In the order that I read them:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Brothers Grimm
My mother once told me that if she'd known what would come of it, my first bedtime story wouldn't have had a witch in it. This was my first exposure to literary witches - and when I knew what a witch was - I called myself one from that day forward. Thus was born my obsession with Evil Queens, glamour, red lipstick, mirrors, vanity and baking apple pies for people.
MacBeth - Shakespeare
Witch Number One was always my favorite.
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
I am forever thankful to my second grade teacher for reading this to us - a few chapters at a time at the end of the day - and for showing us the Hallmark movie adaptation of the novel. When the '93 film starring Maggie Smith came out, I was obsessed, and still am. I have re-read the novel every spring for the last twenty-three years.
Wise Child - Monica Furlong
A YA novel about a young girl sent to live with a witch. I read this in junior high and it remains remarkable to me for being the only YA witch story I know of that includes flying ointments.
Practical Magic - Alice Hoffman
Another yearly re-read. It didn't so much change any religious beliefs, but I would be in error not to mention it.
The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
Yeah, yeah, I know.
Book of Shadows/The Love Spell - Phyllis Curott
Two fictionalized memoirs which I'm including and I hope the author, should she see this, won't find the inclusion offensive. Curott took her training in the first coven of the Minoan Sisterhood operating out of the Magickal Childe.
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Just read everything by Neil Gaiman. Seriously.
Bell, Book and Murder: The Collected Bast Novels - Rosemary Edghill
When I finally met Real Life Initiates™ and asked for book suggestions, this is what I was given.
I'm sure there are a hundred thousand more, since everything I've ever read has gone into the stew, but these are all biggies.
What are yours?
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