Nightstand Books #13 -
little women kindle

Nightstand Books #13

little women kindle

As per usual my nightstand offerings are pretty scarce this week. My vacation offered me surprisingly little reading time, but that’s ok. I had a blast just getting to spend so much time with my family. I did take a bunch of books with me just in case, though. And, by a “bunch of books” I mean I took my Kindle (technically it’s my daughter’s, but she let’s me use it whenever she’s not reading something).

The Kindle really is the perfect literary companion for vacations. Even though I only got a few chapters in, I was loaded for bear. I had dozens of books ready and waiting. That’s one of the advantages of the e-reader of course. No need to cram your backpack with a lot of extra poundage. Take whatever you want with you in this tiny little package.

I still prefer physical copies, but even more than fantasy and science fiction, my favorite genre is really the classics. Except it’s not actually a genre. I guess I just have very catholic taste when it comes to fiction. I love anything as long as it’s a good story. And almost all the classics are free in ebook form! E-readers make a lot of sense for me in that regard. I still probably only read about one ebook for every ten physical book, but it’s nice to know it’s there in a pinch.

I’m currently reading through Little Women. We have a version of it for radio theater so I know the story, but I’ve never actually read it before. And wow am I enjoying this one. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are so brilliantly written that you truly come to feel like a part of the March family as you read it. Each sister is so different and yet the family as a whole has its own consistent character. Marmee and Mr. March are delights as well and even Laurie is charming in his own way, though a bit too mischievous at times.

I tell you, going from Watership Down to this, I’m just blessed. That’s one of the reasons I love the classics. They are just so good. Tried and true throughout the years, these are stories that stick with you and both encapsulate and transcend the times they were written in. Speaking of Watership, I shall be posting my review of it soon, though I suppose I’ve already given away my opinion on it.

Until next time.


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Comments (5)

  1. Little Women is a very good book. I haven’t read it in years, but it’s one of those that stays with you. I particularly love movies based on classic books, they’re just always better than movies based on more contemporary books. The more recent (though by now it’s probably considered “old”) movie based on Little Women with Christian Bale is quite good.

    • DJ Edwardson says:

      I haven’t seen that movie. I’ll have to check it out.

      I absolutely love the Focus on the Family Radio Theater adaptation though. I keep hearing the voices of the cast in my head as I read. I believe they were perfectly cast. It might be out of print, but if you can get your hands on a copy I’d highly recommend it. In an age of cinema I know most people don’t listen to much Radio Theater, but when done right it often proves a much better medium for adapting many books than film.

  2. Abbey says:

    My dad just read Little Women recently and loved it. My friend read it last year and loved it. I’m thinking I might need to move it up on my to-read list… Right now, Little Women, Jane Eyre, and Northanger Abbey (the only Jane Austen novel I have yet to read) are fighting for the no. 1 spot.

    • DJ Edwardson says:

      I think you will like it. It’s one book that really should have broad appeal. It’s really one of the true classics of American literature. It’s funny, sad, profound, and captivating all at once. I hope you get to read it soon!

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