April in Wonderland
Summer is over, and the temperatures are slowly cooling down, soon it will be time to snuggle in and turn to comfort reading. When I retreat to comfort reading I turn to my collection of childhood classics. Among this collection is ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and the sequel ‘Through the Looking Glass’. I always thought it a lovely idea to be able to go down a rabbit hole, or through a looking glass and escape the cares of the world and have a magical adventure in a Wonderland.
So this month, April, I am offering you all a chance to start to slow down and create your own wonderland adventure in a wonderland. Unlike Alice though – you will be able to pick which characters you want to spend time with.
You can choose to spend time with 3, 6 or 9 characters – reading a book for each one you spend time with and, of course, including Australian authors in your choices.
3 Characters = 3 Books (1 must be by an Australian author)
6 Characters = 6 Books (2 must be by Australian authors)
9 Characters = 9 Books (3 must be by Australian authors)
I’ll start off with three for the EASY challenge and see where we go from there.
CHARACTER LIST – pick from these:
Cheshire Cat – Read a book with a cat on the cover OR Read a book with a smile on the cover
Edward Abbey – Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness
First published in 1968, Desert Solitaire is one of Edward Abbey’s most critically acclaimed works and marks his first foray into the world of nonfiction writing. Written while Abbey was working as a ranger at Arches National Park outside of Moab, Utah, Desert Solitaire is a rare view of one man’s quest to experience nature in its purest form.
Through prose that is by turns passionate and poetic, Abbey reflects on the condition of our remaining wilderness and the future of a civilization that cannot reconcile itself to living in the natural world as well as his own internal struggle with morality. As the world continues its rapid development, Abbey’s cry to maintain the natural beauty of the West remains just as relevant today as when this book was written.
(Media: dead tree, audiobook)
White Rabbit – Read a book that has a clock or watch on the front cover OR Read a book were you can see an ear, or ears, on the cover
Mad Hatter – Read a book that has a crazy character (use your own interpretation) OR Read a book that has a hat on the cover.
Crazy (cycle around the work without cycling experience) and a hat (helmet) on the cover.
Sean Conway – Cycling the Earth: A Life-changing Race Around the World
Sean Conway was stuck in a life dead end of his own making when he heard about a round the world cycling race. He was immediately inspired – but it was a huge undertaking and he’d hardly been on a bike in years. Could he really cycle all the way round the world, solo and unsupported?
Six months later, after completing a punishing training schedule and packing up everything he owned into boxes, Sean was in Greenwich Park on the start line of the adventure of a lifetime. Soon he was way ahead of schedule, averaging 180 miles per day, and on course to break the round the world cycling record. But then disaster struck, and Sean was forced to confront the possibility that he may not be able to complete the race…
In the course of his 16,000-mile journey, Sean travelled the famous pan-American highway across the Atacama Desert, outran tornados, relied on fellow travellers to ferry water across the Australian outback, and inadvertently joined a cycle club in Mumbai. He learnt things about himself he didn’t know and rediscovered a spirit of adventure that changed everything. This is a book about an amazing and sometimes incredibly difficult journey, but it’s also a book about never giving up when there’s an opportunity to follow your dreams.
(Media: dead tree)
March Hare – Read a book that was published in March of ANY year or has a 3 in the page number OR Read a book that has all of the letters of the word MARCH in the title in any order.
eg Four Respectable Ladies Seek Part Time Husband has an M, an A, an R, a C and an H all in the title.
This book has been on the list for a few challenges, but remains in the TBR pile. Having read “Off The Rails” last month, it is back in for this month’s challenge.
On the Trail of Genghis KhAn: An EpiC Journey THRough the Land of the NoMads
Tim Cope – On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads [AUS]
The relationship between man and horse on the Eurasian steppe gave rise to a succession of rich nomadic cultures. Among them were the Mongols of the thirteenth century – a small tribe, which, under the charismatic leadership of Genghis Khan, created the largest contiguous land empire in history. Inspired by the extraordinary life nomads lead, Tim Cope embarked on a journey that hadn’t been successfully completed since those times: to travel on horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia, through Kazakhstan, Russia, Crimea and the Ukraine to the Danube River in Hungary.
From horse-riding novice to spending months in the saddle, he learnt to fend off wolves and would-be horse-thieves, and grapple with the haunting extremes of the steppe as he crossed sub-zero plateaux, the scorching deserts of Kazakhstan and the high-mountain passes of the Carpathians. As he travelled he formed a close bond with his horses and especially his dog Tigon, and encountered essential hospitality – the linchpin of human survival on the steppe – from those he met along the way.
Cope bears witness to how the traditional ways hang in the balance in the post-Soviet world – an era that has brought new-found freedom, but also the perils of corruption and alcoholism, and left a world bereft of both the Communist system upon which it once relied, and the traditional knowledge of the nomadic forefathers.
A journey of adventure, endurance and eventual triumph, On the Trail of Genghis Khan is at once a celebration of and an elegy for an ancient way of life.
(Media: dead tree, audiobook)
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum – Read a book that has 2 or more people on the cover OR Read a book that is #2 in a series
Queen of hearts – Read a historical book that has a royal character OR Read a book that has red flowers on the cover
Mock Turtle – Read a book where a character cries OR Read a book that is set in a school, or a character who teaches in a school.
Dormouse – Read a book where a character is mistreated OR Read a book with an item on the cover that a mouse could sleep in. E.g Teapot, Drawer, Cupboard etc.
Duchess – Read a book with a character who is a mother with child OR Read a book that has someone with a bad temper