If it’s summer it must be Alcott! Join the annual reading challenge hosted by “In the Bookcase” and “Louisa May Alcott is My Passion”

512 louisa writing in the appletreeSummertime and Louisa May Alcott–the two go hand-in-hand for me. Life slows down, opening up space for much-needed reading. And the annual Summer Conversational Series begins next month at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House (click here for details and to register).

What better way to kick of a Louisa May Alcott summer than to participate in the
Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge,
hosted by the the blogs
In the Bookcase and me,
Louisa May Alcott is My Passion.

Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge ... JUNE 2015

I was most honored to be asked by In the Bookcase to co-host this wonderful challenge which takes place annually in June.

Read it, talk about it among friends

my booksAs well acquainted as most of you are with Louisa’s extensive canon, is there still some book, short story or biography you’ve been dying to read (or re-read)? Here’s a great time to read that book and talk about it too with all of us!

Here’s 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. My Growing Library offers many suggestions; if you click on Her Writing in the main menu, you will find my commentaries on books I’ve read so far.
  • Write a blog or social media post explaing 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 August 10th. (You may begin reading at any point within this timeline. You don’t even have to start in May or June 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!
  • 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. We’ll be very pleased to hear about what you think at the end of this challenge!

Put this button on your blog
to let everyone know about the challenge:

Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge ... JUNE 2015

Calendar of Events

Be sure and check in with In the Bookcase every Friday in June — There will be some interesting tidbits about our favorite author! There will be 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 11th ::: LMA’s writings
  • June 12th ::: Trivia and resources
  • June 19th ::: Challenge checkup point
  • June 26th ::: Unique gift ideas
  • June 30th ::: End date. Final overview and link-up!

Along with In the Bookcase, I will announce my choices for the challenge on June 2nd along with other special posts.

There is also a discussion group on Goodreads.

So come on, join the challenge!

louisa readingVisit the Challenge Page on In the Bookcase, scroll to the bottom and submit your Louisa May Alcott blog or social media posts on the linky.

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!

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4 Replies to “If it’s summer it must be Alcott! Join the annual reading challenge hosted by “In the Bookcase” and “Louisa May Alcott is My Passion””

  1. This is simply thrilling for me. I’m especially looking forward to my own special time reading Alcott this June. Thanks for playing such an integral part in this with me, Susan! I’m so grateful for your help.

  2. Everybody read Shawl Straps. My parents are going to Rome in 2 weeks and my mom has instructions to take a picture of Louisa’s boardinghouse if it’s still there and if not, a picture of Triton’s nose (Bernini fountain). Cross your fingers and hope my mom learns how to take pictures!

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