Monday, July 1, 2013

Monday Love: No Reviews This Week!

Last week, I missed my Monday post entirely, because I was off traveling.  And this week, I have no real reviews to post!  I finished two books in the last two weeks, though:

The Awakening and Selected StoriesThe Awakening  by Kate Chopin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this one because I really should have read it ages ago.  I understand why it's significant, and I enjoyed reading it--but it definitely went much slower than I'm used to, despite being very short.  I kind of wanted it to either be much shorter (like Chopin's Story of an Hour, which plays with similar ideas but in the space of a page or two) or longer and therefore more detailed and engaging (like Edith Wharton at her best.) 

Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey" by Margaret Powell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I mentioned this one in my last post; I really enjoyed it and I think it's convinced me to read some more non-fiction this summer.  This was a very quick read.

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Also, I've started my summer reading club with the students from my old school who read Great Expectations with me last summer.  This summer, we're tackling a more popular read: Little Women.  It's definitely one I've come back to over and over, and one I hope everyone will read at some point.  If you want to read along, I've created another blog: Little Women Readalong.  Check it out--we just started today with Chapters 1-2.  New posts will go up every weekday in July, and at 20-25 pages per post, that will get us through the whole book!


  1. I think it's awesome you're introducing kids to this classic. LITTLE WOMEN has been one of my favourite books since my mom read it to me when I was six. Have fun with this summer's book club!

    1. Aww! I definitely resisted when my mom first handed me Little Women, but I think I was about ten when I actually got through it and fell in love. I used to re-read it every summer at girl scout poor old paperback took a lot of abuse!

  2. I agree with Erin, it's fantastic that you're reading LITTLE WOMEN with your kids this summer. Erin and I both have fond memories of our mom reading this book to us. I've also read it a time or two as an adult. :)

    1. I'm not sure, but I would guess Little Women is the book I've re-read the most often. As an adult, I've come to love Meg a WHOLE lot more than I did as a kid. That chapter where she tries to make jelly and it won't jell and she loses it a little? Pretty much how it went down when I tried to make a birthday cake/dinner for my husband and his parents last summer, right after we moved here. It was bad. We wound up taking them out to dinner instead!


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