Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott + Giveaway

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
First published in America in 1868 by Roberts Brothers.

Where to buy this book:
Buy the ebook from
Buy the paperback from Speedyhen
Buy the paperback from The Book Depository
Buy the paperback from Waterstones

How I got this book:
Bought from a charity shop

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

'"Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. So begins one of the best-loved children’s classics, Little Women. Coming of age in the North during the Civil War, the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—experience great joy and tragic loss while becoming the true little women of the title. The novel is resonant with themes of friendship, feminism, and building strong character, which are explored through the sisters’ relationships with their family, in particular their beloved Marmee, their friends, and their neighbours.'

It has probably been thirty years since I last read Little Women. I remember it being one of my favourite books as a child, along with the rest of the series, and I know I read them all several times. Returning to the book now I was first reminded of reading Black Beauty again last year because there is so much hectoring and moralising! Strangely I don't think that stood out to me as a child, probably because I was frequently told what to do and how to behave anyway, but as an adult this aspect really stood out. I was surprised by how modern Little Women is, especially in showing strong, self-sufficient women. The fact of Mother, Meg and Jo all having jobs is not seen as unusual and, while Mother obvious expects her daughters to all eventually marry, she does not push this as the sole point of their lives.

I loved the relationships between all the characters, especially the ghastly aunt, and Alcott's understanding of the girls is perfect throughout. Their acts of rebellion, bickering, exuberance and frequent guilt trips are warmly evoked and reading Little Women again did feel like returning to the family. Their incessant striving to be 'good' and games such as Pilgrim's Progress do date the work as I can't imagine teenagers behaving quite like that these days, but I think this novel has well-deserved classic status and I hope it endures for another 150 years and beyond.

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And now for the Giveaway!

This week's Giveaway prize is two handmade Literary Greetings Cards of the winner's choice from my Etsy Shop.

My charity shop vintage copy of Little Women wasn't in good condition which was partly why I chose to buy it! Having stayed pretty much together for one last read, I am now upcycling its pages to make a range of Literary Greetings Cards embellished with themed motifs I crocheted myself. So far the range comprises cards featuring Little Women, Wuthering Heights and The Yellow Wallpaper all listed for sale in my Etsy Shop at £2.50 each plus shipping (£1.50 per order within UK, £2.25 within Europe, £3 to the Rest of the World). I chose text and embellishments to be appropriate for Halloween or for Christmas and some cards are suitable for any occasion. All are blank inside for your own message and their book's title is noted discreetly on the backs.

If you'd like the chance to win two of these cards, here's the giveaway widget:

2x Literary Greetings Cards giveaway

The Giveaway is open worldwide and previous giveaway winners are welcome to enter. Entries must be submitted through the Gleam widget by midnight (UK time) on the 19th October and I will randomly pick a winner on the 20th. If the winner does not respond to my email within 7 days, they will forfeit the prize and, yes, I will be checking that entrants did complete whatever task they said they did.

Good luck!


  1. Congratulations to Debra who is the winner of my Greetings Cards giveaway!
    A new giveaway for a book is now running here:

  2. I'm glad you were able to reread this book and really appreciate it again, especially for all the relationships it develops and explores. It's been a long time since I've read this one too because when I did I was still a little girl :)