The Friday Favorite – The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket

Looking for something to read over the weekend ?

Nothing on your book radar that is screaming ‘read me’?

Take a look at my Friday Favorite. It may be new. It may be old. It may be written by a famous author, or by someone you have never heard of. But wherever in the spectrum it falls, it will be a book that is special to me, one that has captured both my imagination and my heart.

This was the second of two books I buddy-read with my grandson over the recent school holidays, and while I enjoyed the first, The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket captivated and enchanted me. 😍😍😍😍😍 (and I would give it 10 if I could)

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)

EXCERPT: If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle. This is because not very many happy things happened in the lives of the three Baudelaire youngsters. Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire were intelligent children, and they were charming, and resourceful, and had pleasant facial features, but they were extremely unlucky, and most everything that happened to them was rife with misfortune, misery and despair. I am sorry to tell you this, but that is how the story goes.


I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

MY THOUGHTS: I love this book with all my heart.

From the exquisite cover, to the way words that may not be familiar to the reader are explained; from the very first word to the last, I LOVE THIS BOOK!

I am lost for words! This is like a fairy-tale on speed. But, unlike most fairy-tales, and exactly as Lemony Snicket says, there is no happy ending. Or middle. Or beginning. Very little happy at all. . . but please don’t put the book down, as the author suggests, and go off to read other things, because you will miss out on an amazing, splendiferous, amusing and enchanting read.

I can imagine this as a pantomime, where we all get to boo and hiss at the evil Count Olaf and his unpalatable friends and cheer on the children. It is a very interactive read, one that it is impossible not to become invested in. I have become so invested that I have ordered the boxed set, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. And I am not promising, but I might, only ‘might’ mind you, share them with my grandchildren. Eventually. . . Maybe. . .

Are they here yet?

THE AUTHOR: Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous published works include the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Composer is Dead, and 13 Words. His new series is All The Wrong Questions.

DISCLOSURE: I listened to the audiobook of The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket, narrated by Tim Curry (excellent narration) and published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, via OverDrive. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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3 thoughts on “The Friday Favorite – The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket”

  1. A Series of Unfortunate Events is one of my favourite book series! It’s one of the series that got me hooked on reading – and I love it just as much as an adult as I did when I was a kid.

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