Saturday, 3 September 2016

BOOK TALK | My September Reading Plans


I'm not typically one for monthly TBR's... Don't get me wrong, at the start of each month I have some what of a tentative TBR, but given that I'm such a mood reader it often alters greatly and so I don't share those here on the blog. This September is different however... I've been excited for my reading material in the month of September for a good few weeks now, and I can't wait to delve in.

September 13th is the birthday of one of my all time favourite authors - Roald Dahl. This year marks what would have been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday... And whilst in previous years I've just read books by the author on his birthday specifically (also known as Roald Dahl day), this year I wanted to do something a little different, a little special given the celebration, and so I am reading the works of Roald Dahl for the entire month of September! And I couldn't be more excited!

I have such fond memories of Roald Dahl's fiction from my youth, and many of the film adaptations include as my favourite films of all time. Roald Dahl's writing is creative and fun, and even with the darker undertones, so uniquely magical at captivating a reader.

Whilst most known for children's stories, Roald Dahl also penned a number of short stories during the course of his writing career, and so I will also being enjoying those, as well as a ghost story collection he curated. I know the ghost story collection doesn't technically count as his writing per se, but I've had the book on my shelves a while, and he sourced the ghost stories, so what better time to delve in.

MY ROALD DAHL TBR

There is no order in which I'll be reading the above titles, and I'll be updating every so often with how I'm progressing. Also, it is worth noting that I don't HAVE to read all of these books, in fact I think it's unlikely I'll have completed both short story collections in this time frame as they are chunksters; the plan is to just have fun with a dedicated month of reading.

I hope you have a wonderful September!
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  1. Sounds like fun! I haven't read some of his books to be honest... I think I still have the ones I owned as a kid, though. Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you - I think it'll be a lot of fun!

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  2. Good luck with your reading! I read a bunch of these books as a kid, but I really should reread them as an adult.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Thanks!!

      Rereading childhood books as an adult always makes for an interesting experience. I dip in and out of these quite often, so it should be fun!

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  3. Oh what fun! I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a year or two ago and while I really enjoyed it I couldn't quite shake the image of the movie. I'm hoping to read Matilda soon because I don't have any set image in my head and I think I'd really enjoy it. Have a great reading month!

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    1. When you've seen the film version of a book, especially before reading the book, it's always hard shaking the adaptation out of your thoughts - I'm actually finding the same thing whilst reading Matilda currently. It's interesting to compare the two though. You should definitely give Matilda a read; you won't regret it!

      Thanks!! :-)

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  4. Enjoy your September reading plans! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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  5. What a fun idea! I love the editions that you have pictured. We have Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, and the two Charlie books but none of them are matching editions...

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    1. I think it's going to be a lot of fun!

      You own some great books of Roald Dahl's - some of the staple titles. I bought my editions in a box set, so it's kind of cheating that they all match. Haha!

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  6. THIS IS SUCH A COOL IDEA!! I LOVE IT!! I adore Roald Dahl. <3 I didn't start reading his books till I was about 14 but they were still magical and hilarious and perfect. Matilda is one of my all-time favourites (because #bookwormsFTW of course­čśé) and I love Charlie and the Chocolate Factor, Danny Champion of the World, and also Going Solo and Boy! Although Boy was terrifying. He had such a horrible childhood omg. No wonder his books are slightly strange/creepy at times. ;D

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    1. Haha - I do too, and although it is early days in September, I am loving having made this task for myself!

      Magical, hilarious and perfect - Roald Dahl summed up well! Matilda is one of my favourites also, and of course for the bookworm reasons. I also really love Boy and Going Solo; I think they're often overlooked in his backlist of books. I'm looking forward to revisiting them.

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  7. Such a fun idea!! I love it. I didn't read much of him as a kid, the books kind of freaked me out as a kid - James and the Giant Peach, in particular. I loved The Witches though, go figure. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on this reread of childhood faves!

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    1. Haha - I can totally see why some of the books freaked you out as a kid! I remember the film adaptation of The Witches totally scared me when younger!

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  8. So fun! I haven't read any Dahl yet, but have Matulda and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory on my TBR. I have my eye on some audios with good narrators too - I think Stehen Fry does one of them.

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    1. I hadn't thought to check out the audio version of Roald Dahl's books - in my experience Stephen Fry makes for a great narrator.

      You must read Dahl - you'll love his books!

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  9. What an awesome idea! I've been wanting to read a few with my kids. I may have try that this month.

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    1. You definitely should, Jennifer - I bet they'll love them!

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  10. Isn't it fun to just gorge on one of your favorite author's works? There are so many Roald Dahl books that I haven't read. Maybe I can fit a couple in during his birthday month. Enjoy your reads! :)

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    1. Yes - it's the best feeling as a bookworm! If you are able to fit some Dahl books in this month, I'd love to hear about which ones you pick :-)

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