Friday, May 10, 2013

Calico Bush

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My sister, Kati, and I began our Sisters Book Challenge in February. We each gave the other a list of 10 books. The challenge was to read (and blog about) at least five of the ten books on our individual lists, and so far, I've completed two. 

For my third book I choose Calico Bush by Rachel Field.  Historical fiction is not my genre of choice.  On my own, I more than likely would not have picked this up unless I chose to read it aloud to my kids for school, but as part of this challenge, I wanted to push myself to read a few things that may be out of my comfort zone. 

This is considered juvenile fiction, but like all well-told stories, it crosses all age boundaries. When I first picked this up from the library, I found myself avoiding reading altogether because I didn't think I would like it, yet I didn't want to read something else and put this off forever.  I set a goal of reading 20 pages every time I picked it up, but once I became engaged in the story of Marguerite who was bound to a young family in Maine for six years, I found myself reading beyond the 20 pages to see what was going to happen next.  I became  wrapped up in the tragedies (a fire, injuries) and the victories (new love, friendship, courage). 

Would I choose another book by this author having completed and liked this one?  Probably not, but only because I have a hard time with the genre.  For children or adults who love historical fiction, this is one to add to your list!


  1. Kristin, we have found a reading preference difference! Lol... I love historical fiction. :)

  2. This sounds interesting! I can't believe I've never heard of it.


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