One, Two, Theme challenge 2011

One, Two, Theme challenge

For the One, Two, Theme Challenge 2011 I have finally decided on my three topics. I went through my TBR pile and built my themes around it to make sure I get some books read that have been sitting on my shelf for quite some time.

My three themes are Wicca, WWII and Relationships.

Now, what books to choose?


1. Wicca

I went to a site Poppy Red recommended ( and found out that one of the books I already owned is one of the most popular ones as well. Lucky!

I plan on reading:

  • The Spiral Dance by Starhawk
  • The Real Witches Handbook by Kate West (already have that one as well)

I might add

  • Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham that Angelique suggested.

That leaves me with one fiction book I still need. Does anyone have any recommendations?

  • After a look around and from recommendations I might read "The Forest House" by MZB.  



  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
  • Joseph Goebbels by Kurt Riess. This is a biography that came out in 1950. Kurt Riess was working for the US Army at the time; he searched archives and spoke to people who worked for Goebbels etc. right after the war.


3. Relationships

  • He’s just not that into you by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo
  • Essays in Love by Alain de Botton
  • Important artifacts and personal property from the collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris including books, street fashion, and jewelry by Leanne Shapton

    This book – as non-fiction as it sounds – is a fictional auction catalogue that portrays the rise and fall of a four-year-relationship.

I think this is going to be a fun challenge for the next year.



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  1. Hi Rikki! So glad you’ve decided to join us. I’ll add your themes to the list. You and Joanna can exchange some ideas for books, she’s also doing pagan-related themes.

    On wiccan fiction. have you read The Mists of Avalon?

    Feel free to add more level/themes over the year.


  2. ooh, this one sounds funny ,too!

    I was thinking Mists of Avalon,too. I’m trying to think of some others. Interesting that someone else is doing pagan-theme…I’m pagan,too (although I don’t think I’ll choose that for my theme but it’ll be interesting to see what you b oth read)


  3. Yes, I have read Mists of Avalon, as I am a big fan of MZB. I was considering it as a re-read (it is years and years ago that I read it), but I actually planned on reading something new. I’ll have to have a look around.

    It’s fun to see what themes people are choosing, this challenge is a good one.


  4. My hubby (who reads more fantasy fic than I ) says Terry Pratchett has some good ones that could fall into Wicca category.
    I read a mystery novel a few years ago where the investigator was Wiccan. Driving me crazy that I can’t remember the name of it!
    Jupiter’s last post ..What’s in a Name 4 reading challenge


    • Sorry, it took me so long to respond. I was going to but then something else distracted me.
      My husband is a huge Terry Pratchett fan and he could provide me with all his books, but I once started to read the first of the Discworld novels and didn’t like it at all. So, I’m afraid Terry Pratchett is out of the question for me. 🙁


  5. Rikki, for your Wiccan fiction, you could try Circle of Three – So Mote It Be, if you like young adult fiction. The first book struck me as a little shallow or stiff (as in characters not quite alive) in the first few pages, but I stuck with it and it got a whole lot better fast.

    This is the first book in a series of 12 or so, and I found the entire series a lot of fun. It’s about three teenage girls who start learning about Wicca and paganism and each book in the series explores some external problem they’re having with it (like society’s prejudices) or a supernatural problem (their rituals set things into motion), or they explore different related spiritualities like Asatru or Vodou or Santeria. The plots are very much in tune with the principles of Wicca, and the overall story arc takes these girls through a year-and-a-day apprenticeship. And it’s available on Kindle!
    Val Kovalin’s last post ..Elisa reviews Trinity Trespass!


  6. Hrm, Wiccan/Pagan fiction. What about the prequels and sequels to Mists of Avalon with MZB and Diana L. Paxson, such as the latest Ravens of Avalon (still trying to get my hands on that one years after publication)? Also Starhawk has written some fiction (can’t attest to the quality though). I recently read a brick of a novel called The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland about superstitious villagers and a monastic sisterhood in Britain in the middle ages. All up, not really Wiccan, but more alternative/Pagan-esque/historical fiction…-ey.
    Poppy Red’s last post ..Back to the Classics Challenge 2011


  7. Val, thanks a lot for the suggestion. Not sure about the YA series, I’m not such a big YA fan after all. But I appreciate your thinking about it nevertheless.
    Hehe, come on, how hard can those math questions be?

    Poppy, hey, that is not a bad idea at all. Even though I really like MZB I have never read the other books in the Avalon cycle, only the Mists…Paxson has written a book with her? I assume she continued where MZB stopped. She has done the same thing with D.L. Sayers as far as I can remember. Interesting.
    I might go for one of those. Thanks!


    • The MZB and Paxson prequels follow the sisterhood – nothing Arthurian I don’t think. I haven’t read Ravens of Avalon yet though, but am pretty sure that’s a prequel too.

      Some long time Mists lovers aren’t too fond of the other books. But read them all together, and only a few years ago, so the love is equal. Heh.
      Poppy Red’s last post ..Top Reads of 2010


      • I had a look around and might go for “The Forest House”. It seems suitable for the topic and I like the time setting since I am very interested in Ancient Rome. This might be a good choice then.


  8. Welcome to the challenge! I’m the other co-host, along with Alex, and as she already mentioned I’m reading about pagan-related themes, including witchcraft and magic. Not about wicca specifically though. I liked all the Scott Cunningham books by the way, I look forward to your review of that one!
    Joanna’s last post ..Happy Smugglivus!


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