Howl’s Moving Castle
“In the land of Ingary where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of the three. Everyone knows you are the one who will fail first, and worst, if the three of you set out to seek your fortunes.”
Diana Wynne Jones is a legend in the fantasy genre. But, like many younger readers, Miyazaki’s animated version of Howl’s Moving Castle was my first glimpse into Jones’s work over ten years ago. I was enchanted by Miyazaki’s interpretation of Howl, Sophie, and the strangeness of their world. Continue reading “Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones”
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Genre: Historical Fiction
Twelve-year-old Rill and her four siblings live an enchanted life aboard the shanty boat their family calls home. Moving from place to place, living off whatever the river provides, to Rill, life on the river is all she has ever known. When their parents are forced to rush to the hospital one night, the five children are snatched from their home and find themselves forced into a life more horrible than they could have ever imagined at the Tennessee Children’s Home Society Orphanage. Continue reading “Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate”
Memoirs of a Geisha
By Arthur Golden
Memoirs of a Geisha is a beautifully written book, with intricate detail that shows that Arthur Golden has done his research. However, the story is shadowed with sexism and ultimately becomes a “fairy-tale” written by a man. Continue reading “Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden”
If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you will know that fantasy and historical fiction are my two favorite genres. Books that combine both elements, however, make me absolutely giddy. Well done historical fantasy, as I’ve dubbed this genre, is much more difficult to find than you might expect (with the industry riddled with time-traveling romances like Outlander), so today I’ve drawn up a list of my top ten books for lovers of well done historical fantasy. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Book Recommendations for History and Fantasy Lovers”
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
“Richard was sitting in the dark, on a ledge, on the side of a storm drain, wondering what to do, wondering how much further out of his depth he could possibly get. His life so far, he decided, had prepared him perfectly for a job in securities, for shopping at the supermarket, for watching football on the telly on the weekends, for turning on a heater if he got cold. It had magnificently failed to prepare him for a life as an un-person on the roofs and in the sewers of London, for a life in the cold and the wet and the dark.”
This is my first time reading a Neil Gaiman book and all I can say is . . . WHAT IS MY PROBLEM? WHY HAVE I WAITED SO LONG? Continue reading “Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman”
Top Ten Tuesday is sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish.
Top ten things that make me immediately want to read a book has turned into top nine things, but I figured that was close enough. Read below to get a better idea of what my reading tastes tend toward.
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The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
Genre: Historical fiction, Fantasy, YA
“If the story was happy, you’d care less about that tiny little bit of freedom . . . We wouldn’t like the daylight if it wasn’t for the night. We wouldn’t notice the stars if not for the endless dark of night. All the story, like you said? That’s the important part. The sad parts are all about surviving. We are a people that survives. We endure. We will endure this too.” Continue reading “The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke”
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Genre: Historical Fantasy
“The circus arrives without warning.”
I have never read nor will ever read anything like this book. Morgenstern orchestrates a masterful mixing of genres whose wheres and the whys, much like the circus itself, are deliciously difficult to pin down. The deeply human longing for magic and wonder are piqued within the dream-like realm of Morgernstern’s prose, and I couldn’t help but be enchanted by it. Continue reading “The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern”
Genre: Historical, YA
HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF THIS BOOK?! HOW?!
I have been a bit of a WWII buff for the past six years and I DIDN’T KNOW, so I was absolutely caught off guard by the ending. That is what blew me away more than anything. Continue reading “Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys”
Genre: Historical fantasy, sci-fi, fairy tale — not quite sure what to classify this as.
I really liked the concept behind this book: exploring seven different stories, each further back in time than the one before, slowly connecting more dots as to why what is happening in the first story happens. I have always been fascinated with history and its interaction with the world as we know it. I enjoyed that aspect. Also, Vikings, which is one of my loves. Continue reading “Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgewick”