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31 December 2009 @ 04:48 pm
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll

I have got to stop reading books so fast, it's making me sick. Fortunately it's the last day of the year - which, duh, I didn't REALISE till someone mentioned in on lj - so I'm going to settle in with a LONG, HARD book for the New Year.

I love the first book! It is AWESOME CRAZYSAUCE. If I ever need to research being high, I'll just use this book. DO BATS EAT CATS? Well, do they? The second book was ... not so great. Over-riddled with poetry, to my mind. I think Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is going down as a big-time favourite, though. I also can't WAIT to see that Tim Burton film-version now, even though it looks to have been based more on the Looking-Glass Wars than the originals.

"What did they live on?" said Alice, who always took a great interest in questions of eating and drinking.

"They lived on treacle," said the Dormouse, after thinking a minute or two.

"They couldn't have done that, you know," Alice gently remarked, "they'd have been ill."

"And so they were," said the Dormouse, "VERY ill."

Previously, on Book Glomp 2009:
He Knew He Was Right, Anthony Trollope |The Bostonians, Henry James | For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway | For Esme - with Love and Squalor, JD Salinger | The Outsider, Albert Camus | The Princess Diaries: Ten out of Ten, Meg Cabot | The Vicar of Bullhampton, Anthony Trollope | Molesworth, Geoffrey Willans | Villette, Charlotte Bronte | The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James | The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler | Cecilia, Fanny Burney | The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger | The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark | Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut | Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann | Siddhartha, Herman Hesse | The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga | The Duke and I, Julia Quinn | Brave New World, Aldous Huxley | North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell | Cider with Rosie, Laurie Lee | Catch-22, Joseph Heller | Bright Shiny Morning, James Frey | Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck | The Demon's Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan | The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton | jPod, Douglas Coupland | 'Are these my basoomas I see before me?', Louise Rennison | Faro's Daughter, Georgette Heyer | Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman | The Accidental Sorcerer, K.E. Mills | Ethan of Athos, Lois McMaster Bujold | V., Thomas Pynchon | The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway | The Dragon Keeper, Robin Hobb | Orlando, Virginia Woolf | The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath | Snuff, Chuck Palahniuk | Crush, Richard Siken | Trust Me, I'm a Junior Doctor, Max Pemberton | The Dice Man, Luke Rhinehart | Call Me By Your Name, Andre Aciman | Young Miles, Lois McMaster Bujold | He's Just Not That Into You, Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo | The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand | A Classical Education, Caroline Taggart | The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope | Two Cures for Love, Wendy Cope | Unseen Academicals, Terry Pratchett | Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand | Diary, Chuck Palahniuk | Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray | ♥ A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth | A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway | Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift | Castle in the Air, Diana Wynne Jones | Anything for Love, Sarah Webb | A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens | The Charioteer, Mary Renault | Miles, Mystery and Mayhem, Lois McMaster Bujold | The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading, Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: weddingscoradh on January 1st, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Hmm, my parents don't have a great reading tradition - when they were kids, they couldn't afford shoes, let alone books, etc etc. Plus, I saw the movie as a child and HATED it, which undoubtedly would have put me off anyway.

But yes! I liked that part, except for when he described his self-designed helmet as a sugar loaf. I couldn't visualise that being big enough to fall into.
the claw-foot Ladysoftlyforgotten on January 1st, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
I remember being eight years old or something and my grandma told me that these books were too old for me? And I was OUTRAGED (really, you didn't want to tell me that, the best way to make me read a book as a little kid was to say that I probably wouldn't understand it) and read it all in one afternoon and then later did some sneaky asking around and realised that the parts I didn't understand, no one really understood.

every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: disco ballscoradh on January 1st, 2010 01:37 am (UTC)
Alice was seven and a half, so I think if anything you were TOO old. :D? :D? HAVE YOU EVER BEEN DOWN A TREACLE WELL?

How many books DID you notch up this year? I kept a handy count in my subject line, lol.
the claw-foot Ladysoftlyforgotten on January 1st, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
THAT IS A GOOD POINT. I confess it is not in my life experience, no. I have talked to rabbits, though???

I think fifty-four? Fifty-five? I counted the other day but now I can't remember, I'm going to steal your handy numbering next year too. Not as many as you, clever lady!