Can Too Many Books Spoil the Broth?

Huge Witchy Book Haul….

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Hello my lovelies thank you so much for joining me. It’s so good to see you again! Here in the ‘Sunshine State’ it is dark and stormy, with the lightning cutting off the power intermittently and the house shaking with the thunder that seems to have set up home overhead. It is just the weather for me to share with you some of my huge spooky book haul. And I have to start it with a picture of my dream house, which I’m sure would look so spooky today.

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We all love a good book haul, right? especially if we were not planning on one, so that it is a surprise even to ourselves.I have been so good with my self-imposed book buying ban, that it’s been a full month since I last stepped foot into a book store or clicked that button on Amazon.I know the staff at my local bookstore will be sending out the cavalry to find me soon, if I don’t show my face in there.

Anyway, if you happen follow me on Instagram you will know that my hubby and I went on a day trip to St. Augustine on Sunday.It’s about two hours drive from our home in Central Florida. We had some business to take care of, with a little house hunting thrown in, and we wanted to spend a whole day there to take in the beautiful surroundings in this amazing and historical part of Florida.We had a wonderful time, but as usual the day went by far too quickly. Once everything was taken care of we hunted down somewhere to eat, where we could relax, hide from the sun, and scroll through all the amazing photos we had taken during the day. To be honest, the photos I was most interested in were the house ones. Sigh…

As we rolled out of the restaurant, my radar detected a huge Barnes & Nobel bookstore right behind us, winking in the sun. I looked at my hubby, he looked at me, sighed, and drove us the ten yards to the bookstore. He decided he would stay in the car while I browsed (he never learns) So I browsed lots. Too much. I was phoning him with updates while I shopped. I think I bought more in one haul than I’ve ever done. You know, the one where you split the bill between your debit card and your credit card so you can still pay the mortgage at the end of the month.

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I blame the staff. 😉 They didn’t limit me. They actually ENCOURAGED me! ‘Double points today” they said. “If you sign up for a new points card today you get 40% off hardbacks” they said. Only “$25 to join” they said. So how could I argue? After all it was only twenty-five dollars to join and I was getting double points and forty percent off too….

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I initially went in to buy a new Penguin cloth bound classic to add to my collection. I promised myself that I would only buy a new one of these gorgeous designs, when and only when, I’d read the previous one. So far I’ve stuck to that rule.

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How gorgeous are these Penguin cloth bound classics?

 

 

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But on Sunday something magical happened. Well actually it was a whole AREA devoted to the magical that happened. My jaw dropped, my hands shook and my basket became very heavy. I was in more than book heaven; You see, I’m writing a trilogy where fantasy and witchcraft are the main ingredients. I’ve been researching my subject since I was at college, and I have been actively writing for the whole of this year, and I’m finally seeing my life’s’ ambition coming together. So that one trip into the bookstore was an all-my-Christmases-come-at-once moment. Before long I was onto basket number two.

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Some local historic Haunting books.

So, let me share my treasures with you.

‘Spooky South’ by S.E. Schlosser – Tales of huntings, strange happenings, and other local lore.

‘Ghosts of St. Augustine by Dave Lapham twenty-four collected stories from the oldest city in Florida.

llewellyns 2017 Magical Almanac by Billington, Zaman, Blake et al -Ideas and techniques, calendars, stories and spells.

I figured with the local history books, if I’m moving into the area, I ought to know more about it. I can’t wait to get my teeth into these books.

 

 

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Next up are some super legends.

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The Story or King Arthur and Dancing with Dragons

‘The Story of King Arthur and his Knights’ by Howard Pyle is one of the children’s classics. Its only $10 and it is stunning!  It has tons of lovely illustrations, beautiful end papers and of course the silver edged pages that are the trademark of the Barnes and Nobel children classics.

‘Dancing with Dragons’ by D.J. Conway – What are Dragons?, how do they feature in magic? This appears to be an interesting investigation into the lore of Dragons.

 

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Oracles and Runes

Now these really intrigue me! I’ve been reading tarot cards since my Grandmother taught me at the age of ten. I collect so many different designs, yet I always seem to use the same pack that I’ve had forever. Nevertheless, I’m now venturing into the realms of oracle cards  (wait until I write my post on the work of the gorgeous and fabulously talented artist, Terri Foss- watch this space) These Faerytale oracle cards are just so beautiful.These are by Lucy Cavendish. All the cards are based upon a well-known fairy tale character. These have to be added to my top ten favorites. Now the Lenormand cards are something that I’m just getting to know. I have heard that they’re more difficult to learn, but I’m always looking for a challenge. Finally ‘The Book of Runes’ by Ralph H. Blum. I once began investigating the Runes but couldn’t seem to get ‘into’ them enough. But now I’m excited to try again.

 

 

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Learning wicca

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These three books are all schooling in the art of Witchcraft.

First up is ‘The Black Arts’ by Richard Cavendish- This book explores every aspect of the dark side of magic: psychic attacks, evil spirits, astrology, and summoning. Eeek…I think this one needs reading in daylight and in company!

‘Witchcraft theory and practice by Ly De Angeles- This is described as a manual that explains in-depth how and why magic works. I think this one looks more non-witch user-friendly.

‘Witch School’ by Rev. D. Lewis- Highcorrell – goodness that’s a mouthful. I thought my surname was, but he gets the prize. This is cited as a three-volume Witch school, rather like a college course on Wicca. The synopsis  tells us that there are twelve lessons to be completed in a year. Hmmm interesting.

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Herbal Magic and A year of Wicca

‘Wicca a Year and a Day’ by Timothy Roderick- This is an intensive study course of solitary witchcraft which focuses on the changing of the seasons and working with natural elements. This seems to go hand in hand with ‘Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs’ by Scott Cunningham. This is a dip in and outlook with meanings and uses of each herb that you can think of. I’m looking forward to this because I’m always blending teas and trying to invent new tastes for myself. Ok so these are the last two I’m going to share today. I see there is a lot to take in here. I haven’t read any of these books yet but I’ll have them to hand as I’m working on the novel, I want to weave as much history and folklore into my book as I can. It totally fascinates me! I hope you’ve enjoyed my witchy book haul post. I’ll be back with more this week. I’m hoping the sun shows up again soon so I can take more pictures. I’ll also be posting part 2 of my candle collection. As for my Barnes and Nobel trip, while I did buy books from some other genres too,I never did remember to look for my next Penguin cloth bound. ;?

I wish you all a lovely day. Curl up in your book nook, light a candle and drift to other worlds.

 

lots of love

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Sally xx

 

 

 

 

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