2020 Reads: October

1. The Green Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock.

I devoured this book underneath the trees in my garden. It makes you want to completely immerse yourself in nature. Green witches are one with nature. They are naturalists, herbalists, and healers. They use natural things from the earth like stones, crystals, plants, flowers, oils, and herbs to heal and enhance the mind, body, and spirit. This book teaches you how to use nature for guidance. It holds everything from tips on using crystals and ritual suggestion, to mixing herbal blends and healing recipes. The path of the green witch is not a religion, it is a highly personalized nature-based expression of spirituality. It is for anyone looking to connect with nature on a deeper level and harness its power for good.

2. Wonder Woman Vol.7: Amazons Attacked.

Diana goes head to head with Darkseid in an epic showdown. This was the most explosive volume yet. Can Diana and Jason (her mysterious long-lost twin brother) take down the Female Furies, Darkseid, and the armies of Apokolips? The fate of Themyscira hangs in the balance! Grab a copy to find out all this and more. *collects issues 38-45

3. LOVE, CREEKWOOD by Becky Albertalli.

The highly anticipated epilogue novella to the bestselling Simonverse series (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat). It brings the gang full circle, ending how it all began - via email. Through a series of cutesy emails, we get a glimpse into the college lives and blossoming relationships of Simon, Bram, Abby, and Leah. It's all very adorable. Although, I'm fairly certain the long-distance emails between two college guys (or girls) would NOT be this clean. But hey, this is Becky Albertalli not E. L. James. We didn't come here for raunch. If you're in the mood for a one-sitting helping of wholesome, queer, candy-floss-romance... this one will deliver. In the words of Simon Spier, "Disclaimer - this is about to get romantic af."

4. My Best Friends Exorcism by Grady Hendrix.

If I hadn't read and loved "The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires", I would've grabbed this one for the cover alone. It was described as Beaches meets The Excorcist, and that is exactly what Hendrix delivers. It has all the thrills of a summer horror flick, and the energy of an 80s pop song. It's a nonstop rollercoaster of teenage angst and grotesque horror with a heartwarming story of friendship at its center. The perfect read for Halloween.

5. The Familiars by Stacey Halls.

This spellbinding piece of historical fiction is set in Lancashire, England, 1612, during the lead up to the Pendle witch trials. It's beautifully crafted and thoroughly researched. While this is a work of fiction, its main characters are based on real people. The Pendle witch trials are probably the most notable in British history. The author perfectly portrayed how reductive and dangerous this period was for women. The slightest hint of suspicion or accusation was all it took to end your life! I flew through this one. I was completely immersed in this frightening era, and in the lives of Fleetwood Shuttleworth and Alice Gray. A delightfully feminist tale of women, survival, and witchcraft.

Pick of the Month: My Best Friends Exorcism by Grady Hendrix.