As the season transitions, the leaves change color; but can this redhead read a book… cover to cover?
I guess that’s what challenges are for. For this cozy fall season, I wanted to give myself a nice leisure challenge (I mean, the eating one was leisurely too, let’s be honest.) A challenge I know that I will enjoy with a delicious hot beverage and a fuzzy blanket. And I thought, the best and most practical challenge I can think of would be to make a #fallreadinglist!
I say practical as I’m trying any single way I possibly can to get myself back into the habit of reading. It’s been an activity I’ve always enjoyed doing, but lately I can’t seem to get myself to settle down enough to read a chapter. So I’m hoping this challenge can bring some accountability back into my reading habits!
The following are the books I’ve chosen to read this fall season for my own personal #fallreadinglist challenge! The order is truly subject to change and how they are presented here isn’t necessarily the order in which I will read them. But I feel it’s a good mix of fiction and non-fiction, and a good mash of light-heartedness and ‘creep-you-out’ scare vibes.
Fall Reading List
The goal of this fall reading challenge is for me to settle on a number of books (create my own reading list, essentially) and actually read the books on that list! Basically I’m attempting anything to kick myself in the butt to actually read again.
Capitalizing on the rising trend of hipster witchcraft, BASIC WITCHES is a lighthearted and empowering book of spells and lifestyle tips for feisty millennial women.Goodreads
I noticed a close friend of mine was reading this, Basic Witches*, and had to go look it up!
Yes, the nature of this book is to be light-hearted and to be taken with a grain of salt, but it’s a cute modern take on adding witchcraft elements to today’s lifestyle. I figured this would be a cute and light read to add the the #fallreadinglist and a nice light and fun book to begin with.
The secrets lurking in a rundown roadside motel ensnare a young woman, just as they did her aunt thirty-five years before, in this new atmospheric suspense novel from the national bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls.Goodreads
This one was recently read and recommended to me by an avid reader of crime/thriller novels, Melissa. You can check out many of the other books she’s read over on her instagram feed (@companionpack).
Being a follow true crime and dark thriller lover, I had to check out this book and see what it was all about. And after reading about it, knew it had to be on the reading list. Honestly, adding creepy and eerie books to the list just makes me so excited for next month and all the horror-based content I will be doing for SPOOKTOBER! (I know, I’m a big October energy gal.)
Everything you need to know to create your very own “sacred space”—perfect for practicing home-based witchcraft including spells, rituals, herbalism, and more!Goodreads
I’ve had this book, The House Witch, for about a year now and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. I was actually given this as a gift and had been meaning to sit down and really take in all the resources for creating a positive home energy.
I recently read HausMagick and plan to incorporate a lot of Erica’s recommendations, plus the information I get from this book, into my upcoming home decor renovations to really add those vibes to my place!
Hannah’s a witch, but not the kind you’re thinking of. She’s the real deal, an Elemental with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air. But even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself. If she’s ever caught using it in front of a Reg (read: non-witch), she could lose it. For good. So, Hannah spends most of her time avoiding her ex-girlfriend (and fellow Elemental Witch) Veronica, hanging out with her best friend, and working at the Fly by Night Cauldron selling candles and crystals to tourists, goths, and local Wiccans.Goodreads
With a LGBTQ+ and witchcraft subject matter, it caught my attention immediately. I appreciate the growing body of LGBTQ+ representation in today’s pop culture and media. It’s so important to be inclusive with creative energy! Definitely excited to read this!
Witch, Slut, Feminist: these contested identities are informing millennial women as they counter a tortuous history of misogyny with empowerment. This innovative primer highlights sexual liberation as it traces the lineage of “witch feminism.” Juxtaposing scholarly research on the demonization of women and female sexuality that has continued since the witch hunts of the early modern era with pop occulture analyses and interviews with activists, artists, scholars, and practitioners of witchcraft, this book enriches our contemporary conversations about reproductive rights, sexual pleasure, queer identity, pornography, sex work, and more.Goodreads
Shout out to my near and dear gal pal Kathleen from Listen as the wind blows who recommended this book, and thank you so much for doing so! I love reading any books with elements of female empowerment, body positive and self love.
Looking over some of the reviews of the book, the star ratings for Witches, Sluts, Feminists average between 4/5, and the subject matter seems to go along with those fierce witchy vibes I’m all about. It’s truly keeping on with my #fallreadinglist witchy energy!
First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, the lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.Goodreads
I’ve had this book, The Haunting of Hill House, on my shelf for years! I’m so ashamed. I both love and hate my ability to buy all the books… just to find they get a permanent home on my bookshelf, unopened. I bought it a few years ago with all the intention of reading it right away, and then got distracted. I’ve heard amazing reviews about this book and I’m a fan of a good creepy story, so here we go!
With this one nearing last on the list, I’m going to aim to read it towards the end of SPOOKTOBER for the ultimate chill factor! Just curl up with some hot cocoa and a blanket, with the right lighting, and make for a spooky few nights!
Harness the power of magic to create a beautiful, healing living space with this unique illustrated guide from the founder of HausWitch, the popular Salem, Massachusetts, store and online lifestyle brand.Goodreads
I finished HausMagick during the summer, but my goal is to re-read it to get some inspiration on decorating by home with witchy energy! This book isn’t on the official #fallreadinglist, but I wanted to call attention to this book for all the wonderful energy that it possesses. Stay tuned for some future blog posts to have many elements of this book incorporated in them! And if you’re curious, check out Erica Feldmann’s HausWitch shop (or check out her instagram @hauswitch).
If you took the time to read this blog post, my heart is full. I hope this post inspired you to create your own fall reading list! I know I’m terribly ambitious here, and probably won’t get them all read during the fall season… but hey, that’s also what the winter is for! I will probably create a separate winter reading list, with your help of course! Let’s continue the discussion below (perhaps with a nice cup of coffee, heh.)
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