I'm both a recent convert and was raised into Witchcraft at the same time. Different names were put on what is commonly considered Witchcraft, and I was never told that it was anything but natural. Strangely, I was raised in a strict Pentacostal household, and yet that is where most of my understanding and natural ability to connect to the Goddess comes from. Does that sound strange? I hope not....
I'm a homeschooling mother of four, very happily married for nearly 16 years. One of my main interests is historical religion, even though I'm awful bad with names and dates. :) It's the story in which I'm interested. It's the culture and practices of the day that fascinates me.
My one pet peeve is prejudice. Of any kind, for any reason. Disliking someone for who they are is one thing, disliking a many people for who they are is disgraceful.
The Witch in Every Woman, Laurie Cabot, Anything Dick Frances, Patricia Cornwell, or Mary Higgins Clarke. The Jesus Dynasty (non-fiction) by James Tabor, The Templar Legacy (forgot the author, is fiction). Destiny's Daughter by Rebecca Brandewyn, Mother Earth, Father Sky by Sue Harrison. Witch Child and Sorceress by Celia Rees. In the stone Circle by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, all fiction. Also, more of my recent non-fiction includes Holy Blood, Holy Grail (Baigent, Leigh, Lincoln), The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception (Lincoln, Baigent), The Messianic Legacy (Baigent), The Jesus Papers (Baigent), Who Wrote the New Testament, The Making of the Christian Myth by Burton L. Mack, elements of Witchcraft by Ellen Dugan, Nontoxic, Natural and Earthwise by Debra Dadd, 101 Myths of the Bible by Gary Greenburg, Pagans and Christians by Gus diZerega, Pagan Homeschooling by Kristin Madden, Raising Witches and The Family Wicca Book by Ashleen O'Gaea, The Magdeline Legacy and Bloodline of the Holy Grail by Laurence Gardner. I read a LOT.
Now that we've covered the ones I have read and are faves (and OMG there's so many more) I'm going to start a list of the ones I want to read.
The God of the Witches by Margaret A. Murray
Witchcraft Today by Gerald B. Gardner
The Ancient and Shining Ones: World Myth, Magick, & Religion by D.J. Conway
the New Book of Goddess and Heroines by Patricia Monaghan
The Sea Priestess, The Goat-Foot God - by Dion Fortune
Gnomes by Wil Huygen and Rein Poortvliet
The Real World of Fairies by Dora van Gelder
Earth Power by Scott Cunningham
An Encyclopedia of Fairies by Katherine Briggs
There are so many more I can't even begin to tell you, but just to name a few start with all of the bibliographies of all of the books listed above. LOL