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Let's kick off the 2016 Louisa May Alcott reading challenge!

"Keep good company, read good books, love good things and cultivate soul and body as faithfully as you can."
- Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge ... JUNE 2016

Welcome to the 2016 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?

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, now turned author) 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 post or social media post explaining all about the books you want to read for this challenge. Grab 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 2016
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    If you're on GOODREADS, come over and take part in our LMA Annual Reading Challenge group!

    Vintage books by American authoress, 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.

    // Calendar of events... //

    Check back on Mondays 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 3rd ::: My book list for the challenge
    June 6th ::: Special giveaway! Don't miss your chance.
    June 13th ::: LMA and her writing
    June 20th ::: Challenge checkup point
    June 27th ::: Unique bookish gift ideas
    June 30th ::: End date. Final overview and link-up!

    // 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. Hello! Thanks again for leaving a reminder on my Wordpress blog, Two Books In My Pocket. I've almost completely switched to a Blogger blog, On Stories and Words. So I'll write my reviews and LMA reading list there, but I'm the same person. :)

      I'm excited to enjoy Louisa May Alcott this month!

    2. Well, I am a little late, but I made my list and I am joining in!