Howl’s Moving Castle By Diana Wynne Jones

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That’s right I finally read Howl’s Moving Castle! 🙂

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Goodreads Synopsis: Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

Oh my word, this book is one of the best books I’ve read all month.  It was hilarious! Honestly the synopsis above doesn’t do the book justice.

Starting the story I was a little bit bored. Sophie works in a hat shop, and she’s good at what she does. But she’s not particularly good at anything else. Along comes a witch, and that’s when things get interesting.  I loved it that he main character is 90 for most of the book.  It’s funny to see Sophie trying to do things that would have been regular for a younger woman, only to realize that her bones and body ache after a walk. Sophie is no-nonsense, get the job done and unapologetic for being the way she is.

Howl, the second main character, is also very funny.  Howl has a reputation of being an evil wizard, when he’s really not. He’s melodramatic and a skirt chaser, but there’s also more to him that meets the eye.  Howl goes around saying things like this to Sophie: “Yes, you are nosy. You’re a dreadfully nosy, horribly bossy, appallingly clean old woman. Control yourself. You’re victimizing us all.”

Or you have this hilarious exchange between Howl and Sophie:  “Really, these wizards! You’d think no one had ever had a cold before! Well, what is it?” she asked, hobbling through the bedroom door onto the filthy carpet.
“I’m dying of boredom,” Howl said pathetically. “Or maybe just dying.”

The plot is good too. Little twists and turns divert your attention right to the end when it all comes together.This book is great for a cold lazy day. Wrap yourself in a blanket, get some tea and prepare to laugh away your afternoon.

I gave this book four of five stars, and I recommend it to all of you.

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