We are coming back with Eternal Book Club but now in a slightly different format. Each post will be about a specific book and we shall do updates about it as we read more and more. Jess and I have arranged reading times with each other where we read to each other or just read in general. We’ll also discuss about the book and we’re planning to make live book discussions on Google Hangouts.
The First Book we’re reading is The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.
Ann: Before I say anything about the content I’d like to adress that the copy I have is amazing.
I love the book and the papers. It gives it a magical and old feel. I also like the size and the spacing of the font. It’s just right for me. I do like the illustrations and it feels so good to have a book with illustrations after such a long time. I think the last time I read a book with illustrations was in 4th grade and it feels so good to enjoy some art between the pages.
Now for the content of first two chapters. I thought that there will be more older adjectives so I’d have trouble understanding the book but I didn’t and I was pretty surprised. I also liked the cute writing style, I don’t know why I thought it was cute but it was probably because of the fact that it is a children’s book.
I’d also like to talk about my expectations for the book because this is a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while. My expectations are pretty high I guess. When I read children’s books I want to see some hidden messages, something you don’t see as you read it as a child. I know that it might be pretty hard because I’m reading this book the first time but I still hope to see something that is hidden. I also hope to see more vocabulary. I hope that there are a few words that I don’t understand. When I read a book I want to see a few new words just because I don’t want my experience of the book to suffer, if there are too many of them I usually throw the book back on the shelf so I could pick it up in a few years in the hopes of having a bigger vocabulary.
Jess: I don’t have as much to say about my expectations of the book as Ann did as I listened to the audiobook of the story when I was quite unwell so it’s been ingrained in my memory! I have always wanted to read the book, though, just to say that I have read the physical copy. I really enjoyed the first two chapters, even though they were shorter than I remembered them to be. Like with what Ann said, I sort of expected there to be harder words (as is usual with some classic books) but the simplicity is a nice break from reading higher level books! All in all I’m liking how quick a read it is so far. Perfect for putting down when you need a little break!
– Ann and Jess