But to point. Being that my reading has been structured around springtime, I thought I'd give you an update of what all those stories are, and what I hope to read before the end of spring! (Hopefully this will also give you some new book recommendations. That's always a welcome thing, am I right?)
Catrin in Wales by Mabel Esther Allan
Ever since I first read this book two years ago I loved it. (Read my original review here.) Now, finally done with my second re-read, I find it just as much a favorite as ever. I honestly don't know how to put it in words, but this book is really, really special and dear to me.
*Reading this book was also part of the goal I set for Heidi's Adventure of Reading Challenge* Check it out here!*
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Again, this was my second re-read. I did this one early in the springtime, in March, because at the time I was yearning for spring and reading this book seemed a good way to satisfy myself despite the gray and muddy weather outside. (Thankfully those days are completely past, YAY.) I enjoyed this book just as much as I did the first time. It's odd in places (aherm), and most of the characters do things I don't approve of (aHERM). But on the whole, the story is so captivating (ha) and magical. And despite having next to nothing in common with Cassandra (other than being writers), I find her a very relatable and sympathetic heroine.
(Despite her annoying love life, urgh.)
(He's just so nice.)
A Tangled Web by L. M. Montgomery
This is also a second re-read, and my goodness, what a change of opinion this time around! Quite on a whim, I picked this up and started reading it and couldn't put it down. The first time I read this I was close to eleven years old. Maybe that's why I found it insufferably boring the first time. I have no idea. But this time--this time! It was humorous, delightful, and just all around gold. Montgomery hardly ever disappoints, and I'm so glad I wasn't re-disappointed by this one!
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Eeeeee! I just finished reading this darling book, and all I have to complain about is where has it been all my life? I might have read it once when I was a wee thing, but most of my memory of the story comes from a movie version. :P But my foreknowledge of the general storyline, this book wouldn't let me go. I kept looking forward excitingly to whenever I had moments of spare time to read it. Seriously. This book is beautiful. I love it to death.
(Don't ask me who I ship Mary with once they're all grown up, because I don't know.)
(Yes, I do. Probably Dickon.)
(After all, Colin and Mary will grow up together like brother and sister. And he'll become a famous scientist and lecturer. <3)
Heidi's Adventure of Reading Challenge.
Here's my full list of "hopefuls":
Jane of Lantern Hill
Emily of New Moon
Only a Novel
As of this moment, I have started Jane of Lantern Hill (hear that, Éowyn? :)), which is coincidentally the only book on my list that is not a re-read. (So far it's delightful, but we shall see. :)) (I have high hopes.)
Well! Now all we have to do is wait and see if I can conquer my list before June 21st! I was going to give myself until the end of May, but since June 21st is the official first day of summer, why not give myself more time? ;) Hee.
What books have you been reading this spring?
Do you have any "springtime" favorites?
Have you read any of the books listed?
How has your spring been as of late?