Book Review: A Year and a Day of Everyday Witchcraft by Deborah Blake
I need to say right at the beginning of this review is that I’ve been a practicing witch and Pagan for over 20 years. This directly affects my score of the book. I have scored it for MY opinion and what the book contributed to my knowledge, so please don’t let it put you off trying it.
The format of this book reminds me of the Llewellyn’s Spell A Day Almanac, with something for each day of the year. Each day has some knowledge, a spell, activity, craft or recipe to help inspire you to introduce a little witchiness into each of your days. The tone is light and casual. It puts me in mind of sitting down with your favourite witchy aunt for a cup of tea and a chat. The book itself highlights an important point, that it is not expensive and you don’t need elaborate equipment to practice as a witch or Pagan. Bringing back the simplicity is important to me in a world full of consumerism.
Personally, there is little that this book has contributed to my knowledge. However, it would be a great addition to a newcomer to Paganism’s shelf for day to day inspiration. The author signposts to some excellent authors and key texts for those wanting to learn more about witchcraft and Paganism. I loved the poetry throughout the book, it was a lovely and inspirational touch.
3 out of 5 stars.
Thank you to Llewellyn and Netgalley for providing an ARC copy for an honest review.