Shelf Control #31: Charmed Life (Chrestomanci, #1)

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Welcome to the newest weekly feature here at Bookshelf Fantasies… Shelf Control!

Shelf Control is all about the books we want to read — and already own! Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available, and in most cases, sitting right there on our shelves and e-readers.

Want to join in? See the guidelines and linky at the bottom of the post, and jump on board! Let’s take control of our shelves!

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My Shelf Control pick this week is:

ChrestomanciTitle: Charmed Life
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Published: 1977
Length: 218 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

A bewitching comic fantasy by a master of the supernatural

Cat doesn’t mind living in the shadow of his sister, Gwendolen, the most promising young witch ever seen on Coven Street. But trouble starts brewing the moment the two orphans are summoned to live in Chrestomanci Castle. Frustrated that the witches of the castle refuse to acknowledge her talents, Gwendolen conjures up a scheme that could throw whole worlds out of whack.

How I got it:

My daughter has had a copy for a long time, and I just picked up the collected volumes of the series at the library’s book sale.

When I got it:

Last week! But it’s been on my radar for years.

Why I want to read it:

I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never read anything by Diana Wynne Jones. We have several of her books in the house, including Howl’s Moving Castle and Deep Secret — but I remember that my daughter really liked the start of the Chrestomanci series (although I don’t know if she ever finished it), so I thought this would be a good choice for me. As someone who enjoys a good fantasy tale, it’s simply unacceptable that I’ve never experienced this author!

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Want to participate in Shelf Control? Here’s how:

  • Write a blog post about a book that you own that you haven’t read yet.
  • Add your link below!
  • And if you’d be so kind, I’d appreciate a link back from your own post.
  • Check out other posts, and have fun!


For more on why I’ve started Shelf Control, check out my introductory post here, or read all about my out-of-control book inventory, here.

And if you’d like to post a Shelf Control button on your own blog, here’s an image to download (with my gratitude, of course!):

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2 thoughts on “Shelf Control #31: Charmed Life (Chrestomanci, #1)

  1. I really enjoyed the Chrestomanci books — though I think I only got through the first couple. The sequels have been on my to read list for years. Jones was a favorite middle school staple of mine, and she never disappointed me. Highly recommend, if you can find the time. Thanks for sharing!

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