Introducing the Poet’s Corner Virtual Book Club

Louisa in her room at Hillside, dubbed "Poet's Corner" (illustration by Flora Smith from Joan Howard's bio, The Story of Louisa May Alcott)

Following up on a reader’s suggestion (thanks to Sarah), I am introducing a new feature on Louisa May Alcott is My Passion, the Poet’s Corner
Virtual Book Club

How the Poet’s Corner Virtual Book Club works

  • I will announce the book I plan on reading.
  • You can join in a group read by adding a comment to this post that you are reading the book.
  • I’ll post 2-3 times on the book and you can add your thoughts.
  • If you have thoughts you’d like to put up in a post, email me at and I’ll post them.

I want to start with Eight Cousins – it’s a quick read with short chapters (24 in all). It’s available in a variety of ways for free:

Your book suggestions always welcome

Do you have a suggestion for a future Poet’s Corner group read? Email me at – I definitely do not have a set reading list!

And suggestions are not limited to books by Louisa – I’d love to explore Jillian’s suggestion of reading books that Louisa read (“Louisa’s Library”) as well.

Topics to discuss

This is a perfect opportunity to follow Susan’s suggestions for discussion topics (principles, ideas, simple situations in the story) plus Sarah’s regarding feminist themes.

This is your book club – I am happy to entertain any suggestions.


You can opt in or out of the club at any time – just because you commit to one book doesn’t mean you have to commit to the next one.

I am looking forward to reading Eight Cousins with you!

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4 Replies to “Introducing the Poet’s Corner Virtual Book Club”

    1. Thanks for the link to your post. This is what I’ve suspected about Louisa’s juvenile works, that they stick to a standard formula and therefore don’t grab you in the same way Little Women did. I felt that way about An Old-Fashioned Girl, most especially the beginning and the end (although the middle really saved it). Louisa was certainly a hard-headed businesswoman and knew what sold. There’s a cynical quality to it all.

  1. *Squees* A friend’s friend sent me some second hand books when I was a girl, and so “Rose in Bloom” was my first LMA at age eight, and I didn’t read “Eight Cousins” till many years later. I’ve got make time for this!

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