2019 Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge | Final Update

The 2019 Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge has come to an end (officially tomorrow, June 30th), so I’m here with my final reading update. I finished Rose in Bloom, and although I said in my Halfway Update that I was going to start Work, I instead proceeded to the Stories & Other Writings portion of The Library of America edition I checked out of the library. My thoughts are as follows.

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2019 Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge | Halfway Update

<< The 2019 Challenge has ended. You can read my Wrap-Up here. >>

Despite feeling like June just started, we are now closer to the end of it than the beginning. I’ve decided to use this [just over] halfway point to talk about my progress with the Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge. You can learn more about this Challenge in my introductory post and at In The Bookcase; otherwise, keep reading for my thoughts on Rose in Bloom so far.

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2018 Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge

< < I finished Eight Cousins for this Reading Challenge, so if you’d like to read my thoughts on it just click here. > >

Tarissa from In The Bookcase kindly invited me to join her 2018 Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge, and since I’ve been racking my brain thinking about what books to read this month (ha ha ha) I have decided to take part!

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Carlson Turner Books and Bookbindery

There’s Something About Carlson Turner Books and Bookbindery

Most of the time, I shop exclusively at one local bookstore (that has multiple locations here in Maine), primarily because once I find a shop/restaurant/bar/hiking spot that I love, I don’t feel an overwhelming pressure to stray. I also frequent a handful of the bookstores in Portland, Maine – one conveniently sits next to the library and its sidewalk used book sale always draws me over. However, one bookstore I hadn’t yet visited is now one that sits on top of my list of favorites. This bookstore is Carlson Turner Books and Bookbindery.

Carlson Turner Bookstore and Bookbindery Sidwalk

Turn westward where Congress St. meets Washington Ave. and you’ll see a row of narrow buildings you can’t help but notice for their whimsy, as well as the cemetery facing them on the opposite side of the road. If you don’t notice the sign above the door for Carlson Turner Antiquarian Bookstore and Bookbindery, the most charming section of sidewalk in the city will beckon you, leading you right through an old door and into what I daresay is the most charming store in the city.

Carlson Turner Bookstore and BookbinderyThe musty smell fills your nostrils and lungs almost immediately; the quickness of this makes you forget that this is not how everything smells. Faced with tall bookshelves I got lost in the most perfect way.

Inside Carlson Turner Bookstore and BookbinderyNew novels, literary classics, childhood favorites, rare collections, dictionaries, foreign language texts, maps, and even (eek!) old grammar books.  I must have passed through each shelf-hallway three times, each time spotting a title I hadn’t noticed before. A typewriter sat in the back, surrounded by more bookshelves, and although the floor seemed fragile, it supported the bookstore’s contents well. I cannot personally attest to the Bookbindery services, but if I continue re-reading some of my favorite book editions to the point where my shoddy repairs don’t hold up, I’ll be happy to utilize them.

The quiet man behind the counter was working on a project and I didn’t want to disturb him, but he was kind and attentive so in no time (or perhaps, too quickly), I had made my purchase and walked back outside into the real world, hastily making plans to visit this bookstore again.


Carlson & Turner Purchases

Carlson Turner Books & Bookbindery
241 Congress St.
Portland, Maine