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Jason's Bookshelf

I get asked about my reading habits all the time, so I thought I should share them with you.  I've divided my "bookshelf" up into a few categories, most of the categories having to do with things I'm interested in.  Enjoy!

Jason's Five Favorite Non-Fiction Books
Drawing Down the Moon by Ronald Hutton
DDtM is the definitive Pagan history book.  There are some problems with it, but it remains the best place to start if you want to get down to the roots of modern Pagandom.
1491:  New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
1491 is a superbly written book full of up to date information documenting just how advanced American society was before the coming of the Europeans.  This book will shock and delight you, and make you mourn a world that ended far too soon.
Wiccan Roots:  Gerald Gardner and the Modern Witchcraft Revival by Phillip Hesselton
Roots picks up where where Hutton leaves off.  While Hesseleton doesn't prove that Gardner was initiated into a Witch tradition back in 1939, he certainly opens the door (widely) to the possibility.  Essential reading!
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
They don't all have to be about history or Paganism do they?  Schlosser is just a great writer who will make you look twice at Burger King and McDonalds.  This book is so informative it is required reading for most college students going for a business or nursing career, definitely worth a read at some point!
America's Game:  The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation by Michael Maccambridge
Maccambridge's book is a gripping narrative on the origins of America's most popular sport.  I've probably read this book fifteen times, just fabulous. 

Jason's Five Favorite Fiction Books (or as good as he can do in this case)
Magician by Raymond Feist
There might be better "fantasy" books, but Magician was one of the first ones I ever read, and has just sort of stuck with me.  Feist tells a great story without "over writing," keeping things simple and letting you fill in all the little blanks in your head.
Asassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
It's the characters that make Hobb's books so memorable, in this case young Fitz Chivlarly.  It's impossible to describe, but you will be hooked once you start.
D'aulaires' Book of Greek Myths by Ingrid and Edgar Parin D'aulaire
This book probably changed me more than any other book in my youth.  It was my first prolonged exposure to Greek myth and I still love it all these decades later.
Le Morte D'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory
Another book from my youth, Malory's telling of the Arthurian myth remains my favorite.
Fables by Bill Willingham (comic book and multiple graphic novels)
Is it OK to put a comic book on this list?  Fables is the best fiction I've encountered in years.  Imagine a world where the Big Bad Wolf (or even better Jack of the Tales!) is real, and living in New York City.  Great art, and even better stories make Fables a must read.

Wiccan/Pagan History
Drawing Down the Moon by Ronald Hutton
Gerald Gardner and the Cauldron of Inspiration by Phillip Hesselton
Wiccan Roots:  Gerald Gardner and the Modern Witchcraft Revival by Phililp Hesselton
Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler
The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles by Ronald Hutton

The Horned God
The Witches' God by Janet and Stewart Farrar
The Cult of Pan in Ancient Greece by Phillipe Borgeaud
Dionysos:  Archetypal Image of Indestructable Life by Karl Kerenyi
In Search of Herne the Hunter by Eric Fitch

More stuff to come . . .