Friday, October 30, 2009

I'm Joining Booking Mama's Shelf Discovery Challenge!

Ok, I couldn't be more excited about this challenge hosted by Booking Mama! It stemmed from the new book by Lizzie Skurnick called Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading. It's a "reading memoir," as Booking Mama describes, that features over 70 MG and YA classics all with Skurnick's unique impressions. The pieces included are so great and totally bring me back to my young gal years with authors like Judy Blume, whom I completely adored :0)

So, as part of the challenge I must list the 6 books I'm going to read over the next 6 months. I'm all giggles just thinking about reading some of these. Oh, to be a kid again... Anyhow, some I've read before and some I haven't but know I should have they are:

A Wrinkle in Time by Medeleine L'Engle - I love this piece. Such a classic and one I haven't read in a long time.

Are You There God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume - I can't believe I actually haven't read this one! I know, how could I have missed it?

The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett - I remember reading this book over and over as a girl. And the movie too. I watched it like a hundred times. I actually still have the VHS.

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews - I remember this piece really affecting me as a kid. And a few of my students re-read it over the summer as part of their summer reading and they had quite a lot to say about it. So, I'm excited to go back a read it, especially with such a different perspective now.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin - Another one I somehow missed!

The Girl With the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts - Again, loved this one.

Ok, so there they are! My challenge is set. To find out who else is participating in the Shelf Book Challenge and to sign up yourself, visit Booking Mama! And if you're curious to see which other classics are included in Shelf Discovery click here!


  1. Great list! I'm so glad you joined us! I hope you'll have a lot of fun! ;)

  2. Sounds like a blast! I loved the Westing Game!!!

  3. I've never watched a movie over and over again than "The Secret Garden." We owned a copy on VHS and watched it every week while growing up! Glad I'm not the only one. I've never read the book but I may consider it.