Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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Written by Lewis Carroll

Nationality: U.K.
Publisher: Macmillan
First Edition: 1865
My Edition: e-book
Original Language: English

I’m kind of a sucker for children’s stories. Whether they are stories about dreams or mythical creatures  or polar bear kings, I’m all for them. I love cartoons. I love Pixar movies, and I love picture books. And I love books written by adults who you can tell are children at heart. The feel I got from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was just that. You can tell Lewis Carroll was having the time of his life writing this story.

I only found one quote in here that really struck me, so here goes:

“‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
‘I don’t much care where–‘ said Alice.
‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
‘–so long as I go somewhere,’ Alice added as an explanation.
‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.'”

English: original illustration (1865) by John ...

My favorite character in the book was the Dormouse. He couldn’t stay awake for the life of him, and something about him struck me as hilarious. He’s also my favorite character in the movie, as well.

“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you’re at!…
Up above the world you fly
Like a tea-tray in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle–”

Everybody in the story is mad. I love that. Alice has lived such a boring, normal, complacent life for her entire childhood where she’s expected to do her lessons every day and be a lady, and then she falls into this dream world where everyone around her is the exact opposite of what she’s known her entire life. How I would love to play croquet with a flamingo! And chase after my hedgehog! And go to tea with a Mad Hatter and a March Hare and a Dormouse! Watch a Chechire Cat fade away until only his dancing smile remains… and wander through a garden of flowers that are taller than you are… Life would be so interesting.

I loved this book. It made me feel like a little kid again, full of adventures and wonders and dreams.

Happy reading, friends.

Great Expectations

Written by Charles Dickens

Cover of "Great Expectations (Dover Thrif...

Nationality: U.K
Publisher: Chapman & Hall
First Edition: 1861
My Edition: 1998
Original Language: English

Okay if you read my second blog, then you know that I’ve been having a tough time getting through this book. I don’t know why that is, normally it only takes me three or four days to get through a book. I really wanted to like it. It’s a classic, you know? But I just could not get into it. It made me laugh at times, but there was not anywhere in it where my attention was completely captured. So my final opinion of it is, unfortunately, that I did not like it. Again, sorry Charles, I guess you’re just not my guy.

Some quotes…

“In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt as injustice.” (page 61)

“Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.” (page 70)

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A tribute to Dickens.

“As I passed the church, I felt (as I had felt during the service in the morning) a sublime compassion for the poor creatures who were destined to go there, Sunday after Sunday, all their lives through, and to be obscurely at last among the low green mounds. I promised myself that I would do something for them one of these days, and formed a plan in outline for bestowing a dinner of roast beef and plum pudding, a pint of ale, and a gallon of condescension upon everybody in the village.” (page 147)

“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.” (page 160)

All in all, it was very well written. I could connect with it on some levels – everybody in the world knows that their hearts have pity for some less-fortunate person. But I just don’t think this book was written for my eyes, for my heart. So I’ll leave you with that.

Happy reading, friends.

Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow!

Merry Christmas, friends!

Today is a beautiful day. It is the day we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ’s birth, the day He came down to Heaven and humbled himself by becoming a man, which in and of itself shows how much He loves us.

Yesterday, my wonderful husband Ian was on duty (he is in the Navy), so I was home alone. I just kind of chilled out all day, because it was Christmas Eve, we are trying to save money, and I really didn’t want to go to my first Christmas service as a married woman, alone. How pathetic is that? So instead I stayed home, read my boring book (yes, I am still reading it for goodness’ sake!), and watched “How I Met Your Mother” on Netflix. It was pretty enjoyable. It was also the weirdest Christmas Eve I’ve ever had. And maybe the loneliest.  My neighbors decided to have a Christmas party, apparently. They were up until about 4 in the morning (I know this because they kept me awake until 4am as well). I would have gone downstairs and told them to shut the heck up, but hey, it’s Christmas. I can’t blame them for having a party on a Saturday night. And really, it’s not their fault the walls are paper thin.

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Snow... I wish.

I desperately wanted snow this year. It’s my first Christmas away from home in Spokane, Washington. I was surrounded by some of the most elegant mountains in the entire world and I got snow every year, without fail. I definitely took it for granted. So this year I’m living in Virginia, where I could only dream of pretty mountains and cool, crisp air stinging my lungs. What they think is cold here is pretty sad. 50 degrees? 40? Sorry, boys, that counts as sweater weather – it does not call for parkas and full ski masks. So anyways, I was praying for snow all year long, but it looks like that particular wish is not coming true. It could be a blessing in disguise though, because it starts raining too hard and these people start running around like chickens with their heads cut off. I could’ve gotten killed. Pathetic.

Despite the lack of snow, however, I have had a wonderful first married Christmas. I woke up to Ian walking in the door from work. That in and of itself is really nice. He always has a big grin on his face when I first wake up. He says “the lion ate my wife!” because of how silly my hair always looks. haha. :) Anyways, then we opened gifts, which was a huge blessing because they were from my parents. Ian and I didn’t really get each other gifts this year because we bought plane tickets to California instead. So that was so nice to be able to open stuff. (Shout out: Thanks mom and dad – you’re the best!) (Yes, my mom and dad read my blog. Shush.)

Christmas gifts.

Christmas time.

We went to church this morning as well. On the way, we stopped by Starbucks. Now let me just say something: Starbucks should NOT be open on Christmas. Personal opinion. However if they are going to be open I might as well go in and make it worth their time. Also I ran into a guy who looked at first glance like Alec Baldwin. I informed him that I thought so, and he said thanks and that he gets that a lot. I think I might have made his day.

On to church. It was lovely. We go to a small Foursquare Community Church, so it was a really cute little service. Some  A Capella Christmas hymns, the reading of the Christmas story with all the little kiddies sitting around the reader, and some highlights of the Christmas story to take home with us and apply to our daily lives.

Now we’re relaxing a bit, and then we are going to the new Mission Impossible movie with a gift card we got from my parents! No time like the present. :) I’m not so sure about this movie though – Tom Cruise is getting kind of old…ever heard of kicking a dead horse? Hmph. We will see. Anyways, despite it being the warmest Christmas I have ever experienced, at 56 degrees, it is bound to be pretty up there on my favorites list.

A picture of a Snow Crystal taken by Wilson Be...

A snowflake, up-close and personal.

And I’m still going to pray for snow…
“Dear Jesus, Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow…”

Are we there yet…?

I am not the fastest reader in the world. In fact, I like to take my time and enjoy myself. I savor the experience.

But I’ll let you in on a little secret: Great Expectations is not a fast read. I cannot get through this book fast enough. Unfortunately, every time I sit down with it something comes up. I have to make dinner, or I have to kiss my husband, or I have to do some laundry. This book just seems to not really capture my attention like others do.

I really want to like it. I do. It’s hilarious, in a morbid, I’m-better-than-everyone-I-know kind of a way. But it’s also very slow-moving, and in my life right now I need someone much more upbeat.

Sorry, Charles, I guess you’re just not my type.

27 Books in 2011

I’m new to the idea of a blog. Typically, I’m more of a journal person. I like the idea of all that unused space just waiting for my thoughts and feelings. I don’t even know if anyone is going to be interested in reading my blog. To be honest, I feel a little ridiculous. Really, though, it’s nothing to feel silly about. Let me just be honest here.

I am in love with food. It has been an on-going relationship ever since I can remember. At one point I decided I was so in love with it that I would join culinary school – which is exactly what I did. I decided that career path wasn’t for me, but I remained entangled in my romance.

I also love books. It wasn’t until after high school that I really started reading for pleasure. It was an occasional occurance – not unheard of – but I just didn’t have the time to with school. So then after I got married it just seemed to skyrocket. And now I am in a book club, and I read my Bible, and I read other books of interest in between. Usually, I’ll read about two to three books per month.

So today, I write about books.

Favorite book of all time: Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte.

Favorite genre: Fantasy Fiction

Favorite series: The Sword of Truth Series, by Terry Goodkind

These are the books I read in 2011:

A Darkness at Sethanon, Raymond E. Feist
The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
The Inheritance Cycle, Christopher Paolini
Eragon
Eldest
Brinsingr
Inheritance
Magician, Raymond E. Feist
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Paper Angels, Jimmy Wayne
The Sword of Truth Series, Terry Goodkind
Debt of Bones
-Wizards First Rule
-Stone of Tears
-Blood of the Fold
-Temple of the Winds
-Soul of the Fire
-Faith of the Fallen
-Pillars of Creation
-Naked Empire
-Chainfire
-Phantom
-Confessor
-The Omen Machine
Silverthorn, Raymond E. Feist
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

Not to mention my daily Bible reading as well.
As you can see, I’ve been busy.

My idea is that in the future I will write a review and maybe some favorite quotes from the books I finish. I keep a book journal right now that I LOVE from Moleskine, and I love its format, so I think I’ll stick to that.

I think this was a pretty good start.

Happy reading, fellow bloggers. :)