Saturday, January 18, 2014

2014 Witch's Reading Challenge

Welcome to the 3rd annual 2014 Witch's Reading Challenge!

Last year I received a complaint about the name change because it no longer contained the word "pagan". The challenge has been renamed from "pagan" simply to reflect my blog name change to avoid confusion. The focus on books (whether witchcraft or pagan) is up to you! You choose what books to focus on, not me!

The Rules:
This challenge will begin January 1, 2014 and end December 31, 2014.

Books that can be counted will include nonfiction books that are about spirituality, religion, magick, the occult, nature, myths, or the paranormal. They can be reference, how to, informative, encyclopedias, or memoir. Fictional books that can be counted are anything that has to do with the paranormal, magick, witchcraft, or have a distinctly pagan flavor to the story such as The Divine Sisters of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells.

You may include books of any format including traditional books, ebooks, or audiobooks.

You may reread books.

Recipe style books, usually of spells or correspondences  are not usually read cover to cover so I will bend the rules here. You do not have to read the book from cover to cover, but you do have to look at EVERY page in the book.

You may change the level you choose at any time and go up or down.

The Levels:
Novice  Read 1 - 5 books
Initiate Read 5 -10 books
Beginner Read 11 - 15 books
Intermediate Read 16 - 20 books
Advanced Read 21 - 25 books
Adept Read 26 -30 books
High Priest/Priestess Read 31 - 35 books
Elder Read  Read 36 - 40 books
God/Goddess Read 41+ books

If you would like to share your level, please leave it in the comments. If you have any questions or comments you may leave leave them below or email me at thedomesticpagan@yahoo.com

If you could be so kind, please place the 2014 Pagan Reading Challenge banner on your blog to help spread the word!

Additional Challenges
Post reviews of all the books you read

Books on magick, the occult, and spirituality are not just meant to be read. Blog, tweet, or post statuses about the things you try from the books that you have read.

Read all that you can about your tradition

Read a book or two that are outside of your tradition. Way out if you dare. For example, if you are Gardnerian Wiccan read a book on shamanism or High Magick.

Read what the Bible has to say about magick and witchcraft or read books that speak against witchcraft and the occult. I double dog dare you.

Read books by authors you find controversial (such as Silver Ravenwolf)

If you are advanced or adept, read or reread books for beginners

Read about a skill you would like to develop such as tarot reading, Reiki, or communicating with the dead

Read about the history of Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism

Read about what really happened during The Burning Times

Make your own grimoire or book of shadows

Signing Up
Before signing up, please create a post or page where you will list all the books you have read and then use that link for your Mr. Linky. If you don't have a blog you can still sign up by using a link to your Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, and so on.

I will be participating as well so you will be seeing book reviews, book recommendations, and blog posts on what I have read or heard about throughout the year!

I will start with this level - Intermediate Read 16 - 20 books:
1. Stolen by Kelley Armstrong
2. The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch
3. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
4. Magic in the Wind by Christine Feehan
5. The White Glove War by Katie Crouch and Grady Hendrix
6. Bitter Night by Diana Pharaoh Francis
7. Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong
8. The Twilight Before Christmas by Christine Feehan
9. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
10. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
11. Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey
12. A Cursed Embrace by Cecy Robson
13. Crimson Wind by Diana Pharoah Francis
14. Circle of Fire by Keri Arthur
15. The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
16. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
17. Black Arts by Faith Hunter
18. Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
19. Oceans of Fire by Christine Feehan
20. Dangerous Tides by Christine Feehan

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