Yes, I am failing miserably on my challenges this year and yet I am still going to sign up for another one. Julie at Booking Mama is hosting a challenge based on Lizzie Skurnick's book Shelf Discovery. And since it involves choosing 6 books, almost all of which are middle grade or YA, from the over 70 listed in the book, I think I can probably handle this one. It's also nice that it runs Nov. 1 through Apr. 30 so the timing overlaps but doesn't conflict with so many other challenges. Maybe I'll get R. to read along with me! For more information, go to the challenge rules and join up with me. I want to read six books I didn't read as a girl-child and that limits me substantially here since Lizzie Skurnick and I seem to have been reading from the same section of the library (and I love that the covers of the books pictured in Shelf Discovery are in actual fact the covers on the books I read--and in some cases still have!).
Here are my six tentative books:
1. All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
2. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
3. Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth Jr. & Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
4. Understood Betsy byDorothy Canfield Fisher
5. My Darling, My Hamburger by Paul Zindel
6. An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
As I leafed through Shelf Discovery thinking of the books I read and loved as a girl, I thought also of some of the books I still have that would probably never make it into a book like this or even on anyone else's list. But I know that I still have a copy of at least one of my childhood's sentimental favorites and I plan to read that one too in honor of this challenge, even if it isn't listed in the book and doesn't fit the challenge parameters. So The Witch's Buttons by Ruth Chew, long out of print but still on my bookshelf, where sadly, none of my children have been tempted by the delights inside it, will also join the chosen six as my only re-read.