Alas, the “Voices of Faith” blog on the Journal Star website is not as inspiring as I had hoped. Right now there are a lot of “voices” who are not addressing anything relative to my faith. So I have decided to take up at reading challenge to get my blogging juices flowing.
At the end of December 2011 Melissa, mistress of Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf offered a reading challenge for the new year: Witches and Witchcraft.
- This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2012 – Dec 31, 2012. I will be posting a place to link up a sign-up post, reviews and a wrap-up post. (Note: You do not have to review the books to participate, but only those who link up reviews will be entered for the prize)
- Grab the reading challenge button…and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate- you could track your progress and post reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, etc.
- Any full length book that includes a witch as a main character or major witchcraft elements counts. They may be fiction or non-fiction. However, they should not be reference books which are not read cover to cover-I will leave this to your discretion.
- Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).
- Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
- You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
- When you sign up in the linky put the direct link to your post about joining the 2012 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge.
- You can move up levels, but no moving down.
- Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
- Have some Witchy Good Fun !!!
Initiate: Read 1 – 5 Witchy Books
Maiden: Read 6 – 10 Witchy Books
Mother: Read 11 – 15 Witchy Books
Crone: Read 16 – 20 Witchy Books
I’m already two months behind, and I have a huge backlog of non-fiction waiting for me plus the monthly selection for my science fiction/fantasy bookclub, but I think I can catch up–especially since I’ve plucked some very short books from my bookshelf. Therefore I am going to go out on a slender, wand-like limb and declare “Mother” level. I plan to read at least 11-15 “Witchy Books” in the next 10 months. In no particular order I am going to start with:
- Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
- Omega by Stewart Farrar.
- Howl’s Moving Castle by Dian Wynne Jones.
- The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda.
- Witch World by Andre Norton.
- Web of the Witch World by Andre Norton.
- Three Against the Witch World by Andre Norton.
- Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor.
- The Witches Sabbats by Mike Nichols
That’s nine right there–books that I own and have read at one time or another. I have a few more in mind. I admit that the “witch” part is slowing me down a bit. Does a “sorcerer” count? Don Juan is actually a Yaqui sorcerer, but it’s still a witchy book. How about a mage? She’s a magic worker, and she is being hunted. That’s a duology if I decide it fits.
So let the challenge begin!
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