Category: Reading Kits

A Wuthering Heights Reading Kit

Posted February 13, 2018 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 0 Comments

 

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For the past week we’ve been trapped inside due to family-wide illness and a foot of snow, so putting together this Wuthering Heights reading kit was a nice break from all the tedium. I had a blast reading through Kate Beaton’s six part Wuthering Heights comic series to find just the right print to include in my kit. I also wanted to include at least one of the many wonderful quotes in Bronte’s book, so I made sure a quote is featured in one of the items below. I tried to avoid candles, scarves, and t-shirts this time since I tend to use those a lot in my kits (gotta widen those horizons!). In the end, I like to think I curated a thoughtful list of fun, unique items perfect for keeping close at hand while you read Emily Bronte’s famous novel. Let’s take a look! šŸ™‚

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Once Upon a Reader: A Grimm’s Fairy Tales Reading Kit

Posted January 2, 2018 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 0 Comments

 

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I’ve wanted to make a Grimm’s fairy tale menu ever since I started this blog, so it’s no exaggeration to say I’ve been looking forward to this for years. When I decided to start the month off with a Grimm’s fairy tale reading kit, I dove right in, but it actually took me FOREVER to put this list together. There were just SO MANY options! I sifted through dozens of items inspired by princesses, fairies, dragons, gnomes, and trolls (not to mention stuff related to specific fairy tales like Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood). In the end, I came up with a list of fun, creative items you’ll want to be sure to have with you when you head off into your nearby enchanted forest—whether you’re a little girl off to visit her grandmother or a woodsman’s seventh son off to seek his fortune.

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You’re a Reader, Mr. Grinch: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas Reading Kit

Posted December 19, 2017 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 1 Comment

 

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Grinch-themed things are all over the internet this time of year, so when it came time to put together my Grinch Who Stole Christmas reading kit, inspiration was everywhere! Of course, I didn’t want to throw together a list of Hallmark ornaments and pajama pants and call it a day. I wanted something a little more thoughtful. So I hunted high and low for what I consider to be the most unique, high quality Grinchy gifts. I found festive candles, Grinch-Starbucks crossover mugs, funny shirts, and so much more!

So read on, and let your Grinch flag fly! šŸ˜‰

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Coming to You Straight from the Upside Down: A Stranger Things Marathon Kit!

Posted November 7, 2017 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 2 Comments

 

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We’re continuing our Stranger Things theme this month with a marathon kit! So throw on your AV Club T-shirt, heat up some Eggos, and fire up your Netflix—we’re about to take a trip to the upside down. And if you think I wasn’t able to find a way to tie books into all this, you’re in for a surprise! šŸ˜‰ Read More

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Get Ready for Some Late Night Reading with a Phantom of the Opera Reading Kit!

Posted October 3, 2017 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 1 Comment

 

 

Halloween is peeking it’s head around the corner, so in the spirit of the season, our new Book of the Month has a spooky vibe: The Phantom of the Opera!

There are so many iconic items from Phantom: masks, roses, pipe organs, chandeliers, sheet music, magical lassos—the list goes on! So naturally, it was pure fun to put this reading kit together. It features cozy Phantom throw pillows, perfectly themed snacks, and even fancy abstract sunglasses made to look like the famous Phantom mask.

Read on, Wonderlanders…and be sure to keep your hand at the level of your eyes! šŸ˜‰ Read More

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An Amelia’s Notebook Reading Kit

Posted September 5, 2017 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 2 Comments

 

That’s right, folks! Our new Book of the Month is the Amelia’s Notebook series by Marissa Moss. I fell in love with the books as a kid, and they were a big inspiration for me to start writing my own stories. Plus, Amelia’s signature composition notebooks and focus on school make September a great time to feature her books, what with everyone heading back to school for fall. So let’s get started! šŸ˜€

Today we’re kicking things off with an Amelia’s Notebook reading kit. It’s got loads of Amelia-inspired items: lunchboxes, eraser, notebooks (of course!), and a lot more. This is definitely one of those kits where I had to limit myself. I kept thinking of more things that would be perfect for the kit—I almost couldn’t stop! In the end, I included only the best of the best. I had a lot of fun putting it together, and I think you’re going to love it. šŸ™‚

So let’s get ready to start reading Amelia’s Notebook…and don’t forget to check back on Thursday for our first Amelia-inspired recipe!

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A Reading Kit for The Man in the Iron Mask

Posted August 1, 2017 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 4 Comments

 

Time to introduce my new Book of the Month: The Man in the Iron Mask! I’m excited for this book because I’ve been planning a menu for it for AGES. I was going to do it back in the spring, but I seriously underestimated how long it would take to finish the book with a brand new baby. Luckily, things are starting to settle down a bit now that the Little Mister is 6 months old. He’s sleeping well, we’re back to a regular schedule, and I’m in the final stretch of cookbook editing. So with the help of audiobook magic, I was FINALLY able to finish The Man in the Iron Mask and create a menu for it.

Today, we’re introducing it with a reading kit! This was a fun one to make, since there’s so much drama and intrigue in Man in the Iron Mask. Since it’s based in the baroque/rococo period, I had fun with the style of things, going for more opulent items with high aesthetic appeal. Enjoy! šŸ™‚

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A Neverwhere Reading Kit

Posted July 11, 2017 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 2 Comments

 

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As an Alice in Wonderland retelling set in modern London, Neverwhere offers lots of inspiration for my monthly reading kit! From the iconic key to Lady Door’s namesake, I was sure to include lots of little items devoted to the best parts of Neverwhere. There’s even a Mind the Gap magnet to remind you to watch out for the gap monsters! Happy wandering, fellow Wonderlanders. Stay safe in London Below! šŸ™‚

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A Sabriel Reading Kit

Posted May 16, 2017 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 5 Comments

 

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At first I thought I’d have a hard time coming up with items for a Sabriel reading kit, but when I sat down to brainstorm, I couldn’t stop the flow of ideas! Charter marks! Mogget! Swords! So much more! Though Google searches turned out to be comically tricky…since “Sabriel” is also the name of a character from Supernatural. Uh-oh! šŸ˜›

But after some digging, I managed to find a lot of fun stuff! I’m especially proud of the amigurumi Mogget I found on Etsy. Enjoy! ^.^

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