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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Melissa's Witches and Witchcraft Reading Challenge

Hello, witch lovers! I just wanted to highlight this super exciting witch-friendly event hosted by Melissa at the Eclectic Bookshelf (see her button in the sidebar). She's challenging folks to read as many books featuring witches and/or witchcraft as they can. She's actually been running it all year, but it doesn't end until the end of December, so we've still got time.

Here are her rules (in her words):
Challenge Rules:
  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012.  I will be posting a place to link up a sign-up post (below), reviews and a wrap-up post. (Note: You do not have to review the books to participate, but only those who link up reviews will be entered for the prize)
  2. Grab the reading challenge button (code & button below) and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate- you could track your progress and post reviews on  Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, etc.
  3. Any full length book that includes a witch as a main character or major witchcraft elements counts.  They may be fiction or non-fiction.  However, they should not be reference books which are not read cover to cover-I will leave this to your discretion.  
  4. Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).
  5. Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  6. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  7. When you sign up in the linky put the direct link to your post about joining the 2012 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge.
  8. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  9. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  10. Have some Witchy Good Fun !!!

I did tons of research while writing AUDREY'S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT, so here's a list of witch books I've read (and loved) so far:

1) The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
2) A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
3) Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
4) Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
5) Practical Magic (one of my very favorites! A classic) by Alice Hoffman
6) Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (LOVE her too)
7) The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
8) The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
9) Bras and Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski
10) Frogs and French Kisses by Sarah Mlynowski
11) Jinx by Meg Cabot
12) Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell
13) The Kitchen Witch by Annette Blair
14) The Witch of Portobello by Paolo Cohello
15) The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
16) The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch
17) Once a Witch by Carolyn McCullough

I'm reading The White Glove Wars (sequel to The Magnolia League) by Katie Crouch right now. I think she's awesome! Northern California girls venturing into the deep, swampy, spooky south totally does it for me. Plus I got to meet her once when we were on a panel together, and she's very smart and cool.

Join Melissa's Witch challenge and I'll happily send you a free e-copy of AUDREY'S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT!


Anonymous said...

Hi, I see you are a Sarah Addison Allen fan too ; )
I love her !! A lot of books you mention I have read too.
I loved "The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane" by Katherine Howe. Maybe another book for your list ? The new book by Deborah Harkness is out too. I'm really looking foreward to read that one.
Have a great day.

primrose said...

Yup..I'm one of those who signed up for the challenge. Just can't get enough of witchy books.:) Love your book, Jody!

Jody Gehrman said...

Hey Monique! You're right, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane was a great one, and totally belongs on my list! I forgot about how witchy that one was. Thanks for the reminder.

Jody Gehrman said...

Hello Primrose Muser! Thanks for your note. Go Witch Lovers!

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

Hi Audry! So happy to meet another Witchy reads lover! Welcome to the challenge!

Jody Gehrman said...

Thanks, Melissa! It's such a great idea.