Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Cocoa Book Club Book of the Month: Howl's Moving Castle

The Cocoa Book Club is back yet again with another fantastic read to offer! The second pick for the CBC and our Super Secret Book Clubber for this month just so happens to be a reader who graciously volunteered for the job. Picking our book this month, Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, is Ashley!

"One book that I always read time and time again," she says, "is Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. It’s a wonderful tale full of magic, romance, adventure, and even seven league boots! What I like most is that Sophie, the main character, is just a regular girl who thinks she’s nothing special and well, maybe even a little bit boring. She’s the oldest girl in her family and makes hats for a living, which she enjoys, but she wonders what else is out there for her. Her tale begins when a visit from the Witch of the Waste leaves her as an old woman..."

For those of you who are a bit curious, there was a movie version made by the incredible Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki a few years back. I've yet to see it personally, but according to Ashley "...it’s a wonderful retelling, but I think you should watch it after you read the book."

You can read all of her thoughts on this spellbinding book at her blog, Bookworm Lola, and it can be purchased through Amazon (or just previewed on Google Books!)

Thank you so much, Ashley, and we can't wait to read it!

If you've got a spectacular, inspirational, or just plain wicked cool book in mind and would like to volunteer to be a Super Secret Book Clubber, send me an e-mail with your name, e-mail address, and blog (if applicable) and I'll get in contact with you ASAP!

Penelope ♥


Penny Lane said...

Very interesting! I remember seeing previews for the movie so i shall now have to check out the book. Thank you!

My Stifled Laughter said...

What a great book to pick. I have the movie and read the book and loved both. :D