AG Book Club :: Little Women
The AG Book Club selection for August was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Of all the books that we’ve read in book club so far, this was by far the most well read of them all. Basically, nearly every woman sitting in our discussion group had read the book more than once already. It’s certainly a beloved classic.
When I first started rereading the book, I honestly had a hard time getting into it. I’ve read it so many times that at first it didn’t seem like there was anything new to glean from the story. But before I knew it I was caught up again in the little dramas of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, and I found myself hoarding moments to read.
And many parts of the book felt fresh to me! My friend Eden warned me that reading the book as a mother vastly alters your perspective and she was completely right. I couldn’t help seeing the events through Marmee’s eyes, carefully observing the way she disciplined her children and nurtured their personalities. I dreaded the moment when Jo turns down Laurie, but then felt a totally new appreciation for Laurie and Amy’s romance, and the way their personalities compliment each other. I just bawled through the chapter of Jo and Beth at the beach. Logan, who was sitting beside me on the couch, unsympathetically asked, “But you saw it coming, right?”
This was and is a delightful book and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Here’s my video review ::
Next month’s book is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. See you then!
P.S. The book was published 150 years ago, not 200, as I said in my video. (Sheesh.)
(Illustration by Lizzy Stewart)