Tuesday, January 08, 2013

2012 Book 28: Alice in Wonderland

The last book that I read in 2012 was the classic Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I guess I never read the book growing up, though I watched the movie many times. The book is seriously trippy {is that a word?}. The movie makes sense, kind of. But the book. Wow. I didn't really get it at all until the very end. The last page made it come together. As much as it was going to come together.

Some excerpts from the book: 
'I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.'

'Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?' 
'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 get somewhere,' Alice added as an explanation. 'Oh, you're sure to do that,' said the Cat, 'if you only walk long enough.'
"Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise."

...she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood: and how she would gather about her other little children, and make THEIR eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago: and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days...

So I didn't make it to my goal of 52 books in 2012 {first time in about 5 years to not make this goal}. However I am still happy that even with a crazy year, I still managed to read 2+ books a month. Not too shabby for this new mama. Though technically if I count all of the children's book I have read to Jack in the past year, I would be closer/past the 52 mark. 

My favorite kids books from 2012 include: Bear Snores On, Little Blue Truck, Trucks Go, and Over in the Meadow. I am a huge fan of children's books that are written in such a way that they are fun to read aloud. They are more like poetry than just words on a page. I love the rhythm to the words and I especially love it when they tell a good story. Jack loves when I add voices and sounds to support the story. Reading aloud to my boy brings me great joy.

In 2013 I am going to continue reading, but I am not shooting for any specific goal. I will write a monthly recap of any books I do manage to read, but I am not holding myself to any kind of schedule or lofty goal.

What are you reading this year? I would love to hear your recommendations for good books that you are into.

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