1. Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Reisen. NewRead. This was a fascinating book. Louisa and her family, for many years, were pretty much paupers who lived on the kindness of wealthy friends and relatives as Bronson Alcott had misfortune with various schools he started due to his sometimes overzealous Transcendalist thoughts and beliefs. Even his fellow Transcendalists were often taken about by his philosophy on life.


They lived in many places throughout the northeast, and even lived in a commune at one time existing on only a plant based diet. In many ways though, Louisa and her sisters, Anna, May, and Lizzie,were much liked Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth in Little Women.

Louisa did write often from her own experiences, but also had a gift for writing dramatic fantasies and dramas, and even for a period of time she and Anna performed many of the plays Louisa wrote.

There were darkness in both Louisa’s parents,and Louisa herself, which came out in bouts of rapid mood changes and stages of depression. But through it all, Louisa continued to write, and for years it was by her efforts and prolific writing, that her family finally had a permanent place to call home, all their needs were met, and many of their wants as well.

Louisa May Alcott was a remarkable woman and writer.

  1. Short stories by Louisa May Alcott. New Read. I really enjoyed reading these short stories of Louisa’s. They are quite more realistic and different than Little Women,etc.
  2. Louisa and the Missing Heiress by Anna Maclean. New Read. I enjoyed reading this book very much. Louisa May Alcott is the heroine of this series, and the author includes other members of the Alcott family in it as well. I was drawn easily into the story and stayed there throughout the many twists and turns.
  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Re-read. It has been over 30 years since the last time I read Little Women. It was a favorite back then, and still a favorite now. The characters are so wonderfully written and come alive to the reader. It is easy to find yourself drawn into the stories and living alongside Jo and her sisters, her parents, Teddy, and his Grandpa.
  4. Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott. New Read. It was so much fun to read about the married lives of Jo, Amy, and Meg March.
  5. Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott. New Read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Jo, Amy, Meg, Professor Bhaer, Laurie and their assorted children and the ‘boys and girls’ who came to be taught at Plumfield, and later Parnassus. This was a very entertaining book with lots of warm and well developed characters.
  6. Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott. New Read. I really enjoyed this story about young Rose being introduced to the rest of her family, especially the first dreaded, then much beloved, seven boy cousins. Rich characters, inspirational lessons, well thought out plot and dialogue interactions with the characters.
  7. Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott. New Read. This is the sequel to Eight Cousins. Rose and her seven male cousins are older now, learning what it is like to be young people of privilege and to navigate the ends and outs of society while retaining the many instructions that they’ve all received over the years from their assorted guardians, parents, and other older relatives. I was easily drawn back into Rose’s world and cheered at her triumphs, and was saddened by her disappointments. A thoroughly engaging book to read.
  8. A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott. New Read. This book is different than any other books of LMA’s that I’ve read so far. It is one of her stories that were originally a serialization in a newspaper and printed in 1866. The young heroine is swept off her feet by a charismatic man who promises her the world, and naive as she is, she falls for it. Only later to learn that everything he told her, except for his fascination with her, is not true. So begins a game of hide and seek, across several countries, until the young woman realizes that despite all the bad things she’s learned about her man, that she still loved him nevertheless.
  9. Kate’s Choice by Louisa May Alcott. New Read. Wonderful and heartwarming stories about the innocence of youth and the power of hoping and dreaming about better days.
  10. The Quiet Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott. New Read. Another set of heartwarming stories about young children whose dreams about being loved and wanted come true.
  11. Invincible Louisa:The Story of The Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs. New Read. Interesting and engaging biography about Louisa May Alcott.
  12. Jedi Sunrise by Kevin J. Anderson. New Read. Loved going back and reading about Jacen and Jaina and their friends when they were younger.
  13. True Stories of CSI:The Real Crimes Behind The Best Episodes of The Popular Tv Show by Katherine Ramsland. New Read. This was a fascinating book to read.
  14. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson. Re-read. I read this book when I was a kid and remembered how sad I thought it was back then. It is still a sad story. I’m a big animal lover and so I know how Travis felt when he had to kill his dog.
  15. Savage Sam by Fred Gipson. New read. I really enjoyed this sequel to Old Yeller. Sam is a lot like his dad and that made me smile. This book was action packed and had some angst in it as well.
  16. Faith of Helen Keller by Helen Keller. New Read. Helen Keller has always been one of my heroes, from the first moment I heard of her. She did not allow her disabilities to keep her from achieving her dreams.