Wednesday, November 01, 2023

Seven top books about modern witchcraft

Diana Helmuth writes about urges: to travel, to be in nature, and to feel understood. Her first book, How to Suffer Outside, was a National Outdoor Book Award winner, and her freelance work can be found in various anthologies, travel guides, and humor magazines. She studied anthropology and Arabic at UC Berkeley, and can often be caught moonlighting in Silicon Valley’s start-up land, or producing the occasional podcast. She was born and raised in Northern California.

Helmuth's new book is The Witching Year: A Memoir of Earnest Fumbling Through Modern Witchcraft.

At LitHub she tagged seven notable books on modern witchcraft, including:
Madeline Miller, Circe

Although this book is fiction, Madeline Miller’s novel truly captures the sensation of being alone in your room, feeling ostracized from your community, stirring up a bunch of herbs in the hopes that it will finally help you figure out your life. Circe is often called as the first Witch in Greek history, but she is not born complete and confident. Her journey to her own power (written with intoxicating grace by Miller) is the journey any one of us might take, nervously thrown into a life stage that demands we come to terms with what we are capable of.

Anyone who begins a Witchcraft journey can probably relate to Circe feeling as though “I had been a stranger to myself, turned to stone for no reason I could name.” Circe’s story serves as inspiration that despite trial after trial, enduring disrespectful lovers and unkind family members, there can be a discovery of power—and, more importantly, a discovery of peace.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Circe is among Megan Barnard's eleven books about misunderstood women in history & mythology, Rita Chang-Eppig's ten top books with irresistible anti-heroines, Emilia Hart's five novels featuring witchcraft, Brittany Bunzey's top ten books centering women in mythology, Mark Skinner's twenty top books in witch lit, Hannah Kaner's five best novels featuring gods, the B&N Reads editors' twenty-four best mythological retellings, Ashleigh Bell Pedersen's eight novels of wonder and darkness by women writers, Kelly Barnhill's eight books about women's rage, Sascha Rothchild's most captivating literary antiheroes, Rachel Kapelke-Dale's eleven top unexpected thrillers about female rage, Kat Sarfas's thirteen enchanted reads for spooky season, Fire Lyte's nine current classics in magic and covens and spellsElodie Harper's six top novels set in the ancient world, Kiran Millwood Hargrave's seven best books about islands, Zen Cho's six SFF titles about gods and pantheons, Jennifer Saint's ten top books inspired by Greek myth, Adrienne Westenfeld's fifteen feminist books that will inspire, enrage, & educate you, Ali Benjamin's top ten classic stories retold, Lucile Scott's eight books about hexing the patriarchy, E. Foley and B. Coates's top ten goddesses in fiction, Jordan Ifueko's five fantasy titles driven by traumatic family bonds, Eleanor Porter's top ten books about witch-hunts, Emily B. Martin's six stunning fantasies for nature lovers, Allison Pataki's top six books that feature strong female voices, Pam Grossman's thirteen stories about strong women with magical powers, Kris Waldherr's nine top books inspired by mythology, Katharine Duckett's eight novels that reexamine literature from the margins, and Steph Posts's thirteen top novels set in the world of myth.

--Marshal Zeringue