Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (The Book)



I can’t quite remember where I learned about or how I heard about this October marking the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but I do know that I thought it was as good an excuse as any to re-read the book! After all, I had first read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when I was a kid, along with James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Witches, and whole host of other Dahl stories, but it had been a long time since I had checked it out. More often than not, I’ve watched the 1971 movie starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka when revisiting the tale.

And to be honest, I don’t think I ever saw the 2005 Johnny Depp remake, or at least not from start to finish. (This was partly because it seemed to be Johnny Depp playing Johnny Depp, and partly because I was getting a bit tired of the Tim Burton-Helena Bonham-Carter-Johnny Depp trifecta.) That said, I do remember there being a debate when it came out though, about how it was darker and closer to Dahl’s original story, so I was curious to see how the book read now that I am all grown-up.  Read More


Penguin/Olaru Radian-Alexandru/Shutterstock

Olaru Radian-Alexandru/Shutterstock

Last Wednesday, just hours after I told myself – and you – that I would be using my local library a little bit more, I went out and bought a book at Barnes&Noble. I hadn’t intended on making a personal purchase – I was there to get some Father’s Day presents for my dad – but when I thought of my perhaps-15-minute wait for the Metro, it seemed prudent to grab something for myself too!

As I perused the latest paperback releases, the cover of Mark Barry’s Lexicon caught my eye. And as I read the synopsis on the back, I knew I had found my evening read.

I guess Lexicon could be considered a dystopian thriller, but the world Barry describes is a little subtler than that. Instead of having smoldering ruins everywhere you look, the world seems to be quite similar to how we know it Read More

Night Film

John Gall Design/Rekha Garton

While I’ve always been an avid reader, most of the books I’ve been purchasing over the last year or so have been work-related. Though that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, a girl’s gotta make some time for pure pleasure reading as well! Luckily for me, I did just that over the Christmas break with Night Film by Marisha Pessl.

I had wanted to read Night Film since it first came out in August 2013 — the cover always caught my eye when we were in Barnes&Noble and the reviews I read of it were extremely positive — but due to a book-buying moratorium I had placed on myself (I have enough reading material in our apartment to last me a year or two), I decided to wait until it was in paperback or I could check it out of the library. But when the Mysterious Mr. C and I were in our local B&N to pick up some gifts for other people, I broke down and decided to get it as a present to myself. And boy, am I glad that I did!  Read More