On the Reading List: As You Wish and Mr. Fox


This week, my reading list features As You Wish by Cary Elwes and Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi.

Audible has become my source for memoirs as of late. I love hearing people’s stories narrated in their own voices. This week my commute is happily filled with behind the scenes tales told by the fabulous Cary Elwes on one of my favorite childhood movies, The Princess Bride.

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride


From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.

Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories.

Mr. Fox

Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi

Fairytale romances end with a wedding. The fairytales that don’t get more complicated. In this book, celebrated writer Mr. Fox can’t stop himself from killing off the heroines of his novels, and neither can his wife, Daphne. It’s not until Mary, his muse, comes to life and transforms him from author into subject that his story begins to unfold differently. Meanwhile, Daphne becomes convinced that her husband is having an affair, and finds her way into Mary and Mr. Fox’s game. And so Mr. Fox is offered a choice: Will it be a life with the girl of his dreams, or a life with an all-too-real woman who delights him more than he cares to admit?

I received this novel as part of my haul from the Book Riot’s Quarterly subscription, and I am loving it! Oyeyemi’s writing is almost lyrical. It’s a treat to read not only a fantastic story, but have each phrase sing out to you while you dance on through it. This has been my book to pick up at night before bed to escape from the day’s work and the next day’s to-do list. If you want an escape book, this is a great one to pick up!

What’s on your reading list this week? Let us know in the comments!

Cover image courtesy of Natalia Makarenko.

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Editor at Lit with a Twist
I'm a writer, reader and dreamer. I'm proud to be the editor and creator of Lit with a Twist. My co-editors, Ella and Fitzgerald, can't be trusted. Probably because they're cats.