Chelsey and Sara discuss Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. This short, weird, and word play-filled story explores the “slipperiness” of language, the joys and fears of growing up, and the traditions of Victorian schooling.
In addition to the historical and literary context for this classic, we also enjoyed talking about what it feels like to be a child in a world of rules. Today’s pairings include magical middle grade novels and a cozy light academia fantasy, and we hope you find your next silly, escapist read among them.
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Books mentioned (affiliate links):
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Fairies by Heather Fawcett
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
Silverworld by Diana Abu-Jaber
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Adventures in Wonderland (1992-1994)