Happy Birthday, Louisa May!

Happy November, everyone! To celebrate the upcoming 182nd birthday of Louisa May Alcott, one of my favorite authors of all time, I’m going to dedicate the entire month to her! Over the course of the month, I’ll read a few of her novels (rereading Little Women should prove to be interesting — it’s been years since I last picked it up) as well as a few contemporary works branching off from Little Women.

So here’s my booklist for November:

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
When you hear the name “Louisa May Alcott,” this is typically the first title that comes to mind. There’s a good reason for that — although the novel was written well over a century ago, the story of four sisters still resonates for young readers everywhere. I can’t wait to dive back into this and discover how my relationship to it has changed over the years. (And I’ve been lusting after this particular edition since it first hit shelves back in August. I mean, look at it! Of course it’s on my Christmas list!)

Little Men, by Louisa May Alcott
Little Men continues the story of Jo March as she and her husband take in and educate a group of boys “to help themselves and be useful men.” I’ve had a copy of this book on my bookshelf for years — years — and never read it, so it should be fun to see how much of Joshua I see in these boys, no matter how old the story may be.

March, by Geraldine Brooks
I participated in a historical fiction book chat on Twitter awhile ago and, after mentioning how much I loved Little Women, several other users recommended that I read March. I purchased a copy the day after the chat and held on to it until now, and I’m so excited to finally read it! This novel is told from the very different perspective of Mr. March, who spends much of Little Women off fighting in the Civil War and of whom we see very little after the fighting ends. I’m a huge fan of novels like this, that take classic stories and retell them from other characters’ points of view (see Dorothy Must Die, friends — the sequel to that beauty is out in March, and March can’t come quickly enough!), so I’m sort of itching to read March. I hope it holds up to my possibly unreasonably-high expectations!

The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, by Kelly O’Connor McNees
This novel provides a fictional account of Louisa May Alcott’s real life, particularly the summer of 1855. While I’m interested, I’m also worried about confusing fact with fiction. Time will tell on this one.

I also have a copy of Susan Cheever’s Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography that I will squeeze in if I have time!

Happy birthday, Louisa May….and Happy Reading!