic book that you like at a Goodwill or second hand shop. Write your witchcraft notes/correspondences in the margins and spacing. Use markers or crayons to draw pictures and symbols. You can also glue blank pages into the book so you have more space to write anything you want. This way your Grimoire can sit in plain sight on your bookshelf when you have company over and no one will be the wiser.

- So You Don’t Think You Can Grimoire: Tips and ideas for witches who struggle with the “My handwriting is terrible and I can’t draw” complex. (UPDATED 4/24/17)

- Scrapbook Altars

- Create a Magickal Memories Folder

This post will probably be a “masterpost” of sorts that I’ll continue to add to as the inspiration strikes. If anyone has any ideas or grimoire-related topics they’d like to see, feel free to share!

~L

Witchy Playlist Masterpost 🎶

hey, sweet ones! this was suggested to me awhile back, and i thought i would get around to finally creating this post. :-) here are some themed “witchy” mixes i’ve made on spotify over the past year. i will add to it over time once i make more playlists! i didn’t think they’d explode like they have, and for that i am so grateful for and cheery about. spreading magic through music is very important to me, and i hope these mixes will provide you with calm and serenity! 💕✨ ~ L-PF

Songs for Air Witches

Songs for Earth Witches

Songs for Fire Witches

Songs for Moon Witches

Songs for Water Witches

Autumn Witch Songs

Spring Witch Mix

Witchy Beltane Songs

anonymous asked:

hello! i've been trying to research magic, but unfortunately most books i find are specific wicca, which i'm not interested in. do you have any book reccomendations that arent wicca centric? thank you! i love your blog :^)

Oh heckin yes I do My amazon wishlist is literally like six pages long… ALL BOOKS

WARNING: This Is Going To Be Extremely Long!

First though I want to note that while I 100% understand your feelings about the Wicca stuff (being a very NOT Wiccan Witch), not all books that are Wicca leaning are bad! I’ve gotten loads of useful information from books that tended to be a little new agey. That’s where being objective comes in! With ANY book, you should take it with a grain of salt, and some with a whole shaker. But it’s up to you to pay attention to misinformation and conflation, and to know how to do research to prove or disprove that something in a book you read is true or not. Does that make sense?? 

Anywho, a couple of books that are still kind of “Wicca-y” but great:

Those are all books from my personal collection that I would recommend! Now as for the Non-Wicca Books, Let’s dive in! Not all of these have I read or owned, and they are in no particular order. You’ll notice most of them relate to “Traditional Witchcraft” or West Country, because that is where my practice is focused. 

PHEW!

That was a lot! Okay anon I hope this gives you a good starting place! 

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Grimoire Organization 📖

A list of how my own personal Book of Shadows is organized ! 🌙


Section One {Introduction}

  • Index
  • A blessing
  • The Wiccan Rede
  • 13 Goals of a Witch
  • History of Magic
  • Personal Correspondences

Section Two {Time & Space}

  • Lunar Calendar [removeable]
  • Moon Phases
  • Full Moons
  • Moon Glyphs
  • Zodiac Symbols & Correspondences
  • Zodiac Map 》inc. Celestial Bodies
  • Elements
  • Magical Times of the Day / Day of the Week
  • Witches Compass
  • Sabbats
  • Transitions between Sabbats

Section Three {Tools of the Craft}

  • A to Z of Crystals
  • Planetary / Zodiac Crystals
  • How to Charge & Cleanse Crystals
  • Spreads & Grids
  • Chakras & Auras
  • Sacred Geometry
  • Oils 》essential oils & their properties
  • Candle Magick 》colours, scents etc.
  • Himalayan Salt in Magic
  • Metals & their properties
  • Amulets & Protection Items

Section Four {Nature Magick}

  • Flower & Plant properties
  • Herbs 》dangerous herbs, herbal amulets, edible flowers, cooking brewing & drying, healing herbs, flower associations
  • Gardening 》herbal, flowers, moonlight, to attract bees, faeries etc.
  • Fruit & Vegetable Correspondences
  • Spirit Animals / Familiars
  • Animals & what they symbolize
  • Wolf Magick
  • Bird Associations 》feather magick, owl magick
  • Water in Magick

Section Five {Divination}

  • A to Z Types of Divination
  • Tarot 》summary of the deck, how to charge etc.
  • Runes
  • Tea Leaves
  • Palmistry
  • Pendulum
  • Spirit Guides
  • Symbols 》witches alphabet, sigils.
  • Numerology
  • Graphology
  • Superstitions
  • Ghost / Spirit Work

Section Six {Basics}

  • Basic Altar set up
  • Cleansing & Charging
  • Grounding & Centering 》circle casting.
  • Invocation & Evocation
  • Actions in Witchcraft
  • Recipes 》tea / coffee / hot chocolate magick, witches brew, healing salves, face / hair masks, body scrubs.
  • Protection associations 》herbs, stones, candles / incense, metals, symbols.
  • Relevant Spells

Section Seven {Myth}

  • Gods & Goddess
  • Faeries
  • Myths & Legends
  • Entities


Please note that this is a very basic overview of the index in my Book of Shadows. For each bullet point is at least one page of information in my BoS.

I am only about halfway through recording information into my BoS; so as time goes on and as I learn more about the craft / my path this order may change. Also, if you feel I have missed anything please let me know !

For more posts straight out of my grimoire search the tag #queenofbohemebos 🌻

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Basics of Kitchen and Cottage Witchcraft

Kitchen witches believe that the kitchen is a sacred place where all of the magick happens. They focus on the use of edible ingredients and kitchen tools.  A cottage witch is a witch that brings magick into the house and are protectors of the hearth and home. They bring cheer and warmth to every room they enter. Their focuses are on the family, home, and daily needs. Both the cottage and Kitchen witch believe that by honoring the home it honors the Gods and Goddesses. They bring magick into everyday life and daily chores.

Ways a Kitchen and Cottage witch can bring magick into a home:

  • Create a kitchen altar
  • Stock your shelves with herbs and spices
  • Bring maximum feng-shui to your home
  • Keep the home physically and spiritually clean
  • Paint the house walls in colours that bring happiness, warmth, and coziness
  • When making a sandwich put mustard or mayo sigils on it
  • When making meals add herbs that correspond to your magickal needs
  • Decorate the home according to the sabbats
  • Brew some special teas
  • Make your own candles, salves, and tinctures.
  • Make offerings to Gods and Goddesses of hearth and home.  
  • Ask your deities to keep your house safe and healthy.
  • Create your own recipes and add your own touch of magick to them
  • Put intent into everything you cook and clean
  • Make an incantation or short song to sing while you stir.
  • Inscribe your wooden spoons with sigils  
  • Carve your wooden shelves with sigils - carve them at the bottom of the cupboard to remain discreet
  • Craft oils, incense, soaps, potions, and salves.
  • Make herbal remedies
  • Chant while cleaning or preparing a meal
  • Use numerology in their practices by the number of times they stir or the number of times they knead dough.
  • During the mead moon, brew mead with magickal intent.
  • Decorate the home with your own art or art done by your children, poems, knits, woodcraft’s, paintings, quilts, diy’s, or tapestries.
  • Enchant your crafts.
  • Use weather magick, candle magick, ribbon charms, and anything else used to add magick to your home.
  • Honour the ancestors.
  • Bless the home.
  • Start a garden and will it with organic and in season fruits and vegetables.
  • Charge herbal oils by moonlight or candlelight to heal, bless the home or to clean and protect the woodwork she polishes with it.
  • Scatter charm bags, witches ladders, chimes, and bells around the home.
  • Grow an indoor jungle
  • Learn herbal remedies to treat MINOR injuries
  • If you work with meat make sure to thank and honour the animal it came from.
  • Sing or play music to raise good vibrations
  • Bake and cut cookies in shapes to match your intentions
  • Provide someone in need with a free meal
  • Volunteer at a local soup kitchen to bring magick into it

What their altar may display:

  • Candles
  • Tools used for sacred use
  • Four elements
  • Statues of the honoured deities
  • A doll weaved of corn
  • A kitchen witch’s altar is often displayed in the corner of the kitchen and is not permanent
  • Food made by the witch left as an offering

Some beliefs followed:

  • Magick is not used to inflict pain on others or block anyone’s free will
  • Believe in living simple lives
  • Believe in using organic items, products that aren’t animal tested, recycling, and composting.
  • Creativity is a form of devotion
  • Keep peace in the household
  • May the home always contain good food, good talk, and good company
  • Welcome guests into the home with open arms

Cottage and Kitchen witch superstitions/wives tales:

  • Stir clockwise to bring good luck
  • Never stir with a knife as it is considered bad luck
  • Place a piece of amethyst near the stove top to make the food cooked there tastes better
  • If an apple bursts in the oven while baking it means good luck is on its way for the cook
  • Eggs that are cracked while they boil is a sign that visitors are on their way
  • Dropping silverware means that company is coming
  • Spilling water on the table cloth means that rain is on its way
  • Seeing a spider in the house is good luck, killing it is bad luck
  • Wild animal tracks in the snow encircling your house is a sign of good luck and protection
  • When your cupboard doors are left opens it means that people are gossiping about you
  • If a broom drops across the doorway it means that you will soon head off on a journey
  • If you spill salt throw it over your left shoulder to undo any bad luck
  • To keep evil spirits away chop an onion in half and place it on the window sill

Chosen tools:

  • Wooden spoons
  • Knife
  • Bowls
  • Cooking pot or cauldron
  • A ritual knife used to only cut spiritual ties
  • A Fire place
  • Broom
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Kettle
  • Jars and bottles
  • Sewing kit
  • Cook books

Spells are cast to bring:

  • Healing
  • Prosperity
  • Protection
  • Abundance
  • Happiness
  • Fertility
  • Harmony
  • Peace

Deities worked with:

  • Hestia
  • Frigga
  • Brighid
  • Demeter

May your house stay warm and full of magick!

==Moonlight Academy==

Pauline’s book recs : a MASTERPOST

It’s time for a summer cleaning, so I thought I would organise my book recs once and for all. I’ll try to update this post once in a while and I also added it to my info page so that you can access all those links super easily. HAVE FUN.

CLASSICAL LITERATURE (ANTIQUITY)
Where should I start? The fundamental works
Where should I start? The mythology-oriented works
Where should I start? The translation edition
A very touristic overview of Ancient Greek literature
Different texts for Antigone
Different texts for Elektra 
Different texts and translations for The Odyssey

CLASSIC BOOKS (ALL ERAS)
First things first : a few favourites
Where should I start? My first classics
A very touristic overview of literature reading
Modern classics
Reading women : a few favourites
Where should I start? English and US literature 
Where should I start? Modern Italian literature
Where should I start? German and Austrian literature
Where should I start? Russian literature
Where should I start? Renaissance literature
Where should I start? French Medieval literature
Where should I start? Victorian literature
Reading classics to children
Children literature for adults 
Short-length classics
Short stories
One last thing: books I don’t want to check out

POETRY
First things first : a few favourites
Second things second : a bunch of recs
Where should I start? Poetry
Learning French? Easy French poetry
Narrative poems 
Mystic poems
Poems about separation
Poems about love
Poems about happiness
Poems about exile

DRAMA
First things first : a few favourites

NON-FICTION
First things first : a few favourites
On feminism
On translation
On literary analysis and adaptation
On biographies and diaries
On writing theory
On art history
On reader-response theory
On Sufism
Literary interviews
Essays

YEARLY SUMMARY
Best of 2015 : Fiction
Best of 2015 : Poetry
2015 - 2016 awaited releases
2016 Summer reading list
Best of 2016 : Fiction
Best of 2016 : Poetry

THEMATIC LISTS
By character
Works featuring Persephone
Works featuring Kassandra
Works featuring mermaids
Works featuring the femme fatale archetype
Works featuring female villains
Works with Nature as a character
Works with introspective characters
Works with narcissistic characters
Trope : Star-crossed lovers
Trope : Friends to lovers
Trope : Villainous love
Trope : Toxic mother figure

By theme
Rewriting Greek and Roman myths
LGBTQ (a terribly lacking list)
Introspection and self-discovery
Melancholy and sadness
Happiness and hope
Symbolism and atmosphere
Moral corruption
Spiritual decadence
Sex politics and philosophy
The female rage
World War I
Southern Gothic
Great love stories
Unusual love stories
Dystopias
Crime novels
Medieval historical fiction
Beach reading
Travel reading

By book
Books similar to The Secret History
Books similar to Wuthering Heights
Books similar to A Grief Observed
Books similar to The Brothers Karamazov
Recommended editions of Romeo and Juliet
Recommended editions of Shakespeare’s Sonnets
Recommended translations of Tristan and Yseult
Books adapted to the screen (1)
Books adapted to the screen (2)

By author
Favourite French writers
Favourite Contemporary writers
What to read? By Women French writers
What to read? By Anne Carson
(And some prep reading for Anne Carson)
What to read? By Richard Siken
What to read? By Roland Barthes
What to read? By Agatha Christie
What to read? By E. A. Poe
What to read? By Priya Sarukkai Chabria
If you love Angela Carter 
If you love Louise Glück 
If you love Virginia Woolf 
If you love Sylvia Plath 
If you love Marguerite Duras
If you love Emile Zola

🌿 A Green Witches Spell Post 🌿

Since some of my spells from the past year have been buried, here is a masterpost for quick reference!

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Belittlement Barrier Spell

For protection from those who have hurt you.

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Charismatic Courage Spell

Boosts creative passion and courage.

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Fall Determination Sachet

Keeps your energy up on cool fall days.

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Follow Me No More Spell

Helps the user let go of people.

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Forest With Me Spell

Brings the forest home, and boosts green magick.

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Full Moon Beauty Spell

Feel extra beautiful.

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No Wickedness Here

Dispel negative energy and put your heart at ease.

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Pets and Blessings

Extra love for our fuzzy, scaled, or feathered friends.

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Spell for Reassurance

Fill yourself with self love and strength.

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Spell of Steadfastness

Leave your mark, find your home.

Undeniably Me | Self Dedication Spell  

To aid those who are transitioning or in need of extra love.

RETROGRADE PLANETS [IN THE BIRTH CHART]: A retrograde action is a planet slowing down. In contrast to the velocity of the Earth, it appears to be going backward. No planet ever goes backward or leaves its orbit. It is always moving forward. The apparent backward motion of a retrograde is simply the loss of velocity. The Sun and Moon never go into retrograde motion.
Retrograde planets represent work that must be achieved in this lifetime because it was not accomplished or reconciled in a past life.

MERCURY RETROGRADE: A Mercury retrograde usually occurs every three months, so that there are three or four Mercury retrograde periods per year, each lasting exactly twenty-one days. When Mercury goes retrograde, if you were born during a Mercury retrograde, it is a time to really make contact with yourself. You will be inspired and moved to recognize your ideas and thought processes with clarity.
When a person is born with a Mercury retrograde, he has a communication problem. He can tell you what he thinks, but he can’t tell you what he feels. He doesn’t make contact with his emotions because Mercury blocks it. There is also difficulty communicating with the self.

VENUS RETROGRADE: If you were born during a time of a Venus retrograde, your inability to appreciate the self is obvious. You are unable to express self-love. You don’t know how to get what it is you want or how to satisfy the self. You must learn not to expect such things from others but, instead, develop them within yourself.

MARS RETROGRADE: The inability to act is created in a Mars retrograde. It is as though you have been victimized by others because you are not using your aggressive qualities correctly – you either don’t know how to be aggressive or you fear aggression. You water down your energies. This does not make for a happy person; it creates a person who internalizes his aggressions and anger. This is dangerous because a retrograde Mars can lead to brooding or nursing old wounds and, eventually, to health problems ranging from ulcers to anxiety. Angers that cannot be externalized wind up being internalized, which impacts one’s health. Retrograde Mars in a chart indicates the inability to displace its natural energy in a positive or productive manner.

JUPITER RETROGRADE: A retrograde Jupiter usually leads to an overbearing individual, especially if placed in the fourth house – it is a tyrant in that house. It creates an inability to empathize with others, which results in an insensitive and isolated individual.

SATURN RETROGRADE: Saturn retrograde relates to self-worth. The inability to judge oneself accurately shows up in a retrograde Saturn. Saturn, as a maturation planet, puts your self-worth into proper perspective. People who tend to place more importance on themselves than others will certainly learn the lesson – Saturn will restrict them until they balance their own worth with the worth of others.

URANUS RETROGRADE: For those born with a retrograde Uranus, the action of Uranus, which is slow, becomes even slower. The unique and unconventional quality of Uranus ceases to be because something is underdeveloped or undeveloped that must be caught up with. This creates the late bloomer, one who doesn’t readily discover his rare individuality.

NEPTUNE RETROGRADE: Neptune in retrograde is a humdinger. Neptune is a difficult planet, so in retrograde action the negativity of Neptune becomes prominent. Neptune has a depth that can be lifesaving; but when it turns retrograde, it goes underground and doesn’t resurface. All of the wonderful concepts, ideas, and creative forces that are generally in Neptune when it is well-aspected will produce irrational fears and anxieties when in retrograde position. These fears are considered irrational because they are usually not created within the context of this lifetime, but from past-life issues and unfinished business.
If born with a Neptune retrograde, it is necessary to maintain faith and courage in the face of all challenges.

PLUTO RETROGRADE: Pluto is generational. During its long revolution, many people will be born within each of its aspects. If Pluto is in retrograde motion, which it is for about six months of the year, half of the population will be born with a Pluto retrograde. This group of people is not necessarily going to act according to the rest of the group. These individuals will, sooner or later, stand out within that generation. They will either be famous or infamous.

—  Ada Aubin and June Rifkin, The Complete Book of Astrology

There’s usually some stigma that the novels published in our current century aren’t as literary & thought-provoking than previous centuries’ novels. Here are some novels published from 2001-Present that are incredibly literary/outstanding!! Feel free to add on & enjoy!!

MAINSTREAM / WELL-KNOWN (these novels can also be critically acclaimed)

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett 
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel 
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Thriteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • Me Before you by Jojo Moyes
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

FICTION YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled housseini
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • Everything is Illuminated by Johnathan Foer
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

LITERARY FICTION / CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

SERIES

  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
  • The Twilight Series
  • The Game of Thrones Series
  • The Divergent Series
  • The Percy Jackson Series
  • TheHeroes of Olympus Series
  • The American Gods Series

OTHER RESOURCES:

*:・゚✧How to find time to read*:・゚✧

hello everyone! i have decided to write this masterpost because this topic has always been quite important to me: especially now in the summertime, i find myself packed in books i have to read for school and/or that i want to read for personal culture, but the time, as usual, seems to be never enough.
Driven by the need of having social life, getting enough sleep, studying for next year’s school lectures and also read everything i want (and have to), i have managed to develop this method that allows me to do all my duties and still have enough time to read four books during a day.
so here’s some steps that will defenitely help you find your time to read!


1. Try to wake up early. Maybe this wasn’t what you wanted to hear but it is fundamental if you want to have more time. If you are not a morning person, i suggest downloading the app alarmy (android download // apple download). I have been using it for ages and it really works for me - you simply take a pic of something before you go to sleep (for example i took a pic of the bathroom sink) and in the morning the alarm won’t go off unless you take the exact same pic, so that you are literally forced to get up. (I have a few methods to wake myself up in th morning, if you’re interested I’ll make a masterpost about this!)


2. Read as first thing in the morning This is actually quite interesting. Reading as first thing in the morning is incredibly beneficiant since it actually activates the brain cells and it makes you feel more awaken and productive since the very beginning of the day, expecially if you read something you deeply enjoy. I love waking up, washing my face and going back to bed to read half an hour or so The Art of Being Happy by Shopenhauer  while i drink a glass of iced water. I truly reccomend you to try this because it really sets the tone of your day.


3. Read in between your study sessions. If you follow the pomodoro method you should be a step ahead in this point but even if you don’t, every day is the right day to start something new! The pomodoro method is basically a method in which you study for 25 minutes and then take a 5 minutes break. I have modified this method to make it more suitable for my needs, and so i usually study for 35 mins and then i have an 10 minutes break; during this break i manage to read some pages, and it motivates me both to work harder during the session and to remain focused!


4. Read half an hour before lunch and dinner and half an hour later. it seems pretty dumb but it is not: before and after a meal are possibly the times in our day where we are most likely to be distracted by hunger or by lazyness; so instead of forcing ourselves on doing work that wont’t be productive, a better option would be to just stop and relax our minds by reading. By doing this, we will gain two hours out of our busy day to read without wasting any study time. 


5. Listen to audiobooks!!!! I literally cannot stress enough how convenient audiobooks are. You can do anything else but still be reading! Another way to take advantage of audiobooks is by having the book under the eyes and just listen to the audiobook and follow in the book. This lowers by so freaking much the chances of get distracted, and it will make the reading more fluid and, for some, interesting (Luckily, youtube is full of free audiobooks of almost any classic book you want to read so you won’t have to pay for audiobooks)

so, to conlude this masterpost, let’s do the math:
We have 24 hours. Lets say we wake up at 6.30. We will read an hour and then we will start our day. We accomplish from 8 to 11 am 3 pomodoro study sessions with 24 mins of reading. Then we have half an hour before and half an hour after lunch. We manage to make 5 sessions form 2 to 7 pm, with 40 mins of reading.
Another half an hour before dinner and half an hour after. If i’m not wrong, we managed to read about 4 hours before evening, without stealing any time to the study and having the whole night ahead to go to sleep early, have social life or, most likely, continue to reading for another couple of hours


If you have read all the way to here, i am so thankful for your existence and for your patience, I truly do hope this masterpost will help you!!! If you have any suggestions or question or anything feel completely free to message me ≧◡≦

An Leabhar na Draíochta

The Mori Witch’s Book of Magick

A collection of original writings from my Leabhar na Draíochta (Book of Magick).

Originally posted by mauriceleyonce

Herbs/Herbalism

  1. 10 Herbs to Keep Close By
  2. Uses for Forget-Me-Nots & Lavender in Magick
  3. 83 Herbs and Their Magickal Properties
  4. Herbs and Things to Avoid During Pregnancy & Lactation [Witchcraft 101]

    Magick

    Types of Magick

    1. Binding [Witchcraft 101]
    2. Curses vs. Hexes: What’s the Difference?
    3. Necromancy [Witchcraft 101]

    General Info

    1. Taglocks [Witchcraft 101]
    2. Magick Oils
    3. Making A Simple Protection/Negativity Repelling Sachet
    4. A Brief Summary of the Major Arcana (Tarot)
    5. Liminality & Liminal Spaces
    6. Witch Bottles?
    7. Astral Weaponry [Witchcraft 101]

    Divination

    1. Palmistry [Part 1][Part 2]
    2. How to Work & Calibrate Your Pendulum

    Spells

    Bath Magick

    1. Roe’s All-round Cleansing Bath [Bath Magick]
    2. “Bathe Me the Fuck Better” Bath Spell [sachet]

    Healing

    1. Minor Pain/Healing Spell

    Spirit Work & Divination

    1. Incense Blend (ft. Candle Magick) to Contact A Deceased Loved One
    2. Divination Drinks: Tea to Aid in Divining

    Jar Spells/Spell Bottles

    1. Roe’s Foolproof Decoy/Entrapment Bottle

    Curses

    1. All That You Love Will Turn to Nothing

    Hexes

    Love

    1. Open to Love: A Poppet

    Talismans & Amulets/Enchanting Objects

    1. Regain & Maintain Your Self-Control

    Tips, Tricks & Advice

    1. The Mori Witch’s Tips & Tricks
    2. Witch Tip: Sigils and Sugar Sheets
    3. How Do You Deal with the Negative Connotations Surrounding Witchcraft?
    4. Why Protecting Yourself During Samhain is Important
    5. (Weird) Witch Tip/Hack [Flammable Spaghetti]
    6. Witch Tip: Pendulum
    7. Mugwort: WARNING
    8. Witch Tip: Crystal Bonding

      Sigils/Sigil Magick

      1. “My Positive Relationships Will Flourish” [sigil]
      2. “I Cannot Be Broken” [sigil]
      3. “The Traumas of My Past Will Not Trouble My Future” & “I Do Not Fear the Troubles or Frights That My Eyes Have Seen” [sigil]
      4. “I Am Not My Past; I Have Worth” [sigil]
      5. “I Have the Power to Succeed” [sigil]
      6. “I am in control.” [sigil]
      7. “I hold the power of a storm in my heart.” [sigil]

      Potions & Elixirs

      1. Roe’s Quick Magickal Pick-me-up (for the tired witch)

      Runes

      1. Witches Runes [Part 1][Part 2]

      Paganism

      Sabbats

      1. SamhainBeltaneLughnasadh 
      2. A Samhain Special: Pumpkins!

      Deities

      1. Gaelic Deities: The Dagda ✧ Óengus 
      2. A Brief List of Well Known and Commonly Worshipped Pagan Deities
      3. “How would one worship and invoke Lir and The Morrigan?”

      Other

      1. Pagan Festivals: Walpurgisnacht
      2. Celtic Tree Lore
      3. Dumb Suppers [Paganism 101]

      Misc.

      1. Brief Summary of Why Wicca and Witchcraft Are Not Interchangeable Terms

      Since this was highly requested by my tumblr/twitter followers, I’m making a list of books that have personally inspired me in one way or the other. You can leave me book suggestions here!! (mostly non-fiction, psychological, self-improvement and history related books) I’ll most likely keep adding to this list, enjoy!!

      A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

      Another Country by James Baldwin

      Beloved by Toni Morrison

      By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho

      Cane by Jean Toomer

      Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain 

      Dream Psychology by Sigmund Freud

      Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman 

      Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix

      Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

      Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou

      Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

      Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L. Weiss

      Needful Things by Stephen King

      Outlier by Malcolm Gladwell 

      Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul by Deepak Chopra

      Soul to Soul by Gary Zukav

      Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

      Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle 

      The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

      The Anatomy of Being by Shinji Moon

      The Book of the Secrets by Osho

      The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

      The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley 

      The Egg by Andy Weir

      The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou

      The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

      The Paleo Manifesto by John Durant

      The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav

      The Stranger by Albert Camus

      The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

      The Way of Tenderness by Zenju Manuel 

      The Way of Zen by Alan Watts  

      The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts

      The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene 

      Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

      Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

      Unbought and Unbossed by Shirley Chisholm

      Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryū Suzuki

      1984 by George Orwell 

      i love reading, especially 20th century (1901-2000) books! so here’s a little masterpost on some of the books that i’ve read and have yet to read. enjoy!

      HIGHSCHOOL/COLLEGE NOVELS (most of these are also critically acclaimed novels)

      • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
      • 1984 by George Orwell
      • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
      • Animal Farm by George Orwell
      • Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
      • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
      • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
      • Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
      • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
      • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery 
      • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
      • The Giver by Lois Lowry
      • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
      • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
      • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

      FORGOTTEN FICTION

      • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
      • The Stranger by Albert Camus
      • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
      • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
      • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
      • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
      • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
      • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

      LITERARY FICTION/CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED

      • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
      • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
      • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 
      • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
      • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
      • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
      • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway 
      • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
      • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
      • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
      • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
      • Ulysses by James Joyce
      • Beloved by Toni Morrison
      • The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
      • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

      SERIES

      • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
      • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
      • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
      • The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

      OTHER RESOURCES:

      afterlife masterpost

      for those of you who don’t visit the actual blog

      Philosopher’s Stone

      the boy who lived

      the vanishing glass - AU with Wolfstar

      letters from no one

      diagon alley

      platform 9¾

      sorting ceremony

      the potions master - AU with Wolfstar

      troll in the dungeon

      flying lessons

      the midnight duel

      gryffindor vs. slyhterin

      the invisibility cloak

      mirror of erised

      Chamber of Secrets

      whomping willow

      the chamber of secrets

      Prisoner of Azkaban

      aunt marge’s big mistake

      professor lupin

      expecto patronum

      the map

      cat, rat & dog

      Goblet of Fire

      alastor “mad-eye” moody

      the goblet of fire

      hungarian horntail

      the second task

      flesh, blood & bone

      Order of the Phoenix

      detention

      closed ward

      occlumency lessons

      cho

      snape’s worst memory

      behind the veil - without 

      Half-Blood Prince

      redhead

      Deathly Hallows

      coward

      regulus arcturus black

      godric’s hollow - AU with Wolfstar

      Teddy Remus Lupin

      Epilogue

      my moony

      leather & gasoline

      Albus Severus Potter

      James Sirius Potter

      Lily Luna Potter

      the hufflepuff

      the slytherin

      AU

      the talk

      As we’re in the middle of summer and a lot of us have time to read, I thought it would be great to list all the great french books I know and I’ve read if you want to practice french or read french books!! (or just if you don’t have books to read now)
      note : the list is faaar from being complete !

      POETRY

      Apollinaire - Alcools, Calligrammes
      André Breton & Philippe Soupault - The Magnetic Fields
      Charles Baudelaire - The Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs du Mal), Paris Spleen (Le Spleen de Paris)
      Paul Éluard - Capitale de la Douleur, Les Mains Libres
      Paul Verlaine - Poèmes Saturniens, Romances Sans Paroles
      Arthur Rimbaud - Illuminations
      Victor Hugo - The Contemplations
      Stéphane Mallarmé - Poésies
      Comte de Lautréamont - The Lay of Maldoror
      Louise Labé - Poésies
      Pierre de Ronsard - Les Odes
      Marceline Desbordes-Valmore - Elegies et romances
      Alphonse de Lamartine - The Meditations

      NOVELS

      Albert Camus - The StrangerThe PlagueThe First Man
      Jean-Paul Sartre - NauseaThe Words
      Annie Ernaux - The YearsThe PossessionShameHappeningA Woman’s Story
      Stendhal - The Red and the Black
      Victor Hugo - The Hunchback of Notre-DameLes Misérables
      Madame de La Fayette - La Princesse de Clèves
      Madeleine de Scudéry - Clélie
      Honoré de Balzac - The Unknown MasterpieceOld Goriot
      Gustave Flaubert - Madame BovarySentimental Education
      George Sand - Story of my Life
      Alfred de Musset - The Confession of a Child from the Century
      Laurent Binet - HHhHThe Seventh Function of Language
      Jean Teulé - The Suicide ShopEat Him if You LikeMonsieur MontespanCharly 9
      Voltaire - ZadigCandide
      Chrétien de Troyes - Yvain, The Knight of the Lion Lancelot, The Knight of the Cart
      Marguerite Duras - The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein
      Marguerite Yourcenar - Memoirs of Hadrian
      Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - Night FlightThe Little PrinceThe Wisdom of the Sands
      Jean de la Fontaine - The Fables
      Émile Zola - The Beast Within
      Marcel Proust - In Search of Lost Time
      André Gide - The Counterfeiters, The Immoralist, The Vatican Cellars, The Pastoral Symphony
      François-René de Chateaubriand - René, Atala, Memoirs from Beyond the Grave
      Aragon - Aurélien
      Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Reveries of a Solitary Walker

      PLAYS

      Albert Camus - Caligula, The Just Assassins
      Jean-Paul Sartre - No Exit, The Flies, The Chips Are Down
      Bernard-Marie Koltès - Return to the Desert, The Night Just Before the Forests
      Jean-Luc Lagarce - It’s Only the End of the World
      Alfred de Musset - Lorenzaccio
      Jean Giraudoux - The Trojan War will not take place, Amphytrion 38, Ondine
      Eugène Ionesco - The Lesson, The Bald Soprano, Exit the King, Rhinoceros
      Voltaire - Zaïre
      Pierre de Corneille - La Place Royale, Le Cid, L’Illusion Comique
      Jean Racine - Bérénice, Phèdre
      Samuel Beckett - Waiting for Godot

      If there’s something I love it’s hearing people’s book recommendations so today I’m giving you mine!

      • Only Ever Yours - this book is amazing and hardly anyone talks about it. The best way I can describe it is a feminist critique set in a dystopian society. Beware, it is not a happy read, but I do think it’s extremely eye-opening and something everyone should read.
      • Carry On - sort of a spin off of Fangirl (but not really) and kind of a Harry Potter rip off (but not really). The characters are lovable and the universe is actually pretty interesting in spite of being based off of HP. And the fluff. All the fluff.
      • We Were Liars – this is a mystery that starts with Cady going back to her family’s vacation island and meeting up with her childhood friend group, the Liars. May possibly make you flip a table. Also E. Lockhart’s writing style sets the pace for this novel so well. So much said in such few words.
      • The Darkest Minds – superpowers, concentration camps and a roadtrip, need I say more? It’s fast-paced, interesting and the heroine actually has a personality.
      • Vicious (actually all of VE Schwab’s books but let’s start here) - this book tells the story of the rivalry between two (super)villans. The superpower-holders are complex and the constant POV switch just makes the story a lot more interesting ALSO IT’S GETTING A SEQUEL AND I’M DYING
      • One of Us is Lying - a high school murder mystery à la PLL. The characters and the amount of development they go through alone make this read worthwhile.
      • The Raven Boys – if you haven’t heard about these books have you been living under a rock?, I promise you, you’ve never read anything like them  It’s technically about a boy looking for a ancient Welsh king but the characters make it so much more than that and also it’s just so atmospheric and aesthetic?
      • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - aka a vampire book done right. The plot and situation is extremely believable and despite being a standalone, the world is well developed. Also the romance is so not in your face that you can just ignore it {but you won’t want to tbh).
      • Kill The Boy Band – hilarious commentary on fangirl culture that takes an unexpected turn (fine maybe not so unexpected). It’s short, fast-paced and if you’ve ever participated in fangirl culture (who hasn’t?),you’ll relate so much.
      • No Good Deed – written by the same author as Kill The Boy Band and equally as great. Follows a summer camp for young activists who, after a competition for a juicy prize is announced, begin sabotaging each other. If you’ve spent more than two minutes on Tumblr, the constant parody of extreme social justice should resonate with you.
      • Ready Player One – a scavenger hunt set in a virtual reality. The world is fascinating and well crafted and the plot’s sense of urgency will keep you turning the pages. (Also I just did a review on it if you want to know more).
      • The 5th Wave - the real selling point of this book is how it makes you second guess yourself until the very end. Also the main character’s sarcasm and sense of humor is on point. Yes it’s about an alien invasion but who cares.

      Two recommendations that are probably not for everybody

      • Pretty Little Liars (yep the books) - if you like really immersive and realistic writing with well developed characters that deal with relatable problems, you will love these books. Also it’s an actual well-woven mistery with real answers, not a total tease like the TV show, and it delves much deeper into issues that the show shies away from. But beware, there are like 20 books in the series.
      • All of LJ Smith’s books ALL OF THEM. If you like your supernatural YA romance, these will be your jam. I specially recommend the Night World series (I’d actually say start with the second one and once you’re hooded read the first one), the Dark Visions trilogy and The Forbidden Game. Skip The Secret Circle and The Vampire Diaries if you’re not into slow reads.

      Also!! Please give me book recs (put them in the tags if you want to, I’ll be reading them)!! it’s not like I already have a ridiculous TBR.

      Thank you @nasa-hopeful for encouraging me to post this (it’s like eight months late but better late?)

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