Friday, February 8, 2019

Announcing #DWJMarch / #MarchMagics 2019!

Gather around, friends. It is finally time to talk about our plans for this year's celebration of the lives and stories of two of our favorite genre authors, Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett. In three short weeks, we will get to immerse ourselves in some of the best worlds ever created, feast our minds on some of the best words ever written. So, our theme for this year?


Riches Well-Told!

What does that mean in terms of books? It means we get to read our favorites this year! I want everyone to pick up the books from these authors that never get old, the ones that we've read dozens of times already but plan to read at least a dozen more times.

my DWJ and Pratchett shelf (except for the books that don't fit)
As I look at my shelves, I think about how I could easily spend more time with Derk and the griffins, Tiffany Aching, Chrestomanci, and Death. I want to visit Granny Weatherwax's cottage and take a ride in Wizard Howl's castle.

Speaking of ... with all of the talk of the new Folio Society edition, of Howl's Moving Castle, I've decided that this beloved tale will be our DWJ read-along this year. But I would like some help choosing the Pratchett book. So if you can just answer this one question ...

Thanks, everyone! Once I get some answers, I'll set dates for the two read-alongs. Remember when you are posting about this event on social media to use one or the other of the hashtags so that I can find and amplify your posts.

Please leave a comment and let me know if you plan on participating this year!

With joy and love,
K

13 comments:

  1. I picked Nation because I would like to reread that. There are other Pratchetts I have not yet read but I can't call them favorites yet. :)

    Isn't that amazing about the FS edition? I just hope they don't pick a good illustrator. Which one do you prefer?

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    1. I definitely prefer the more stylized ones (like Julia Bernhard, Jorge Garcia, and Junlin Song) over the more realistic looking ones. It is, after a book full of magic and whimsy!
      And I think I will reread Nation whether it gets chosen as the readalong or not.

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  2. A Pratchett novel I haven't heard yet! This just made my year!

    And I just saw that it's available on Scribd in case you have one of those all-you-can-read subscriptions for both the ebook and the audiobook!

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    1. Oh, and here are the Scribd links, in case your commenting system allows them:
      https://www.scribd.com/book/163566957/Nation
      https://www.scribd.com/audiobook/237578159/Nation

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    2. Thanks for sharing! I'm glad that I've been taking my time and still have about two dozen or so Pratchetts left before I run out of new-to-me ones. If I keep rereading the ones I already know and love, I may make it to old age with a gem or two still saved!

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  3. Yay for March Magics! So glad this is now officially up and running, thanks!

    I've suggested I Shall Wear Midnight for selfish reasons as it's the next Tiffany Aching book on my list, and I've already read the first and Equal Rites. But whatever turns up!

    As for the Howl and Sophie book, I'm happy to read that again. It also happens to tie in with the Wales Readathon event Dewithon as Howl, who is really Howell (or Hywel in Welsh) is from Swansea in South Wales, near where Diana spent a short spell during the war.

    I also happen to live in a town called Crickhowell, and though it isn't really named after DWJ's Howl I like to think that Crughywel, the prehistoric hillfort above the town (which is built on a sliver of geology that eons ago slid down from the plateau above) was in its own way Howl's original moving castle...

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    1. Thank you for helping me find the motivation to get going on it this year! And I love that bit of trivia. You are quite lucky to live where you do, even if the DWJ connection is only cobbled together. ;)

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    2. As I may have mentioned before, it took leaving Bristolto discover that she was a close neighbour of some musician friends of mine in the town. She wrote me a very nice reply to a letter, but sadly she died before I could continue the correspondence. Books like Deep Secret and Isles of Chaldea awoke nostalgic feelings from their inclusion of references to the town I'd lived in for nearly fifty years.

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    3. You are really making me want to travel. ;)

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  4. OH YAY! I was so excited to see this! :D Howl and favorites sound like an EXCELLENT idea! I've been wanting to reread a few favorites like Fire and Hemlock and Hexwood (and of course Howl's Moving Castle) so this is quite timely! Looking forward to hearing which Pratchett will be picked as well!

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    1. I just felt strongly that we all needed the comfort of favorites this year. It looks like I was right! I'm so happy you're joining in again. :)

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  5. Hooray! I'm going to vote for Wee Free Men on the grounds that it's been a long time since I read it, while I read Equal Rites fairly recently. Nation sounds fine too.

    Oh boy, how lovely to have a March Magics to look forward to. :)

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    1. I'm leaning toward Wee Free Men too just because every bit of it makes me grin with glee. It's so fun!

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