Book of the Month
I got seriously distracted from my other challenges by Kristen’s March Magics event this month, but how can I complain when it meant getting to read and reread books by two of my favorite fantasy authors? One that was new to me was Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett, and I loved its fractured mix of Shakespearean motifs, Discworld-style. I also love these Collector’s Library covers, and might have to collect some of them myself.
Checking in with the Reading New England Challenge, Massachusetts was a popular choice this month with reviews posted of Little Women; Practical Magic; The Storied Life of AJ Fikry; Boy, Snow, Bird; and The Wolves of Andover. There are also reviews of a paranormal fantasy set in Rhode Island, Sanctum, and Maine author Stephen King’s first horror novel, Carrie, as well as a cozy mystery set in Maine, The Whole Cat and Caboodle. Thanks to you all for participating — it’s so much fun to see what you come up with!
- I enjoyed immersing myself in Green Dolphin Street and The Child from the Sea, two historical chunksters from Elizabeth Goudge.
- For Reading New England, I visited The Country of the Pointed Firs thanks to Maine author Sarah Orne Jewett.
- For March Magics, I reviewed two books about witches: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett and Witch’s Business by Diana Wynne Jones.
- And for a TLC Book Tour, I reviewed the eleventh Maisie Dobbs mystery, A Dangerous Place.
Other Books Read
- How To Be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman
- Missoula by Jon Krakauer – Nonfiction Book Club
- Lavinia by Ursula K. LeGuin – Reread
- Conrad’s Fate by Diana Wynne Jones – March Magics
- Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett – March Magics
- The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde – Review to come
- Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery – Reread
- The Return of the Twelves by Pauline Clarke – Reread
- The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – Review to come
Other Features and Events
- March Magics has been a wonderful month-long celebration of the works of Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett, hosted by We Be Reading. As well as the review linked above, I shared my DWJ collection, posted a favorite quote, participated in the Equal Rites readalong, and collected my picks for bad cover art (to be posted on Tuesday).
- I profiled Maine publisher Tilbury House, another Reading New England feature.
- I read Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town for Doing Dewey’s Nonfiction Book Club, a difficult but eye-opening read.
- In Do you know what you’re saying? I shared some phrases that are commonly used incorrectly around the blogosphere. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes, but these are pretty egregious.
Coming in April
- I’m planning to celebrate Elizabeth Goudge Day on her birthday, April 24.
- I’ll also be joining in Brooding about the Brontes, a week-long event hosted by my blogging friend Susie at Girl with Her Head in a Book.
- And I’m looking forward to The 1938 Club, another brilliant blog event that focuses on books published in a single year.