I’m finishing Heartless so I thought this would be a good post for today.
Also, if you haven’t already, go check out my post on diversity in writing and send me some recommendations on diverse books my students may like!
In addition, I encourage everyone to do this tag. I really enjoyed it and it makes you think beyond your most recent reads.
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Chapter 1: Down The Rabbit Hole
PICK THE FIRST NOVEL YOU’VE READ / REMEMBER READING
Hurry Home, Candy by Meindert Dejong and Maurice Sendak. I was about 8 years old and it’s about a dog that has no home or owner. It definitely made me cry.
Chapter 2: The Pool of Tears
PICK A BOOK THAT DEALS WITH THE BATTLE BETWEEN REASON AND EMOTION
1984 by George Orwell. When you think about the beginning of the book verses the end you can definitely see that battle taking place within the protag.
Chapter 3: The Caucus Race and a Long Tale
PICK A BOOK WITH A LACK OF CLEAR PURPOSE OR A BOOK THAT COMMENTS ON MEANINGLESSNESS
The Selection. I talk about this book all the time, but there is little point to these books or the selection process within them.
Chapter 4: The Rabbit Sends a Little Bill
PICK BOOK THAT DEALS WITH THE DISCOMFORT OF GROWING UP.
Harris and Me by Gary Paulson. It’s about a boy that spends the summer on his aunt and uncle’s farm and is constantly doing crazy stuff with his cousin. The ending gets really sad as you learn more about the main characters life and what he is to go back to at the end of the summer.
Chapter 5: Advice From a Caterpillar
PICK A BOOK THAT DEALS WITH IDENTITY CRISIS.
I actually laughed at this question because I feel like every book involves some kind of identity crisis, but the first that comes to mind is The Awakening by Kate Chopin.
Chapter 6: Pig and Pepper
PICK A BOOK THAT CHALLENGES TRADITIONAL SOCIAL NORMS.
I haven’t gotten to read it yet, but Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. I love that it’s a totally different set up from a conventional fantasy novel. Plus, LGBTQ+ characters.
Chapter 7: A Mad Tea-Party
PICK A BOOK THAT CHALLENGES PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIVERSE.
I’m not sure if this means laws of physics or like an unconventional book, but I think I can kill two bird with one stone here and say Illuminae.
Chapter 8: The Queen’s Croquet Ground
PICK A BOOK THAT DEALS WITH THE ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL BEAUTY.
All of the Cinder Chronicles.
Chapter 9: The Mock Turtle’s Story
PICK A BOOK THAT QUESTIONS MORALITY.
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis is for sure. Let’s throw together early insane asylums, murder and scheming and you’ve definitely got a book that questions what morality really is.
Chapter 10: Lobster Quadrille
PICK A BOOK WHERE A CHARACTER IS ISOLATED, WITH NO ONE BEING ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THEM.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky because there is nothing like this book.
Chapter 11: Who Stole the Tarts
PICK A BOOK THAT QUESTION JUSTICE OR LEGAL SYSTEM.
Let’s go with every novel that has a dystopian subgenre as their plot.
Chapter 12: Alice’s Evidence
PICK A BOOK WHERE A CHARACTER HAS AN EPIPHANY.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. You guys know I’m obsessed. Of course I had to include this book somewhere in the tag.