For those interested - here are some recommended books :-)
I started my interest in Paganism in late 80’s and purchased a goodly amount of books. But noticed that as newer books came out they were just referencing the original ones, with different cover art. Quickly I moved to other types of books. Ones that appeal to Pagans, but don’t teach it perse. Books on herbalism, gardening, goddess history, natural living, folklore and folk craft, native American beliefs…
I try to recommend only books I have read or at least authors I think are reputable. Your library is a good resource for checking out a book before you buy. Used book stores are also good!
Recommended books on general Pagan/Wiccan/Witchcraft topic:
Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler
Witches’ Bible by Stewart and Janet Farrar
Bucklands Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland
The SpiralDance by Starhawk
Circle Round by Starhawk (made for children – good for everyone!)
Wicca – a guide for the solitary practionary by Scott Cunningham*
Recommended books about the Goddess:
The Witch’s Goddess by Stewart and Janet Farrar
When God was a Woman by Merlin Stone
The Great Cosmic Mother by Monica Sjoo (have not read yet but friends highly commend!)
The Grandmother of Time by Zsuzanna Budapest
Recommended books Sabbats, Ritual, Magic and Spells:
Wheel of the Year by Pauline Campenelli
Earth Power by Scott Cunningham*
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia to Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham*
Grandmother Moon by Zsuzanna Budapest
A Witch Alone by Marion Green
The ABC of Witchcraft by Doreen Valiente (DH recommends)
*Scott Cunningham wrote many books and I love most of them! His writing style is very down to earth and approachable beginners. But there is some overlap between some of his books. Read online reviews to get a feel if the book is good for you.
I also want to mention calendars!! I personally love them JThere are many Pagan based wall calendars and planners. These can be a fun way to learn a bit as you go. Most will list multicultural and pagan holidays, moon phases/sign, astrological correspondences, and sometimes historical information.
For astrology nothing beats: Llewelyn’s Astrological Calendar
Wiccan/Pagan I like both: Witches Datebook and Seasons of the Witch
Someone made a nifty listing for 2011 datebooks and calendars here:
I hardly ever read fiction but one book I’ve read and is adored by many Pagans is the Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It’s a revisioning of the Authorian lengend from the female characters point of the view.
Please share your book recommendations too.