What I've Been Reading in May

Thursday, June 18, 2015
In May my reading was bookmarked by Roald Dahl books.

Esio Trot by Roald Dahl/ I really enjoyed the Esio Trot film that aired on BBC 1 on New Year's Day, so I thought I'd see how the film compared to the book. Like The Fantastic Mr. Fox, the filmmakers took a few artistic liberties with the story to extend the short story into a full length film which I enjoyed. Overall, I much prefer the film to the book.

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt/ Have you ever wondered what your crayons from your childhood Crayola box would say if they could talk? After reading some great reviews, I decided to visit the children's section of my library and check out this book so that I could find out. It's a delightful read for a creative kid (or adult).

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes/ My husband and I wanted to listen to a book together on Audible and this book had good reviews and was recommended on the site. This story follows Luisa, a woman in her mid to late twenties who hasn't quite figured out her path in life, but when she finds herself out of a job, she decides to take a job as a carer for a man who's a quadriplegic. Even though it's kind of a romance, my husband and I loved this book! This was probably my favorite read of the month.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty/ This is another book that frequently appeared on several 2015 summer reading lists, so I decided to check it out. This book follows the story of 4 women with children entering kindergarten whose small fibs snowball into a big dramatic event. I must say, that this was not my favorite read of the month, as it felt like I was reading the story-line for an episode of Desperate Housewives.

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi/ I love graphic novels and I saw the film version of Persepolis when it came out and also enjoyed it, but surprisingly I had never read the graphic novel that the film was based on. It was a great read and I felt like I could relate to Marjane in the book and learned more than I did from the film.

Dead Wake by Erik Larson/ This book was also recommended on Audible, so my husband and I began listening to it around the time of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania. It was interesting to learn about this bit of history in greater detail and it made me want to re-think ever going on a cruise for vacation.

The Witches by Roald Dahl/ When I was researching Roald Dahl books, this book was one of the most highly reviewed. This was a fun, quick read and a great way to end my month.

Side Note: I just discovered that The Witches was made into a film in 1990 starring Anjelica Huston. MUST WATCH!

What are you reading? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments below.

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