Top Ten Tuesday Throwback- My First 10 Book Reviews

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a throwback. God knows I love a throwback! I thought I’d look back at my first ten book reviews today.

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book! 🙂

Review 1- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry– Rachel Joyce

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)

Review 2- Some Kind Of Fairy Tale– Graham Joyce

Some Kind of Fairy Tale

Review 3- In The Time Of Butterflies– Julia Alvarez

In the Time of the Butterflies

Review 4- The Abigail Affair– Timothy Frost

The Abigail Affair

Review 5- One Moment, One Morning– Sarah Rayner

One Moment, One Morning

Review 6- The Other Daughter– Lisa Gardner

The Other Daughter

Review 7- The Song Of Achilles– Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

Review 8- Magic Under Glass– Jaclyn Dolamore

Magic Under Glass (Magic Under, #1)

Review 9- Entangled– Cat Clarke

Entangled

Review 10-  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland– Lewis Carroll (My first Kid-Lit post with my sister Beth!)

Alice in Wonderland

What did you do for your throwback post this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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British Books Challenge 2014: The round up!

The British Book Challenge was set up to show support for British Authors. By signing up I promised to read at least 12 books by British Authors. That’s equal to one book a month.

It’s safe to say that I exceeded this challenge this year.

Through The Looking Glass: Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit

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How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Previously read from the same author:
Alice In Wonderland

Synopsis:

In 1865, English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), aka Lewis Carroll, wrote a fantastical adventure story for the young daughters of a friend. The adventures of Alice-named for one of the little girls to whom the book was dedicated-who journeys down a rabbit hole and into a whimsical underworld realm instantly struck a chord with the British public, and then with readers around the world. In 1872, in reaction to the universal acclaim *Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland* received, Dodgson published this sequel. Nothing is quite what it seems once Alice journeys through the looking-glass, and Dodgson’s wit is infectious as he explores concepts of mirror imagery, time running backward, and strategies of chess-all wrapped up in the exploits of a spirited young girl who parries with the Red Queen, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and other unlikely characters. In many ways, this sequel has had an even greater impact on today’s pop culture than the first book.

Thoughts:

I was warned by Beth that this book was really, really odd. I remember being a little disturbed by Alice in Wonderland. I couldn’t remember it being as odd as it was. Lewis Carroll really was an eccentric writer. What strikes me with this series of books, is how old fashioned they are. Yes, that’s me making an incredibly obvious statement, seeing as the book is old, but what I mean is the language used is certainly not language that is used in children’s literature today.

In Through the Looking Glass we follow Alice’s adventures once more. We don’t experience all of the same characters from Alice In Wonderland, yet I still found the characters interesting enough. In particular, I really liked the scene between Alice and Humpty Dumpty. Like the first book, the dialogue is incredibly witty. There is a lot more poetry in this book, so be mindful of that, if poetry isn’t your thing.

I think in some ways, I preferred Through The Looking Glass, maybe it’s because I was more familiar with the character and knew how strange it would be. It’s not an essential read though, so if you haven’t read it, and don’t plan to, I don’t think you’ll be missing out.

Check out Beth’s review of Through The Looking Glass on her blog

Reading next for the Kid-Lit Challenge (March):
Little Women- Louisa May Alcott (*fangirls* one of my favourites!)

WWW Wednesday #57

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday!  To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

10662420I’m just about to start Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. I enjoyed the first in the series, Burn For Burn, but haven’t been racing to read this book. I’m intrigued to read it still, to see what happens.

What did you recently finish reading?

17183419I finished this book last night. I really like Sarra Manning’s writing. It’s incredibly easy to read, with characters you care about.

What do you think you’ll read next?

83346My next read is a book I’m reading for my sister and I’s kid-lit challenge. I don’t think I’ve ever read Through The Looking Glass, so this’ll be interesting!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to answer the questions in the comments below or leave your link to your WWW Wednesday post!

Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit Challenge 2014

My sister Beth and I revisited children’s literature last year. We loved discovering new books and reading some of the children’s classics, so we decided to do it again this year! Here are the titles we’ve picked!

JANUARY- Aesop’s Fables- Aesop
FEBRUARY- Through The Looking Glass- Lewis Carroll
MARCH- Little Women- Louisa May Alcott
APRIL- The Magician’s Nephew- C.S Lewis
MAY- Peter Pan- J.M Barrie
JUNE- The Wind In The Willows- Kenneth Grahame
JULY- The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz- L. Frank Baum
AUGUST- The Swiss Family Robinson-Johann David Wyss
SEPTEMBER- Swallows and Amazons- Arthur Ransome
OCTOBER- Anne of Green Gables- Lucy Maud Montgomery
NOVEMBER- White Fang- Jack London
DECEMBER- The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson Burnett

Some of these I’ve read before and others I’m yet to start. I’m excited about another year of this challenge!

Have you read any of these? Which one was your favourite?

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland- Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit Challenge

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As mentioned before on this blog, my sister and I are taking on a challenge to read some classic children’s literature. The choice for January was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

How did I get it?:
Downloaded free on my Kindle.

Synopsis:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) is a beloved exciting fantasy novel by Lewis Carroll. It is a unique children’s story of Alice’s Wonderland confrontation with many amusing and entertaining characters. It is fun, fun book that takes the reader into the realm of true imagination.

Thoughts:

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland is an absolute gem of a children’s book. The reader is sucked into Alice’s world as she experiences the crazy Wonderland. I think what pulls the reader in is Lewis Carroll’s writing style. Writing everything from Alice’s perspective, which is a very young and funny perspective, works because you see everything through the eyes of a child. It’s ridiculous at times but in a good way. It’s perfect for a child who just loves to dream and imagine.

Response to Beth’s review:

You can read Beth’s fabulous review here.

I completely agree with her that the imagination of Lewis Carroll knows no boundaries. He really was an imaginative man. I note she says she loves the Cheshire Cat, but I have to admit to always being slightly afraid of his maniacal grin being left behind. I mean, can you imagine, walking through a forest or something and being met with just a grin?!? I think I’d be terrified now let alone as a child, but maybe I’m just a wimp.

I also couldn’t recall reading about the baby that turns into a pig and wanders off! Seriously weird. Beth is already calling for a Kid-Lit challenge 2014.. methinks she’s enjoying this challenge just as much as I am.

Next up in the Beth and Chrissi do Kit-Lit Challenge: (February)
The Water Babies- Charles Kingsley