Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones This is such a charming little book. I purposely didn't read the back blurb and as such wasn't sure what to expect when I began it. I only had some vague memory of positive comments about the story. I was continually surprised by the plot twists and turns. It's been far too long since I've read something that was pleasant through and through. I enjoyed Sophie's go with the flow attitude (can't say as I'd be nearly as accepting and pleasant as she initially was with her transformation!) and her quirky sense of humor. Howl, the cad, was a great character. Very selfish and self-centered and almost childishly funny at times, he managed to worm his way into my good graces by giving Michael & Sophie a home without conditions or questions.