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