Book 1: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I was a little short of my personal target of 100 books for 2011 with 78. I’ve decided this year, I’d try harder perhaps with a bit more quality rather than quantity. There were so real highs last year such as ‘The Secret Life of Bees‘, ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society‘ and ‘Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons‘ which were wonderful reads and some lows such as ‘One Day‘ and ‘Dear Fatty‘.

So now I have the Kindle, I thought I’d look at some classics which I’ve not picked up in years and read some new classics that I’ve not tried before. I’m still with my book club – sadly, I’ve not read this month’s selections but I’m resolving to get back on track next month.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I was a very small person indeed when I first read ‘Little Women’. I remember the experience well, I was given the book by my mother’s sister who had come on a visit with my cousin and I sat under the coffee table devouring it. Jo was my favourite of the four sisters as the headstrong one who loved to write. I have always enjoyed writing but never felt that I had talent enough after reading wonderful writers like Mama Tulip (sadly now blogless). I also dearly loved the mother, Marmee, who was kind and wise and selfless. The other sisters were ok; Meg was a little too vain, Amy extremely annoying and Beth very sweet but too meek.

One of my favourite scenes in the novel was at the very beginning of the novel. One Christmas morning the girls gave up their Christmas breakfast in favour of a poor German family who had nothing. It was a beautiful moment – they had only been talking about how they had all agreed to have no Christmas gifts because they were so poor just the evening before.

The four girls befriended the boy next door, Laurie, who was being cared for by his grandfather having been orphaned. It was fun to remember Laurie and the girls with their post box in the garden and observe the five of them as they got older and how they behaved as they went through life and loves trials.

I had forgotten what a long book it was so it took a while to read. I’d been reading it mostly at chapter or two at bedtime so it was even longer but I enjoyed getting to the bits I’d remembered all the more when I got to them.

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Tamyra affecting her best Jo look.

Have you any recommendations for good reads in 2012? I’d love to hear about them.

7 Responses to “Book 1: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott”

  1. pao Says:

    Well you could go for the Lord of the Rings – since it is on your Kindle. I know that you are not into fantasy stories – but if you are going to read one fantasy book then that is probably one to define the genre.

  2. Jeanne Says:

    I just recently reread Little Women as well. Oh how I love that book! I’ll have to think on recommendations.

  3. Tomo Says:

    I also read Little Women whey I was very little. Loved that book very much.
    Thank you for remind of that.
    Now I’m reading Rosamunde Pilcher’s (whom I ‘ve never heard before)
    ‘Winter Solstice’.
    Exactly like you, I read only 1-2 chapters before going to sleep so it’s taking
    more time than I expected.
    It’s good for bed-time story, comforting .

  4. Nicole Says:

    100 books?!? Wow. That’s a lot, even for me.

    I cried so hard when I read Little Women in school. Didn’t help that some classmates had just done a presentation of part of it, and one of my good friends played Beth.

  5. Deirdre Says:

    Ann of Mason-Dixon Knitting http://www.masondixonknitting.com/ has just posted a list of the most “haunting” books from her blog reader comments. She discusses the various meanings of “haunting”. So if you haven’t seen it – it may be a very interesting (& timely) list for you.

  6. 2paw Says:

    How about March?? It’s set at the same time and tells their story from a different POV. It is Very Good. I do love Little Women and Good Wives, the sequel. Happy Reading.

  7. Chris Says:

    I never could make it through Little Women. :)

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