-Song by John DonneTeach me to hear Mermaid’s singing,
Or to keep off envy’s stinging,
Serves to advance an honest mind
In June we’ll be reading ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ by Dianna Wynne Jones. This is a convoluted and light-hearted trip through a fantasy world that is totally new and yet feels intimately familiar to any book lover. You’ll find spells, wizards, mermaids and mandrakes but also Seven-League Boots, skulls with attitude, copious amounts of green slime and a very mobile building: this is magic but not as you know it.
Below is our suggested schedule for reading and discussing but you are entirely free to move at your own pace. We’ll also be providing a few discussion questions in each thread to help spark off your thoughts but you can ignore them completely if you have your own ideas to discuss. We want to hear what you think, however obvious or insignificant you feel it is.
1-7 June: Chapters 1 through 5
8-15 June: Chapters 6 through 10
16-23 June: Chapters 11 through 15
24-30 June: Chapters 16 through 21
Our heroine, Sophie, is dogged by the knowledge that (as the eldest of 3) she is doomed to failure by the rules of the fairy tale land in which she lives. Only a chance accident causes her to venture out into the wide world. Do you think the power of this kind of rule lies simply in the ability to keep people from trying or are there other forces at play?
If Sophie manages to talk some life into your creative urges, please feel free to share some of your own fan fiction, poetry, stories or fan art.
If you have any suggestions for future book discussions, please send them to us at hol.bookclub @ gmail.com (without the spaces).