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#1 Janet

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 02:35 PM

I am going to attempt to read all of the books that Roald Dahl wrote specifically for children, together with the two parts of his memoirs, Boy (which I have already read) and Going Solo.

The Books

01. The Gremlins (1943) This book is unavailable and very difficult, if not impossible, to get hold of, so unless a miracle happens, it won't be included!*
02. James and the Giant Peach (1961) - finished 15.09.12 - 3/5
03. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) - finished 06.11.12 - 3½/5
04. The Magic Finger (1 June 1966) - finished 20.05.13 - 2½/5
05. Fantastic Mr Fox (9 December 1970) - finished 29.02.12 - 4/5
06. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (9 January 1972) - finished 07.11.12 - 1/5
07. Danny, the Champion of the World (30 October 1975)
08. The Enormous Crocodile (24 August 1978) - finished 28.01.15 - 3/5
09. The Twits (17 December 1980) - finished 01.02.12 - 2½/5
10. George's Marvellous Medicine (21 May 1981) - finished 03.04.12 - 4½/5
11. The BFG (14 October 1982) - finished 17.06.13 - 3/5
12. The Witches (27 October 1983) - finished 01.04.14 - 3½/5
13. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (26 September 1985) - finished 05.03.12 - 3/5
14. Matilda (21 April 1988) - finished 21.12.12 - 4/5
15. Esio Trot (19 April 1989) - finished 05.03.12 - 5/5
16. The Vicar of Nibbleswicke - (9 May 1990) - finished 14.08.15 - 2½/5
17. The Minpins (8 August 1991)

Children's poetry
1. Revolting Rhymes (10 June 1982)
2. Dirty Beasts (25 October 1984)
3. Rhyme Stew (21 September 1989)

Memoirs
1. Boy (1984) - finished 06.02.12 - 5/5
2. Going Solo (1986) - finished 20.05.13 - 3/5

* See post by Hayley below. :)

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Edited by Janet, 15 February 2016 - 02:36 PM.


#2 karen.d

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:24 PM

Brilliant challenge. I loved Roald Dahl as a child!

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:43 PM

I've read two of his book so far this year - the first ever! I can't believe I got to this age without trying him before! :)

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:52 PM

Good challenge! I love Roald Dahl too!

Isn't this the Roald Dahl's 'The Gremlins'? I know its a re-print and not the original but it looks like it's still the original text http://www.amazon.co...29666245&sr=8-1

Looking forward to seeing what you think of them all :smile:

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:57 PM

Oh goodness, clever you! I didn't even think to check Amazon - I just took what I'd been told about it as gospel! Thank you! :hug:

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 10:28 PM

The Twits is my all-time favourite Dahl book. :)

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:43 PM

The Twits is the first fiction one I read - at the moment it has 3/5, but that may go up depending on how it compares to the rest of the books.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 01:18 PM

What a fab challenge Janet, I love Roald Dahl too, I have so many favourites of his but I always remember reading 'The Magic Finger' at school. :) Happy reading hen :)

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 05:20 PM

Thanks Paula. :)

I used to have that picture of Matilda as my avatar on here - I ought to change it back in recognition. :)

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 09:31 PM

What a great challenge! I read most of the Roald Dahl books when I read them to my daughter, now she's a mum herself! :blush2: I love them :smile: I didn't know about The Gremlins though. Happy reading Janet.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 09:52 PM

Great challenge. I've read several of his books, and have many more on TBR. I have too many challenges to attempt this one properly, but I'll chip in with a few posts now and again when I get around to some of his books on TBR (I do plan to read some of them this year). Best of luck with this one, Janet. :smile2:

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:23 AM

Thanks Paula. :)

I used to have that picture of Matilda as my avatar on here - I ought to change it back in recognition. :)


I thought it looked familiar :)

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 12:33 PM

What a great challenge! I read most of the Roald Dahl books when I read them to my daughter, now she's a mum herself! :blush2: I love them :smile: I didn't know about The Gremlins though. Happy reading Janet.

Thanks. :) I only found out about The Gremlins a few weeks ago when I was reading about Roald Dahl on Wikipedia :)

Great challenge. I've read several of his books, and have many more on TBR. I have too many challenges to attempt this one properly, but I'll chip in with a few posts now and again when I get around to some of his books on TBR (I do plan to read some of them this year). Best of luck with this one, Janet. :smile2:

Thanks, Ben. :) Despite my new year's resolution, I'm woefully behind with my reviews. I need to catch up before I forget what happened in all the books! :giggle2:

I thought it looked familiar :)

Thanks for reminding me about her - she's back! :)

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:17 PM

I am going to attempt to read all of the books that Roald Dahl wrote specifically for children, together with the two parts of his memoirs, Boy (which I have already read) and Going Solo.


An excellent challenge! I'm definitely going to pop in and keep a track of your progress (thus not needing to figure out myself which books of his I should read. I can just go for the ones you rate the highest :giggle:)

Thanks Paula. :)

I used to have that picture of Matilda as my avatar on here - I ought to change it back in recognition. :)


I recognised the pic and knew you've had it as an avatar before, but I never knew it was Matilda! :)

Anyways, happy reading! :smile2:

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:14 PM

An excellent challenge! I'm definitely going to pop in and keep a track of your progress (thus not needing to figure out myself which books of his I should read. I can just go for the ones you rate the highest :giggle:)

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Thanks, frankie. :)

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:27 AM

Happy reading Janet .. what a happy challenge .. you're going to be laughing lots :D

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:52 AM

Hi Janet,

I'm new here and hope you don't mind me jumping in on your thread and asking you a few questions.
Your challenge sounds so much fun and I'd love to join in too.

I'm not sure of how these challenges work - so if I'm out of line saying I want to join - do feel free to tell me go make my own!
(And how do these challenges work? Do you read the books in a particular order an post reviews, or something else?)

Thanks!

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:39 PM

Happy reading Janet .. what a happy challenge .. you're going to be laughing lots :D

Thanks - I certainly will! :giggle2: I found Esio Trot for 20p in a charity shop today (actually, two copies in the same shop - so I bought one for my niece who is also collecting them!). :D

Hi Janet,

I'm new here and hope you don't mind me jumping in on your thread and asking you a few questions.
Your challenge sounds so much fun and I'd love to join in too.

I'm not sure of how these challenges work - so if I'm out of line saying I want to join - do feel free to tell me go make my own!
(And how do these challenges work? Do you read the books in a particular order an post reviews, or something else?)

Thanks!

Hi bree. Welcome to BCF. :)

Of course you can join in. Just start your own thread in here and list how you get on. Anything goes really, so I'm not going to read them in any particular order - just whichever takes my fancy. I have quite a few on my 'to read' pile, and am looking out for the rest in charity shops - or the library. :)

With other challenges I've done, I tend to post my reviews in my 'reading log' in the main section (that this forum is a sub-forum of) but I might post the Roald Dahl ones in this specific thread. :)

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 05:06 PM

Hi bree. Welcome to BCF. :)

Of course you can join in. Just start your own thread in here and list how you get on. Anything goes really, so I'm not going to read them in any particular order - just whichever takes my fancy. I have quite a few on my 'to read' pile, and am looking out for the rest in charity shops - or the library. :)

With other challenges I've done, I tend to post my reviews in my 'reading log' in the main section (that this forum is a sub-forum of) but I might post the Roald Dahl ones in this specific thread. :)


Thanks Janet, makes sense now!

Have fun with Dahl - I hope to catch up with you soon :reading:

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 05:57 PM

Great challenge :) I'll be looking out for your reviews because I really should read more by Dahl :)




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