For this month, on the Books that Made Me Love Reading Challenge, I read Matilda by Roald Dahl.
What I thought then:
Matilda was a nerd, just like me. She was a nerd and was capable of so many good things in the world - that it must mean that being a little bookish is okay. I wanted to be more like the precarious child, I wanted to read more and emulate who she was. And I think that really helped me read more often, because she was so enthralled with books. I said to myself, "I want to do that - I want to read every book on the children's section." And I remember that I did start picking up library books at random, but I never did get through all of them.
What I think now:
Matilda is a little bit evil. She's like a child version of Dexter. Matilda plays tricks and pranks on people that deserve it - on people that are downright bad people. Dexter has the same kind of philosophy right? But the main difference is: He is 100% a sociopath. Matilda -- well, she just wants to get people back and live a good life (where other good people also get to live good lives). But it is vigilantism, right? I still love Matilda, and I still love her story. I think it's a great book and speaks a lot about "Good things should go to good people."
Also, the illustrations are still hilarious, I don't care how old you are - that newt is precious!
Next month, I'll be reading Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.