Book Review: Be More Witch by Alison Davies


I love to wander old downtowns. The buildings full of history are often revitalized by fun little unique shops – the non-chain, passion shops that are what the Shop Local movement is all about. Heck. the Treehouse is in one of these struggling old downtown areas. Well, while I was wandering another NC downtown, I found a fun and fanciful gift shop packed full of unique things. And in a corner of their basement, I found an entertaining selection of witchy stuff. This little adorable book thus came home with me.

The first time a friend of mine saw me reading Be More Witch by Alison Davies, his response was a playful “You don’t need that!” And that is true – I have happily embraced my inner (and sometimes outer) witch lately. But as I expressed in my first book review, I adore little witchy hardcovers. And this book will occupy a unique niche in my library.

This book is, first of all, cute. That really is the best definition for it. It is colorful, cartoony, and has many full illustration pages. Quotes, affirmations, and bold statements make up most of the book.


Jac, my awesome partner in crime here over at the Treehouse, described this book as “magical sugar.” And that’s actually a pretty solid description. It does not have substance, but it does make you smile. Think of this as a little inspirational book with a witchcraft bent. This book is pretty much the modern “witch aesthetic” in book form.

I guess it is pretty obvious then that I would not recommend this book to a serious practitioner looking for something new. The concepts, rituals, and occasional spells tucked in between pretty pictures and motivational quotes are honestly basic at best. This book also takes a strong “girl power” slant on witchcraft and stresses the importance of sisterhood… which, while not a concept I have a problem with, does leave out the male witches out there entirely.

So why then do I say this will keep a specific niche on my bookshelf? Because sometimes I don’t need a scholarly study or intense thought. Sometimes I need cotton candy. I have gone in and out of phases of serious magical practice since highschool. I have probably spent more time less focused than more. This book makes me smile and remember why I am drawn to witchcraft in the first place. And sometimes, when things are hard, that is really all I need.


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Book Review: The House Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

There’s a lot of information out there, with wonderful new books being published all the time. I wish I had the time to read more often, so things like this review would come out closer to when a new book is published, but I do try to read as much as I can to keep informed, stay inspired, and keep learning.

That said, I actually picked up The House Witch pretty close to when it came out in 2018, but it sat on my shelf for a while before I completed reading it. No fault of the book – just my busy schedule!


I was drawn to this book immediately, as it is one of very few I have found that resonates closely with my own witchcraft. I have been drawn to goddesses of hearth and home since I was in college. (Go on, ask me how annoyed I get when people get talking about Greek gods and forget Hestia exists…I dare you.) In the home, so much of what we make is magic – the love we share with our family, the foods we create, the medicines we use to heal. If you don’t have a strong basis in the home, how are you then going to have strong footing when you leave? To me, that would feel like building without a foundation.

This book echoed with my feelings wonderfully.

So, on to some more specifics:

First, the physical book itself. Its a wonderful little hardcover, and if you’re someone like me for whom reading is also a tactile experience, it feels great in the hands. The cover nicely captures the feeling and themes of the book as a whole.

I did like the discussion of what is the spiritual heart of the home and advice on finding where yours is. While historically we would typically be talking about the kitchen, this book also talks nicely about finding and blessing whatever your spiritual hearth may be. Then, the combination of the magical imagery and how they correspond to the every day is nicely done.

I was happy to see a nice chapter on hearth dieties, including some I didn’t know and will read more about later. There were some wonderful points about some of the dieties I do know as well, thoughtfully included and with more depth than these gods and goddesses are usually given.

I have not tried the recipes included in here yet, but having read a lot of books that do include spells and recipes I actually want to try some of these.  Food, herbs, crafts, potpourri, spells and rituals, there are a lot of nice step by step, clear instructions for things you might want to try. Plus, these are in a good ratio to the rest of the book –  a couple mixed in where appropriate with information, then several themed chapters at the end, without overwhelming the content you can learn from this book.

Overall, I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to bring magic into their home, or connect the magical and the mundane better together. Though I still can’t quite bring myself to bless my fridge…

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