A friend at 4th Street Fantasy recommended Diana Wynne Jones this year. So when my brother and I were coming home and found Howl's Moving Castle, I decided I had to get it. I saw the movie years ago and remember liking it. But other than remembering that the castle was much smaller on the inside than it was on the outside, I don't remember anything else about the story.
Howl's Moving Castle is the story of Sophie. Sophie is the eldest of three daughters, which everyone knows means she is destined to fail at everything. Sophie gets cursed by the Witch of the Waste, who turns her into an old woman. And so Sophie sets out on an adventure in the hopes of getting the curse reversed.
Her adventure takes her straight to Howl's Moving Castle, which has been seen from her village moving around in the hills. Sophie strikes a bargain with Calcifer, the fire demon who moves the castle. If she can figure out how to break Calcifer's bargain with Howl, Calcifer will remove the curse that is on Sophie.
Howl's Moving Castle was a super cute story. I am so glad I read it, and I really am looking forward to reading more of Jones' books (...especially since Goodreads tells me there are more stories in this series!)
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.