25 October, 2021

LitStaff Pick: The Books We Wish We Could Read Again for the First Time

Matilda
Roald Dahl

This is the story of a young girl who survived her dreadful life through her love of books. Matilda is the child of two people who should never have had kids. They’re vain, they’re selfish, they’re greedy,they’re materialistic. They treat Matilda as if she’s a rodent who’s infiltrated their house. And when Matilda finally realizes the power she possesses to change her circumstances, watch out! You’re in for an unforgettable treat of laughs, insight, and quirky situations that could only come from the genius of Dahl.

Unlike the majority of children’s book authors, Dahl wrote for kids who didn’t want to be talked down to. His syntax was challenging and our vocabularies improved because of him. His sly sense of humor made us demand more from our reading material. The magic of every page taught us there was magic everywhere, if one only opened their eyes to it.

-Jennifer Orozco

3 thoughts on “LitStaff Pick: The Books We Wish We Could Read Again for the First Time

  1. Mine would definitely be WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Despite being a classic, it took me by surprise. I've never been a "required reading list" type of reader, so I assumed I wouldn't be into it. Happily, I was wrong. Heathcliff is one of the most complex and interesting characters I've ever read. It's a shame I'll never get to experience meeting him for the first time again.

  2. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Here is this group of people being held hostage in a mansion. The situation must come to an end, of course it must, but how? What sequence of events will finally end months of captivity in which the hostages and hostage-takers have bonded and the real world has come to seem like a dream?

    Also, The Alienist by Caleb Carr. Masterfully written mystery. I recall that I stayed up half the night to finish it.

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