wrote about Little Women shortly after I read it, so I'll just quote a bit of what I said before:
These are people who are by no means perfect, but are completely dedicated to loving and being kind to each other. They sometimes fail, but their response to that failure is always helpful. That applies to how they respond to their own failings as well as how they confront and ultimately forgive the failings of others.Halloween and Christmas distracted me from watching all the Little Women adaptations, but I've picked that up again in the new year and will be back to writing about them soon.
It's deeply profound and inspirational. [...] There's parenting advice and marriage advice and simple getting-along-with-your-friends advice. But all of it is offered with humility and awareness that the advisor is just as flawed as the advisee. There's not a whiff of self-righteousness in the whole book. [...] And what's also amazing is that every bit of this is as applicable today as it was 150 years ago. Being kind and doing good are timeless exercises and Little Women is here to encourage us.
The Boatman's Daughter by Andy Davidson
Davidson's prose is perfect for his story. He brings the setting to life, creates a ton of sultry atmosphere, and bounces easily between characters to build empathy for the heroes, contempt for the villains, and tension between the two. I just loved it.
The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by AA Milne
Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
It's a survival story, but it's also a story about isolation and culture and animals and people and hope and it's just a beautiful, beautiful thing. Someone reminded me that O'Dell actually wrote a sequel, so that's gone on my reading list, too.
Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain and Ireland by Kevin Crossley-Holland
The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson
A beautiful book. Not just an adventure about a girl in training under Baba Yaga, but a lovely story about growing up. It's heartbreaking at times; it's also profoundly gentle and encouraging. Marinka fights against expectations that she never signed up for, but the novel refuses to portray the struggle in terms of one right answer and one wrong answer. Instead, it has the grace to allow Marinka to figure out her place and her purpose while also considering the needs of others.
Leave It to Psmith by PG Wodehouse
My problem now is deciding whether to read the next Blandings book (a collection of short stories called Blandings Castle) or go back and start the beginning of Psmith's adventures with Mike and Psmith.