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The Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge

Welcome to the Louisa May Alcott reading challenge, hosted here on In the Bookcase.

How would you like to occupy the coming days of summer with the wonderful writings of Louisa May Alcott? It will be a joy for me to read some of her books this year, and I'd love to have some fellow book-readers to accompany me. Louisa May Alcott has been a favorite author of mine ever since I read 'Little Women' (which was 6 years ago). Since then, I have enjoyed 'Eight Cousins' and a few of her other short stories. In contrast to her full list of published works, I feel as if I've only read a drop in the bucket of her writings---and yet I call her one of my favorite authors! I'm starting this challenge with hopes of reading more of L.M.A.'s writings, getting to know her personally, and coming away with a whole new appreciation of her writings. Would you care to accompany me? Here are the details:

How to take part in this reading challenge:

  • Compile your list of Louisa May Alcott books that you would like to read, finish reading, or maybe re-read this Summer. Even books about L.M.A. are welcome---biographies, fictionalized accounts of her life, etc. Your goal could be 1 book, 5 books, or simply a few short stories. To supply more options, you may decide to download audio versions or ebooks. Whatever you choose to read, there is no pressure for you to complete everything, and you can always adjust your goals accordingly later into the challenge.

  • Write a blog post explaing all about the books you want to read for this challenge. Grab the code for the button and include it in your post---pretty please? Then link up your post below.

  • Next step: Start reading the books on your list! The challenge starts now and goes through August 10th. (You may begin reading at any point within this timeline. You don't even have to start in May at all---the choice of when to do this is completely up to you.)

  • 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!

  • Anytime you blog about your current status in the challenge, come back and link up each new post below. When you think of any new thoughts about your goal, or quotes from the L.M.A. books that you're reading, or if you've written a book review, then be sure to link up each of these. 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.

  • Finally, when you have reached your goal, or by the time the challenge is ending: Write a blog post 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!

  • 2012 Summer reading challenge hosted at
    {Click here for the button code.}

    You can join the challenge at anytime this summer!
    The timespan to join goes through August 10th, 2012.

    Submit your Louisa May Alcott blog posts on the list below. This linky will be included in all the new updated posts on In the Bookcase that are related to the challenge, so just add each of your posts in once, and it will automatically appear in all the related posts on In the Bookcase. Any and ALL of your posts about Louisa May Alcott are welcome! Even if you just post a quote, or a book review, or any other thoughts... link up & take a look at some of the other participants' posts! {Want to display all the links for this challenge on your blog? Just click here to find the html code you need.}


    1. Sounds wonderful! I'm definitely planning on doing this.

    2. I am so doing this! I shared it on Facebook so hopefully a few of my other friends will join in.

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    4. I read Little Women when I was a Little Woman. I just recently decided to buy it for my daughter and read it again. What a classic! This is a must for anyone's reading list both male and female. The story chronicles the March family, in particular one of the daughters, Josephine March. It is a story of hope and love. This is not a love story of romance, but one of tender, unconditional love that exists in a family of a mother, father and four very different daughters. There are moral lessons throughout the book that are refreshing and the character of all the girls comes through vividly. Alcott does a wonderful job devloping the different personalities of her characters. There are lessons for young people written between the lines on strength, wisdom, love, patience and quiet service. Boys and girls alike will benefit from the examples of polished and refined manners. A beautifully wirtten story that well deserves the label of a Classic.