Classic, Kids Books

The BFG–Roald Dahl

The kid and I have moved on from short baby stories for the soul purpose of helping me to not keep reading the same story over and over again at nap time.

Thus taking us over to his sisters collection of Roald Dahl books that I thought would be a safe bet when reading to a child.

I was wrong.
The Big Friendly Giant was pretty interesting… in that it made it sound like kids being snatched from their beds in the middle of the night and gobbled up by monsters was just an ordinary event.

I actually found this one a little scary, especially for the kid. At the time he was just two years old so it was normal for me to keep censoring the scary bits where if a kid sees a shadow outside the window it’s likely to be something coming to eat him.

Definitely for ages 7 and up.

But otherwise, I really liked the storyline. I liked that it all started out so simply, a little girl sees a giant with a horn blowing something into kids windows. She follows him and it is found out that he was blowing nice dreams into the kids heads while they slept. Meanwhile his fellow giants were stealing kids from their beds all over the world and eating them like jelly beans.

The BFG doesn’t like that so the pair decide to stop them all once and for all.

They end up contacting the Queen of England through a dream and she helps to secure her nation and the world.

The word play in this book was fun, the story was sweet (even if a little too sinister for a toddler), and I’m glad I’m reading up on some kids classics that I wouldn’t have otherwise gotten to read.

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Kids Books

Matilda–Roald Dahl

The kid and I, well mostly me, decided to start reading all the Roald Dahl books in his sisters room after I had read the Disney stories until I could barf. (And I love Disney stories.) I basically knew the entire thing cover to cover, and it had pictures, and it was heavy to hold, so I decided to move on to paperbacks.

As a kid who grew up in the 90’s I had watched the movie Matilda and prayed that someday I would get magical powers and be able to move things with my mind.

Reading the book now, as a 29 year old human, I have come to one conclusion:

I want magical powers and to be able to move things with my mind.

This book is (if you haven’t heard about it or read anything) about a little girl whose family is wretched and she ends up getting telepathic powers and decides to exact revenge for them being terrible people on them and anyone else who acts wrongly.

I liked this book, I like his style, I liked the story, I liked Matilda and Ms. Honey, and I loved that Hank loved it. He would get tired and ask for “Batilda” with a sigh like I was the one keeping him awake.

What I didn’t like however, was some of the cursing and the fact that Matilda’s parents were actually just going to leave her behind. And then let Ms Honey adopt her like it was no big deal to just get rid of their kid. Made me mad. But whatever.

Lovely book otherwise.

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Biography, Keep Moving Forward

Very Good Lives–J.K. Rowling

Sometimes I feel the need to curl up in J.K. Rowling’s writing like a security blanket. Harry Potter is obviously my favourite book series, even though I promised not to read it for five years after the movies were over I still broke that promise to myself and snuck them in a few times when I was stuck in a book rut and needed to break out.

I grew up with them and learned how to be a kind and clever person. So it only seems natural that in a transitional phase of my life, where I don’t know where I’m going, what I’m doing, who I want to remain, what I want to do with my life, and generally growing up from my 20s into my 30s, that I need her.

And this time she was making a very valid point:

Failure is good.

Failure IS an option.

 

Failure helps you learn more than success sometimes. And it’s not shameful or something you need to guilt yourself over.

This was a speech she had written for graduates at Harvard, and while it’s short, she makes you feel better if all you’ve ever felt you’ve done is fail. Or at least have a day where you feel like that’s all you’ve done and you are trapped in your own cry factory and BooHoo Festival.

Everyone needs to read this when they are feel stuck or like a failure or like their lives aren’t going anywhere.

She always puts things in perspective in a smart and articulate way that speaks to real people.

Curl up in her words, it’ll make you feel better, I promise.

Jo always has my back.

romance novels

Dark Witch–Nora Roberts

This lovely set of romance novels was from my Grandmother on my last birthday, who said “I thought you would like these. They are about witches and magic. And I’ve heard there’s not much dirty stuff in it. So it’s not weird that I’m giving them to you.”

To which I replied “What’s the point if there is no dirty stuff in them?!”

And she swatted at me and called me a ‘Dirty bird’.

She was right though, they weren’t too dirty.

This one was kind of boring actually. I just wanted them to hump and get it over with!

This is the story of cousins who are fighting an age old demon, curse, and family blight.

Which I actually forget his name. I think it starts with a ‘D’…

Anyway. This book fell flat for me just because I don’t like Iona. (The lead in this novel.) She says everything she thinks and none of it seems too bright. She expects a quiet angry man to just start emoting the second they meet and it just all felt forced, too fast for a relationship, and all around pointless for the plot.
Sure, it’s great to see people fall in love, but I could never tell if this book was taking place over months or weeks, it wasn’t the greatest read.

Saying that, the series DID eventually grow on me.

Tune in next week.

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Fantasy

Waking the Witch–Kelley Armstrong

Well, my my my, what do we have here?

A book about Savannah Levine?!?!! Wasn’t she just sitting around being a sassy kid while Paige tried to make sure she didn’t get kidnapped again?

Well, Savannah is a groooown woman and she can do whatever she wants. (Imagine I said that in Beyonces voice, not a creepy one.)

21 and still holstering her amazing powers like a weapon, she is trying to sneak under the radar of Paige and Lucas while they are on vacation and investigate a case all on her own. After Paige and Lucas opened up their PI firm (hiring Savannah as a receptionist) she decided she didn’t want to go to college, she didn’t want to move out, she didn’t want anything to change, so she stayed in the same place, doing the same stuff.

I can actually really relate to Savannah on this even though I’m 28 years old.

I fucking hate change. But I’m partial to adventure, so I get confused on what I really want sometimes.

Which is tolerable in a 21 year old, but not so much in a 28 year old…I really need to get my shit together…

Rambling. Okay. So Savannah is investigating a couple of murders and stumbles on to something way bigger than she could imagine, or handle on her own.

Thank God for her bestie hunky Adam, the fire half demon, for showing up to help her out, because her powers are going on the fritz.

This book also made me realize that Kelley Armstrong must have a thing for blondes because this is the third guy that is a big beefy hunky blonde man. (And certainly not the last.)

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Constant vigilance! Hope you had a lovely family day weekend and a fantastic love day!

Fantasy, Teen

Spellbound–Kelley Armstrong

What the what!

 

Naturally, I should’ve read the rest of the series before this. Or at least I needed to because I’m so freakin’ forgetful I swear I have a small case of Alzheimers. I shouldn’t be allowed out in public anymore because of it.

 

Alas, I’m allowed out and have the privilege of reading Mrs. Armstrong’s books.

This one though, I did have to research what happened in the last bunch to remember who was who and what they’ve done and how we got to this point. I’m glad I did because it made it so much more enjoyable!

This was a great read, I love her. I love Savannah and the plot was pretty wicked. (She loses her powers after a promise to give them up to change some kids life. And has to deal with that and get them back.)

This was definitely the lead up to the big war/battle/what have you that is coming and I can practically smell the end of the series, which makes me really sad.

But at least my favourite character showed up in this one!

Yay Clay! J