This readalong, hosted by Suey, Kami & Jenni, has been all the incentive I needed to pull out my lovely 2007 Folio Society copy of Little Women.
I've been reading (and watching movie versions) of Little Women since I was about ten.
I've lost count of the number of times I have read these four books about the March girls.
However I've only read them once as an adult - sometime in my late twenties - this reread is long overdue.
I say four books because my editions of Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men and Jo's Boys are all separate books.
Most modern editions and movies combine the first two stories into one. Goodreads refers to Good Wives as book 1.5 in the series.
Since I have all four books, I will review them in four separate posts.
My copies of Good Wives and Jo's Boys are my mum's books from the late 50's.
Just seeing these lovely old covers again brings back so many sweet memories of reading these books - in my childhood bedrooms, under trees, on verandahs, sprawled over the various chairs, lounges and trampolines that decorated my youth.
My only problem is that I have discovered that my 1976 childhood edition of Little Men is abridged.
I hope to rectify this matter by the time I get to book three!
I say, my only problem, but I have several this month.
It's my birthday month, which is always a busy time for me catching up with family and friends. I also have an incredible number of family and friends with birthdays this month.
In addition, I seem to have signed up for more than just one reading challenge this month.
I'm joining in Katie @Doing Dewey's Reluctant Romantic challenge. I have selected graphic novels as my genre and plan to read a graphic version of Little Women in an attempt to combine events!
Katie is also hosting a non-fiction readalong of Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed the World and Science which I will attempt to join in if I can source the book in time.
And just this morning I spotted this - Ranty Runt of a Reader is hosting a readalong of Agnes Grey throughout February.
I want to do them all!
But for now, here we go with Little Women,
'Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents,' grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.
Wish me luck.