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2015 Louisa May Alcott READING CHALLENGE

"Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable."

- Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge ... JUNE 2015

Welcome to the 2015 Louisa May Alcott reading challenge! Hosted by the blogs In the Bookcase and Louisa May Alcott Is My Passion.

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

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

Vintage hardbacks by Louisa May Alcott
// Who she is... //

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... I still have much to discover about this hardy woman. 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 and challenge co-host) Susan Bailey's articles at Louisa May Alcott Is My Passion, where I have discovered many recommendations on suitable book titles.

Won't you join me in a good book?

// About this challenge... //

How to take part in the June reading challenge:

  • 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. 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 or social media post explaining all about the books you want to read for this challenge. Grab the code for the challenge button and include it in your post.

  • 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: 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 ... JUNE 2015
    {Click here for the button code.}

    As an additional option, if you're on GOODREADS, come over and take part in our LMA Annual Reading Challenge group!
    Portrait of American authoress, Louisa May Alcott // Calendar of events... //

    Check back on Fridays in June -- I'll have some interesting tidbits about our favorite author! Plus I'll have bonus posts (like book reviews) on other days too, which you won't want to miss.

    June 1st ::: Start date. Get to reading!
    June 2nd ::: My book list for the challenge
    June 5th ::: Special giveaway!
    June 12th ::: LMA's writings
    June 19th ::: Challenge checkup point
    June 26th ::: Unique gift ideas
    June 30th ::: End date. Final overview and link-up!

    And... be sure to visit Louisa May Alcott Is My Passion for Susan's start date post!

    // Join the challenge... //

    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!


    1. Anonymous6/02/2015

      I'm totally going to participate! Just have to get home and figure out how many (and which) books I want to try to take on this month :)

    2. I've published the list of books on my blog, but I'm kind of unsure on how to link it, so I hope what I did works. :)

    3. I have been a collector of anything Alcott since third grade (a long time ago) and will be re-reading books from my is so hard to choose! I'll post my list tomorrow. - Fawn