14. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith and light summer reads with literary nostalgia

Today Chelsey and Sara are chatting about I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, one of the first novels categorized as Young Adult fiction. We discuss the nostalgia associated with our favorite children’s books, Today’s discussion includes:

  • Formative experiences with books from our childhoods [8:40]
  • Which couples we ship and which handsome actor captured our hearts in the movie version [15:00]
  • Who should read this book? Downton Abbey fans, we’re looking at you…[20:17]

Plus, as always, we’re recommending six contemporary books to pair with our classic including a YA novel in verse and a Regency-era romance novel.

Shop the pairings: https://bookshop.org/shop/novelpairings

Resources mentioned:

I Capture the Castle film 

Comforting Classics episode

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Chelsey’s Pairings:

I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest [28:05]

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare [35:56]

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert [43:22]

Sara’s Pairings:

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo [25:03]

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell [32:10]

By the Book by Amanda Sellet [39:36]

Chelsey’s Pick of the Week: Never Have I Ever on Netflix

Sara’s Pick of the Week: Harry Potter vs. Huckleberry Finn

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