Alice in Wonderland Collection

If you didn’t already know I am obsessed with Alice in Wonderland. I thought it was about time to share my collection. I hope at some point to take better pictures and I am sure I missed some of my Alice themed items. Like I know I forgot my mug, my water tumbler (its at work)  and my jewlery. I will be update pictures as my collection grows. 

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Alice’s Adventures Falling Down The Book Hole | Book Tag

This book tag is being hosted by Two Book Minimum for my Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge! I tried to pick my favorites or ones I recently read and really enjoyed that fit the category.

Alice in Wonderland:  A book that makes you think of your childhood.

♥ Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Caucus Race: A book with a race or competition you enjoyed.  

For some reason I can only think of the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Through the Looking Glass: An Alice in Wonderland Retelling you have read or your favorite Alice retelling.

♥ Splintered by A.G Howard

Knave of Hearts:  A book about thieves

♥ The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

White Rabbit:  A popular book you are late to the party for

♥ The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum: Your favorite sequel

♥ Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Pool of Tears: A book that makes you cry

♥ Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Caterpillar: A book in which the character reminds you of yourself

♥ Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Mad Hatter:  A book with a love story 

♥ Volition by Lily Paradis

March Hare: A book dealing with a mental illness

♥ Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Dormouse:  An underrated/under-hyped book

♥ Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell

The Queen’s Tarts: A book where something gets stolen/misplaced

♥ The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy (I am saying it counts)

“Eat Me” Cakes:  A book with a magical element

♥ Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

Flowers of Wonderland:  A book that involves music

♥ This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Queen of Hearts:  A book with a villain 

♥ Final Girls by Riley Sager (A serial killer is a villian right?)

The Bandersnatch:  A book with a mystical creature

♥ Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout

Down The Rabbit Hole: A book someone else recommended to you

♥ Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Walrus & the Carpenter: A collection of essays, short stories or poems

♥ Scandalous Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

The Jabberwocky: A book with a battle/fight scene

♥ Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

The Playing Cards: A book with a group of characters

♥ The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Tea Party: A book based in England/UK

♥ Soulless by Gail Carriger

The Cheshire Cat:  A mystery book 

♥ Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Queen of Hearts Castle: A book set in a castle

♥ Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Dinah: A book that focuses on friendship

♥ Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

 

I tag everyone!

Alice Inspired DIY| “Eat Me” Cake Shake

I thought it would be fun to do a DIY Post for a challenge with my Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge. I set out to make Eat Me cakes, but with crazy busy life and little time they did not turn out very well at all. I decided to turn my failure into success and from that came the “Eat Me” Cake Shake and let me tell you it was absolutely delicious. So since this is a challenge that can earn point towards the read-a-thon I will give some instructions. The challenge is to create an Alice Inspired DIY project. It can be anything of your choice. Post about it with the pictures and instructions! Extra points for those who attempt the Eat Me Cakes!

Ingredients for Eat Me Cakes:

Cake:
♣ Cake Mix of you choice
♣ 3 Egg Whites
♣ Vegetable Oil
♣ Frosting (try to stick with white)

Mirror Glaze:
♣ 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
♣ 1 3/4 Cups Granulated Sugar
♣ 1/2 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
♣ 3 Packets Unflavored Gelatin
♣ 3-4 Shades of Food Coloring
♣ 2 1/2 Cups White Chocolate Chips
♣ Edible Writing Gel

Directions:

1.) Mix together ingredients for the cake batter

2.) Spread batter into a greased 9×13 pan

3.) Bake cake in accordance to the directions on the box

4.) Pull finished golden brown cake out of the oven and let cool until completely set 

5.) Cut the cake in half (as pictured below)

6.) Then cut into small squares

7.) Start to frost the crumb coat on the two layers of the squares

8.) Start the mirror glaze by stirring the gelation, 1/2 cup lukewarm water in a small bowl and let it sit

9.) Add sugar, condensed milk, vanilla and 3/4 cups water in a saucepan on medium heat

10.) Stir until it begins to bubble and then add the gelatin mixture in and stir until dissolved

11.) Remove from heat and add white chocolate chips until melted .

12.) Divide among a few different bowls and add desired food color. Then let cool 10-12 mins.

13.) Mix colors in together by adding one coloring into the other making a pattern

14.) Set frosted cakes on a surface that catches drips. Pour glaze over cakes. Let drip for 10 mins. 

15.) Once glaze is set, take edible writing gel and write on the cake

Hopefully yours turns out better than mine, but if not then there is a yummy solution! 

 

♥ Ingredients for “Eat Me” Cake Shake 


♣ 1 Cup Cake from Eat Me Cake Failure
♣ 1 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream
♣ Frosting
♣ Rainbow Sprinkles
♣ 3/4 Cup Milk/ Almond Milk
♣ Whip Cream

Directions:

♦ Smash up cakes and frosting and mix up in a bowl

♦ Add milk, ice cream, cake, extra frosting and some sprinkles into the blender (may have to add more ingredients to taste)

♦ Take extra frosting and spread on the rim of the cup and then roll in rainbow sprinkles

♦ Pour blended mix into the cup, being careful not to spill over the frosting

♦ Add whip cream to the top and pieces of cake scraps and ENJOY! 

Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge | TBR

 

The time has come my little friends to talk of many things, of books, and blogs and readathons, of blogiversaries!

With my 5 year blogiversary quickly approaching I thought it would be fun to host a Read-A-Thon. With my obsession with Alice in Wonderland I thought it would only be appropriate to make it an Alice in Wonderland themed read-a-thon. I reached out to some other book bloggers to help me with this because I love getting others inputs and sharing the love. 

 

WHAT IS THE DOWN THE READ-A-THON HOLE CHALLENGE  ?

The  Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge runs from Thursday, February 1 to Thursday, February 15. During this read-a-thon you will select books to complete a bingo card, with each box earning you points as well as a bingo. In addition to the main challenge, you will have opportunities to earn even more points by participating in the themed bonus challenges using a blog/twitter/instagram.

 

Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge TBR 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll [Alice in Wonderland]

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor [Through the Looking Glass]

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan [Knave of Hearts (because it has thief in the title I am counting it!)]

Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs [Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum]

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green [March Hare]

The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout [Dinah]

 Are you planning on participating? What are you going to read?

Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge | An Alice in Wonderland Themed Read-A-Thon

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The time has come my little friends to talk of many things, of books, and blogs and readathons, of blogiversaries!

With my 5 year blogiversary quickly approaching I thought it would be fun to host a Read-A-Thon. With my obsession with Alice in Wonderland I thought it would only be appropriate to make it an Alice in Wonderland themed read-a-thon. I reached out to some other book bloggers to help me with this because I love getting others inputs and sharing the love. 

 

WHAT IS THE DOWN THE READ-A-THON HOLE CHALLENGE  ?

The  FDTBH with an Alice in Wonderland Read-a-Thon runs from Thursday, February 1 to Thursday, February 15. During this read-a-thon you will select books to complete a bingo card, with each box earning you points as well as a bingo. In addition to the main challenge, you will have opportunities to earn even more points by participating in the themed bonus challenges using a blog/twitter/instagram.

HOW THE READ-A-THON WORKS !

Read a book that completes the reading challenges to earn an “Alice” bingo. That means 5 in a row either vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Additionally there will be other challenges posted throughout the 2 weeks that will earn you more points.
Each Box: 10pts
Bingo: 50pts
Blog Challenges: 20pts

All points will need to be submitted to me by Feb 18th! The person with the most points at the end of the read-a-thon will win $15 for Amazon/Book Depository! 

 

CHALLENGE EVENTS

February 4th- Alice in Wonderland DIY – Ashley @ Falling Down The Book Hole 

February 6th- Alice’s Adventures Down The Book Hole Book Tag- Two Book Minimum 

February 9th- Alice Themed Discussion- Alex @ Booksy Daisy

February 12th- Mad Hatter Tea Party Book Tag- Liam @ Book Worm Hole 

(You have until February 15th to complete and post this challenges to receive the points)

HOW TO SIGN UP

Think you’re ready to take on the Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge? To sign up create a sign-up post on your blog ( twitter/instagram) with your challenge TBR list. Once you’ve made your post, be sure to link it back using the Inlinkz widget below. Also make sure to use the hashtag #downthereadathonhole to share your progress, challenges and updates! Happy Reading!

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland | Book Tag

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♠ Alice : a quote from your favourite strong, female protagonist.

“Fire is catching and if we burn, you burn with us.”

Katniss Everdeen, Mockingjay

The White Rabbit: a book everyone has read that you were/are late to the party on.

Harry Potter Series, I still have to read 5-7

Down The Rabbit Hole: your favourite first book sentence.

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”              – Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Drink Me: your favourite thing to drink while reading (tea, coffee, other) 

Definitely coffee and sometimes hot chocolate, but I am a sucker for teavana tea

The Caterpillar: a character who gives good advice, and a character who needs it.

Whenever I think of good advice I think of Dumbledore. A character that needs advice is definitely Adrian Ivashkov

The Cheshire Cat: try and give a six word explanation of a book that confused you.

Modern fairy tale of childhood nostalgia – The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

The March Hare and Mad Hatter: a fictional friendship you wish you could join in on.

Locke Lamora and Jean from The Gentleman Bastard series

The Dormouse: a book that put you to sleep.

After Alice by Gregory Maguire

The Queen of Hearts: a book you would decree as compulsory reading.

There are so many. I have to say I would decree The Giver by Lois Lowry as a compulsory read.

The Mock Turtle:  a quote or passage from a book that made you cry.

“If I run or breathe too deep, the cheap stitches holding me together will snap, and all the stickiness inside will pour out and burn through the concrete.”
― Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls

The Flowers: a pretty book cover.

The Walrus and The Carpenter: a character whose original appearance was deceptive.

I am not sure. I cannot think of anyone.

Unbirthdays: a book you would gladly read every day of the year.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol it never gets old for me

The White Knight: a character that everyone laughs at but who deserves better.

I cannot really think of one to answer this question either.

Let me know if you do this tag!

Adventures in Alice| Reading List

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If it isn’t already obvious I am obsessed with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I have been making a running list of all the retellings or books inspired by the original story. I have decided to make a post of all of them and keep track of the ones I have read and have yet to read. I feel like being such a fan it is sad I haven’t read them all before.

Young Adult

Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard

White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Queen of Hearts Saga by Colleen Oakes

Insanity Series by Cameron Jace

The Collector’s Society by Heather Lyons

Death of the Mad Hatter by Sarah J. Pepper

Gears of Wonderland by Jason G. Anderson

Adult 

After Alice by Gregory Maguire

The Chronicles of Alice by Christina Henry

Her Mad Hatter by Marie Hall

 

Are there any that I have missed and need to add to my list?

After Alice by Gregory Maguire | Book Review

24331115AFTER ALICE BY GREGORY MAGUIRE

Genre: Adult Fiction

“All of life hinges on what one does next, until finally one makes the wrong choice.”
― Gregory Maguire, After Alice

Synopsis:
When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice’s disappearance?

In this brilliant new work of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his dazzling imagination to the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings — and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll’s enduring tale. Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned briefly in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment too late — and tumbles down the rabbit hole herself.

Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. If Euridyce can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is After Alice.

Goodreads | Amazon

review

I was extremely disappointed in this book. It was almost a DNF book. I finished this book over a month ago and even as I sit here and try to write this review I am struggling to bring myself to do it. Writing this review is like reading the book. If you did not know I absolutely adore Alice in Wonderland so I was so excited and was anticipating reading this book for so long. It was the hugest let down I have ever read.

The story was suppose to follow Ada, Alice’s friend after Alice wandered down the rabbit hole. It was based in the same setting just following different characters including Alice’s sister (family). The idea seemed like it would make for a great story, but I feel like Maguire failed me.

The language at the beginning of the book made it really hard for me to understand and follow. Just getting past the first 20 pages was a struggle. As the book went on it got easier to understand, but I felt like it was taking a lot of the original story when it was talking about Wonderland. It lacked originality and really did not reach the full potential that I think this story could have.

My other main issue with this story was that it was extremely disturbing and a little offensive. I have no problem with darker books but this took a strange turn and was offensive to people with disabilities and or color. I just did not agree with a lot of how Maguire was saying things and handled certain situations.

Overall I do think the concept of tell the story of Alice through her friend was a interesting twist. It was showing the story of what happened After Alice went down the rabbit hole.  How it affected everyone else around her. It used a lot of the same imagery and nonsensical whimsy that was found in the original story. I think Maguire was trying to do too much by not only attempting a retelling, but trying to make a statement about Victorian Oxford as well. It was a mess and just not what I wanted or expected it to be. There was just a lot that I was not comfortable with and found it boring and a drag to read.

RATING-7

Alice In Wonderland | Quotes

cheshire-cat1“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

“The time has come,” the walrus said, “to talk of many things: Of shoes and ships – and sealing wax – of cabbages and kings”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

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“Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.”
― Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky and Other Poems

“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

“You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard | Quotes

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Because I am too obsessed with this trilogy for my own good! I thought I would share some of the amazing writing and quotes!

“Tearing down the rest of the world won’t make you happy. Look inside yourself. Because finding who you were meant to be? What you were put into this world to do? That’s what fills the emptiness. It’s the only things that can.”
― A.G. Howard, Splintered

“No one knows what he or she is capable of until things are at their darkest.”
― A.G. Howard, Splintered

“You understand the logic behind the illogical, Alyssa. It’s in your nature to find tranquility amid the madness. And that’s what we’re doing here. We are giving our food a fighting chance.”
― A.G. Howard, Splintered

“All I have to do is set the power free. Escape the chains of humanity, let madness be my 17449197guide. If I forget everything but Wonderland, I can become beautiful pandemonium.”
― A.G. Howard, Unhinged

“Little blossom trapped in between, wearing malice like a queen;
hide the truth, be cruel and tart,
still all the more, you rule my heart.”
― A.G. Howard, Unhinged

“A childish story take, and with a gentle hand, lay it where Childhood’s dreams are twined in Memory’s mystic band…thus grew the world of Wonderland.”
― A.G. Howard, Unhinged

“One thing more: Wonderland and I are the same. You love one of us, you love the other. You are Wonderland, too. Which means we are the perfect fit, in more ways than you can even imagine. On our day together, I’ll take great pleasure in showing you all of them.”
― A.G. Howard, Unhinged

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“I don’t want those things from you. I love your faults and imperfections. Your kind heart. The scars that match mine, and the struggles to find ourselves. I want your humanness. Nothing else.”
― A.G. Howard, Ensnared

“Jebediah has given up on you, but I never will. I can offer you the security you desire. If you’ll but be mine, your heart will forever be sheltered in my care. Yes, we will quarrel incessantly and fight for dominance. And yes, there will be ravishes of passion, but there will also be gentle lulls. That is who we are together. You’ll never need fear that your love is not reciprocated. For although you’ve made me feel things I am not equipped for… I cannot stop feeling them.”
― A.G. Howard, Ensnared

“Wonderland is violent and bizarre, but charming in its way. AnyElsewhere is a whole new level of cruelty.”
― A.G. Howard, Ensnared