Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie by Holly Black. I finished this book on my birthday, and it was a perfect birthday present to myself. I'm having to stop myself from reading the last book in this series because I just don't want it to be over.
Fairy Tale Ritual by Kenny Klein. This is one of a handful of books that Tony bought me for my birthday, and it was wonderful. It's filed with the occult books at the bookstore, but I think anyone interested in fairy tales at all would love it. The occult element is very well done, but the part I loved the most were the essays on the undercurrents that run through fairy tales that ties them to many other myths that came before.
Magical Herbalism: The Secret Craft of the Wise by Scott Cunningham. Throughout June, I couldn't stop reading young adult books. July's theme was the occult. If it's published by Llewellyn, I wanna read it. This book was recommended by a friend when I asked her about witchy gardening, and it's great. I've had a lot of fun digging in the dirt with the ideas in this book in mind, and I'm looking forward to planning even more gardening projects for next year.
Faery Wicca: Book One by Kisma K. Stepanich. In England, Tony and I had a chance to visit Stonehenge, which was incredible. We learned that there is a group of Druids who are allowed to hold rituals there in exchange for doing some care-taking of the area. I was intrigued and got to work studying Druids when I came home. This book was a great introduction, but it also left me with plenty more topics to study. I'm just fascinated by the mythology of pre-Christian England and want to soak up all I can.
The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black. This series was another birthday present from Tony. I counted them all as one book since they're fairly small and the story runs through them continuously, more like a serial than a series. This was a good follow-up to reading a book of Faery traditions since many of the same ideas were used in the story. Of course, now I just need to learn even more about the topic. I'm on the hunt for good translations of some of the older texts of mythology, like the Maginogion. Any suggestions?
Blue is for Nightmres by Laurie Faria Stolarz. I've been trading books back and forth with one of the gals in my office, and she gave me this series after I lent her Ender's Game. It fits in with both my young adult obsession and my occult obsession. It's a fun set of whodunits involving a girl who practices Wicca to help her solve the mysteries.
White is for Magic by Laurie Faria Stolarz. I couldn't stop with just one book from the series, of course. The gal who lent these to me is leaving for college soon, so I'm trying to tear through them quickly. It helps that they're fairly addictive stories that tend to end with cliffhangers. I imagine the other two books in the series will be on my August reading post in a couple of weeks.