Sunday, March 9, 2014

#DWJMarch: Series Highlight -- Howl and Sophie

Howl's Moving Castle

Sophie is a shy girl who doesn't expect much out of life so, when she is put under a spell by the Witch of the Waste that changes her into an old woman, she simply leaves home and everything she knows and ends up taking up residence in the castle of the wizard Howl -- a castle that moves around the countryside and has multiple magical entrances in multiple towns. Sophie becomes Howl's housekeeper as she looks for a way to reverse her curse (with the help of the fire demon Calcifer).

Castle in the Air

In a fictional Arabian city, Abdullah is a carpet merchant whose dreams come true when he acquires a magic carpet that takes him to the garden of Flower-in-the-Night, a beautiful princess. Abdullah is immediately in love but, between the djinn that kidnaps Flower and Abdullah's subsequent imprisonment by her father, it's questionable whether having one's dreams come true is a good thing or not.

House of Many Ways

House of Many Ways is about a sheltered girl called Charmain who only wants to sit and read. Her family sends her to care for the house of her grandfather while he goes away to be healed by the elves. There are piles and piles of dirty laundry there, and a kitchen full of dirty dishes, and Charmain, without the first idea of how to do regular household chores, settles for reading books and learning how to do magic and helping the king and princess organize their library. Unlike in most books where the protagonist likes to read and her parents wish she would desist, Charmain’s reading has served her ill in some ways (well, that and her mother’s determination that she should be Privileged). She’s incapable of doing regular chores like laundry and dishes and cooking, which gives rise to much mockery by a boy called Peter who comes to stay at her grandfather’s house to be his apprentice. (summary by Jenny)


Bookwyrme's Lair, August 2010 (House)
Bunbury in the Stacks, October 2012 (House)
Chachic's Book Nook, March 2011 (Castle)
Here There Be Books, February 2009 (House)
Here There Be Books, March 2013 (Castle)
Teacups and Things, January 2014 (Howl)
The Book Smugglers, February 2011 (Howl)
Things Mean A Lot, April 2007 (Castle)
Tif Talks Books, September 2013 (Howl)

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  1. Howl's Moving Castle is easily one of my favorite books of all time!!! Since I read it last year, I have recommended it to so many others, all with positive results. This makes me so happy!! And, I owe it all to you for introducing me to DWJ to begin with!! :)

    1. I think there really is something for everyone in Howl. Castle in the Air is a little different and has a smaller fan base but House of Many Ways could easily be for all readers too.
      And I'm so glad that you're enjoying her books. I hope she keeps getting new fans forevermore!

  2. I started Howl's but am only about two hours into it and I think I'm going to start it over. I'm about to start finishing Scott's quilt by hand which will give me lots of time for audiobooks. Can't wait to get into it more.

    Love those colorful covers!