27 October 2009

Challenge: Shelf Discovery

Julie of Booking Mama is hosting a great challenge. Participants get a chance to either revisit favorite YA books or catch up on the ones we may have missed.

Yep, I'm signing up for the Shelf Discovery Challenge. All I have to do is pick six books that are featured in the book Shelf Discovery and agree to read them over the next six months. Sounds fun and easy, doesn't it? I have from November 1 to April 30 to read some really great childhood novels.

Wondering what I found to read? I have five novels from the book and one "cheater" novel. Let me explain: I haven't read the Austin series by Madeleine L'Engle. The second book is the series is on the official list of Shelf Discovery books. I have a sad problem: I cannot read books out of order, so one of my six books is the first in that series: my cheater. The Louisa May Alcott and E. L. Konigsburg books are repeats for me, but the other four are new.

There are some terrific choices, including two books from the Little House series. I almost picked them but ultimately decided that I do not want to review them or write about them here; I'll just let my reading of that series be noncritical.

My Book List

  1. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  2. Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  3. Meet the Autins by Madeleine L'Engle
  4. Moon by Night by Madeleine L'Engle
  5. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
  6. An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
I'm very excited about this challenge and the chance to read some novels I missed when I was a kid and refamiliarize myself with some old favorites.


Julie P. 10/27/09, 7:31 AM  

Thanks so much for joining us! I still haven't made my list yet! I just can't decide. FROM THE MIXED UP FILES was one of my favorite books when I was a kid and I recently re-read it for our Mother-Daughter book club!

bermudaonion 10/27/09, 8:08 AM  

I'm so glad you're doing this challenge because I think it will be a lot of fun. I've chosen books that I never read too. Good luck!

Anonymous,  10/27/09, 1:27 PM  

This is going to be a fun challenge. I picked a mix of ones I've read and ones I haven't.

Laura 10/27/09, 2:20 PM  

I'm really looking forward to this! I like your list too. I remember Julie of the Wolves and might have to read it again. And Louisa May Alcott is one of my favorites! Have fun!

Florinda 10/27/09, 2:22 PM  

This challenge looks like so much fun I couldn't resist! The Moon by Night is on my list too, but it's a repeat for me. Just like you did, I went with four books I've read (back in the Dark Ages) and two that I missed.

And re: your other post today, congratulations on your well-deserved mention as one of the 101 "must-read" book blogs!

Kailana 10/27/09, 5:15 PM  

Yay for Madeleine L'Engle!

That's really all I have to say. :)

Jenners 10/27/09, 10:05 PM  

"The Mixed Up Files..." is one of my all-time favorite books! You'll love it. I cannot be in a museum of any kind without thinking of it!

Josette 10/27/09, 10:51 PM  

An Old-Fashioned Girl is such an endearing book!

Stephanie 10/28/09, 11:04 AM  

I think I'll be joining this one also!

Ramona 10/28/09, 8:53 PM  

If you dive into the Austin series you will definitely want to read A Ring of Endless light. My favorite of the series!

Vasilly 10/29/09, 4:24 PM  

Great list! I have Konigsburg on my reading list for this challenge also. Happy reading!

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