summer’s fading light

Mmmm! Summertime book wrap up — recent reads. I’ve been spending my weekend in what I consider the ultimate indulgence – quilts in the sun, tiny cakes, and stacks of books for hours and hours. I didn’t go to Vermont!! I decided to stay, and go in October. I need a proper autumn, anyway.


Mockingbird ~ sean stewart
A friend gave me this to read, and when I finished it, I told him; “Well, I don’t need to tell you the story of my life anymore.”

Daughter of Earth ~ agnes smedley
It’s like if Opal Whiteley was less crazy (maybe.) and totally kicked ass.

Tell My Horse ~ zora neale hurston
Time traveling to other lives.

Ghosts I Have Been – richard peck
Even better as an adult, so good for lunchtime reading.

Quakeland ~ francesca lia block
Growing up with writers is interesting — the writing and characters age with you, like you’re reading the trajectory of your own life.

Richard Brautigan’s Trout Fishing in America, The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster, and In Watermelon Sugar ~ richard brautigan
rb totally writes like gertrude stein, rhythm and repetition, with more magical realism.

Daddy Was a Number Runner (Contemporary Classics by Women) ~ louise merriwether
I found this one on the street! It was charming and good and hard to read and more time-travely to past lives.

Charms for the Easy Life (P.S.) ~ kaye gibbons
southern witchery.

The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll: The Search for Dare Wright ~ jean nathan
I had no idea Dare Wright was SO INSANE. Impossible to put down.

on the ‘to read’ stack:
The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems ~ fritjof capra

The Thin Place ~ kathryn davis
I started this today in the park, Vermont spirit magic.


  1. Wow! Thank you for this list. I am having a very slow day at work and was able to pull up Mockingbird on google books and the first 10 chapters are available. I put in a request for the book at my library and until then am keeping busy at work by reading. This book is lovely.

  2. ‘Quakeland’ is coming to me in the mail, any day now. I grew up with Francesca, too, and can’t wait to eat my way through her new crop of books.

  3. Hello Witchy-poo!
    I have a little blog award thingy for you…come check it out! If you know any magickal people you’d like to pass it along to…feel free…no obligations though!

    Glad you were able to rest up! My, you are quite the book worm!

    xo Lavona

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