What a fun month I've had re-reading the last of the Betsy-Tacy books as well as discovering and enjoying some of Maud Hart Lovelace's lesser-known, but equally good novels!
It is my hope that by hosting the first Maud Hart Lovelace Reading Challenge I have encouraged new readers to the Betsy-Tacy series (and its author) to give them a try and in turn sparked an interest in the books, which I believe will naturally grow into a love for them. As for readers who've enjoyed the books in the past, it is my hope that this challenge gave them a chance to become reacquainted with Betsy, Tacy, and Tib or perhaps to discover some of the other wonderful stories that Maud penned during her lifetime.
Personally I came into this reading challenge already a fan of the Betsy-Tacy books, having read and enjoyed them as a teenager, but now as the challenge comes to a close I realize my enjoyment has grown into a deeper love for the books and a great admiration for the author. I cannot explain the special connection I feel to Betsy Ray and her world, but I can feel it. I will treasure these books all my life and I excitedly await the time when I can share them with my daughter.
To recap my reads for the MHL reading challenge: I read 7 books (6 by and 1 about MHL) during the month+ reading challenge (September 28-October 31), but for the sake of those new to the books I am going to link up all the reviews I've posted about Maud's books, including those from earlier in the year. For those looking for more facts about MHL check out my More About Betsy, Tacy, Tib and Maud Hart Lovelace post. And for those looking to post your own links scroll on down to the Mr. Linky. I cannot wait to read what you have to say!
Books read by MHL:
Betsy, Tacy and Tib
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill
Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown
Heavens to Betsy
Betsy in Spite of Herself
Betsy Was a Junior
Betsy and Joe
Betsy and the Great World
Winnona's Pony Cart
Carney's House Party
Emily of Deep Valley
The Trees Kneel At Christmas
One Stayed At Welcome (with Delos Lovelace)
The Betsy-Tacy Companion by Sharla Scannell Whalen (biography of MHL)
What about you, what did you read? Link to your own reviews, MHL related posts, or your own MHL reading challenge wrap up post here:
In closing, please leave a comment and let me know if you would like to see a return of the Maud Hart Lovelace Reading Challenge next fall, giving you a chance to read more of her books or short stories.