This is a collaborative post that I am doing with my new bookish friend, Tasha, Amaysn Reads Blog. The way that it will work is that each month we will pick a book from our childhood and we’ll either reread it or read it for the first time. Than we’ll talk about our thoughts before and then our thoughts after.
From The Story Graph
Amanda and Josh think the old house they have just moved into is weird. Spooky. Possibly haunted. And the town of Dark Falls is pretty strange, too. — But their parents don’t believe them. You’ll get used to it, they say. Go out and make some new friends. — So Amanda and Josh do. But these creepy new friends are not exactly what their parents had in mind.
Because they want to be friends…
My Thoughts: I remember the TV show a lot more clearly than I remember the books. I mean I remember reading the books, but I can’t say that I have any specific memories of this book. I know that the series creeped me out and made it difficult to sleep without the lights for a while. But it was a good kind of scare. Does anyone remember Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Tasha’s Thoughts: I loved Goosebumps as a kid. The one I most remember is the one with the haunted mask. I remember the Nick movie/tv show more because I was properly scared. I don’t know what this one is about but I’m sure it will be a good time.
So much fun!! I can see how this would totally scare me when I was a kid.
Amanda and Josh are great characters. Also, the scary mystery was done so well and it was fun. I’m gonna have to start my Goosebumps collection because this was a blast.
Me: Ok, so I wasn’t sure if I had read this particular Goosebumps story, until I started reading it. Then it all came back to me- I knew this story, it was familiar to me in a comforting way. Today – I am a huge chicken. I’m supposed to be leaning into the horror genre this month, and I’m nervous. But as a kid, I gobbled scary stories up. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Goosebumps (the books and the TV show) and Are You Afraid of the Dark? Were staples. When I was much braver obviously. Even though the story came back to me and I knew what was going to happen, I still had fun with it. I asked Tasha if she thought that this would hold up, and she said no. I thought it would and I stand by that. It’s a great way to introduce the horror genre to kids. My son likes listening to them as audiobook, but in real life he’s a chicken like his momma.
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
From The Story Graph
When James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it’s as big as a house. When James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit and crawls inside, he meets wonderful new friends–the Old-Green-Grasshopper, the dainty Ladybug, and the Centipede of the multiple boots. After years of feeling like an outsider in his aunts’ house, James finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach household starts rolling away–and the adventure begins!
My Thoughts: I am a little nervous about this one, only because so far I haven’t liked Tasha’s picks. Knowing what kind of books she likes to read know, I know that she has good taste. But, as I’ve already told her, I think she may have had a miserable childhood based on the books that she’s read. (J/K). I am optimistic about this one too because, even though I have not read this one, I have read a few of Dahl’s others books, and I already had plans to read this one. We shall see.
Tasha’s Thoughts: This was my pick for this month. Roald Dahl was everything but the onlybooks of his I remember reading are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, and this one. No I don’t remember reading Matilda but I do remember seeing the movie in theaters. My expectations are to really enjoy this whimsical tale and to pick up on some things I missed as a kid.
Me: I am not sure what I was expecting. I’ve had two experiences with Dahl’s books – one would be The BFG (which I was first introduced to in elementary school) and his adult book Switch Bitch. So to say that I don’t know what to expect is pretty accurate. In the end, this was just okay. A weird okay. I am glad that I read it, and I will keep it for my kids. But this is not one that I feel the need to reread. And because I am not writing this right after I finish, I can say that the story is completely forgettable. It’s not one that would make me want to read another one, as it doesn’t really stand out.
This was just as whimsical as I remember and I loved every minute of it. I read this in one day and I loved how everything went. James was such a lonely boy and the fact that he was able to find his people was great. There was so much of this that I didn’t remember and it was great rediscovering it. This is such a fun book and I think Starr actually finished it, so there’s that.
See? It is possible that I will finish a book that Tasha picks out! And I can’t say that it was a hit out of the park, I did like it enough to finish it. We’ll see about next month, lol.