In just over a month it will be Witch Week, a celebration of our favorite fantasy books and authors. I started this event last year in appreciation of Diana Wynne Jones, originator of the term “witch week,” and it was so much fun I wanted to do it again! This year there will be guest posts, a giveaway, an author interview, and much more. I hope you will be inspired by the theme of New Tales from Old to read, blog about, and discuss books based on fairy tales, folklore, and myth.
The week will conclude with a readalong book that I’d like you to help me choose. Here are five choices, all of which I’d love to read along with you. Please indicate your preference in the form below, and if you wish leave a comment telling us what you’re excited to read and why. The winner will be announced in one week, on September 30. At that point there will also be a preview of the week and a sign-up linky.
Then, mark your calendars! Feel free to post the button and spread the word (use hashtag #WitchWeekECBR on Twitter), so as many readers as possible can join us for all the fun.
The Homeward Bounders by Diana Wynne Jones
“Have you heard of the Flying Dutchman? No? Or of the Wandering Jew? Well it doesn’t matter. I’ll tell you about them all in the right place…” One of my favorites by DWJ, a fast-moving, surprising story that will make you wonder what really lies behind our everyday world.
Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis
Another of my all-time favorites is this reimagining of the myth of Cupid and Psyche in a Hellenistic setting. Lewis considered it his best novel, and I agree.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adhieh
I haven’t read this one, but I hear good things about this new reworking of the story of Sheherezade and the Thousand and One Nights.
Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff
Also new to me would be this acclaimed Arthurian novel by the splendid Rosemary Sutcliff, whose work I want to explore further.
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
Carter’s collection of dark versions of traditional fairy tales has become a modern feminist classic.