What Books We Are Reading | November 2022

Autumn and cool days are up on us here on the homestead and it is time to grab our collection of books for the month of November. Each month we find a collection of books we are all longing to read. Hopefully you will find a few to add to your reading list this month! 

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Kids (9 to 13):

The Lost Witch (Hayden Black and the Salem Witch Trials Book 1)

Five deadly Trials. An ancient, sinister evil.

One lost witch with the power to save the world.

Welcome to Asylum.

Twelve-year-old Hayden Black has never been normal, that much she knew, but when her father is abducted by demons, she learns just how remarkable she truly is. Not only is she a witch, but Heaven’s angels have chosen her as the next Salem Witch, destined to protect the world from evil… if she can survive the deadly Salem Witch Trials first.

Now Hayden must traverse the magical world of Asylum and learn to use her powers. If she doesn’t master all five elements — air, fire, water, earth, and Spirit — before her seventeenth birthday, she forfeits her life.

Hayden might have started her journey orphaned and alone, but it doesn’t take her long to forge new friendships and attract new enemies. Hayden thought her only nemesis was the residential bully, but her greatest enemy, a terrible evil lurking in the shadows, has yet to reveal itself.

Will Hayden master her air magic in time to save her friends and find her father? Or will she perish alongside them?

The Lost Witch is the first book in an urban fantasy series intended for readers ages ten and above who love Percy Jackson and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

The Lost Witch Book 1

My daughter loves fantasy books involving magic, dragons, and mystical forces. This book is right up her alley and she is excited to read it!

North! Or Be Eaten: The Wingfeather Saga Book 2

Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby thought they were normal children with normal lives and a normal past. But now they know they’re really the Lost Jewels of Anniera, heirs to a legendary kingdom across the sea, and suddenly everyone wants to kill them.

In order to survive, the Igibys must flee to the safety of the Ice Prairies, where the lizardlike Fangs of Dang cannot follow. First, however, they have to escape the monsters of Glipwood Forest, the thieving Stranders of the East Ben, and the dreaded Fork Factory.

But even more dangerous are the jealousies and bitterness that threaten to tear them apart. Janner and his siblings must learn the hard way that the love of a family is more important than anything else.

Full of characters rich in heart, smarts, and courage, North! Or Be Eaten is a tale children of all ages will cherish, families can read aloud, and readers’ groups are sure to enjoy discussing for its many layers of meaning.

My daughter quickly devoured the first book in this series and loved it! She was so excited to learn there are several books in the saga. 

Adults (Fiction):

Go the Distance: A Twisted Tale (Twisted Tale, A)

What if Meg had to become a Greek god?

After Hercules proves he’s a true hero and regains his godship, all seems right in the world. That is, until Zeus tells Meg that she can’t be with Hercules because she’s, well, mortal. Luckily, Hera has a solution, offering Meg a chance to prove herself worthy of a spot on Mt. Olympus–as a god. All Meg has to do is complete a mysterious quest.

The mission? Oh, just to rescue her ex’s current wife from the Underworld. The ex-boyfriend she saved by selling her soul to Hades. The ex-boyfriend who immediately moved on to someone else while she was stuck in the Underworld. Can Meg put her past behind her and use her quick-wit to defeat monsters and gods alike, including the nefarious Hades? Will she finally figure out her place and contribution to the world? Or will her fear of commitment have her running away from an eternity of godhood with Herc?

One of my favorite Disney movies growing up was Hercules, so seeing this book brought a nostalgic wonder into me. While this book is more for teens, I am still very excited to read the book! 

These Violent Delights: These Violent Delights Series, Book 1

The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is 18-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang – a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns – and grudges – aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

Romeo and Juliet is one my favorite Shakespearian plays. This book is a retelling of that story. I am so excited to read this new rendition of this classic story!

Adults (Non-Fiction):

Blackthorn's Botanical Wellness: A Green Witch’s Guide to Self-Care

“The best life starts within, looking outward,” writes Amy Blackthorn in this simultaneously practical and personal guide to wellness and healing. Blackthorn, a master herbalist, aromatherapist, and prolific author, explores methods of wellness management using both mystical and mundane tools and techniques.
Amy’s book features essential oils, plants, meditation, tarot, astrology, and personal sigils tailored to your own specific needs and circumstances. She also describes her own journey to well-being and shares the lessons she’s learned, including how to develop healthy mind-body habits and to stop relying on fear and shame-based rituals for self-care that ultimately produce results that are the very opposite of what is desired. Instead, Blackthorn’s Botanical Wellness supplies holistic solutions that enable you to lead your best life.

According to Blackthorn, self-care isn’t “me, first”; it’s “me, too.” In clear, accessible, friendly language, Blackthorn’s Botanical Wellness teaches the skills to put these important lessons into practice.

  • Find tools for managing health, chronic illness, and self-care
  • Create a lunar self-care calendar
  • Embrace the emotional well-being of aromatherapy
  • Work with plant spirit allies
  • Empower yourself with spells and rituals

I love all of Amy’s books! She guides you through so much wonderful information to guide your botanical knowledge. I highly recommend this book and any of Amy’s books!

You can also listen to my interview with her here!

Powerful Juju: Goddesses, Music & Magic for Comfort, Guidance & Protection

Journey through the Crossroads of Magick with 12 Iconic Women Beside You

A follow-up to the bestselling Good JujuPowerful Juju provides guidance and comfort in times of hardship. Najah Lightfoot introduces you to a dozen goddesses and legendary figures, from mythology and modern times, who offer inspiration and protection against the most difficult parts of life. Each one is accompanied by a song to soothe and uplift your spirit, a list of correspondences, a brief description, a full ritual, and instructions on setting up sacred space to bring her energy into your life. You’ll meet Sekhmet, Frida Kahlo, Doreen Valiente, Tituba, Nina Simone, Lilith, and others. These women were specially chosen to accompany you through the crossroads of magick, helping you be strong and carry on.

I have Najah’s first book Good Juju and I loved the book so very much! Najah’s writing is like sitting down with a good friend to learn. I highly recommend this book and all of Najah’s work!

Our book lists grow all the time. On these cool fall mornings we love to curl up before school and work to read a bit when the world is still quiet. What are the books are you reading this month? Tell us your favorite titles in the comments below!

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