Have you heard of this new book, “Shelf Discovery?” It seems to really be making the rounds. Essentially, it is the author, Lizzie Skurnik’s, reading memoir, comprised of the books she read as a young woman. The book is mostly comprised of books written for young adults and middle grades from the late sixties to the early eighties. This does make the books slightly before my time, but looking at the Table of Contents I can see that I did still read quite a lot of them, maybe because my mom would have read many of them as a girl herself.
So “Shelf Discovery” sounds really fun, but I would imagine that it would be far MORE fun if you can compare your own impressions of the books to Skurnik’s. Enter Julie, of Booking Mama. Julie has decided to issue a reading challenge based on the book “Shelf Discovery.” It is going to run for 6 months (November 1, 2009 – April 30, 2010) and we are each to read six books. I’m personally opting to read three that I remember fondly and three I’ve never read before, so here’s my list (leaning slightly towards books that Daniel might enjoy one day):
- Danny, Champion of the World
- A Day No Pigs Would Die
- Island of the Blue Dolphins (LOVED this book!!!!!!!!)
Have never read:
- Summer of My German Soldier
- Arm of the Starfish
How about it, are you going to engage in a little Shelf Discovery?