In the Bookcase

6/01/2020

2020 Louisa May Alcott READING CHALLENGE! + GIVEAWAY!

Have you ever sampled a good story from the charming Miss Alcott?

Is it time for you to finally read (or re-read) Little Women & the sequels?

Would you like to enjoy Miss Alcott's writings with me this June?


Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge
{Click here for the button code.}


Sign up HERE, if you haven't yet -- and that's where you find all the details of the challenge too.


"Nothing is impossible to a determined woman."

- Louisa May Alcott


Not sure what to read for the challenge?
Check out my [List of published titles by Louisa May Alcott] for some literary inspiration this June.


// Calendar of events... //

May 30th ::: Sign-ups open. Tell everyone your reading plans for the challenge!

June 1st ::: Start date. Get to reading! Also, enter the fabulous giveaway that's coming!

[all dates in between] ::: Read, review/talk about a book online if you like, repeat.

June 29th ::: Giveaway ends.

June 30th ::: End date. Final overview and link-up! Giveaway winner is announced.



// My own bookstack for the challenge... //

(click the links to buy your own copies, if you're interested in these titles too)





Something written by Miss Alcott's own hand...

Behind a Mask
(by A.M. Barnard / L.M. Alcott, 1866)





A picture book about Miss Alcott...

Louisa May and Mr. Thoreau's Flute
(by Julie Dunlap & Marybeth Lorbiecki, 2002)





An Alcott-inspired middle grade read...

The Mother-Daughter Book Club
(by
Heather Vogel Frederick, 2008)




// Giveaway... //

In honor of the esteemed author we're celebrating this June, Odds n Ends Quilt Shop on Etsy has stepped up to offer a delightful prize! Ya'll check this out!

WIN A SET OF 2
FABRIC BOOKMARKS!





Psssst! Go check out the Odds n Ends Quilt Shop to see MORE of these amazing fabric corner bookmarks! + many other cute-cute-cute items for your home! Everything in this shop is perfect for any gifts you need to grab too. :-)


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The giveaway is open to any and all U.S.A. residents, whether you're participating in the reading challenge or not. (Anyone under the age of 18, please get your parents' permission first.)






You can get 5 extra entries in the giveaway if you are taking part in the Alcott challenge! Invite your literary-minded friends!

Everyone who answers the bonus trivia question (correctly!) in the Rafflecopter also gets 5 extra entries. If you're unsure of the answer, look it up online -- don't worry, it's NOT cheating, it's learning. =) (Oh, and even if your trivia answer is wrong, your other entries in the giveaway are still valid.)





// Join the challenge... //

Click HERE to read all the details about the challenge.

After you come up with your booklist for the challenge, write up a post (on your blog, or your favorite social media, or comment below)... and add your link on the linky tool below.

All throughout June, submit your Louisa May Alcott blog or social media posts on the linky below. ANY and ALL of your posts about Miss Alcott are welcome.

If you decide to share a favorite quote, a book review, or any other thoughts... link up and take a look at some of the other participants' posts.

Thank you for joining us!





I'm simply delighted to be spending my summer sifting through the writings of Louisa May Alcott. And I can't wait to see which books you're going to read for the challenge as well! Get your sign-up posts online NOW, link-up, and dive into those wonderful books you've chosen!


Tarissa


5/30/2020

Louisa May Alcott READING CHALLENGE 2020 Sign-ups!

Welcome to the 2020 edition of the Louisa May Alcott reading challenge!
Hosted by the blog In the Bookcase, yours truly.

Have you ever sampled a good story from the charming Miss Alcott?

Is it time for you to finally read (or re-read) Little Women & the sequels?

Would you like to enjoy Miss Alcott's writings with me this June?


Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge


// Who she is... //
Vintage hardbacks by Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888) is an American authoress who inspires me. During her lifetime in the 19th century, she penned pages upon pages, delighting young girls and womenfolk, both then and now. Aside from being a writer, she briefly spent time nursing on the battlefield, and otherwise throughout her life supporting reform movements such as women's education, women's suffrage, abolitionism, and temperance.

Alcott wrote over a dozen novels, alongisde many short-story collections. Little Women is arguably the title of her most famous work, the story of 4 charming girls --- Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March --- growing up during hardships of the Civil War. Most readers can relate a close kinship to at least one of these blossoming characters --- through their pleasures, adventures, suitors, and life in general.

I cherish Miss Alcott's writings --- and although I've enjoyed a few books of hers throughout the last few years (of hosting this challenge!)... I still have much to discover about this hardy woman, her life, and her family. So I'm endeavoring this June to pick out a couple of good books written by or about this favorite lady-author of mine, and glean from the shining pages.

The challenge is now open and lasts through the whole month. You might like to take a moment to peruse (my bloggy friend, now turned author) Susan Bailey's articles at Louisa May Alcott Is My Passion, where I have discovered many recommendations on suitable book titles. Also visit another blogger/author Trix Wilkins and her amazing articles about Miss Alcott's best-loved novel at Much Ado About Little Women.


Won't you join me in a good book?


LMA quote


// About this challenge... //


How to take part in the June reading challenge:

  • RIGHT NOW: Compile your list of Louisa May Alcott books that you would like to read, finish reading, or maybe re-read during June. Even books about L.M.A. (and the Alcott family) are welcome---biographies, fictionalized accounts of her life, etc. Your goal could be 1 book, 5 books, or short stories. To supply more options, you may decide to download audio book or e-books.




  • Write a blog post, or social media post explaining all about the books you want to read for this challenge. Goodreads, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, (etc.) posts are welcome, if that's you're preferred method. Grab the challenge button and include it in your post if possible, so that others can find the challenge too.

    * For those without blogs/social media: Tell us what you're reading in the COMMENTS SECTION below! This challenge is open to EVERYONE, and I hope any Alcott fans out there will find a way to participate.




  • Link up below! Every time you share an update or, say, a book review, add it to our ongoing linky. I'll be stopping by to see your progress! The linky is the main headquarters of this reading challenge, so that the other participants can follow everyone's progress just by taking a look at the list of all the posts.




  • Starting June 1st: Reading the books on your list! The challenge starts now and goes through June 30th. (You may begin reading at any point within this timeline.)




  • Browse through the other participants' blog posts, to see what everyone else is reading, and be sure to leave comments when you can. The only thing better than enjoying a good book, is enjoying it with like-minded friends!




  • Finally, when you have reached your goal, or by the time the challenge is ending:
    Tell us about what you accomplished over the course of the challenge. Include any closing thoughts, or what you think of Louisa May Alcott now that you've read more of her works, etc. I'll be very pleased to hear about what you think at the end of this challenge!





  • Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge
    {Click here for the button code.}


    Not sure what to read for the challenge?
    Check out my [List of published titles by Louisa May Alcott] for some literary inspiration this June.

    Vintage books by American authoress, Louisa May Alcott


    // Calendar of events... //

    May 30th ::: Sign-ups open. Tell everyone your reading plans for the challenge!

    June 1st ::: Start date. Get to reading! Also, enter the fabulous giveaway that's coming!

    [all dates in between] ::: Read, review/talk about a book online if you like, repeat.

    June 29th ::: Giveaway ends.

    June 30th ::: End date. Final overview and link-up! Giveaway winner is announced.





    // Join the challenge... //

    After you come up with your booklist for the challenge, write up a post (on your blog, or your favorite social media, or comment below)... and add your link on the linky tool below.

    Submit your Louisa May Alcott blog or social media posts on the linky below. ANY and ALL of your posts about Miss Alcott are welcome.

    If you decide to share a favorite quote, a book review, or any other thoughts... link up and take a look at some of the other participants' posts.

    Thank you for joining us!




    I'm simply delighted to be spending my summer sifting through the writings of Louisa May Alcott. And I can't wait to see which books you're going to read for the challenge as well! Get your sign-up posts online NOW and link-up.


    5/24/2020

    Books for Sale [May 2020 Edition]





    I've always loved reading books.

    I've always wanted to pass on really good books to my friends.

    And yes, I've especially wanted to own a bookshop.

    (Most of my childhood dreams were centered around literary themes such as these mentioned here -- and a few others. Like wanting to be a librarian too.)

    My family always has a bunch of books in the house. More books are always arriving (magically/mysteriously). And it's time to start selling some off.

    Here's a little peek into our selection that's FOR SALE this month...
    I hope you find something you like! We'll have more Bible Studies, Christian Fiction, and Homeschool Materials posted for sale SOON.






    Lot of 7, Where the Red Fern Grows books, by Wilson Rawls






    Lot of 24 LOVE INSPIRED books 2003-06






    THE LIVING BIBLE, Paraphrased (Tyndale 1972)






    2 Puppet Storybooks: Hansel & Gretel, Little Nursery Rhymes set






    39 My First Steps To READING & MATH (Complete Sets +BONUS)






    FRIENDLY VILLAGE (Alice & Jerry Books, 1957 Basic Reading) by Mabel O'Donnell








    * If a book listing has expired by the time you click on it here,
    it's possible we may have re-listed it again...
    Just check our current CATALOG to see if it's still available!


    If you have any questions pertaining to our books for sale,
    please contact us ANYTIME through Ebay.


    View my previous monthly catalog


    Tarissa


    5/23/2020

    Book Review: Unyielding Hope

    Unyielding Hope by Janette Oke & Laurel Oke Logan (5 star review)



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    Unyielding Hope
    When Hope Calls #1

    by Janette Oke & Laurel Oke Logan

    336 pages // published in 2020 // Christian historical fiction




    BOOK DESCRIPTION

    In this sweeping companion to the Hallmark TV series When Hope Calls, Lillian Walsh rushes to a reunion after discovering the sister she believed dead is likely alive. But Grace has big dreams beyond anything Lillian is prepared for. Can Lillian set aside her own plans and join her sister in an adventure that will surely change them both?




    My Review


    5 Star Rating


    What an incredible story of two young women, sisters, orphaned and separated as children, living in frontier towns of Canada, finding each other again in adulthood.

    Lillian is still learning to live without her mother, and struggling to find God's love and peace in her life, but she is given a gift... the gift of the sister she thought she lost many years ago. Grace, a vibrant soul, comes in to Lillian's life, with a whole slew of children in tow -- orphaned children that wants to send to good homes. The work that these two will do together in their new sistership and new life getting to know each other again, is equally inspiring and amazing.

    What I love about the historical details in this book is that I'm learning about new things from the Okes. I learned about Home Children, who were sent away from other over-crowded countries, to Canada. These children were adopted into homes there, usually farms. For some, perhaps this move was the best thing that could have happened to them, for others, it left them scarred.

    This story is greatly intriguing, illustrates God's graciousness to us, and honestly... I'm really anticipating what happens next to Lillian and Grace! Can't wait for book #2 of the When Hope Calls book series.

    A clean read. Suitable for ages 12 and up.

    * NOTE: To fans of the TV show, When Hope Calls, please note that this book series actually follows a different plotline. While some of the basics of the story may be similar, many of the events and supporting characters are quite different.


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    5/20/2020

    Book Review: The Apple Tree

    The Apple Tree by Daphne du Maurier (5 star review)


    The Apple Tree
    A Short Novel and Several Long Stories

    by Daphne du Maurier

    264 pages // published in 1952 // Vintage gothic fiction




    BOOK DESCRIPTION

    A classic of alienation and horror, The Birds was immortalised by Hitchcock in his celebrated film. The five other chilling stories in this collection echo a sense of dislocation and mock man's dominance over the natural world. The mountain paradise of 'Monte Verità' promises immortality, but at a terrible price; a neglected wife haunts her husband in the form of an apple tree; a professional photographer steps out from behind the camera and into his subject's life; a date with a cinema usherette leads to a walk in the cemetery; and a jealous father finds a remedy when three's a crowd . . .




    My Review


    5 Star Rating


    Monte Verita & Victor
    This two-part story may be my least favorite of the collection, perhaps because the story didn't seem so true to life. It has hints of surrealism, and is a bit detached from this earth. Still, it was good Du Maurier read.

    The Birds
    Wow! From its reputation, I expected a scintillating tale; but from reading it now, I'm astounded at the gigantic story that came to life on these few, short pages.

    The Apple Tree
    I felt like this one contains echoes of Du Maurier's Rebecca in it. The idea of being haunted from beyond the grave. This is the story of a man who cannot escape his bitter wife, even after she passes. It gave me chills. The story held me entranced, all the way to the last page. The most memorable story for me, from this collection.

    The Little Photographer
    Tantalizing. Dramatic. (Contains some adult themes.)

    Kiss Me Again, Stranger
    An intriguing tale, with a unique perspective. Enjoyable. (Contains some adult themes.)


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    4/30/2020

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