What I’m Reading in 2018

I read a mere 56 books in 2017, surpassing my goal of 52 books a year, but I was certainly off kilter. I have shifted to reading predominately on a first generation kindle, for one thing. Hardcovers are too expensive (though I do prowl them second-hand) and I find mass market paperbacks tiresome, the print too small and light for my aging eyes.

Despite their impermanence, I miss paperbacks, to be honest. I loved everything about mass markets as a kid, especially Howard’s Conan, Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Burrough’s John Carter and Tarzan, Norman’s Gor, Lovecraft’s Mythos tales, Adams’ Horseclans, and Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring (the only one I owned at the time).

I loved the covers and the passport to unimaginable worlds of adventure inside them.

As a 12 year old boy, I would shove one of those books in my back pocket and hike along Turkey Creek with my BB Gun and hunting knife in tow. I typically read in one of four places — under the Turkey Creek bridge, in the old Little Pipe Creek Cemetery, in our creek-side ‘pirate fort’ in the horse pasture, or deep in the haunted woods sitting cross legged atop Treebeard’s Stump.

That was when reading mattered to me in a way that is almost undefinable. Books were everything to me then and while I cherish them and covet them still almost 40 years later, to twelve year old Bobby, with his Daisy rifle, Buck knife, and dog-eared paperbacks, books were portable magic.

Here’s to hoping some of that magic can be rekindled in 2018.


The Water Street Book Club

01.  End of Watch by Stephen King (Kim)
02. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King (Bob)


01.  Tarot: Plain & Simple by Leanna Greenaway
02.  Medicine Wheel: Plain & Simple by Deborah Durbin
03.  Fairies: Plain & Simple by Ralph Harvey
04.  Reiki: Plain & Simple by Philip Jones
05.  Reflexology: Plain & Simple by Sonia Jones
06. The Lunar Nomad Oracle by Shaheen Miro
07. Madame Pamita’s Magical Tarot
08. Swords by Ben Boos
09. Floor Games & Little Wars by HG Wells
10. Conan: The Blood-Stained God and Other Stories
11. Time of Legends: Joan of Arc Rulebook by Mythic Games
12. Irish Curses, Blessings, and Toasts by Nicholas Nigro
13. The Bardic Book of Becoming: an Introduction to Modern Druidry by Ivan McBeth and Fearn Lickfield
14. Talk to the Hand: A Field Guide to Practical Palmistry by Vernon Mahabal
15. The Lunar Gospel: The Complete Guide to Your Astrological Moon by Cal Garrison
16. Italian Folk Magic by Mary-Grace Fahrun
17. 1602 by Neil Gaiman & Andy Kubert
18. Depths of Night by Stephen Zimmer
19. Feng Shui: Plain & Simple by Sarah Bartlett
20. Dunwich by Peter Levenda
21. The Gods Never Left Us by Erich von Daniken
22. The Little Book of Saturn by Aliza Einhorn
23. From Kuan Yin to Chairman Mao by Xuetung Christine Ni
24. John Dee and the Empire of Angels by Jason Louv
25. Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor: Ghosts, Seances, & Tales of True Hauntings
26. The Chronicles of The Deryni: Deryni Rising, Deryni Checkmate and High Deryni by Katherine Kurtz
27. Solomon Kane Rulebook by Mythic Games
28. The Lovecraft Code by Peter Levenda
29. The Visions of the Pylons by J. Daniel Gunther
30. Working Conjure by Hoodoo Sen Moise
31. Botanical Magic by Amy Blackthorn
32. Slave, Soldier, King by Robert E. Howard
33. A Song of Ice & Fire Miniatures Game Rulebook by CMON
34. Modenkainen’s Tome of Foes by Wizards of the Coast
35. Waterdeep: Dragon Heist by Wizards of the Coast
36. More Ghost Chronicles by Wood & Kolek
37. Monsters & Creatures by Gabiann Marin
38. 2019 Lunar & Seasonal Diary by Stacey Demarco
39. Storytelling Alchemy by Renee Damoiselle
40. The Witches Almanac Issue 38 Animals: Friends & Familiars
41. Son of Chicken Qabalah by Lon Milo DuQuette
42. Strange Frequencies by Peter Bebergal
43. A Book of Pagan Prayer by Ceisiwr Serith
44. The Big Book of Runes & Rune Magic by Edred Thorsson
45. Besom, Stang, & Sword by Christopher Orapello & Tara-Love Maguire
46. In the Cards by Marjorie G. Jones
47. Will the Circle Be Unbroken by Studs Terkel
48. Dungeon of the Mad Mage by Wizards of the Coast
49. Hellblazer 30th Anniversary
50. Fire & Blood by George RR Martin
51. One Truth & One Spirit: Aleister Crowley’s Spiritual Legacy by Keith Readdy
52. The Book of Pendulum Healing by Joan Rose Staffen
53. Men at Arms 145: The Wars of the Roses
54. The Military Campaigns of the Wars of the Roses by Phillip A. Haigh
55. Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page by Brad Tolinski
56. The Outsider by Stephen King

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