Yesterday marked the anniversary of the publication of one of the most memorable pieces of literature known to man. On November 28, 1865, author Lewis Carroll welcomed readers everywhere to a place filled with opposites, celebration of unbirthdays aside a mad hatter and scruffy hare, talking flowers, an anxiety-ridden white rabbit, a blood thirsty queen, and a curious blonde haired child who fell down a rabbit hole into a world not her own. I fell in love with the story as a child even more now as an adult with my closet filled with Alice costumes, Mad Hatter Hats, and Cheshire cat plush toys to prove it.
I discovered this tag on Shori’s World blog and instantly wanted to take a crack at it! There are 12 books for each of the 12 chapters in the novel. Each question represents something that is relevant to the theme addressed in the chapter. Some of the original questions asked for Anime instead of books so I switched them for this blog. Here we go!
Chapter 1: Down The Rabbit Hole
PICK THE FIRST NOVEL YOU’VE READ / REMEMBER READING
I listened to books on tape when I was little and as I began to read, I remember Charlotte’s Web being one of the first books I actually fully read.
Chapter 2: The Pool of Tears
PICK A BOOK THAT DEALS WITH THE BATTLE BETWEEN REASON AND EMOTION
To sum it up in the words of author Max Brooks, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?”
Chapter 3: The Caucus Race and a Long Tale
PICK A BOOK WITH A LACK OF CLEAR PURPOSE OR A BOOK THAT COMMENTS ON MEANINGLESSNESS
When your life is an endless circle of work, work work with nothing to show for it, you sometimes ask yourself, “Is it worth it?” This book makes you wonder if that is all life is until the main character has two choices, but each choice has her meeting a special person only at different moments in time. It makes you question whether this meaningless feeling is nearly temporary or leads you to your true purpose in life.
Chapter 4: The Rabbit Sends a Little Bill
PICK BOOK THAT DEALS WITH THE DISCOMFORT OF GROWING UP.
Enough said, it’s Peter Pan!
Chapter 5: Advice From a Caterpillar
PICK A BOOK THAT DEALS WITH IDENTITY CRISIS.
I personally call this an identity crisis novel. Why? You have a man go from nothing to something then try to regain his love from his past and instead of having the “happy ending”, his whole magnificent present begins to unravel at the seems and he ends up as he was at the beginning of his personal journey, nothing.
Chapter 6: Pig and Pepper
PICK A BOOK THAT CHALLENGES TRADITIONAL SOCIAL NORMS.
This whole series challenges their world. Every dystopian novel can fit into this category.
Chapter 7: A Mad Tea-Party
PICK A BOOK THAT CHALLENGES PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIVERSE.
This book is the complete opposite of The Chronicles of Narnia, more like a darkness to the light of that series. I remember people, especially religious individuals, freak out over the metaphors contained within this series. It definitely challenged the principles of the universe in terms of fiction.
Chapter 8: The Queen’s Croquet Ground
PICK A BOOK THAT DEALS WITH THE ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL BEAUTY.
This series encompasses this. The Lunars make you see what you want them to see while our characters are the “misfits” and seek to disprove the lies. All of these girls have flaws while the Lunar Queen wishes her subjects to see perfection. This is truly a test of natural beauty vs. artificial beauty.
Chapter 9: The Mock Turtle’s Story
PICK A BOOK THAT QUESTIONS MORALITY.
In WWII, Jews were persecuted by the German Nazis. For the families who harbored Jewish families or runaways, they were considered to be enemies to the German government. For Annemarie Johansen, her family questions the morality set by the government. Instead they do the true good and rescued a young girl and kept her safe.
Chapter 10: Lobster Quadrille
PICK A BOOK WHERE A CHARACTER IS ISOLATED, WITH NO ONE BEING ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THEM.
This story is centered around a character who after she loses everything she knows, she isolates herself within herself. Throughout the book, she discovers who she is through falling in love and the choices she must make in order to survive.
Chapter 11: Who Stole the Tarts
PICK A BOOK THAT QUESTION JUSTICE OR LEGAL SYSTEM.
I first read this book back when I was a freshman in high school. The mysterious figure known as “The Scarlet Pimpernel” saves the innocent lives of the French elite from the guillotine. His moves against the French judicial system is not only a mere question against their legal system but a rebellion unto itself. I highly recommend this book!
Chapter 12: Alice’s Evidence
PICK A BOOK WHERE A CHARACTER HAS AN EPIPHANY.
This one, I had a hard time coming up with a book for because there are so many. I’m personally keeping it blank due to the fact any main character or multiple characters can have an epiphany about an event, mystery, or circumstance. This, in part, can make or break the series or the novel. I can think of several in the Mortal Instruments series, specifically. Then there are some in the Harry Potter series. But narrowing it down is too hard.
Think you can take this challenge? Fill out the questions yourself and don’t forget to tag me so I can see your answers!