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#MarchMagics Wrapup {2017}

And March Magics comes to a close. Always a bittersweet feeling, because I don’t want it to END, but at the same time it was a delightful event!

I know I for one definitely immensely enjoyed this month of celebrating Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett.

Here’s a look at my magical March. πŸ™‚

Books I Read

  1. Wild Robert – Diana Wynne Jones — New read, quick and delightful; didn’t want it to end! 5 stars
  2. Aunt Maria – Diana Wynne Jones — Also a new read, I was so glad to finally get to read this; I enjoyed it a ton. 5 stars
  3. Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones (re-read; 5th time) — I was currently in the middle of re-reading this one when March hit, so I finished it up, and it was an absolute delight, as always! ❀ I’m amazed at how I still caught new things on my 5th read. 5 stars (and/or all-the-stars-ever!)
  4. The Pinhoe Egg (Chrestomanci #6) – Diana Wynne Jones (re-read) — This was for the March Magics readalong finishing up the Chrestomanci series. I had recently re-read the earlier books in the series, so I just did this one this month. IT’S SO GOOOOOD. 5 stars. ❀
  5. Mort – Terry Pratchett — Also for the read-along. This was my second-ever Pratchett book and I THOROUGHLY enjoyed myself. πŸ˜„ 4.5 stars
  6. Reaper Man – Terry Pratchett — Read-along again, and absolutely LOVED one of the main story-threads (the Bill Door one), although I wasn’t as crazy about the other main one for some reason. 4 stars
  7. Year of the Griffin – Diana Wynne Jones (re-read) — This one was for a read-along that the Diana Wynne Jones Fan group on Goodreads had. I had forgotten so many things about it! I couldn’t believe it. I liked it the first time, but I loved it SO much more this time! ❀ 5 stars
  8. Soul Music – Terry Pratchett — Also for the March Magics read-along; I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the ones before, but still had its fun moments and was interesting. πŸ™‚ 3 stars

DWJ Posts this month

I had SO much fun with those How to Read Diana Wynne Jones and Diana Wynne Jones Experience posts. πŸ˜€

Reviews

Other March Magic Things

New DWJ book to read

I got Hexwood by Diana Wynne Jones for my birthday this month. I can’t wait to dive into reading it! πŸ˜€

DWJ book and chocolate rose for my birthday. Chocolate and DWJ books have something in common: they can’t remain in the house long before I devour them. ❀

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I had an excuse to do a DWJ and Terry Pratchett book photoshoot. Which, as you can imagine, made me happy. πŸ˜„

(I’ve read all the DWJ books I own except Hexwood. I’ve only read 4 Terry Pratchetts though, so the rest in the picture are ones I have yet to read.)

Archer’s Goon film

I saw the old BBC mini-series of Archer’s Goon (1992) which I had never heard of before but “coincidentally” discovered this month and binge-watched. It’s two-and-a-half hours of cheesy 90s British fun. It doesn’t do the magical and larger-than-life and humor of the book justice, but was nonetheless fun, just to see a DWJ story come to life on screen. πŸ™‚ It actually had quite a lot of dialog from the book, so in a sense it was far more “true” to the book than most adaptions these days… Anyways, it was VERY strange and not as good as the book, but I enjoyed it for some reason anyway. πŸ˜„

Diana Wynne Jones Book Page

I also decided to make a DWJ Project page on this blog! It can track the books I’ve read, and the ones I want to read, and other fun stuff like quotes graphics I’ve made. I’m hoping to gather some fun links etc. there, and add to the page overtime. πŸ™‚

Conclusion

In general, I just really enjoyed immersing myself in DWJ things like reading posts and listening to a podcast and just… all the DWJ goodness!

And Terry Pratchett too, of course. πŸ˜‰ Before this month, I had only read one of his books, so I enjoyed getting to read a few more. The Discworld books are definitely strange and not for everyone, but I’ve been enjoying them fairly well. πŸ™‚

Overall, it was a splendid month of humorous fantasy, and I love any excuse to hang out in the worlds of Diana Wynne Jones. ^_^

Thanks very much to Kristen @ We Be Reading for hosting! I had a world (or several) of fun!

I look forward to another magical March next year. ^_^

Thanks for reading!

Dream away in those pages . . .

~ The Page Dreamer

How I Read Tag

Another tag! (Incidentally, this is my 50th post here on the Page Dreamer!!! *confetti*)

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I was tagged once upon a time by Abi @ Rambling Writer for the How I Read Tag — thanks so much Abi! πŸ™‚

These questions look FASCINATING and like they’re going to be great fun to answer. So I shall get to it!

(P.S., you are tagged, page-dreaming readers of mine, if you want to answer them — or just answer in the comments! ^_^)

1. HOW DO YOU FIND NEW BOOKS TO READ?

LET ME COUNT THE WAYS. Mostly through Goodreads. So many books on there. Sometimes I’ll find random interesting books at library sales and bring them home. Sometimes I’ll be perusing shelves at a library and need to try some out. And the amount of times I’ll read a friend’s blog post or review and decide I need to read said book is beyond count. πŸ˜„

2. HOW DID YOU GET INTO READING?

I was homeschooled, so reading was very much encouraged. I learned to read at a very young age and was very quickly addicted, believe me. πŸ˜‰ I haven’t looked back since. BOOKS ARE LIFE.

3. HOW HAS YOUR TASTE IN BOOKS CHANGED AS YOU’VE GOTTEN OLDER?

This is a fascinating question. Well, when I was younger I read a lot more books for children… I also read a lot of older books, and more historical fiction. These days I’ve gone very into fantasy, I’ve even branched out into a couple other things like (gasp) contemporary etc., and I mostly read YA, though I do read the occasional Adult as well. I also now read newer releases a lot, which is interesting, but occasionally I do miss the days when the newest books I read were like 50 years old. πŸ˜› When I look back at how my taste has changed… I half like it and half am creeped out. πŸ˜„ I sometimes read darker stuff now, which kind of bothers me, but at the same time I’m just not real interested anymore in some of the kinds of books I read when I was younger… which is half sad, half exciting since I have found exciting fantasy etc. I don’t know. It’s very mixed.

4. HOW OFTEN DO YOU BUY BOOKS?

Not very often, actually… I usually go to a few library sales in the year, and I usually get some for my birthday and Christmas, but other than that my book-buying tendencies are limited due to limited funds and all that. (The classic broke bookworm. ;)) Unless, of course, you count ebooks, in which case I’m steadily amassing more free kindle books than I have any business acquiring, given how little I actually READ ebooks… and if I happen to have an Amazon giftcard around, sometimes I’ll buy the occasional ebook.

5. HOW DID YOU GET INTO BOOK REVIEWING?

Accidentally. πŸ˜„

A couple of author friends asked if I’d like to be a reviewer for their books. I had never done this sort of thing before but decided to try it. So I reviewed those. Then I happened to see two different authors on their blogs give a call for reviewers for books that I was really excited to read, and I signed up for those. After that, I was addicted. πŸ˜„

That’s as far as “professional” reviewing. Casual reviewing, like I ususally do on this blog, is just… whenever I feel like it. *shrug*

6. HOW DO YOU REACT IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE ENDING OF THE BOOK?

That really depends. If the book itself was good enough and outweighs the bad ending enough, then I’ll feel empty for a day or two and then eventually let the good slowly push the bad away and I’ll still love the book. But mostly if I don’t like the ending, I get depressed/sad/angry and tend to give said book a very low rating. *cough* If I read a book whose ending I don’t like, I tend to go around under a gloomy cloud all day, if not longer, so it’s very bad if I don’t like a book. πŸ˜‰

7. HOW OFTEN DO YOU TAKE A SNEAK PEEK AT THE ENDING TO SEE IF THERE’S A HAPPY ENDING?

Very rarely. I try not to spoil books for myself on purpose… but I WILL admit there have been a couple of times that I did take a look to see, if I was really worried. πŸ˜‰ It also accounts for the two books of ever that I’ve DNF-d (Did Not Finish, for those unfamiliar with the term), because I didn’t like the endings and wasn’t willing to slog through the rest if it was going end like THAT. I can’t think of other specific examples but I may have. *shrug*

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And there you have it!

Le questions, if you’d like to do this tag:

1. HOW DO YOU FIND NEW BOOKS TO READ?
2. HOW DID YOU GET INTO READING?
3. HOW HAS YOUR TASTE IN BOOKS CHANGED AS YOU’VE GOTTEN OLDER?
4. HOW OFTEN DO YOU BUY BOOKS?
5. HOW DID YOU GET INTO BOOK REVIEWING?
6. HOW DO YOU REACT IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE ENDING OF THE BOOK?
7. HOW OFTEN DO YOU TAKE A SNEAK PEEK AT THE ENDING TO SEE IF THERE’S A HAPPY ENDING?

How about you? How has your taste in books changed, and do you think it’s a good or bad thing? How do you react to unliked endings? Do you want to do this tag?

Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

Dream away in those pages . . .

~ The Page Dreamer

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag {2016}

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I’m doing the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag because — gasp! — we seem to be halfway through the year? HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE??? (See me freaking out here? Ahem.)

Anyways, this is a tag which went around a bit LAST year around the mid-way mark and which Cait @ Paper Fury did one time and left open for people to grab — so I’m stealing it and using it! A year later. But still. πŸ˜‰

I’ve read 47 books this year! Yay! πŸ™‚ Which means there’s only a baker’s dozen of Dwarves of a number of books left for me to hit my “goal” of 60. Obviously I hope to read more, but that’s my minimum goal. πŸ™‚

See the books I’ve read here if you’re curious, with handy links to books and all that. ^_^ (I loveth Goodreads and their reading challenge usefulness.)

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Now on to the questions . . .

1. BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2016.

*squirms* HOW CAN YOU ASK ME THIS. Ahem. Mmm… probably Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal, and Fire and Hemlock and Deep Secret (both by Diana Wynne Jones).

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2. BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2016.

Defying Shadows by Ashley Townsend. Yessssss. It’s a really fabulous sequel. πŸ˜€

3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO.

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. Cuz Russian fantasy sounds yum.

4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR.

I can’t pick just one. THESE THOUGH! Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter, The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, King’s Blood by Jill Williamson.

5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT.

Wolf Tower by Tanith Lee because… ARGH I AM SAD. D: It was good overall, but I really really really liked a character who turned out… not likeable. And that left me kinda crushed.

6. BIGGEST SURPRISE.

Hmm. Maybe The Castle Corona by Sharon Creech, or The Map: A Jackaby Story by William Ritter. Both of which I expected to be fun, but I did not expect to really love. Or possibly Defying Shadows by Ashley Townsend…

7. FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR.

I’m going to take this as “new to me” author, since as far as I know, not a single author I’ve read this year has debuted this year… Ahem.

Aaaand… I’m going to go with Hazel B. West and Terry Pratchett!

Specifically because I read Blood Ties by the former (a review book; my review), and Guards! Guards! (for March Magics) by the latter, both of which were amazing, and I want to read more by them! πŸ™‚

(BUT ALSO CAIT @ Paper Fury. Because I read a whole (unpublished) book by her this year finally (and hadn’t before) and WHAT she needs to be published ASAP.)

8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH/SHIP.

Hmm… I’m not the best “shipper”… but I will say that Hal & Ginny from Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal, and Will and Sarah from the Rising Shadows trilogy by Ashley Townsend, are both SO adorbz. ❀

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(I found this on pinterest and it reminded me of Will and Sarah, even though it’s not official or anything. :P)

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(And there’s Ginny and Hal themselves! ^_^ …He’s a shapeshifting cat. πŸ˜‰ HOW COOL IS THAT.)

Aaand I wouldn’t say “crush”, exactly… But a few characters I’ve read this year who I think are really awesome would include Jackaby from the Jackaby books by William Ritter, Tom Lynn from Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, and Halcyon and Azrael from Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal. Cuz they’re the best, obviously. πŸ˜‰ There are MANY awesome characters though so I will stop now and not be here all day. πŸ˜„

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(Jackaby from the cover of Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter. HIS SCARF THOUGH. <3)

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(This reminds me of Tom Lynn and his cello. ^_^ Pinterest)

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(I can’t find a satisfactory picture of Halcyon’s face since I have a particular image in my mind which doesn’t exactly match the author’s new images on pinterest. πŸ˜„ But this is totally Hal from behind at least, so. Pic from pinterest.)

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(AZRAEL. THAT IS ALL. Pinterest)

9. NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER.

Newest as in recentest? Ummm… probably Snufkin from the Moomin books by Tove Jansson. Snufkin is fabulous. πŸ˜€

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10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY.

I don’t actually cry at books all that often… Buuuut… The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson. Happy tears. ^_^ Also, pretty much, Defying Shadows by Ashley Townsend.

11. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY.

Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal. SO MUCH HAPPY. ❀

12. FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTION YOU SAW THIS YEAR.

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Goodness, have I SEEN any? o.o I… don’t always keep track of movies I see, either. But I’m going to go with the Jeeves & Wooster TV show because it’s fun, and Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, because while it may have been very different, it was at least chock-full of references and nods to the book and I just really really liked it. πŸ˜€ (And before you complain “Those aren’t films, they’re TV!” — well, even though Sherlock is a TV show too, this one totally counts as a “film” because I saw it in theaters. So there.) …These also both happen to be some of my favorite “buddy-film” buddies. Can’t beat Holmes and Watson and Bertie and Jeeves. ^_^

13. FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE SO FAR THIS YEAR.

Here are a few from around here that I’m moderately fond of…

14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR THIS YEAR.

The Thaw books by E. Kaiser Writes, Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal, A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson, and Songkeeper by Gillian Bronte Adams. They are my PRECIOUSSSS. *strokes covers*

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15. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

OH, SO MANY. But a few include:

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde, The Healer’s Apprentice, The Merchant’s Daughter, and The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson, King’s Warrior and Second Son by Jenelle Schmidt (and perhaps the final book??? If it’s moving toward publication this year or next??? Speaking of which, if An Earthly King by Hazel B. West, sequel to Blood Ties, comes out later this year, I need to read that one too!), the Thaw and Five Gems books by E. Kaiser Writes, Twinepathy by C.B. Cook, Sabriel by Garth Nix, Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, and finish the Bright Empire Series by Stephen R. Lawhead.

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That’s only the tip of the iceberg… So much reading I want to do! *flails excitedly* (No delusions I’ll actually get to everything I want to read, but still. ;))

AAAAND I TAG:

(I’m bad at tagging people and tend to tag the same people over and over, for which I apologize… Obviously no pressure to do it if I tag you and you don’t feel like doing it. πŸ˜‰ And if you’d like to be tagged with bookish tags around here in the future, tell me in the comments! In the meantime, I tag…)

Shantelle // Sarah Taleweaver // Jenelle // Madeline // Lauri // Abi // Mary Horton // Savannah // Victoria Nightsky // YOU if you want to!

Or answer some of the questions in the comments! πŸ™‚

How about you, fellow page-dreamers? Are you freaking out at the year being half over (!!!)? Have you read a lot of good books this year? What are your summer reading plans? What’s the best book YOU’VE read this year? Tell me all! πŸ™‚

Design Update!

Just a quick note: I redesigned a few things around here!

(Maybe all those pretty covers inspired me? . . . Or more likely I was procrastinating over something I should have been doing. *cough*)

What do you think? πŸ™‚

On another note, I hope to get some more reviews up sometime, including some Reading Roundup posts for my last couple months of reading (hint: there’s a lot).

In the meantime, I’m busy reading, so… yeah.

Anyways I’m kind of excited about the new look of things! Feel free to snag my handy new button if you like. πŸ˜‰

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