Warm-up

I first read Little Women when I was 12, but it might’ve been even earlier than that. Re-reading this book wasn’t on my radar until the movie came out several weeks ago. I want to see it, but I decided to revisit the story before seeing the movie.

Little Women

About the Book

Little Women takes place in New England during the Civil War. The March family is made up of four sisters:

Meg: wholesome and beautiful – she’s not a huge fan of growing up poor, but there are quite a few lessons she learns about this.

Jo: unconventional and more boyish than ladylike – she doesn’t care much about what other people (outside of her family) think of her.

Beth: quiet, sweet, and gentle – she still makes an impact on those who know her.

Amy – a spoiled little sister until she leaves home.

Each sister, with her own distinct personality, grows and becomes more self-aware. And although it’s not an action-packed storyline, a lot happens to each of these little women.

Notes and Reflections

  • I usually read books quickly, so I like books with a driving plot. At the same time, when I borrow a book from the library, it creates a deadline for me. I downloaded my own copy, so I had no deadline or library return date. And although I love the development of the story and its characters, it’s not exactly action-packed. This was a more leisurely, comfortable read for me. No hurrying to get to the end, which was a nice change of pace.
  • The first time I read this book, I’m not sure what I got from it. All I remembered were things that will spoil the story and the experience if I share them here. But this time through, I caught all the character-building skills: learning to manage selfish thoughts, swallow harsh feelings of pride, and dealing with the thorns of jealousy.
  • At one point, I started thinking about what this book would be like if it was set in the present day. As long as the focus was on character-building and life experiences, I think it could work.
  • This book is tender and full of love. It’s a comfortable read, full of kindness, in which you can see growth and feel love.
  • I just bought tickets to see the movie tomorrow!

Favorite Quotes

“I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.”

“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.”

“I don’t pretend to be wise, but I am observing, and I see a great deal more than you’d imagine. I’m interested in other people’s experiences and inconsistencies, and, though I can’t explain, I remember and use them for my own benefit.”

“Oh, my girls, however long you may live, I never can wish you a greater happiness than this!”

Started: 1.26.2020
Finished: 2.19.2020