LMA Reading Challenge Check-In, Week 2

Happy Friday, Readers!

Like most weeks, this one had both its ups and its downs. There was the day someone returned books infested with roaches to the library (#nope). There was also the day a customer who has the same first name as me brought in a page of information about our name’s meaning, which is pretty cool. I had to listen to people complain, but I also got to drive home with my windows rolled down and feel the warm sun and cool breeze. Overall, a pretty regular week. Now it’s time to check in on my progress with the Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge.

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The Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge is hosted annually at In The Bookcase. To participate, just make a list of LMA-related books you want to read, and tackle it! You can make posts along the way as often as you would like, and link them up at the challenge headquarters.

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My Reading Challenge List

  1. Good Wives – physical copy, abridged
  2. We Alcotts by Aileen Fisher – physical copy
  3. Aunt Jo’s Scrap Bag – ebook short story collection
  4. Rose in Bloom – ebook short story/novella
  5. Flower Fables – ebook short story collection
  6. Super Goal: finish rereading Little Women – physical copy

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Week Two Update

I had hoped to make more progress this week than I did. I finished Flower Fables, and thoroughly enjoyed it! This is a bit of a surprise, as I have never been a big fan of fairy tales. I think the format of a short story collection helped keep my attention. There were new characters in each tale, and although they all followed generally the same structure and moral lesson, I truly enjoyed the lighthearted stories. They were a wonderful break from “grown up” books, without being boring or too simple to have an impact. This book is sweet and pure, and I am very glad to have read it.

I made very little progress on Aunt Jo’s Scrap Bag this week, but I did also start reading Rose In Bloom. I don’t remember much specific about any of the characters, but I have enough general memories that I am getting by without too much difficulty. This definitely would not make sense if the reader did not have any context, however, as many people and events from Eight Cousins are mentioned.

Unfortunately, those are the only books I have started for this challenge. I am desperately trying to finish Cloud Atlas this month, and working through an ARC I have promised to review by the end of the month. But, we’re only about halfway through! Who knows what the remaining weeks will entail. I choose to remain optimistic about reading everything on my list. Fancy and floral dividers (2)

I would love to hear from anyone else participating in this challenge! What are you reading, and what are you finding that surprises you? If you are not participating in the challenge, what other goals are you working towards this month, and how are they coming?


Until the next chapter,


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  1. Hi Jana,
    Lovely update! Truly, it sounds like you’re making wonderful progress in the challenge — especially if you’re reading a thick book like Cloud Atlas too! (no, I haven’t read it, but I do know it’s not a book to sneeze at…)

    After reading your thoughts on Flower Fables, you have me excited to read it sometime. That’s one of Louisa’s story collections that I just haven’t gotten to read yet. I’m glad you’re enjoying the other titles too. Yay!!!

    Happy summer reading, my bookish friend!


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