Shelf Control #2

This meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies is so cool! From the original post:

“Shelf Control picks will be books that I already own — either physical copies from my overflowing shelves, or one of the many unread titles elbowing each other out of the way on my Kindle.”

What will be included in each post is:

  • Title metadata (essentially)
  • How I got it
  • When I got it
  • Why I want to read it

Last week’s post is available here.

Without further ado, I present you this week’s pick!


Howl's Moving Castle (English Edition) eBook: Jones, Diana Wynne ...Title: Howl’s Moving Castle

Author: Diana Wynne Jones

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

Year published: 1986

Synopsis: “How about making a bargain with me?” said the demon. “I’ll break your spell if you agree to break this contract I’m under.”

In the land of Ingary, where seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, Sophie Hatter attracts the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste, who puts a curse on her. Determined to make the best of things, Sophie travels to the one place where she might get help – the moving castle which hovers on the nearby hills.

But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the hearts of young girls…

(Taken from Goodreads)

How I Got It: I found it used online and purchased it on a whim.

When I Got It: Last year.

Why I Want to Read It: I’ve always been curious about the book behind the world-famous Ghibli movie. And with Ghibli movies now on Netflix, my interest has been rekindled! The book looks like a fairly swift read, so it might be one of the first things I pick up once I have access to my library again. Fun Fact: I bought a used copy, and the previous owner doodled cute little spiders on some of the pages! Adorable. I’m fascinated by used books and the traces their owners leave in them. Gives them a somewhat nostalgic touch.


Have you read this book? Any books sitting on your shelves you’re itching to read? Tell me about them in the comments!

5 thoughts on “Shelf Control #2

  1. I haven’t seen the movie version, but I really should! So many authors I enjoy list this as one of their all-time favorite books! I finally listened to the audiobook a couple of years ago — and I think this is a case where that may have been a mistake. The narrator didn’t particularly work for me, and so even though I finished, I just didn’t enjoy the experience very much. I should probably go back and read the print version and see how I feel about it. Hope you enjoy!

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    1. Oooh the movie is magical! I remember going to the cinema to watch it with my mum and it’s still one of those movies we rewatch together every so often. Sorry to hear about the bad audiobook experience – if it’s any consolation, friends who read it say that the writing is witty, fun and “typically British”. I hope you’ll get a chance to read it and enjoy it!

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