Thursday, February 19, 2015

It's Time! Announcing #DWJMarch 2015 (+ Giveaways!)


Only ten days until DWJ March begins, my friends! This is the fourth year of our bittersweet celebration so, to keep things fresh, I've decided on a theme for this year. It came to mind when I was recently reading a post by Ana about The Pinhoe Egg. The theme I've chosen is

The Ladies and Lasses of DWJ

This month, I want you to think about the women and girls (and even female creatures) you encounter in your reading, both the good ones and the baddies. Which ones do you love? Which ones do you loathe? Is there a thread that links female characters together between books? Is there a certain type of character that is your favorite?

Feel free to share your thoughts in any format you like. I'll have a link-up post at the beginning of the month for any posts, giveaways, artwork, etc. that you would like to share with the other participants. And remember to use the hashtag #dwjmarch on Twitter and tumblr. Speaking of, I'll also be posting again this year on the dwjmarch tumblr.


My recommendations for DWJ books featuring both good and bad female characters:
Howl's Moving Castle
House of Many Ways
Witch Week
The Pinhoe Egg
Fire and Hemlock
Aunt Maria
Time of the Ghost
Dogsbody
The Game
Earwig and the Witch
"Dragon Reserve, Home Eight" (short story)

Tying in with the theme, I've chosen three read-alongs with strong female characters, one a joint read with the #sffwomen reading group!

Aunt Maria (a.k.a. Black Maria), discussion post up here on 3/9, Twitter chat on 3/13
The Islands of Chaldea, discussion post up here on 3/17, Twitter chat on 3/21
The Spellcoats, discussion post up at Here There Be Books on 3/25, Twitter chat on 3/29

Keep an eye on the #dwjmarch and #sffwomen hashtags for chat times. And, yes, Spellcoats is the third in the Dalemark series but it is first in story chronology for the series and Diana said you can read the first three books in any order you like, just keeping the fourth book for last.


Finally, I went around to my local bookstores and found some books for giveaways! The Islands of Chaldea and The Spellcoats are for the read-alongs and The Time of the Ghost is a great read for this month's theme. All are used but in very good condition. I am willing to send them anywhere so just let me know in the comments which one(s) you are interested in. I'll choose winners and send them out on the 28th so that you hopefully receive them in time to read during the month! (Be sure and leave me a way to contact you.)

I hope that everyone is looking forward to this year's event! Let me know in the comments section what you think of the theme and which books you think you might read.

Hanging up the streamers,
K

25 comments:

  1. Yay, DWJmonth!

    I hope to get the Spellcoats from the library (it'll be in Dutch but I think that would still work for a readalong) and I plan to read some of the Chrestomanci books since I own the series and want to make a dent in my TBR pile (I promised no more DWJ book-buying before I read a few more of the ones I own).

    Could I drop my name in the hat for the Islands of Chaldea?

    I'm not sure if this leaves a contact option through blogger, but you can find me on twitter through @irisonbooks

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    1. I'm so glad you're joining in on Spellcoats! It will be my first time reading it (one of the few I have left). I'm sure Dutch will be just fine. :)

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  2. Hooray! I love the theme and am proud to have helped inspire it. I ended up unintentionally having a bit of a DWJ January, but I'm more than happy to do it again in March :D

    (No need to enter me as I already have all of those.)

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    1. Thank YOU for giving me some direction. :)

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  3. Ohboy ohboy ohboy! Looking forward to this. I've been waiting to re-read Chaldea with everybody so I haven't read it since I got it last spring. I would like to put my name in the hat for Time of the Ghost, please, as my copy is getting pretty elderly. (jean at roadq dot com)

    We could get some really good posts on DWJ's hungry mothers. Shiver.

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    1. I haven't reread Chaldea again yet either so I'm very excited. I think there will be a lot of new things I see in it this time! And, mothers ... ick. ;)

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  4. Great news. I need some DWJ to charm me out of this endless winter. I'm going to leave the giveaway to others who might not own these books.

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    1. Yes, it's very convenient to have this at the end of the winter. The month always seems to fly by so that will help!

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  5. I really must read more DWJ! I always want to join in each year, but I never get to as much as I would like. I will try again this year!

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    1. Let's set you a goal of one book ...

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    2. I hit a snag. I joined Scribd and they had a bunch of her books. Went on there today... They don't any more. :(

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    3. What?! How could they not have any? That's horrible news.

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  6. Well, Time of the Ghost is the one I can't get hold of easily myself, so that's my top pick, but hey, I'll go with any!

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  7. I'm hoping I can join in this year! Aunt Maria has been on my TBR for ages. The Spellcoats looks pretty interesting, too!

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    1. Aunt Maria is such a fun one and Spellcoats will be a first for me. I hope you can join too!

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  8. An exciting line up there. I love the theme. I also love the read along choices. The Spellcoats is my least favourite of the Dalemark Quartet, but I love the others so I'm glad to have a chance for a re-read and hearing everyone else's opinions. (Plus, I've only read it once, so surely I'm guaranteed to enjoy it more the second time around.) I'm looking forward to hopeful joining in with everything.

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    1. Thank you! I haven't read any Dalemark books yet so maybe it's good to start with this one knowing that they will get better from there, right? ;)

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    2. Well, I've heard lots of people say Spellcoats is their favourite, so you never know. :)

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  9. No blogging for me, but I will still read along! My library has The Islands of Chaldea, so I'm up for the twitter chat on that one, and I also put Howl's Moving Castle on hold. Looking forward to them!

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    1. Fantastic! I look forward to discussing them with you!

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  10. I've been looking forward to this! I didn't know about DWJMarch before last August, so I've been waiting for this year's :) I've only recently reread and blogged about Spellcoats and Time of the Ghost, and won't be rereading Chaldea anytime soon (being on my own DWJ reread project this year), so I won't be joining for the readalongs, but I'll be joining in any other way I can!

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    1. I'm very glad to have you join this year. :)

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  11. Yay, #dwjmarch! I'm going to reread the whole of the Dalemark quartet and probably everything else as well, let's be honest.

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