Friday, April 1, 2016

A is for Alice


There is never a better (or more completely overwhelming) time to return to the blogosphere than during the A to Z Challenge. Nothing like just strolling right back in and strapping on the big girl panties, right?

This year, I struggled a bit. In fact, I down right waffled. I didn't know whether or not I was going to actually wind up doing the challenge for sure until this evening. But...here we are. Game on.

For those new or needing a refresher, the A to Z Challenge happens every April. This is the 7th year and my 3rd year participating. During the A to Z Challenge, bloggers from around the world come together to blog for each day in April (except for Sundays) from the letter A on April 1st until the letter Z on the last non-Sunday day of the month. It's an amazing event that this year looks to be 1800+ strong. 

In both 2014 and 2015, I did my A to Z based on the project theme. With a change in my schedule (read: crazy hectic), I haven't really done much in the project department lately. So this year's theme instead is...


Today is day one...so...you guessed it, today is letter...


As with several letters along the way, the letter A is littered with several title choices. But for me, only one book really had any chance at taking this letter. Not only is it one of my favorite books, but it is also one of my grand obsessions. If you have known me for too long around here, then you've no doubt been exposed to my Alice obsession. Thus, today's obvious choice... Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.


Synopsis in a Sentence: 

Young Alice falls down a hole to a world full of crazy creatures and adventure where she learns to trust herself, appreciate her imagination, and to not always take things exactly as they may seem.


First Read:

Though I had been exposed to Alice in many different means over the years, my first complete reading of the novel and its companion, Through the Looking Glass was just last year.


Number of Times Read:

Though it currently numbers only one. I already now own two hard copies of the original novel along with a couple of sequels. My collection will only continue to grow, as will the number of times I enjoy the story.


Why it Makes the List:

Very few things in the literary world thrill me as much as Alice. There are so many ways to identify with this novel. And no matter how many times I hear, see, or read the story, there will always be new ways to see it and new things to learn.

Just like Alice, for me there will never be a completed understanding of Wonderland.


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12 comments:

  1. Hello. I am a a-z blogger. I love to read. What a great idea for a theme. I have read Alice several times in my years. I love it. I also like the movie as well. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great weekend.

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    1. Hi Stacey! Thanks for stopping by. I am totally in love with the Tim Burton versions of the movie. I already have a date set to go see the new one on opening weekend.

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  2. Another A-Z blogger here. Alice is one of those books where I know that I know the story, but I'm not really sure how much of it I've read. It gets added to my TBR pile!

    Debs Carey
    @debscaringcoach
    www.bunnyandthebloke.com
    www.caringcoaching.co.uk

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    1. Deb - Great!!! I'm glad you got to add to your TBR. My TBR pile is totally out of control and I love adding new books. It's a sickness.

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  3. I love reading! It's been a while since I read this book, but I remember enjoying it when I did.

    Mary Ann from
    A Joyful Chaos

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    1. Thanks for visiting Mary Ann! I'm a completely nerdy reader. I love it. If only I could just get paid for reading...

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  4. Good morning, what a fun theme for the challenge. I'm one of those people who love Alice and the story but don't think I've read the book cover to cover. Have fun with this year's challenge!
    @ScarlettBraden from
    Frankly Scarlett

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    1. Hi Scarlett! I'm glad you were able to stop by. Alice is definitely worth the read all the way through. I'm happy that I finally made it happen.

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  5. Alice In Wonderland is one of my very favourite books and I have several very beautiful copies of it my favourites being hardcover artprints that my grandfather gave me for my 10th birthday which are quite gorgeous. I look forward to seeing the rest of your picks.

    @magickislife from
    My Creatively Random Life

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    1. I am totally jealous of your art prints. I'm totally obsessed. I'm actually heading to a couple of used bookstores next week. Fingers crossed that I find something new and exciting.

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  6. Alice In Wonderland is one of the few books that I enjoyed as a child, then came to love as an adult. The word play and layered imagery are wonderful.
    Elizabeth Hein - Scribbling in the Storage Room

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    1. Elizabeth - I agree. It's the imagery. It's just so well done. The word play between the Hatter and the Dormouse is magnificent. I've actually noticed that tactic used in a lot of books that I've been reading over the last year. It's an interesting thing to find.

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