Monday, July 19, 2010

It's Monday: What are you reading? (9)

It's Monday: What are you reading? is a weekly meme from BookJourney.
I read:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
I have one word for this book: Wackadoo. This book was an interesting mix of post-spicy-dinner dream craziness and something an adult is forced to come up with on the spot for a child begging for a story. I really enjoyed it, though. The characters were characters, my favorites being the Tweedles and the clumsy knight. Alice was the grounding force of the story - she was always polite and often aggravated, and though she easily accepted the strangeness and kept hold of her creativity and imagination, she never lost her rationality.

Oddly enough, I felt as though I connected with this story because my dreams are very much like the dreamscape of Wonderland and the Looking Glass World. My dreams always have a plot and, despite their craziness, I'm always convinced that they make sense. (For an example, see my Betty White dream here.) I'd recommend this to any adult who has somehow missed it over the years and possesses a sense of whimsy and I also think it'd make a great read-aloud-to-a-child book (just beware, interesting questions could be posed whilst reading, like "Mommy, what's a hookah?"). (*****)

Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter (*****)
For full review, see here.

Currently Reading:
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
American Gods is my book group's latest discussion book. It's definitely interesting...we'll see how I feel the further I wade through this beast of a book. Though I'm not sure how I'm going to get through it all by group time (and I'm one of the leaders!).

To Read:
Changeless by Gail Carriger

Bubbles Unbound by Sarah Strohmeyer
Recommended by a friend.


  1. American Gods sounds very different from Gaiman's usual fare. I'll be interested in seeing what you thought when you're finished.

    Have a great reading week!

  2. I have never read Alice in Wonderland but want to! Thanks for discussing it here ;)

  3. THANK YOU for sharing your Betty White dream! It totally put a smile on my face.

  4. I just downloaded a copy of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass for free on my Nook. Don't know when I will get a chance to read them, but couldn't pass up a free deal!

  5. I liked American Gods. It is good on audio too. It's read by one of my favorite narrators.

  6. I read Alice in Wonderland last year I think. I really enjoyed it. I got so many of the littel subtle things that I don't think I would have gotten if I had read it when I was young. I see you are a fellow Hoosier. I was born and raised in Indiana. I went to Ball State for college.