Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- I Capture The Castle

I Capture the Castle

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

‘I write this sitting in the kitchen sink’ is the first line of this timeless, witty and enchanting novel about growing up. Cassandra Mortmain lives with her bohemian and impoverished family in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. Her journal records her life with her beautiful, bored sister, Rose, her fadingly glamorous stepmother, Topaz, her little brother Thomas and her eccentric novelist father who suffers from a financially crippling writer’s block. However, all their lives are turned upside down when the American heirs to the castle arrive and Cassandra finds herself falling in love for the first time…

Thoughts:

I had been meaning to read this book for such a long time, so I was pleased when it was picked for our kid-lit challenge. It centres around Cassandra, who lives in a crumbling castle with her sister, stepmother and little brother. There’s also Stephen, the orphaned child of a former servant who lives with the family. Cassandra’s father had written a highly successful book, but since has had severe writer’s block. Cassandra’s father hasn’t done much since releasing his first book. He leases the castle, but is not overly successful in his working life. Through Cassandra’s journal, we learn about family events.

The family are fascinating to follow. Cassandra is an easy character to like. I immediately was invested in their story, eager to know what was going to happen to them. I think Dodie Smith’s writing stands the test of time. It’s still very readable.

I don’t know if it’s something about classics but I never seem to get as stuck into them as I want to. They don’t grip me as much as I like. I think it’s the slower pace to them. I’m really interested to see what Beth made of it. It certainly had that Pride and Prejudice vibe that I know she’ll enjoy.

For Beth’s wonderful review, please check out here blog HERE.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next for the Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit Challenge:
Just So- Rudyard Kipling

Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- The 2019 books are revealed!

2019 brings yet another year of Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit, which has been a fun feature on our blog! As usual, Beth and I have picked 6 books each.

Here are the choices…my choices are in purple, Beth’s in red!

JANUARY – Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret- Judy Blume

FEBRUARY- The BFG -Roald Dahl

MARCH – The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3)- Rick Riordan

APRIL- Demon Dentist- David Walliams

MAY – The Enchanted Wood (The Faraway Tree #1)- Enid Blyton

JUNE- What Katy Did- Susan Coolidge

JULY – The Dreamsnatcher (Dreamsnatcher #1) Abi Elphinstone

AUGUST- The Royal Rabbits of London- Santa Montefiore and Simon Sebag Montefiore

SEPTEMBER – I Capture The Castle- Dodie Smith

OCTOBER- Just So- Rudyard Kipling

NOVEMBER – The Worst Witch- Jill Murphy

DECEMBER- The Christmasaurus- Tom Fletcher

Have you read any of this books? Can you spot a favourite in there? Let us know!

Top Ten Classics I Want To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is either Top Ten Favourite Classics or Top Ten Classics I Want To Read. I had to pick the top ten classics I want to read, as I am AWFUL at reading classics. I don’t know what it is about them, I just haven’t read as many as I feel like I should have done.

Some are more modern classics than others, but here is my selection in no particular order:

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David CopperfieldCharles Dickens–  I do like reading Charles Dickens, but this one is has escaped me many times.

Tess Of The D’UrbervillesThomas Hardy– My sister really likes this book. I’m intrigued…

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I Capture The CastleDodie Smith– I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this book. I need to read it!

The Virgin SuicidesJeffrey Eugenides– This book is another one I’ve heard many things about, but I’m yet to read.

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Vanity FairWilliam Makepeace Thackeray– I’m not sure if I’ll ever get around to this book, as the size of it really puts me off. But maybe I can be persuaded to read it?

1984George Orwell– I have been meaning to read this book for such a long time now.

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Brave New WorldAldous Huxley– Another book that I’ve been meaning to read for ages (there are just too many books 😉 ). I really hope to get to this at some point.

Of Mice and MenJohn Steinbeck– I remember another class at school reading this and wishing it was my class! Hopefully, I can read this book soon.

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Wuthering HeightsEmily Bronte– I know a lot of people love this book, so I’m slightly intimidated to read it.

A Streetcar Named DesireTennessee Williams – My sister absolutely adores this book. It makes me want to read it!

Have you read any of these classics? Which would you recommend? Which would you stay away from? Please feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll come and check it out!