An alternate history reading list

Farthing by Jo Walton mystery alternate history

An “alternate history” story is when a thing that happened in history IRL happened a different way! Like if, for example, the American colonies never broke from England in the 1700s– that’d be an alt history. As Wikipedia says: “Alternate History” looks at “what if” scenarios from some of history’s most pivotal turning points and presents a completely different version, sometimes based on science and fact, but often based on conjecture. The exploration of how Read More …

3 fictional schools I definitely don’t want to go to

Basically I like reading about boarding schools and magical schools and MAGICAL BOARDING SCHOOLS omg, but when I really think about it– I definitely do NOT want to actually attend these schools. There’s actually kind of terrible! Brakebills Academy from The Magicians is a secret Harvard-y magic school of magic! It is filled with terrible and/or tragic people. People learn things regarding magic, which is good, and they learn them in difficult and scary ways. Read More …

The Time of the Ghost by Diana Wynne Jones

Most exciting thing about my Scribd trial subscription: finding, like, FIVE Diana Wynne Jones books I haven’t read yet! Yay! One of those books is The Time of the Ghost, and I will admit freely that I mixed it up with A Tale of Time City for like ten years. In reality, though, The Time of the Ghost is more similar to Hexwood in structure and tone and “wtf is going on”-ness. I will also Read More …

Diana Wynne Jones Month, Day 30: Magids Duology (#dwjmarch)

I’ll admit it: the Magids books aren’t my favorites. It took me three tries to read The Merlin Conspiracy, and when I finally got to the end it made me so upset I nearly had a coronary. I did like Deep Secret, but knowing my copy is the bowdlerized one leaves a sour taste in my mouth. They CHANGED my beloved author’s words! Into something inferior! It’s not like they just changed an LP to Read More …

Diana Wynne Jones Month, Day 29: The Game (#dwjmarch)

You may remember from my video on Day 1 (Show your collection) that I have two copies of The Game! But I’ve only read it once, maybe because it’s so freakin’ short and I tend to go for more lengthy DWJ rereads over shorter ones. I find it easier to immerse myself fully into the ~DWJ experience~ when the book is over 150 pages, I guess? If you don’t know what The Game is about, Read More …

Diana Wynne Jones Month, Day 23: Dalemark Quartet (#dwjmarch)

I read the entire Dalemark quartet last year, all within a week or two. It was SO AMAZING I couldn’t actually write a review for it. It’s terrible when you love something so much you can’t even articulate WHY you love it, but I am going to try because it deserves to be written about. To wit: THIS SERIES HAS RUINED MY LIFE. If I had not already worshiped at the throne of Diana Wynne Read More …

Diana Wynne Jones Month, Day 22: Favorite villain (#dwjmarch)

Today’s topic is about our favorite villains! This was a tough one for me, because I don’t actually like villains that much. In fact, I generally dislike them, even if they’re the protagonist of the book I’m reading. On the other hand, I can appreciate entertaining baddies! Like Moriarty, for example. I think my favorite Diana Wynne Jones villain is probably Gwendolen, from Charmed Life. She’s a terrible person and a bad sister, but so Read More …

Diana Wynne Jones, Day 20: Fire and Hemlock (#dwjmarch)

Today’s topic is on Fire and Hemlock! Here’s the summary, for those of you unfamiliar with it: Polly has two sets of memories… One is normal: school, home, friends. The other, stranger memories begin nine years ago, when she was ten and gate-crashed an odd funeral in the mansion near her grandmother’s house. Polly’s just beginning to recall the sometimes marvelous, sometimes frightening adventures she embarked on with Tom Lynn after that. And then she Read More …

Diana Wynne Jones Month, Day 18: Archer’s Goon (#dwjmarch)

Today’s topic is about Archer’s Goon, a story of families! The trouble started when Howard Sykes came home from school and found the “goon” sitting in the kitchen. He said he’d been sent by Archer. But who was Archer? It had to do with the 2,000 words that Howard’s author father had failed to deliver. It soon became clear not only that Archer wanted those words, but that his wizard siblings, Hathaway, Dillian, Shine, Torquil, Read More …