Book #36 was Matilda by Roald Dahl.Â The back of the book reads:
Poor, misunderstood Matilda fights back against an unappreciative world through a hidden talent: Matilda is the world’s greatest practical joker! Little effort is needed to put one over on her obnoxious parents, but can shy little Matilda handle the formidable headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and win the respect of every kid in school? Yes!
I missed this book the first time around because I was 10 when it was published and I was a bit precocious and never one to read at my grade level. I wish I hadnâ€™t missed it! Iâ€™m a big Lemony Snicket fan, and it’s easy to see that heâ€™s been influenced by Dahl. This is a little dark and violent, but quite enjoyable.Â Unfortunately, I enjoyed it more *before* Matilda develops her magical powers, when she was just a really smart child – though Miss Honeyâ€™s explanation at the end mitigates some of that. Iâ€™m looking forward to reading some more of Dahlâ€™s works.
Audiobook length: 4hrs 3min | Word count: 39,919