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Booking It on Your Own (July Updates)

Are you Booking It this year? Yesterday we discussed the “assigned” reading of the month, Dancing with My Father. Today we’re talking about all the books we’ve read this month.

In past months I have had several books to report on. This month, I wrote one instead. Does that count?

No, truly I did read some other books as well. Last month’s reading of The Pilgrim’s Progress inspired me to reread Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. What a wonderful little diversion!

I laughed, I cried; it moved me, Bob.

Oh, and what a surprise it was that my memory of the March girls has been sullied by the theatrical versions. What a relief to read that Meg, Amy, and Beth all had well-developed characters and personalities! Jo didn’t steal the show at all; each plays a wonderful part in the story.

How come I did not notice it before?

I can’t wait until my girls are big enough for chapter books and girly stories. This is going on the list.

So, what about you?

Read any good books lately?

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  1. Congrats on the huge accomplishment! I can’t wait to read your book!

    I haven’t read Little Women since I was ten. I think it may be time for a re-read.

  2. You make me want to go out and re-read Little Woman.

  3. Without fail, I re-read Little Women and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn each year. It always amazes me that I get something new out of them each time I read them depending on where I am in life.

    Have you read The Woman Behind Little Women? It was a good book but I must say it kind of shattered my image of LMA.

    I got back to my reading goal of reading biographies of my favorite authers this year with a Jane Austen bio.

  4. At my age of 55, can you believe I’m only recently catching up on children’s books I missed as a kid? And I was an avid reader–I virtually ate books. Somehow missed “Little Women.” I was a huge Bobbsey Twins fan. I did get to read all of the “Little House” books to my daughter when she was a kid.
    I’m about 3/4 through “Pollyanna” and getting such a kick out of it. I loved the Disney film with Hayley Mills, but I have to say the Pollyanna in the book was a much more rounded and interesting character!

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      @mom2fur, isn’t that the truth? I didn’t read a lot of great “children’s” books until I was an adult: Anne of Green Gables, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Mother Carey’s Chickens…

  5. Yeah, I just read Stephen King’s The Shining and I’m so glad to find out that there is A LOT different than in the movie. I’m planning to rewatch the movie next week. First time since I was 12. OMG SO SCURRED!

  6. I laughed. I cried. It moved me, Bob. I knew there were multiple reasons why we would get along as I laugh at your VeggieTales quip! :-) I’m in the process of reading several books at the moment, but the one I finished this month was “The Help” and so my review is a month early. Please forgive! :-) “Little Women” is always a good one, but I love most of what Alcott wrote. Have you read “Eight Cousins” or “Rose in Bloom” or “An Old Fashioned Girl”? All great books.

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      @Carrie, I was hoping someone would catch it. ;)

      Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom are two of my favorite books of ALL TIME. Love those. Might need to reread them next month. Off to find a free kindle version….

  7. I think that Little Women is next on the list of books to read with my children. It’s such a good book, but I think I will “cheat” and use an abridged version since my oldest is five. I can’t wait!

    I got the line from Veggie Tales, too, and I love, I mean, my children love watching them.

  8. Ha! Little Women was my book this month too! I linked my blog, but I just thought I’d share here. :D I’m on to Little Men now. Did you know they made a TV series based on Little Men? It’s on Netflix! But of course I have to finish the book before I watch it.

  9. I am reading The Help by Katheryn Stockett and I am loving it! I haven’t finished yet, so I cannot give my opinion on the book overall but it has continued to captivate me day by day.

    Thanks for your blog, I have not been a reader long but I look forward to your posts every day.

  10. read quite a bit lately thanks to some rainy weather. “Scent of the Missing” – nonfiction book about rescue dog which was a great read! “Save Me” – Lisa Scottoline (soso), The Murderers Daughters (good), Things that Keep us Here (Carla Buckley – excellent read). just started Simplicity Parenting. I loved Little Women but haven’t read that in years

  11. Back in the spring, I started re-reading the “Left Behind” series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B.Jenkins. Since the original 12 books were written, there are 3 prequels and 1 book added to the end. I finished the whole series last week.

    And I loved the the VeggieTale quote! My 3 year old son LOVES VeggieTales!

  12. A day late, but I got it done! Only two books this month; Secrets to Getting More Done in Less Time and Bringing up Girls. Both great reads. I can’t wait to look at what everyone else read!

  13. Just reread Galapagos…Kurt Vonnegut books are so rereadable for me!

  14. reading “War and Peace” this summer – my Kobo tells me I am 21% through. It’s L-O-N-G! I like Tolstoy’s writing, though, so it’s all good.
    We’re also reading out loud “The Hobbit” at bedtime. I was a bit worried that it would be too much for my 6yo and 8yo but they love it so far – and ask for it every night!

  15. Although my update is a little late this month, I wanted to share!

    I was able to read 12 books this month, including finishing some larger books I had been “in the middle of” for months.

    I also got hooked on the Game of Thrones TV series and started reading those books too. Interesting series.

    Dr. Laura

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