2012 Reading List

My 2012 New Year’s Resolutions are well underway. I intend to do a lot of reading this year and have compiled a tentative list of books I want to tackle over the next twelve months. Some of these titles (especially in the Classic/Academic Books section) I’ll already need to read for my undergraduate thesis due in April. Others I probably won’t be able to get to until after I graduate and begin my gap year between college and graduate school. My goal is to read 24 books this year that directly or indirectly relate to Paganism – an average of two a month.

Classic/Academic Books

  1. Drawing Down the Moon, Margot Adler
  2. The Spiral Dance, Starhawk
  3. Triumph of the Moon, Ronald Hutton
  4. Eternal Egypt, Richard Reidy
  5. A History of Pagan Europe, Prudence Jones

Not-so-academic-but-still-awesome Books

  1. The Druidry Handbook, Michael Greer
  2. The Way of the Hedge Witch, Arin Murphy-Hiscock
  3. Trance-portation, Diana L. Paxson
  4. Real Energy/Real Magic, Isaac Bonewits
  5. The Pagan’s Muse, Jane Raeburn
  6. A Book of Pagan Prayer, Ceisiwr Serith

Fiction Books

  1. American Gods, Neil Gaiman
  2. Small Gods, Terry Pratchett
  3. Something(s) by Diane Duane
  4. Something(s) by Ursula K. LeGuin

As you can see my list is incomplete, and I welcome any and all suggestions. What would you recommend I read this year?

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6 thoughts on “2012 Reading List

    • I’ve been meaning to read LeGuin for so many years – I actually have A Wizard of Earthsea sitting on my bookshelf, untouched! The only thing I’ve read from her was the short story “The Ones Who Walked Away From Omelas,” but I’ve heard so many good things about all her other work.

      • That’s an awesome story! 🙂 She has a collection of short stories out that’s also really worth reading, especially if you’re pressed for time and can only get in short doses. I also enjoyed her Left Hand of Darkness – good reading for winter time!

      • Omelas is actually one of my favorite short stories of all time, and that was way before I ever realized that she was who wrote it, so seriously, jump in there 🙂

  1. Since I devour urban fantasy fiction books, I can name a few that really impressed me:
    Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (one of my favorites ever)
    The Heir by Marion Zimmer Bradley
    Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris (because there’s nothing better than mixing Pride and Prejudice characters with a supernatural mystery)
    The Wild Ways by Tanya Huff (just started it, but it has witches, selkies and witches family aganst, so what is there to not like?)
    A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkess

    On ‘Magical’ Books-

    ‘Priestesses, Pytonesses and Sybils’ by Sorita D’Este is a wonderful collection of essays on ecstatic states and trance.

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