What we’re reading: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and young adult fiction

July 8, 2016

Dear Max

We are finally into the Roald Dahl phase, and your first choice from the collection was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We’ve read The Enormous Crocodile before, and started with James and the Giant Peach, but we’re fully into this one.

Bedtime reading has always been among my favourite times of the day with you, and even more so now as we’re entered into a different phase of reading and communication. A book like Charlie is not only a good read, but inspires more conversation and more imagination.

We often talk about the book – which naughty child we think we disappear in the factory, what we think will be the craziest room Willy Wonka takes the kids to. We also chat about our own chocolate “dreams” – imagine if we had a house of chocolate, what chocolate we would choose if we had a chocolate river at home, what three-course meal we would choose in our piece of chewing gum, and what chocolate we would like to get out of our TV sets.

As for me, I’m still loving young adult fiction, and I fly them through eagerly. I’ve been reading the genre for about more than two years, and though I read a lot of non young adult books, these days I’m a bit too sensitive (maybe it’s the pregnancy?) for anything too tragic or thriller-like.

The young adult books I enjoy have no sci-fi, lame one-liners or preposterous/unrealistic settings, and I think a lot of people misunderstand the value of this genre for adults, the quality of writing of some of them, the relevant themes they cover, and the amount of thought and feelings they incite.

And it’s not just romance that they cover either, though first love, dangerous love and confused love are often themes. These books touch on subjects that I think are applicable to older adults – identity, friendship, loss, illness, family, fulfilment, goals, disappointments, sex, sexuality, not living up to expectations, or not having any expectations to live up to. Just because we’re not young adults, doesn’t mean we have it all figured out, and while these books might not always give me the answers to my own life, but they certainly expand on my way of thinking, solving and feeling.

I’m so looking forward to more Roald Dahl – and any – book readings with you. Plus time with my own Kindle and fantastic books.



Reading by headlight

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