but will the objects I choose Work? Or does it have to be the ones
that The books call for?
Magick is like a recipe. However it is easier to finagle with than if you were cooking. if you have A) athame, B) goblet, C) candles, etc. than you can do most any spell you want. The specific shape, color, design, and material of each is hardly relevant.
As a practitioner you should use what is comfortable to YOU. Not what is comfortable to some old cronie guy 500 years ago.
You can do magick with or without tools. You can do the same spells and evocations with or without tools. Tools are simply that...TOOLS. they are to aid, they are not the main ingredients in your 'recipe'...so you use vegetable oil and not olive oil....whoopdeedoo. THe main idea is that the tools are there to help you - don't get hung up over what you have or don't have.
If a simple stick feels comfortable to you, use it. If a glass from your dish cabinet and a steak knife feel comfortable, use them. It has been my experience that the more elaborate items are simply for show....and if you're doing it for you, there is no need for show simply for outcome.
Granted, it is nice to have a 'special' set of tools to use specifically for magick, however think back. Those who originally practiced had no place for such things as they were outlawed or dangerous (i.e. witch-crazes) and probably didn't happen. THey were most likely poor people who just wanted to commune with nature and found that they could DO things.
Basically it's like a church (not to bash...sorry if i offend). You don't NEED the gold/silver goblets for the communion supper, and you don't NEED the silver/gold plates or candlesticks, or elaborate clothing, or chapel, or anything like that. It simply does not matter. Elaborate = show and is not mandatory.
Trust yourself, you'll do the best thing.