Sunday, April 1, 2012

Wrapping Up Diana Wynne Jones Month

art by yellowcrayolacrayon - used with permission
Is it the end of Diana Wynne Jones Month already? Boo! I still have books sitting here waiting to be read! I could honestly keep going for a few more months, just reading DWJ books. There's such a wide variety of plots and characters and reading levels that it doesn't feel like reading the same stories over and over.

Let's see what I ended up reading in March --
Earwig and the Witch
Aunt Maria (reread)
The Magicians of Caprona (reread)
Eight Days of Luke
Enchanted Glass (reread)
Dark Lord of Derkholm (reread)
Witch Week (reread)
The Game (reread)
Castle in the Air (reread - just finished late last night)
Earwig and the Witch (reread - started with Z last night)

And this is what you read --
Teresa of Shelf Love read Howl's Moving Castle
Amanda of Ramblings read The Time of the Ghost
Ana of Things Mean A Lot read House of Many Ways, Archer's Goon and Eight Days of Luke
Jenny of Stone Soup Books read Unexpected Magic
Esther read Magicians of Caprona
Jenny of Jenny's Books read Archer's Goon
Iris of Iris on Books read Fire and Hemlock
Tif of Tif Talks Books read The Game (post scheduled for April!)
Kerry read Dogsbody and Cart and Cwidder
Gertrude read Deep Secret
Memory of Stella Matutina didn't get a chance to read with us this month but she did post a DWJ Retrospective today.

If there are any more DWJ Month readers out there, you have until the end of today to enter your reads in the form for the chance to win a $20 bookstore gift certificate (one entry per book - open internationally!) and then I'll do a drawing tomorrow. I'll add your links to the list here too so be sure and include them.

Thank you so much to everyone who joined me for this celebration of a life ended too soon. I can only imagine what stories Diana still had in her to tell and I'm sad that we'll never be able to read them. Luckily, we have all of these beautiful books to enjoy.

Since I can't actually bring myself to stop just yet, I'll be posting in a couple of days about the Fire and Hemlock read-along for this month. I wanted to run it after April 12 so that people who need to can have a chance to purchase the book. And it's a title that definitely works for the Once Upon a Time Challenge so if you still need a book for it, join us for this one. I'll even overlap it with the Read-a-thon too. There's no reason not to join in!

A little choked up but still celebrating,


  1. Yesssss, Fire and Hemlock! I really am going to have to stop myself from buying a copy of that book for myself. DO NOT NEED IT. But maybe I will buy a copy for someone. And give it away. And then that person will be so lucky!

  2. I am sad, I didn't even know about DWJ Month, and I missed it! But Fire and Hemlock is my favorite one, so I'll join you for that.

    Uh, Jenny, yes you DO need your own copy of Fire and Hemlock. Everyone does.

  3. Thank you again for hosting, Kristen! I'm not sure if I'll be able to fit in a reread of F&H, but I'll be sure to follow the discussion.

  4. Oh, I am so excited about the Fire and Hemlock read-along, you have no idea.

    DWJ month was fantastic! Thank you for hosting!

  5. Jenny - Buy a copy, read it first and then give it away. And then, six months later, do it again. :)

    Jean - Bummer! But we'll be happy to have you for F&H. :)

    Ana - We'll be happy to have you either way. We need "veterans" to join the discussion!

    Jenny - Awesome! I'll be announcing it tomorrow.