Peeking my head up since I have been in a little book bubble. I have been reading up a storm lately and I’ve read some truly cool and witchy books. I thought it would be fun to put together a witchy summer reading for all of you. These are my favorites that I have tackled this year.
Initiated by Amanda Yates Garcia. I’m going to try to keep it cool but, I am a total fangirl. This book is not only incredibly interesting, but also beautifully written. Garcia tells her coming of age story, raised as a witch on the west coast, and then later, all over. Her writing is breathtaking and so honest. I read this book in a day, and if you are a fellow intuitive, you will probably relate to the expression of underworld journeys and struggles with self-doubt.
You Were Born for This by Chani Nicholas. This book is like a beginner’s guide to astrology and I particularly like the simplicity of Chani’s teachings because I’m somewhat of an astrology beginner. She also gives you a quick guide on her website to read different aspects of your chart which I found very helpful. This book is part haunting, self-discovery memoir and part guide to your own personal astrology. Equal parts heart-breaking and empowering and another one that I read in a day. The fun bonus of this, is that if you have the birth time and place of friends or loved ones you can also get insights about them as well; perfect for happy hour socialising.
Auras: The Anatomy of the Aura (A Start Here Guide for Beginners) by Eliza Swann. I heard Eliza on my mentor Sarah M. Chappell’s podcast and I just loved everything she had to say about magic. This book is exactly as it says, a beginners guide to understanding energy fields and how to read them. I love the variety of approaches to understanding energy fields in this book. This variety is indicative of an experienced teacher, since so much of energy reading and healing is individual and totally personal. This book will give you the tools to get started. While it’s not the lightest read, it offers practical exercises to start developing your skills and I loved all of the diagrams and step by step guides. Also, because of those guides, I do recommend getting the old-school, paper copy of this book so that it’s easier to go back and reference.
Conjure Women by Afia Atakora. This book is a work of fiction but a beautiful depiction of the way that magic is passed down through generations in a family. Spanning several generations from before the civil war to post war struggles with violence against newly freed black people in the South. This book paints a beautiful picture of the bonds of women and it made me cry multiple times.
Untamed by Glennon Doyle. I know, it’s a basic bitch beach read but it is also brutally honest and very well written. Get ready to laugh, cry, and dog-ear the heck out of what might be the most quotable book I’ve read this year.
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. This is the first fiction book on the list and while it’s not directly about witchy stuff, it does involve a crime and a character who is haunted by a literal ghost from his past. (Fun fact: Emily St John Mandel also wrote a book, Station Eleven, about a global pandemic back in 2015, so she may just be a little witchy herself.)
The Fake Date Agreement by Tanya Gallagher. This is outside of the witchy realm and I admit it, this is a shameless plug for my dear friend Tanya’s book. We went to high school together in the suburbs of Philadelphia and we have stayed friends since. Her latest book is joyful and fun and brings total Christmas in July vibes and is perfect for a long day at the beach or an afternoon in your backyard hammock.
That’s all I have for you today. I would love to hear what’s on your witchy summer reading list. What did I miss? Let me know in the comments so that I can add it to my summer reading list.
PS. While I’ve included links to the amazon pages for each book, I recommend ordering through your local bookstore or library rather than putting more money into Bezos’ pockets.
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