In the Bookcase


What I'm reading this summer.

So, what are you reading this summer?

For this past week, I've been busily reading away at my copy of 'Little Women'. What a shining pearl in classic literature! Over the years, I've forgotten the beauty of the story that thrilled me when reading it in my childhood.

My personal goal for the Louisa May Alcott challenge:

I wanted to dig deeper and read more of Miss Alcott's treasured and most-beloved novels; the trilogy of books that begins with the quaint story of 4 little women. My objective for the summer is to read Little Women, Little Men, and Jo's Boys.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Little Men by Louisa May Alcott Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott

Important note about 'Little Women':

Just this year, I learned that there are 2 parts to the first book, Little Women. The first part (which is indeed called 'Little Women') lasts for 23 chapters. Sometimes included in the same publication is the 2nd part of the story, which could either be labeled as Part II or Good Wives. This 2nd part has 24 more chapters, so in total there are 47 chapters to the entire Little Women book. The tricky factor is knowing whether your copy of Little Women contains both of these parts or just one. (Some volumes that are named 'Little Women' actually include the sequel "Good Wives" in it, and some volumes do not.) To keep track of what you're reading in this series, be sure you know if both books are included in the same copy, or if you will have to read the sequel separately {or from an ebook, like me}.

I'm looking forward to seeing your own posts telling what you plan to read this summer for the Louisa May Alcott challenge! Even if you decide to read just one of her books, or a few, like what I have planned for myself, you can join the challenge anytime.

As a closing thought for today, I'd like to know:
Have any of you read the Little Women trilogy? Did you like the books?


  1. I had no clue about that Little Women fact. Mine, then, includes Little Women and Good Wives. It's separated into Part First and Part Second. Good to know!

  2. Just joined your challenge, you helped me plan my summer reading. :-) I blog exclusively about Louisa, hope to get through my list.

    My blog is

    Thanks for this!

  3. I've read the trilogy, but remember mostly Little Women Part I and II and a few more Alcott books. It's been awhile so I may have to refresh and read them again.

  4. I've read all three books; my favorite though is Jo's Boys. ;)

  5. Hey, I awarded you, but if you don't want to do it, ok. Just letting you know, at least I mentioned you. ^.^

  6. I've read them all multiple times. Little Women is my favorite. Though it seems rather preachy from an adult standpoint, I adored it when I was 10-12 and it fostered a lifelong love of Louisa May Alcott. I don't care for Little Men or the message it sends to girls but Jo's Boys is pretty good.