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Join me >> 2018 LOUISA MAY ALCOTT Reading Challenge + GIVEAWAY!!

"I like good strong words that mean something…"
- Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge

Welcome to the 2018 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?

// 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:

  • 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: 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!

  • Enter the giveaway! See below. 3 people will WIN!!!

  • 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... //

    Check back on Saturdays in June -- I'll have some interesting tidbits about our favorite author! Plus, probably some bonus fun stuff in the middle of the week too. :)

    June 1st ::: Start date. Get to reading!
    June 2nd ::: My book list for the challenge. Is your list ready?
    June 9th ::: [TBA]
    June 16th ::: [TBA]
    June 23rd ::: [TBA]
    June 30th ::: End date. Final overview and link-up! Winners list announced.

    // 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!

    // Giveaway... //

    In honor of the esteemed author we're celebrating this June, I'm offering 3 winners (yes, yes, & yes!) a lovely art print featuring either wise words from Miss Alcott herself, etc. Wouldn't you like this artwork hanging on your wall? Choose 1 of the 5 offered designs!

    These 8x10 art prints come from my own Etsy shop, Pixel Berry Pie Designs. Check out some of my other wall art posters (and printable versions) if you like. :)

    Louisa May Alcott 8x10 artwork
    Louisa May Alcott 8x10 artwork
    Louisa May Alcott 8x10 artwork
    Louisa May Alcott 8x10 artwork
    Louisa May Alcott 8x10 artwork

    U.S. winners will get their prize shipped in the mail. International winners will receive the printable download. EVERYONE is welcome to sign up in the giveaway... {3 special readers will win the prize!}

    *Plus! Each winner can choose whether they prefer the white or chalkboard version of the quote artwork. To each her/his own.

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Please note the frame or other props are not included with art print prize.

    The giveaway is open to EVERYONE, whether you're participating in the reading challenge or not. (You can get 5 extra entries in the giveaway if you are taking part in the Alcott challenge!) Invite your literary-minded friends!

    Everyone who answers the bonus trivia question (correctly!) in the Rafflecopter also gets 5 extra entries. If you're unsure of the answer, look it up online -- don't worry, it's NOT cheating. =)

    // Coupon code... //

    Want to make a purchase from Pixel Berry Pie Designs sometime this month? I have a coupon code just for YOU!!

    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.


    1. Looking forward to this! Just started reading :) Thanks for hosting and those giveaways look amazing!

    2. Count me in! I had mentioned it on the end of my Nightstand post, but I'll make a separate post tomorrow.

    3. Thanks for the invite. I am excited to join this challenge. I went to my library's e-book site to pick up the audio book of "Little Women" and guess what -- there is a waiting list on all four copies! Great to see that so many are "reading" this classic. Can't wait to start.

      1. Katie,
        I hope you'll be able to join us soon with your pick! Did you know there are several Little Women audio books available to download via YouTube?

        Also, here are a couple of links to LibriVox versions (free to download, of course):

        (collective dramatic reading)

    4. This looks like so much fun! I'm kinda behind in reading I have to do for reviewing right now, but maybe a littler further into the month I'll be able to take part in this challenge. Great job with organizing it! And, maybe I'll be able to do it next year if I can't this time around. :)

      1. Aidyl, whatever fits your reading schedule is great. Have fun with your summer reading!

    5. Thank you so much for the invite! I'll be reading Eight Cousins (and Rose in Bloom if time allows :P) - starting now. :)

      1. Kelsey,
        Both Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom are LOVELY stories! I just know you'll enjoy them. Whatever reading you get done, I hope you'll share your thoughts with us.

      2. Sadly I didn't get to Rose in Bloom but I really enjoyed Eight Cousins (I linked my post above). I'll definitely be reading Rose in Bloom in July! :)

      3. I cannot wait to read this

    6. This will be fun. I am rereading Little Women.

      1. Sherry,
        Okay, that sounds great! Little Women always makes for a fabulous re-read. So glad to have you join the reading challenge this year.

    7. I was literally thinking Monday that I wanted to reread Rose In Bloom. My favorite of her works is An Old Fashioned Girl, so I might need to add that to the stack. Also I love how the banner has Jo's scribbling suit!

      1. Tegan, it sounds like perfect timing! I glad you'll be joining us in reading some of the wonderful titles by Miss Alcott this month. It's lovely to share a favorite book or author with like-minded friends. :)

    8. It will be wonderful to join the challenge, although it is rather late!

      1. Viola, I'm glad to have you join us! Plus, the linkup will remain open for several extra days, for any reviews or posts that anyone wishes to add. :)