We’re only a few days into the Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge hosted by Tarissa at In the Bookcase, and there is still time to join if you’re interested! To participate, just make a list of books by or about Alcott that you would like to read, and read them! If you have a blog, you can link up any posts about the challenge here, and if you don’t have a blog, feel free to comment on any relevant posts or just read for yourself!
Since I plan to do a lot more reading in June than I have the past few months, it seems useful to have weekly check-ins specific to this challenge. These won’t be long posts, and they may or may not include reviews of the books as I finish them. Today, since I have not finished anything yet, I briefly discuss my thoughts so far on the ones I have started.
Reading Challenge List
- Good Wives – physical copy, abridged
- We Alcotts by Aileen Fisher – physical copy
- Aunt Jo’s Scrap Bag – ebook short story collection
- Rose in Bloom – ebook short story/novella
- Flower Fables – ebook short story collection
- Super Goal: finish rereading Little Women – physical copy
Week One Update
So far, I have started reading Aunt Jo’s Scrap Bag and Flower Fables on my Kindle. Aunt Jo’s Scrap Bag had a bit of a rough start, as I expected some explanation about the narrator’s identity, and there is none. I have not spent much time on this one yet, so I am not very far into it. Flower Fables, on the other hand, I am flying through! If I had not been so tired last night, I probably would have already finished it. I didn’t realize before starting this short story collection that all of the stories would be literal fairy tales/flower tales – but I should have gotten that from the title! So far these are light and fun, and function as a pleasant reading palate cleanser. It only took the first page of these books for me to remember how much I love Miss Alcott’s writing style, how she includes nature in her works, and the gentle moral lessons sprinkled throughout as well.
In all honestly, I am a little nervous that I may have set my goals too high for this month. In addition to this challenge, I am hoping to get through two ARCs and finish Cloud Atlas, which I have been working on for much longer than I expected, and if possible I would also like to start The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne. However, these two books are off to a good start, and I expect to finish at least Flower Fables today. It is definitely going to take some strategy and pushing, but I think I should make it.
If you are participating in the 2019 Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge, I would love to hear about what you are reading and how your challenge is going! If you aren’t participating, have you read any of the books on my list? What are your thoughts/opinions?
Until the next chapter,