Books I Reread

An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott

This book is just a gem. If you aren't brave enough to conquer this amazing author's Little Women, which says nothing about its size in the title, then this is the one to read. I was probably 8 when I read this for my first time, and being a bit of a romantic, I loved it. The relationships, the style, and how one girl stood out because of her "old-fashioned" ways and was an example and friend to others different than her . . . I ate it up. I have easily read it 4 times. It's that good.

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska (Emma) Orczy

This book was my first love. Not that I hadn't enjoyed or appreciated any books before this one. But this was the first book I read where I had no idea what it was about and I came away absolutely loving it after dreading it as a school assignment. Now I have forced nearly every age-appropriate member of my family to read it and watch movie renditions, none of which have made me happy. I highly recommend this one, but beware the British aristocrats' spontaneous use of language :)

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

So I love historical fiction. I mean love. And this book fit my standards on both the historical and fiction levels, being set in the Pilgrim/Puritan era (one of my favorites!!) and being really well-written. This book takes the cake as the first one I finished and then immediately began again. I read it twice in one week. I dare you to beat my record.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

I had never heard of this book and only knew the author for 101 Dalmatians. When a friend highly recommend I try it out, I did, and I loved it! It's a coming-of-age book about a girl in a quirky family who lives in a leaky, creaky castle in England. I loved how frank the main character is as she documents all the eccentricities of their life while keeping up with the new neighbors, both eligible young men. It's content is not completely clean due to the overly artistic step-mother and an immoral old lady, but overall Cassandra's ability to see right through the emotional side of her life, but still not escape it, I found very fascinating.

The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

I'm sorry, but the title and author's name should have caught your attention by now. This series is witty, bizarre, really interesting, and 13 books long. The author has his own fictional backstory to go along with his pseudonym that plays cleverly into the books. The illustrations are superb. The series follows three orphaned siblings who are entitled to a fortune and hunted for it. I connect to each of them in a different way. I've read it all the way through twice; once when I was around 8 and once with my dad reading it aloud to all of us. If you've seen the movie, it covered books 1-3 (and they're about to make it into a TV series starring Neil Patrick Harris). If you're looking for a curious, easy read, this is it.

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Which of these books have you read? Did you enjoy any of them as much as me?

10 comments:

  1. I had to read The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare for school in fifth grade and I really enjoyed it! :D

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    1. Yes, it's one of my favorites! I thought it was such an easy read that really captured the era and had a captivating plot. But I've always loved that ere ;)

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  2. The Scarlet Pimpernel is so fun. :)

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    1. Yes! It's my favorite *happy sigh* It's so nice to have someone who understands. ^.^ I just named my new laptop Sir Percy. That's how bad it is! Out of curiosity, have you ever found a movie/show that you thought a worthy rendition? I have only ever seen the series with Richard Grant and Elizabeth McGovern. I loved both those actors, but not what they did with the story . . . :/

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    2. Abi, have you seen the one with Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour, and Ian McKellen? They combined the stories of several pimpernel books and I watched it with my good friend! I thought it was really good! There was one or two parts that she skipped as we watched it, but it was REALLY good!

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    3. Ah, I forgot about that one! I'm pretty sure I saw like one scene once because I remember Ian McKellen. I'll be sure to check that out. Thanks, Victoria :)

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  3. I am so excited to find someone who loves the same books I do! Old fashioned girl is my favorite story of all times!! I too have read it at least 5 (or more!) times and I am reading again now. :) The Scarlet Pimpernel is absolutely fabulous and I've read the Witch of Black Bird Pond 5 or 7 times and would gladly go read it again. :) I am excited to check out the last two stories, since all the other ones you listed are so dear to me. Thank you for this list!!!

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad we share favorites in common :D You're welcome! If I may, some others I enjoyed that are more similar to the first few in genre are: Counted with the Stars by Connilyn Cossette, Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan, and the Canadian West series by Janette Oke. Do you any books similar to the ones we already share as favorites that you love? Thanks so much for commenting! :)

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  4. A friend of mine introduced me to your blog. I like what I have seen so far. Especially when I saw that you love An Old Fashioned Girl! It is one of my top 5 favorite books, as well as Little Women.

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    1. Oh yay! I feel like that book is so forgotten and it's one of my all-time favorites!! Louisa May Alcott is amazing :) Glad you found me and hope you stick around :)

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