Well, I have to say that my theme for this year's event ended up being a bit inspired. "All Together Now" was the perfect theme to tie together some of the wonderful stories of Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett. Because, after all, what better magic is there than the relationships we form with family, friends, and sometimes even foes.
I ended up reading Earwig and the Witch, The Islands of Chaldea, The Lives of Christopher Chant, Power of Three, Nation, Guards! Guards!, Men at Arms, and Feet of Clay. There were definitely some amazing examples of teamwork and friendship in these stories. I had the most fun revisiting The Islands of Chaldea. The first time I read it, Diana's death was still rather fresh and it was bittersweet to read her final tale. This time, it could be just a fun story with another trademark whirlwind ending. I really appreciate that her family made the effort to finish the story and share it with readers. The Pratchetts have just released a final collection of Sir Pterry's short stories for children too (The Time-Travelling Caveman) and I can't wait to pick that up sometime this year.
Thank you all for participating this year! I loved seeing your posts and pictures and tweets throughout the month. It made me feel a little less alone. I also love that these two special authors bring us together and I'm thankful that they wrote books that are brilliant every single time we read or revisit them. Diana and Terry were gems and they will always be missed.