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6/14/2019

Book Review: The Little Women Treasury

Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge


The Little Women Treasury by Carolyn Strom Collins,  Christina Wyss Eriksson (5 star review)


The Little Women Treasury

by Carolyn Strom Collins, Christina Wyss Eriksson

160 pages // published in 1996 // Non-fiction




BOOK DESCRIPTION

Combining a short biography of Louisa May Alcott with a portrait of the era in which Little Women and its sequels are set, The Little Women Treasury provides a fascinating window into the lives of the beloved March family. Archival illustrations of Alcott's house from the first editions of Little Women and beautiful watercolor paintings created especially for this volume make this book an enchanting gift. Includes 2 maps.




My Review


5 Star Rating


A beautiful book. Every lover of Little Women should have THIS treasury in their house.

Many activities (crafts, gardening, cooking, sewing, etc.) are mentioned and illustrated. Along the way, you are reminded about the personality quirks of each March sister (or her real-life counterpart)... and then you end up learning new facts you didn't know before.

There's a whole chapter of delightful dishes to try from the Little Women era. It includes a recipe of Amy's pickled limes... which we are all supposed to be envious of, I believe. The recipe for French bonbons looks like a tasty treat I could see myself making for friends, family... and especially for myself. I love that some of the recipes actually came straight from the Alcotts, even written down by their own hands, preserved through time just for us. You can make and enjoy the very same thing that Louisa may Alcott ate or drank -- a terribly exciting notion.

One of the other big chapters that stands out to me is the timeline of events, spanning several years. It shows you what the Alcott family was doing that year, what was happening to the fictional Marches at the same time, in addition to notable events in American and world history. This timeline itself is masterfully and tastefully done. I'm so impressed by this feature alone.

Overall? This book is just perfect. It is quite a wonderful experience! Give it to any reader who enjoyed Little Women, and they'll love this one too.

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6/01/2019

It begins today! ... Louisa May Alcott READING CHALLENGE

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.


"In a green park,
where troops of bright-eyed deer lay sleeping
under drooping trees and
a clear lake mirrored in its bosom
the flowers that grew upon its edge,
there stood Lord Hamilton's stately home,
half castle and half mansion..."

- Louisa May Alcott, The Inheritance


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 18th ::: Sign-ups open. Tell everyone your reading plans for the challenge!

June 1st ::: Start date. Get to reading!

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

June 30th ::: End date. Final overview and link-up!


// Here's my own bookstack to conquer... //

Tarissa's picks for the Louisa May Alcott reading challenge


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

The Inheritance (by L.M. Alcott, 1849)

Louisa and the Missing Heiress (by Anna Maclean, 2004)

Meg Makes a Friend (by Susan Beth Pfeffer, 1998)

The Little Women Treasury (by Carolyn Strom Collins, Christina Wyss Eriksson, 1996)



// 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


5/23/2019

Book Review: Why I Love the Apostle Paul

Why I Love the Apostle Paul by John Piper  (4 star review)


Why I Love the Apostle Paul
30 Reasons

by John Piper

208 pages // published in 2019 // Christian non-fiction




BOOK DESCRIPTION

"Besides Jesus, no one has kept me from despair, or taken me deeper into the mysteries of the gospel, than the apostle Paul." --John Piper

No one has had a greater impact on the world for eternal good than the apostle Paul--except Jesus himself. For John Piper, this impact is very personal. He does not just admire and trust Paul. He loves him. Piper gives us thirty glimpses into why his heart and mind respond this way.

Can a Christian-killer really endure 195 lashes from a heart of love? Can a mystic who thinks he was caught up into heaven be a model of lucid rationality? Can an ethnocentric Jew write the most beautiful call to reconciliation? Can a person who lives with the unceasing anguish of empathy be always rejoicing? Can a man's description of the horrors of human sin be exceeded by his delight in human splendor? Can a man with a backbone of steel be as tender as a nursing mother?

If we know this man--if we see what Piper sees--we too will love him. Paul's testimony is a matter of life and death. Piper invites you into his relationship with Paul in the hope that you will know life, forever.




My Review


4 Star Rating


The apostle Paul was a passionate man. After he became a Christian, he was on fire for God. Isn't he someone that all Christians should emulate? Do you think we could end up shining as bright for our world, as he did back in biblical times?

"He held a more negative view of depraved human nature than most people can fathom, and a more exalted view of human destiny than most people can dream."

So many excellent topics are covered, including contentment, suffering, love, leaving sin behind, friendships, joy, and the amazingness of God's hand in our life... and still much more. Loads of wonderful ideas to ponder over.

This book revealed character traits of Paul's to me, which remind me so deeply of my own grandfather. Both men being missionaries, their focus on life being to go where the gospel hasn't gone before, and to run the race well.

"Love means gladly embracing the quest to bring others into your experience of joy in God, even if it costs you your life."

Minimum age to read: 16 and up. It vaguely mentions a topic or two suited only for older teens and adults, but it doesn't go into detail about it.

Overall? This isn't an average biography on Paul, in fact, it's really not one at all. So even if you think you know Paul's story front to back, I guarantee at least 1 of these 30 reasons will shock you into thinking about him in a new perspective. More than likely though, you'll find new ideas aplenty from Piper's book.


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5/18/2019

Louisa May Alcott READING CHALLENGE 2019 Sign-ups!

Welcome to the 2019 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


"What do girls do
who haven't any mothers
to help them through their troubles?"
- Louisa May Alcott


// 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?


// 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.




  • NEXT STEP, June 1st: Start 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 18th ::: Sign-ups open. Tell everyone your reading plans for the challenge!

    June 1st ::: Start date. Get to reading!

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

    June 30th ::: End date. Final overview and link-up!



    // What I'm personally reading... //

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




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

    The Inheritance (by L.M. Alcott, 1849)





    Something written (fictionally) about Miss Alcott...

    Louisa and the Missing Heiress (by Anna Maclean, 2004)





    A children's book I happily picked up at the thrift store...

    Meg Makes a Friend (by Susan Beth Pfeffer, 1998)





    A remarkable resource I'm borrowing right now...

    The Little Women Treasury (by Carolyn Strom Collins, Christina Wyss Eriksson, 1996)





    // 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.


    5/17/2019

    My summer reading challenges

    Okay, so the first reading challenge I have to mention is the one I'm hosting right here. It's all about Louisa May Alcott and her writings. Whether you've read any of her books before or not... come check it out and try out some of her books! They're CLASSICS. This challenge takes place during the month of June only -- but you can create your reading list NOW.

    Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge



    Next up... the always thrilling COYER challenge, summer edition. June 1st through August 31st. They have a treasure hunt map for a fun game this time, plus read-a-thons that I always try my best to conquer.

    COYER

    Scavenger Hunt List
    Points: 14


    Read a book written by two authors: 4
    Nicolae High by Jerry B. Jenkins, Tim LaHaye

    No living thing on cover: 3
    The Underground by Jerry B. Jenkins, Tim LaHaye

    Author with 3 names: 4
    The Little Women Treasury by Carolyn Strom Collins, Christina Wyss Eriksson

    Water on cover: 3
    Louisa and the Missing Heiress by Anna Maclean



    And thirdly, I'll be attempting the 2019 Reading Assignment Challenge, summer semester. I've never been a part of this challenge before, but it looks interesting enough. I'm excited to try something new!

    Reading Assignment

    Professor AuthorLuv // 2 books per month
    chosen author (team): Jerry Jenkins & Tim LaHaye

    Professor Genre // 2 books per month
    chosen genre: Historical Fiction

    Professor Mix-It-Up // 3 books per month
    chosen booklist:
    Doc Susie
    The Magic of Oz
    Glinda of Oz
    Five Feet Apart
    The Little Women Treasury
    The Detour of the Elephants
    Say Cheese and Die -- Again!
    The Cracked Spine
    The Wizard of Oz FAQ


    5/13/2019

    Books for Sale [May 2019 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.






    Steal Away Home, by Matt Carter & Aaron Ivey






    Above the Line (#1-4), by Karen Kingsbury, Complete Series






    Anne of Green Gables (#1-8), by L.M. Montgomery, Complete Series






    Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Betty MacDonald, 1st Edition







    * 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.


    Previous monthly catalog: JAN | FEB


    Tarissa