Saturday, 15 September 2012
Little Women Readalong
I'm joining in the Little Women read along at Breadcrumb Reads, running from 14th September to 5th October, with discussion posts every Friday. Earlier in the year, I discovered that my battered, much-loved copy of the book was in fact an abridged version and ever since then I've been wondering what was omitted from the text. This readalong is therefore the perfect time for me to experience the whole book for the first time.
Classics Club list as book four of seventy-two. Although I read the abridged version many times as a child, I haven't read it recently and I wonder if my reaction will still be the same. I always wanted to be like feisty, determined Jo or peaceful Beth but I have a feeling that I'm more of an Amy. I hope it hasn't ruined me, but I was the youngest daughter growing up and consequently I was a bit spoiled. I was permanently in a one-woman race to be grown up already, to do everything my older sister did. I would never have done anything like throw her manuscript in the fire but I'm definitely more like Amy than any of the other sisters.
I'm hoping Little Women will still give me that cosy, safe feeling it did as a teenager. I want the sisters to feel like old friends and the book like revisiting a favourite.
The readalong is very low-key and I'm sure Risa is still accepting sign-ups if anyone wants to join us in reading Little Women this month.