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6/07/2021

Book Review: Amy's Story

Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge


Amy's Story by Susan Beth Pfeffer (5 star review)


Amy's Story
Portraits of Little Women series
by Susan Beth Pfeffer

212 pages // published in 1997 // historical fiction




BOOK DESCRIPTION

Beautiful Amy March, the youngest March sister, is a talented artist. Everyone praises her lifelike portraits. The one person she can’t draw is herself. So when a photographer’s studio opens in town, Amy is thrilled. Now her pretty blond curls and piercing blue eyes can be captured forever in a photograph. Except that a photograph costs quite a bit of money–more than she has, and more than her parents can give her. Amy thinks of a clever way to come up with the money . . . and soon she has enough. But she decides to spend her savings on a gift for her father–a gift that will warm his heart when he’s far away from home, and that ultimately gives Amy an unexpected gift in return.




My Review


5 Star Rating


A wonderful little story, inviting young readers into the Civil War-era world of Little Women. This story focuses on Amy, the artistic sister, soon to be eleven. She enjoys sketching whenever she can. The idea of having a photographer come to town is very exciting to her, and she aims to somehow obtain the necessary $5 needed to have her very important photograph taken. Things don't always go to plan though...

In this story, you'll meet all four of the March sisters, their parents, and even crabby Aunt March. The dialogue doesn't shy away from important discussions about the oncoming war, but describes it very well for young kids to grasp. All of the sisters want to contribute towards the war effort for their family.

A charming little story.


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6/01/2021

Tarissa's Louisa May Alcott reading challenge BOOKLIST!

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


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


“Human minds are more full of mysteries than any written book and more changeable than the cloud shapes in the air.”

- 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.



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

(click through my affiliate links to buy your own copies, if you're interested in these titles too. thanks!)



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

Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag, Vol. III
(by L.M. Alcott, 1873)





A Little Women-inspired story for young readers...

Amy's Story
(by Susan Beth Pfeffer, 1997)





An Alcott-inspired mystery for adult readers...

Louisa and the Country Bachelor
(by Anna Maclean, 2005)






// 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


5/30/2021

Louisa May Alcott READING CHALLENGE 2021 Sign-ups!

Welcome to the 2021 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, alongside 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 (blogger/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!

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

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





    // 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.


    12/31/2020

    My Top 10 Favorite Reads of 2020

    So I just LOVE making a list of my top 10 favorite reads every year. These books were NOT all published this year -- they were published in any year of days gone by. But 2019 is when I personally got to read them.

    And these 10 books in particular put an extra sparkle in my eye (and made my heart pitter-patter a little faster) as I read them...






    In no particular order, my top 10 favorite picks...


    The End of the Days by Edward Rhodes
    These are the times in which we truly need biblical knowledge, as we prepare ourselves for the imminent Rapture. I personally learned SO MUCH about the Rapture, the Tribulation, and the rest of the end times.
    {Read my full review here.}

    Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce
    Everything about Myrtle's life is all proper and quite British. But her brain is simply teeming with adventure and crime-solving. While she does everything that a Lady-in-training is supposed to do, and does elegantly well for her dear father's sake, she also does plenty that a Lady shouldn't be caught dead doing. Like spying on the neighbors via telescope.
    {Read my full review here.}

    Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
    Loved this ghostly adventure. It felt daring to read. Cassidy Blake is one of my new favorite fictional characters. I'd follow her anywhere.
    {Read my full review here.}

    Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
    Another incredible journey from Jules Verne, filled with adventure, excitement, and imagination! This is a FUN classic, one that I think most people would like. A wager is placed. Phileas Fogg will traverse the globe in 80 days.. So he says. With trusty Passepartout at his side, they will race for all they're worth.
    {Read my full review here.}

    Gingerbread Treasures by Rebekah Jones
    From the very first page, this story made me smile. It starts exactly how every good Sherlock Holmes story starts. A missive is received, conveying odd circumstances that only our protagonist can solve. In this case, that's Oliver Breckenridge, who shares his country with The Great Detective himself. "It all started five years ago with the gingerbread men..."
    {Read my full review here.}

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    A wonderful, delightful story! Such whimsy, such humor! For an old classic book, this one can still be loved by modern young readers. A timeless childhood favorite.
    {Read my full review here.}

    Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    Marissa Meyer has such a wonderful scope to her imagination! I was swept away to the land of Hearts instantly, each time I picked up this book. The imagery is vibrant, the characters unforgettable.
    {Read my full review here.}

    Nowhere to be Found by Emily Thomas
    The story starts with Anne, mother of two (widowed), inheriting her aunt's Victorian house. The only stipulation? She must transform the house into a library for the Blue Hill community. (What perfection!)
    {Read my full review here.}

    Follow the Dawn by Rachelle Rea Cobb
    Many times while reading 'Follow the Dawn', I felt tears overwhelming my eyes, as I felt Anna's pains and her joys; when, in the little moments, she would find her safety and shelter, I felt it too, like I was "home". But what a wonderful storyteller that Rachelle Rea Cobb is, to make me discover and experience the entire gamut of emotions while reading her novel.
    {Read my full review here.}

    An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti
    Katie's Christmas is being ruined by thoughts of inferiority, and yet, she's experiencing the happiest holiday season ever, because the Binder clan is over-the-top warm and loving -- no matter whether she answers "yes" or "no" to Micah's proposal. The whole family deeply cares for Katie, and they've barely just met her! Yet she's convinced it must be a trick... because how could it be real?
    {Read my full review here.}





    Previous years of top favorite books:

    2019 // 2018 // 2017 // 2016 // 2015 // 2014 // 2013 // 2012 // 2011 // 2010



    So, dear reader, what are your favorite books that you got to read in 2020?

    If you've posted your 2020 favorites list, drop your link in the comments so we can all see it!