Out of Oz

By Martina - Sunday, January 28, 2018

I have got major updates about the book section of my blog/life: this year I am not going to join the new Popsugar Reading Challenge. Woah, big news, right? (Not really, Martina, not really)

I've decided to simply set myself the goal of reading 24 books, and give up the book challenge, as when I read the inputs they picked this year they didn't really talk to me, and I already know I am never going to read 40+ books anyway, so I didn't really see the point in joining again.

In 2017 I managed to read 24 books, which was my secret goal, and therefore tick 24 inputs off the list. It was nice, I had fun, I managed to find an input for every single book I read, which is not always easy considering I didn't choose the books starting from the list but worked the other way round. This year it's going to be a bit more chilled and less challengey (?).

So so, in January I finished reading Wicked by Gregory Maguire and read The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

I had already read Wicked once in the past and loved it; this time, if possible, I loved it even more. It's truly a beautiful story and it's so well written, all the characters (especially Elphaba) are so perfectly described and relatable. It's a book that entertains you while at the same time making you think, which is probably my favourite kind. I also love Wicked the musical of course, but the story is just not the same. The book is so much more complete and grown up, if that makes sense. I love it, I really really cannot recommend it enough.

I have loved Wicked and the world of Oz for quite a few years now, but despite that I never got around to reading the original stories by L. Frank Baum before. This Christmas one of my best friends got me a beautiful copy of The Wizard of Oz, so I decided to read it straight after Wicked as it would feel like seeing a different perspective on the same story. I really loved this one as well, I don't know why I've never read it when I was little, I think I would have liked it, although I still prefer Elphaba's story. Now I just have to see the film starring Judy Garland, as I have never watched that before.

Have you ever read any story set in the world of Oz?

Martina x

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  1. (Oui Oui mon ami Je m'appelle Lafayette)

    As you know I love Wicked as well for many reasons, but I would like to suggest you also the black version of the film "The wonderful Wizard of Oz" called "The Wiz", made by Michael Jackson in his early years (he was still black). It's very funky and pop compared to the classic version with Garland.
    Because of my kindergarten project I've recently been involved in this classic, even if I still haven't read the book. I must do it by the end of the academic year xD

    Anyway, Wicked is and it will always be my favourite story and musical.

    1. Yees, I didn't know about that film, I definitely want to see it! Thanks for sharing your knowledge <3

      I'm so glad that we share this love for Wicked! And you even saw it on stage in Broadway, didn't you? *-*