Currently reading: Clariel & Lily Dale

I just finished a reread of Archer’s Goon by Diana Wynne Jones. It’s Witch Week starting on October 21st, so I’ve got an excuse to gorge myself on DWJ books again this year (Diana Wynne Jones Month being the other one). AG used to be one of the books people would recommend for DWJ newbies, but I think it got thrown over for Howl’s Moving Castle ever since the movie version came out. It’s still a good starting point, though, and I’d definitely recommend it even if you’re a DWJ veteran. Family shenanigans = always good! clariel garth nix

Clariel is the newest Garth Nix book and it’s the next in the Abhorsen series! It’s actually a prequel, so you can totally read it without having read the other books if you want. I’ve been SO excited about this book ever since I found out about it, almost a year ago. We got it in at my library and I got first dibs– it’s SO GOOD and I’m having a very good time reading it.

The other book I’m reading is Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town That Talks to the Dead by Christine Wicker, who wrote Not in Kansas Anymore which I read back in 2012 and didn’t much like. Nowadays I’m much more appreciative of her mix of memoir and history, and so I’m really enjoying this book. I’m interested generally in the history of religion/magic/etc. and I like memoirs on the whole.

Have any of you been to Lily Dale? I’d like to go check it out one day (along with Salem). It seems like a fun place!

What are you reading this week?

2 thoughts on “Currently reading: Clariel & Lily Dale”

  1. Really, Archer’s Goon? You’d give that to a newbie? I dunno, that one took a while to grow on me — it’s one of my favorites now, but that wasn’t always the case. It’s VERY weird up front, and it takes a little while for the story to get going.

    1. I would! I don’t think it’s her strangest book, but it’s strange enough that if someone didn’t like it they probably wouldn’t like her others (which are mostly all strange, too, in different ways). Some people are just anti-strange, idk.

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