Forget Me Not: Howls Moving Castle

Forget Me Not:  A category post about books published more than 5 years ago, where I feel should be read and not forgotten.  With the current trend of YA and the amounts of books being published endlessly, I feel that these books still deserve a reading.  Forget them not.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones

Publish Date: April 1986

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.

My Two Cents:  Fantasy, though of not the High type (sword and sorcery).  I greatly enjoy Dianna Wynn Jones’ books.  They are vernacular in language and yet complex.  There’s very much an enjoyable whimsical charm that always enthralls me.  There is also an animation by Hayao Miyazaki, which I also enjoyed, though I encourage reading the book first.


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