I am sure at some point in your life, you have read the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Whether it was required reading, or it was on purpose that you read this tale from the 1800’s, we have all heard of the novel or seen the film versions.
This post isn’t to wax poetic about the book.
I am here to tell you that this copy of Little Women which was gifted to me when I was in elementary school, has not been opened in almost 30 years.
Yes, you read that right. I received this book as a gift in 1986. I read it once. It is has been on one bookshelf of mine or another for almost 30 years.
There is so much wrong with this, I can’t even…
I know you are wondering, why hold onto a book that you never read? Great question.
I remember getting this book and being excited to read it. I had heard about how good of a book this was and I couldn’t wait to crack open the first page. So I read Little Women and…
I did read it and I know I am probably in the minority on this, but I didn’t like it. I just didn’t get what all the fuss was about. Later in my schooling, I had to read it again for a class, and I was underwhelmed all over again.
But I still had this book. I held onto it thinking maybe one day I’ll like it. Maybe one day I’ll get what the fuss is about and fall in love with the stories of the March sisters. One day I am going to own all the books of classic American literature and this book will be a great addition to the collection.
I am sure you can guess, that never happened.
So that is how I still have my almost 30-year-old copy of Little Women. And I think about the money this book has cost me. All the times I have moved in my life, and all the times I have packed and unpacked this book and dutifully put it on a shelf. This book was part of any number of moving trucks, packed inside a cardboard box, taking up space.
I cannot believe I have carted around this book for all this time.
Well now the March sisters will be finding a new home with someone who loves their story and can truly appreciate the words of Ms. Alcott.
I am selling my copy.
Moral of the story is, if you have a book that you have been holding onto for any number of umpteen years, find a new home for it. I am speaking from experience here folks, if you haven’t read it recently, you are never going to read it.