Wishing a warm welcome to all of the forum book-lovers!
Thank you again to everyone who joined in for last month’s reading session! For those who haven’t yet shared their thoughts about their book (or anyone who enjoys reading book reviews!) you still have time to do so in Spells8 Book Club XXIII- Reader’s Reviews discussion.
As of today, the 24th book club reading session has now begun !
On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!
Begin by announcing your book
The first post below is an editable wiki post- add your book title and name to the list! (instructions below)
Know that you have [[ 4 weeks ]] in this reading session
While it is great if you can finish your book during this time, it is okay if you break it into chapters or sections- do as much as you can and know that doing your best is always good enough!
As you’re reading, feel free to share your thoughts!
You are very welcome to share any thoughts or tidbits while you read in the comments below or in a new post in the forums. Just save the best parts for the final discussion at the end of the reading period!
Join the final discussion
After four weeks, a discussion post will open encouraging all readers to share a review of their book and any personal thoughts they have about it. A mini-review is perfectly fine, and there will be a suggested format for anyone who would like to write a longer review.
While everyone is free to choose their own book, you may consider reading along with someone else ! It is fun to share thoughts and insights about different books and even more exciting to do in-depth about a book with fellow readers
If the book you plan to read is already on the list below, add your name to the list of others reading that book! For books with multiple readers, a separate discussion just for you will open for you to swap thoughts and share insights.
Please keep in mind that everyone will reconvene for the final discussion, regardless of which book you read
If you are reading a book along with someone else, please make a note in the comments so I can create a special discussion thread for you!
If you’ve read the instructions but are still having a tough time- no stress at all! For anyone who prefers, I am happy to add you in. Just write your book title and author in a normal post and I will take care of it
I’m making my way through The Essential Guide to Women’s Herbal Medicine- I have to be upfront, I got this at Ollie’s (which I guess is the new Building 19?) for a few bucks and didn’t have high hopes for it.
It’s pretty good! Better than expected, at least. It’s broken into two main sections- common ailments women experience and then herbs that are recommended specifically for women.
The author is an herbalist and botanical professor at a college in Canada and seems to have a lot of experience under her belt. I really like the “study” notes where she explains a patient who came to her, the symptoms they were experiencing, and what herbs ended up helping them (along with other treatments too).
Plus there are some herbs in here that I’d never known were used for women’s health- I’m adding a whole handful of herbs to my to-study radar
It’s not a huge book and it doesn’t cover everything, but it’s a great jumping into point for anyone who wants an herbal studies book focused on women’s health, written by a female herbalist who specializes in this type of herbal medicine.
I’m still working my way through it- but so far, so good!
Hooray! It’s always great when you can add new spells to your collection And how exciting to be building up your witchy stash too! I hope you’re able to find everything you need and that your treasure trove grows wonderfully this year
It sounds like a book that is right up your alley, Megan- I’m glad you’re enjoying it so far! Pretty cover too May it continue to be a great read for you!
I’m late to the party and this is my first book club here, but I was finally able to borrow ‘Brighid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess’ by Courtney Weber from Libby. I just started reading it on my Kindle!
I might not be able to finish it in time but I hope to share some neat quotes and things as I read.
I tried reading in bed at night… bad idea. I barely get a page in and then fall asleep, lol! So today I am reading as I knit.
I love how the first chapter of the book (which was quite thorough!) talks about the history and cultural connections of Brighid. She also shares her story about her journey toward her, which was beautiful.
Hahaha I do this all the time! Sometimes I wait all day, excited to read another chapter only to get to bad and almost immediately go unconscious I feel your pain, @Melora_Fae! Reading while knitting sounds like a good plan
So I’m a few chapters into my book so far, I love the intro visualization she includes, as well as ways to connect to Brighid if you have to do it from home rather than the wild. I’m getting to a section with some spells now, and she reminds the reader to adjust as needed - which is also nice, because some books say that you need fancy ingredients like a dozen roses etc with zero suggestions for substitutes.
I especially love the history and the tidbits of lore and stories throughout!