The Witch’s Bedtable


There’s a meme running around Facebook where people are asked to, over the course of ten days, list ten books that really mattered in their lives.  There’s no way I could begin to limit myself to ten, but here are ten that did change my life.

  1.  Wind in the Willows.  I learned a lot about friendship, leisure, organizing your life, relationship with the land, and, of course, about the Piper at the Gates of Dawn.
  2. Secret Garden (and I’d include A Little Princess by the same author).  I learned a lot about how to handle adversity, magic, nature, gardening, the Divine Feminine, and relationship with the land.
  3.   Little Women (and all the following books by the same author).  I learned how to be a woman who writes, how to be true to myself, and how to love other people even when they’re difficult.
  4. The Tripods series.  My introduction to science fiction which blew my world view wide open.  My first exposure to real social criticism.  These books probably led to my having read several thousand other books over the course of my life and my love for Resistance.
  5. Nancy Drew.  I think I read the entire series after finding Mystery of the Clock Tower on the floor of a friend’s older sister’s bedroom.  I learned that women could act together to deal with injustice.   It led to a lifelong love of mystery novels.
  6. The Politics of Women’s Spirituality.  Where it all began.
  7. Drawing Down the Moon.  Where it led to.
  8. The Spiral Dance.   Where it gelled.
  9. Walking to Mercury/The Fifth Sacred Thing/City of Refuge.  The fictional background of my politics.
  10. The Collected Poems of Dorothy Parker.  I learned that I’m not the only one.

What’s your list?

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4 responses to “The Witch’s Bedtable

  1. I share some of yours. 🙂 Wind in the Willows, Little Women, Wizard of Oz, Misty of Chincoteague, The Skeptical Feminist, A God Who Looks Like Me,

  2. Great exercise; got some insights from it.
    1. Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell (1960)
    2. The Chestry Oak, by Kate Seredy (1948)
    3. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle (1962)
    4. The Secret Life of Plants, by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird (1973)
    5. Wishcraft, by Barbara Sher (1979)
    6. Second Sight, by Judith Orloff (1996)
    7. Ecotopia, by Ernest Callenbach (1975)
    8. Eastern Body Western Mind, by Anodea Judith (1996)
    9. Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, by Scott Cunningham (1989)
    10. Perelandra Garden Workbook, by Machaelle Small Wright (1987)

  3. Ten????

    More like Ten x Ten x Ten!! 🙂

    Let’s see: Old books of fairy tales; fantasy story anthologies (Tanith Lee) (Mercedes Lackey) (Katherine Kurtz); old science fiction stories (from the Golden Age); old gothic romances; ghost stories and other tales from all over the world; sword & sorcery books (The War for the Oaks – Emma Bull); comic books that featured ghouls and ghosts; LOTR; Narnia; Enid Blyton stories; E. Nesbit books (especially Five Children and It); Bedknobs and Broomsticks; Wind in the Willows; books by Charles de Lint …..

    ….. spent a lot of time at the small local library – lying on the cold tiles reading along a row of books ….

  4. The first four off the top of my head and in no particular order … 🙂
    Mary Daly: Gyn-Ecology (and most of the other works from the 80’s feminist days)
    Stephen Donaldson: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
    Anne McCaffrey: the Pern books
    Monica Sjöö: The Great Cosmic Mother of All

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