WWW Wednesdays #25 – February 4th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

allegiantI decided to put And The Mountains Echoed on hold for a while and read other books first… It was really good so far but I’m not exactly in the mood for it, so I prefer leaving it be for now. I’m currently reading Allegiant by Veronica Roth, the last in the Divergent series. This one has been on my TBR pile for ages, mostly because I’ve heard a lot of complaints about the ending and I didn’t really enjoy the second book as much as Divergent either. But, since one of my reading goals is to finish various series I’ve started previously, I decided to finally pick up Allegiant. I’m about a third into the book right now and so far it’s ok, although I still wish there would be less romance scenes between Tris and Tobias/Four.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

underdarkskiescharlieandthechocolatefactoryI’ve done a Roald Dahl reread after seeing the Johnny Depp movie version of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory last Saturday. Although I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did when I was a kid, I still think Dahl was a genius and his books are perfect reading material for children. Great to read to them with funny voices! Yesterday I was also able to finish Under Dark Skies, an ARC novel by A.J. Scudiere I ended up loving. It’s a forensic mystery/crime novel with a supernatural twist; definitely recommended!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

thesecretgardencrownofmidnightLike last week, I’m still not sure what to read next. I have book two and three in the Throne Of Glass series lined up and waiting for me, but I should also make a dent into my TBR pile challenge list. A possible title could be The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett; the outcome of my latest attempt of using the TBR jar…

BOOK REVIEW: The Witches – by Roald Dahl

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Title: The Witches
Author: Roald Dahl
Genre: Children, Fantasy, Fiction
First published: 1983
Finished reading: November 22nd 2014
Pages: 208
Rating 4

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”

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I was feeling nostalgic the other day, and decided to to a Roald Dahl reread. He is one of my favorite childhood authors, and his prose is entertaining for both young and old. Since I needed a book about witches for the Bookish Bingo challenge, I decided to pick up a copy of The Witches this time. It is not my favorite Dahl read, but still very much entertaining! I just love the way he describes the whole situation and the ‘real’ witches. Some of the descriptions and prose are actually quite hilarious! All in all it makes for an excelent and easy book to read alone or together with children.

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This story is not about the fairy-tale kind of witches… There are REAL witches out there who can disguise themselves to look like ordinary ladies. But they are as evil as their fairy-tale sisters, and if you pay attention you can recognize them. When his parents die, the boy has to live with his Norwegian grandmother. She is a retired witchhunter, and tells him all about them. Real witches wear wigs, gloves and don’t have toes. Real witches think that children actually smell like dog droppings!

When they go to the coast on a short holiday, they actually run into a full blown witch meeting! Once a year the witches of every country get together to meet the Grand High Witch, and this year the English witches chose their hotel. The boy is soon discovered by them and won’t ever be the same… And soon both he and his grandmother are looking for a way to destroy the witches. Will they succeed?

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A very entertaining and light read with a brilliant prose that is at times even hilarious. The Witches might not be his best or most famous work, but it is definitely recommendable anyway. Roald Dahl was without doubt a genius and his work is timeless!

WWW Wednesdays #19 – November 26th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

innocence6539I’m still reading Innocence by Dean Koontz and I’m glad I waited a bit before continuing with this book. I’m loving the beautiful prose Koontz uses in this novel! I will probably finish this one before the weekend if I can find some reading time… I’ve also started The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell, a crime novel I needed for my Bookish Bingo challenge. I’ve had a bad experience with this author in the past, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed this one ends up to be better.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

harrypotterandthegobletoffirethewitchesI finished reading the fourth book of the Harry Potter series: The Goblet Of Fire last week, as well as The Witches by Roald Dahl. I guess it seems like I needed some light reading before continuing with Innocence! Both were rereads and belong to my favorite childhood reads… They are just magical!

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Honestly? I don’t know. It will be a title that I can fit into the Bookish Bingo challenge, since I only have to fill in 7 more squares after finishing my current reads… Which is totally doable so I will try to actually complete this challenge. Which square and book to pick first though, I really can’t decide…

BOOK REVIEW: James And The Giant Peach – by Roald Dahl

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Title: James And The Giant Peach
Author: Roald Dahl
Genre: Children, Fantasy, Classics
First published: 1961
Finished reading: January 8th 2014
Pages: 144
Rating 4

“My dear young fellow,’ the Old-Green-Grasshopper said gently, ‘there are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven’t started wondering about yet.”

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Roald Dahl formed a big part of my reading childhood, and I must have read each of his books at least a dozen times when I was young. James And The Giant Peach maybe isn’t the most famous story (others like Charlie And The Chocolate Factory or Mathilda would come first on that list), but its story about adventures on a giant peach is endearing. I was feeling sentimental the other day and since I couldn’t remember the exact details of James And The Giant Peach I decided to read it again. The book doesn’t disappoint adults either; I was still sucked into the story with the help of Roald Dahl‘s imagination and writing skills. It is and also a great story to read out loud to children!

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The story is about a boy James who lives with his two horrible aunts Sponge and Spiker after his parents died. He is feeling truly unhappy, until one day something ‘peculiar’ happened. A bag full of green magic things changed his life and that of his new friends: a bunch of bugs. They escape the aunts in a giant peach and together they travel and have a lot of fantastical adventures.

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Who as a kid wouldn’t have liked to see the Cloud-men who make the weather, to watch a peach flying because of hundreds of seagulls attached to it, to visit the peach-pit house James lives in in Central Park? Recommended if you want to feel young again, even if it’s only for the duration of the book. And perfect to entertain children as well!