Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

I had been meaning to read Wintersmith for a while, because a few months ago, I found a quote from it that I had been using as a personal mantra, and it seemed inappropriate not to get around to learning the context.  Also, Terry Pratchett is my hero, and nearly everything he writes is amazing. Wintersmith was not one of the exceptions.  It's not the first book in the Tiffany Aching series, but (and Pratchett is brilliant at this) the existence of the rest of the story around her is woven in just enough that you feel like you're missing something -- like you really want to read those other books -- without making you feel like you're missing anything so important that your experience is being ruined.  I say this because it's the first of his Tiffany Aching books I've read.

It's also one of his children's books, or young adult, I'm not sure which.  But it came through, in the most beautiful way.  This book sounds like it was written to be read aloud to a child by a loving parent or guardian.  It reads like reading it aloud to someone is an act of love -- a pure gesture of a desire for that person to be happy, to laugh, to learn important lessons, and to become a better person for having listened.

This book is amazing, and I'd recommend it to anyone.

By the way, the quotation that I read the book for is quite near the start, and it reads:

"This I choose to do.  If there is a price, this I choose to pay.  If it is my death, then I choose to die. Where this takes me, there I choose to go.  I choose.  This I choose to do."