I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
Source: Chicago Public Library
Through six turbulent months of 1934, 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain keeps a journal, filling three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries about her home, a ruined Suffolk castle, and her eccentric and penniless family. By the time the last diary shuts, there have been great changes in the Mortmain household, not the least of which is that Cassandra is deeply, hopelessly, in love.
Ok so I’m basically failing at our self made 2016 TBR Challenge. But if I’m going down without reading those 10 books, at least I picked up I Capture the Castle. This was just a delightful read. I almost felt like I was a kid meeting Anne Shirley for the first time again. Or Emily Starr and the letter bills that she filled with her writings. So if you enjoy either of those LM Montgomery heroines you should definitely pick up I Capture the Castle.
Yes, Cassandra’s family is kind of ridiculous, but they have a lot of charm. I kind of wanted to poke her father and hug her stepmother – but I still enjoyed them all! Maybe I didn’t love how things played out between Cassandra and her sister, though that could be simply because my sister is my favorite and I couldn’t do those things! This was a short, sweet and sometimes silly read. Definitely one I needed this year. If you need a book to put a smile on your face leading into November I definitely recommend this one. I just spotted Primary Colors on my bookshelf – now more than 10 years waiting to be read. Maybe that will have to be my next challenge attempt for a swing in the opposite direction…