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I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle | Dodie Smith
Now a major motion picture from the Academy Award-winning producer of Shakespeare in LoveI Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle's walls, and her own first descent into love. By the time she pens her final entry, she has "captured the castle"--and the heart of the reader--in one of literature's most enchanting entertainments.
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IndoorDame
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Something about the way this is described as quiet, dreamy, & timeless had me always passing it by on the shelf even though it‘s been glowingly recommended my entire life. Those descriptors are certainly accurate, but this is also more. It‘s full of contradictions & quirky characters. I love that this revels in the painfully awkward stage of growing from girlhood to womanhood without being either painful or awkward.👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

IndoorDame This is very much one of those stories that I‘ll continue imagining what comes next for the characters long after closing the book. #LitsyLove Readathon #24in4 #Doublespin #Roll100 @LitsyLove @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @StayCurious @Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks @PuddleJumper 1mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1mo
JamieArc I rarely reread books, but this is one that I would like to reread. 1mo
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IndoorDame @JamieArc I definitely see myself picking this up again someday 1mo
vivastory I have been wanting to read this for such a long time 1mo
IndoorDame @vivastory I‘ll happily join the chorus of voices recommending it 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I enjoyed this one, although the ending wasn't exactly like I wanted it to be haha 1mo
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IndoorDame
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My reading plans this weekend. Today I‘m reading I Capture The Castle, which has been on my reading list (and my bookshelf) a good deal longer than 5 years so I‘m thrilled for the push to get to it! I should finish it this weekend, I may or may not get to some of the others after… #LitsyLove Readathon @StayCurious @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LitsyLove

BookwormM Loved I capture the castle 1mo
IndoorDame @BookwormM I‘m so enjoying it💚 1mo
StayCurious Cool collage! 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That one has been in my shelf forever!! 💚 1mo
IndoorDame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks now that I‘ve finally pulled it off the shelf I‘m tearing through it and I have no idea why I kept passing it over! 1mo
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IndoorDame
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I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. #FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Smarkies
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This classic has been on my shelf for a while, and it was worth the read. The narrator is perhaps a little too self-aware, but the story itself was heartfelt and full of feels.
Using this for #quietyabook for #booked2023
#192025 #1948

Tamra Totally outside my wheelhouse but I absolutely adored it! 2mo
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IndoorDame
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This month‘s #bookspin and #doublespin selections. The tagged book is also one of my #Roll100 books this month and has been sitting unread on my bookshelf for years, so I think the universe has spoken. @TheAromaofBooks @PuddleJumper

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
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IndoorDame
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Next month‘s #Roll100 selections. Guess it‘s time to get to work on my February reading list! @PuddleJumper

Megabooks Some nice choices there! 👍🏻 2mo
batsy Oh, nice! Two pretty excellent novels. 2mo
BiblioLitten I Capture The Castle…I have been thinking about a re-read. 💕 2mo
IndoorDame @BiblioLitten that‘s an excellent rec! I‘ll start with that one 💕 2mo
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Agentfalco
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“I know all about the facts of life and I don‘t think much of them.” 🤣 Cassandra Mortmain, 17

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ravenlee
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Soft pick for me. It took forever to finish (life, not the book‘s fault) and I really liked the voice but was disappointed in the love…octagon? Whatever it was. I hated the shiftless father and thought Rose was pretty awful, too. Topaz was mostly humorous, and I liked Stephen pretty well. Overall good but I hoped for more.

ravenlee With this I have completed half of my #Roll100 list, which was my goal! I got to most of the monthly picks, at least until the last quarter of the year. I hope to finish at least one more and am working on next year‘s list. Thanks @PuddleJumper for a great challenge! 3mo
SayersLover I had a similar reaction to this one. I love the lyrical style and moving descriptions but the romance aspect pushed me over the edge. Still have it on my bookshelf though because it had just enough redeeming qualities. @ravenlee 3mo
PuddleJumper That's awesome! Well done! 3mo
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Karisa
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

“I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.” I was so confused when I first read this, but now that I‘m more than half way through, it makes me smile. It‘s so totally the main character, Cassandra and her obsessive need to write (the kitchen window brings in the day‘s last bit of light).

TheLudicReader Such a lovely book. 5mo
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Karisa
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🤷🏻‍♀️Can‘t believe I‘d never heard of this amazing book until a few months ago on Litsy! Quirky family, warmth, a feisty young writer in a crumbling castle… 😍 I‘m like 60+ years late to this party! 🤣 What a great read!

Saknicole This is my favorite book! I‘m happy you like it too! 5mo
batsy One of my favourites! 💜 5mo
TheLudicReader It‘s a delight from beginning to end. 5mo
Karisa @Saknicole @batsy @TheLudicReader I can see why you all love it! It‘s so fresh and fun! A book that has stood the test of time well! I especially love Cassandra, Rose, and Topaz. The author is so good at fully fleshing out the characters and infusing everything with such warmth. 5mo
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Cazxxx
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#manicmonday @CBee
#LetterI

📕 Tagged

✍️ Kazuo Ishiguro

📺 I dream of Jeannie

🎤 Iron Maiden

🎵 In my darkest hour - Megadeth

CBee A book I still need to read!! 6mo
Cazxxx @CBee It‘s a good one! 6mo
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Besties4ever
I CAPTURE THE CASTLE | DOROTHY GLADYS SMITH
Pickpick

Dreamy and romantic with a interesting main character!

Besties4ever This is one of my favourites 7mo
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Cazxxx
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#alphabetgame

I capture the castle is my pick for the letter I. Such a lovely read that I wish I‘d read sooner

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

batsy Perfect pick! I love this book. 8mo
rubyslippersreads I adore this book! 8mo
Cazxxx @batsy It‘s such a great book, only read it last year for the first time 8mo
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Cazxxx @rubyslippersreads It‘s a good one! 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf! 8mo
Cazxxx @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hope you enjoy! 8mo
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kissmehardy
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This book is ridiculously charming, if a little short on believable romantic developments. The Mortmains and the Cottons have such VITALITY, though. #classics

Tamra Such a feel good book! 8mo
kissmehardy @Tamra Absolutely! 8mo
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rubyslippersreads
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Another of my favorites is a #kindledeal today. #kindle #ebook

BookwormM One of my favs 8mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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This classic would have resonated with me more if I'd read it closer to the protagonist Cassandra's age (17). But it was a wonderful reminder of how I thought and experienced life at that age, despite being set in 1930s England / written in the 40s. What an interesting cast, portrayed honestly but lovingly by Cassandra. I loved how the story played with a Pride and Prejudice setup and then turned it upside down. The ending truly surprised me!!

Centique Gosh I loved this one - but yes if I‘d read it a bit younger it would have been even better! 😍 8mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Centique if only to go back in time! 8mo
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Ang203l
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Picked up my new kitty today. Settled in for a book while she ignores me. 😹 #catsoflitsy

RaeLovesToRead Awwww 😻😻😻 9mo
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mjtwo
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11 Nov-20 Jun 22
Not the best circumstances. Started reading to Polly at a time when she decided she would rather me not read any more. Eventually switched to audio, but Polly had lost interest and I only persisted because I wanted to watch the movie. I did not pick the ending, possibly because we lost the thread on the way through. A very soft pick as it was us, not the book. I did like the characters, particularly the narrator. And Topaz.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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I see you, adult men on Goodreads giving this book negative reviews because a) it's about a young woman and you just can't take any young woman seriously or it might erode your manhood (did it occur to you this book isn't written for you?)

or b) asserting your enjoyment despite yourself, joking ironically (you're not being sexist it's a joke ladies!) about how its femininity might rub off on you.

FYI guys, this is what sexism looks like.

merelybookish Their loss because it's a wonderful book!! 10mo
Prairiegirl_reading This sounds to me like I need to read it immediately!! 10mo
TheLudicReader I just recommended this book to a student this week. Some men really don‘t know their ass from their elbow. 10mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Prairiegirl_reading It's very good! Voicey journal style writing set in the 1930s, written in the 40s. 10mo
Centique $&@! 😡 They don‘t deserve to read this book. It‘s such a favourite of mine and means so much to me. 😕 I guess jerks are always going to be jerks… sometimes I forget they‘re in my bookish corner of the world but dang it, they are. 10mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Centique yes they don't deserve it!! 10mo
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KatieDid927
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Unpopular opinion o‘clock! I loved the first half. I absolutely hated the second half.

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sarahbellum
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I was unquestionably charmed by this book, but I got annoyed by Cassandra‘s melodrama near the end. I think I would have absolutely adored this book as a teenager when everything had *meaning* and was full of *possibility* and you thought nonstop about your first kiss. As it was, the love triangles pushed this a little off the rails for me, but the other plot points kept me very interested and entertained. So glad I finally read this gem!

sarahbellum Pictured: my Heloise (Gus) and Abelard (Basil), curled up for a lazy Saturday 1y
LeahBergen Aww! Look at them! 1y
BookNAround Love your peaceable little kingdom there. I just took a similar (and rare here) picture of two of my three. 1y
sarahbellum @BookNAround Thank you! It‘s pretty rare here as well, though my 17 year old cat is caring less and less about the dog as he‘s been aging 1y
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JamieArc
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Today‘s #BookMail
BOTM and I couldn‘t resist this copy of I Capture the Castle for a reread for #NYWD.

StaceGhost I love this book! 1y
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sarahbellum
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Current reads: listening to H. Jon Benjamin‘s memoir (didn‘t know he wrote one until I found it while browsing Libby last night!) while I finish stitching this belated Christmas present for my grandma. Finally, finally, finally starting I Capture the Castle after many, many years on my TBR! #audiostitching #crossstitch

BookwormM I love this book 1y
Mollyanna I love your cross stitch project. I‘ve never stitched on black before. Does it make it harder to see? 1y
SolaRaynor Very nice cross stitch. 1y
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sarahbellum @BookwormM I‘ve heard such great things about it! 1y
sarahbellum @Mollyanna Thank you! Yes, the black fabric can be trickier to see. To make it easier, I use my iPad to backlight the fabric as I stitch 1y
sarahbellum @SolaRaynor Thank you! ☺️ 1y
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TheLudicReader
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This book has been on my tbr shelf for probably 20 years and my reading radar for way longer than that. It is the charming, delightful story of 17-year-old Cassandra who lives in a crumbling castle with her eccentric father, stepmother, older sister and younger brother. Their lives change when the American grandsons of the castle‘s owner arrive. Loved it.

BkClubCare Yes, isn‘t it charming? I loved this book, too. 1y
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Soubhiville
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Why did I wait so long to read this book? It‘s a very nice story, I loved Cassandra. I had to look to see when this was written, it was hard to place a time period on the story at the beginning.

This is the copy you sent for my LFL @AmyG . I‘m so glad I read it before putting it out there. Now someone else in my neighborhood can enjoy it 🙂.

Venkman‘s favorite character was Heloise. 🐕🐈‍⬛

Soscha Awesome cat! 🐈‍⬛ 2y
Tamra Isn‘t it just lovely? In the best way!? Truly a classic and comfort read. 💜 2y
AmyG It was a quirky, sweet story. Glad you enjoyed it! Venkman, too. 😻 (edited) 2y
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ladym30 Stunning cat!❤️ 2y
Slajaunie That‘s a beautiful baby! 2y
ShelleyBooksie ♡♡♡Venkman. I feel like he needs a cozy scarf in fall colors. Heheh. 2y
Soubhiville @ShelleyBooksie it‘s still in the high 90‘s here in central Texas, but maybe towards Halloween we can make that happen 🙂 2y
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DrexEdit
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I'm really behind in posting reviews so I'm combining these two since I read them back-to-back and and they both have British rural life as the setting for the action. And both have naive narrators. “Self-consciously naive“ in the case of Cassandra and perhaps a bit self-deluded on the part of Leo. The Go-Between is set at the turn of the 19th century and I Capture the Castle is set in the 1930s.
#BookSpin @TheAromaofBooks #nyrbbookclub

DrexEdit Both books use 1st person narration so the only view we get on the story is from the main character, reliable or not. Both books look at issues of class and rural vs. urban living. The biggest difference between the two was that Cassandra is in love with living life. It's the most important thing to her and every little thing is a source of wonder to her. Even so, she is strong and resilient and can cope with a lot more than you think she can. ⬇ 2y
DrexEdit Leo on the other hand seems to cut himself off from life, especially after his shock of discovering what Marian and Ted have involved him in. He almost stops living at the age of 12. I liked both books very much and the narrative voice for each was so enjoyable! I really enjoyed spending time with these characters! 2y
BarbaraBB I loved both of them too. Great review, comparing them 🤍 2y
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DrexEdit @BarbaraBB I feel like I'm on a bit of a Brit Lit sidetrack here! After reading Lolly Willows last month and now these two, I think I need to follow on with a Cold Comfort Farm re-read or something! lol! 😄 2y
vivastory Great reviews! I have I Capture the Castle on my shelves. I definitely need to move it up 2y
Tanisha_A I had a great time reading I Capture the Castle. Because of your comparison, now i am very intrigued by The Go Between. 🤞🏽 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Eggs
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Teresereading It‘s on my TBR 2y
lazydaizee I remember reading this years ago, it is a good story. 2y
BookwormM One of my favourite books 2y
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DrexEdit
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It's very ambitious for me, I know. But I've already finished two of the books in the top row, which are my priorities. The Sherman Alexie is a re-read. I should be able to finish the top row and maybe a couple of others! I can do it! I can do it! I can do it! 😂

#WeeklyReport
@cinfhen

DrexEdit Aaaaaand my plan is already blown to heck as I see my copy of The Hidden Palace has arrived at the library. All bets could possibly now be off. 😁 2y
BookishMarginalia It happens! 2y
Cinfhen Yes you can!!!! 2y
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DrexEdit
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Very happy to have this tagged book as my July #bookspin! It's been on my #TBR for so long! I also have hundreds of short stories to check out, so it's not going to be a problem finding one to read for #doublespin. Looking forward to July reading!
😀 👍

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DrexEdit
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How can it be July already? Here is my #BookSpin list. Getting even two books read will be a challenge given my long list of reading commitments and going back to in-office work. I find I'm really resentful of that commuting time! I know, first world problems! 😬

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I also can't believe the year is half over!!! I know a lot of people listen to audiobooks when they're commuting, but I really have trouble concentrating on books in that format. My dad used his commute to teach himself the basics of German, so maybe you can learn a new skill? 😂 2y
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Cazxxx
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I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book. Charming and poignant with a wonderful young narrator. Definitely a must read

Crazeedi On my tbr bookshelf, must get to it 2y
Cazxxx @Crazeedi it‘s a good one! 2y
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Cazxxx
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📚 Hoping to start this one today
Have you read it? 📚

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Not yet, but ima in love your cover!! 2y
Cazxxx @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it‘s a good one! 2y
britt_brooke It‘s a delightful story. Hope you enjoy! 2y
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Cazxxx @britt_brooke thank you 😊 2y
BookwormM One of my favourite books 📚 love it 💕💕 2y
KCofKaysville @Cazxxx I read it a long time ago but thought it was good. 2y
Cazxxx @BookwormM ☺️❤️ 2y
Cazxxx @KCofKaysville 👍🏻😊 2y
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DrexEdit
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I haven't posted a #bookspin in over a year. The whole last year just threw off any plans or moods I might have had. But I'm back to try again! I've added in some random mood read choices and short stories that should fit my current reading aura better.

I did manage to read about half of my #bookspin original list. So this is a mostly new list and I'm looking forward to reading ANY of the titles on it! Let the spinning begin!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Glad to have you back!!! 2y
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EvieBee
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Hello! Realized my #reread matched my outfit for tonight‘s Zoom meeting. I finished boxing up the kid lit shelf and now working on the bigger adult shelf. 20 days in counting before we‘re Missouri bound. Also! My future library was kind enough to send me a digital library card until I move over. Who does that?! Certainly not the system where I am currently.
#bookmail #currentlyreading #springreads

Daisey Good luck with the move, and an early welcome to Missouri! 2y
mdemanatee This is such a cute picture! I love your whole look here! 2y
JennyM Hi 👋 Lovely to ‘see‘ you. Good luck with the move 2y
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quietjenn Gorgeous! Hope all goes smoothly! 2y
batsy Beautiful! Love your look! 💛 2y
BarbaraBB So good to actually see you again! Good luck with the move, your new library sounds awesome! 2y
Reggie What a lovely pic! 2y
Magpiegem So gorgeous! Matching pretty books is going on my life goals 😊 x 2y
Simona You look gorgeous❣️ 2y
MicheleinPhilly Stunning! 2y
MaureenMc 😍 Good luck with the move! 2y
CarolynM Gorgeous photo😍 Hope the move goes well and you enjoy your new city. 2y
vivastory Great pic! Good luck with the move. I'm in MO as well. 2y
rubyslippersreads What a perfectly-coordinated photo! 😍 2y
EvieBee @vivastory 🥰💜 2y
EvieBee @rubyslippersreads Thank you so much 💕💕 2y
EvieBee @CarolynM Thank you so much ♥️♥️ 2y
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Ruthiella
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There were a few books featuring castles in the story or title that I could have used for this prompt, but this novel from Smith is a real favorite. A bittersweet story of first love and adolescence. ❤️

#LitsySpringBreak. Castle 🏰

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve got this one!! 💗 2y
Ruthiella @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it‘s a good one! 😀 2y
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monalyisha
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Okay: I'll admit it. I'm in a reading slump. I think I know the *kind* of thing I'd like to read...but I've been wrong before. 😅

Now seeking: I Capture the Castle read-alikes.

Charming & quietly eccentric characters, strong setting, bucolic. Something sort-of gentle & wandering & thoughtful.

Any suggestions for me?

Ruthiella I second Guard Your Daughters and O, the Brave Music @LeahBergen . O‘ The Brave is also a good read-alike for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.😀 (edited) 2y
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Ruthiella Also try Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim. Not with teenaged characters but still bucolic and charming. 😀 2y
monalyisha @LeahBergen Thank you. You're a godsend. @Ruthiella Actually, you've reminded me that I've been meaning to reread “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn“! I haven't done so since Middle School (when I didn't like it) & so many friends/respected readers seem to have loved it, I think I need to give it another chance. I also may own Enchanted April. I'll have to check my shelves when I get home! 2y
LeahBergen @Ruthiella And I‘ll second The Enchanted April 😆😆 2y
batsy This one might also do the trick 2y
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Readerann
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I am really enjoying this 1948 classic. And, you might notice I have also been traveling vicariously through my Viking River Cruises brochure. 😔

At 11 hrs 22 mins for #20in4. I won‘t get to 20, but hoping to add a few more hours today.

BookwormM One of my fav books 2y
Readerann @BookwormM I should have pulled this off the shelf years ago - SO good! 2y
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AmyK1
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Pickpick

Cassandra is an English teen living in a rundown, rented, castle with her eccentric family. She records her life in her journal and things start to get interesting when they meet 2 rich American brothers.

Crazeedi I have this book on my tbr stack 2y
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AmyK1
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“I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.”

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

Tanisha_A Oh I loved reading this book 2y
AmyK1 @Tanisha_A I‘m only about 150 pages in but am liking it so far 😁👍🏼 2y
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AmyG
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A truly enjoyable book about a “quirky”, money-strapped family living in a rented castle. The fun begins when the new neighbors arrive. I loved Cassandra, the young narrator.

Thank you @Soubhiville @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
I got two copies and one went to my daughter...who seems to be enjoying it, too!

Moray_Reads This one is such a comfort read for me. It's wonderful 2y
AmyG @Moray_Reads I wanted to visit the castle. ❤️ 2y
Soubhiville I need to read this one this year. I‘m so glad you liked it! 2y
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AmyG @Soubhiville Would you want me to pass on my copy to you? 2y
Soubhiville I‘ve got it on kindle @AmyG , thank you though! I think I have had it for 2-3 years now. 😊 2y
AmyG Ha! Sounds like my ibookshelf. 2y
Tamra Right up there with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. 💜 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 2y
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AmyG
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I shall begin this while the husband watches football. Win win for us both.

I forgot who it was, but someone or two on Litsy said it was their most favorite book. So I had to read it!

LeahBergen It‘s a favourite of mine! ❤️ 2y
Soubhiville I‘ve had it on my kindle for ages and have been meaning to get to it... I look forward to your review! 2y
AmyG @LeahBergen You are why I need to read it! @Soubhiville I will let you know how it is. Thank you for the book. 😘 2y
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Trashcanman Football is still a thing? 2y
AmyG @Trashcanman Apparently.😳 2y
BiblioLitten Wonderful narrator! ♥️ 2y
BookwormM One of my favourite books 2y
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Kaarin
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Grabbed the audio version of this and what a fun experience! It turned out to be an audio play and was only 2 hours. The story is very quirky, the characters interesting. And I just found out that Smith also wrote 101 Dalmatians.

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ephemeralwaltz
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When the sun hits just right ✨

Kalalalatja Oh I miss the sun 🌞 2y
Simona @Kalalalatja Me too! We have for the third week fog ... or if it is not the fog is rain or snow, everything but no ☀️ 2y
Tanisha_A 😍 2y
sparrowssavvy Beautiful photo! 2y
ephemeralwaltz @Kalalalatja @Simona oh lovelies, I so wish I could sun some sun rays your way!! 🌞 Sending hugs 🤗 2y
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Litsi
I Capture Castle | Dodie Smith
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A woman on the brink of finding herself & love lives in a ruined castle where splendor & failure abound and hope springs with every midsummer‘s eve ritual. Many stories are so gently told: the longing for a childhood place; sibling jealousy; the carousel of unrequited love; the tricky benevolence of rich people & the despair of the poor; & the loss of what was never yours. Superb. (more) https://www.facebook.com/1082882538/posts/10221570329822587/

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AmyG
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The most wonderful thing about Litsy is the friends I‘ve made. Thank you, my dear friend @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for this lovely box if joy. I have been dying to read both of those. And all the goodies...you are too generous. I love the halloween “jar” of clips, pushpins and bookmarks(very clever)! And Chapstick- I have an unhealthy love for lip balm. I love it all. 🤣 You‘re the best. Thank you so much. 😘

Tanisha_A I Capture the Castle. 💙 2y
AmyG @Tanisha_A I want to read this so badly because people on just love it! One of those blame it on Litsy. 🤣 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re very welcome my sweet friend!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Tanisha_A
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Hello new favourite read!

You all, this is one of the most beautiful diary/journal entry i have read.

✍️: Fantastic narrator (one of the best I have come across). She is FUNNY (among all the other things)
👨👩🏼: A brilliant cast of characters
🌃 🏞️ 🌄: Lots of great descriptions of architecture, nature, English countryside, weather etc.
🧬: Great observations and experiences about life, its sorrows and joys

I am so glad i read this.

rubyslippersreads One of my very favorites. ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
silentrequiem Such a great book! 2y
batsy What @rubyslippersreads said! The narrator's voice just makes this book ❤️ 2y
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BiblioLitten She‘s a perfect narrator! 💕💕 2y
JennyM It‘s a lovely read❤️ 2y
KVanRead Wow! Love this review. I must read this!! 2y
Tanisha_A @rubyslippersreads @silentrequiem @batsy @BiblioLitten @JennyM I had a gala time reading it. 🏰💙 @KVanRead I think you will like this one. It's perfect for a relaxing weekend. 😍 2y
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Tanisha_A
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LOVING this.

Follow.my.read This is by far one of my ALL TIME favorite books!!!! 2y
batsy @Follow.my.read Same ❤️ 2y
LeahBergen It‘s SO GOOD. 2y
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readordierachel So high on my tbr! 2y
Tanisha_A @readordierachel I remember. 🤗 Do you already own a copy of this book? 2y
Centique I know right?! It‘s like it was written for our Litsy tribe 😍 2y
readordierachel @Tanisha_A I do, actually. You've made me want to pull it off the shelf soon 😊 2y
MicheleinPhilly Hi! Weird question but did you send me an IG request? I think it‘s you but I‘m a stickler about my privacy settings so just wanted to confirm. ☺️ 2y
Tanisha_A @MicheleinPhilly Hey! Yes, yes. That was me. 😁 2y
MicheleinPhilly 👍🏼 2y
Tanisha_A @readordierachel Yay, yay! I do think strongly, you'll end up liking it a lot. 😁 @Centique Definitely! 🤗 2y
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Branwen
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#tarottakeover @Meaw_catlady @ErinSueMreads

Today's other tarot prompt is the Page of Cups which symbolizes creative possibilities. I can't think of any book more suited to creative possibilities than I Capture the Castle, which is a story about a young woman who throughout the course of the book discovers the depth of her love of writing! 🖋💖

Ruthiella Love this book! ❤️ 3y
DaveGreen7777 Oooh, that choice sounds perfect, Becky! 😧 3y
BookwormM One of my favs and a great adaptation as well 3y
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bookandbedandtea
I Capture the Castle | Dodie Smith
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I found myself relating strongly to Cassandra: her love of history, nature, family, journaling, music, &, most of all, her desire to talk about & examine herself & her interests all felt familiar & friendly to me. Her family members are one absurdity after another &, since I don't have to live with them, I felt all the affection for them that she did. But the last third, while still enjoyable, ventured a little too much into farce for me. ⬇️

bookandbedandtea First, the dad became too much near the end. And nearly every character was in love with someone who loved someone else. I felt terrible for both Stephen and Simon. Still, I loved it and I long to live in a quiet country village. Preferably in the 1930s please. 😊 3y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! I overall enjoyed this one, except for, as you said, the ending where everyone seems to be in love with the wrong person - it just didn't feel like it added much to the story to write it that way. 3y
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