But here comes another that will not only add to the stacks – it’s going to add books that I’ve already read! Granted, I last read them over 25 years ago, but it will be the first time I’ll have to get books specifically for a reading challenge. I’m not sure exactly what I’m thinking here…except that I can’t resist this one! I suspect the seeds were already planted, and the challenge is just giving me an excuse to work in the garden (not the best analogy, but it will have to do for now).
Julie of Booking Mama is hosting her first reading challenge: The Shelf Discovery Challenge! This six-month challenge starts on November 1, and is inspired by Lizzie Skurnick’s “reading memoir” of young-adult literary classics, which I reviewed in September and truly enjoyed. It reminded me about so many old favorites, and mentioned quite a few books that I somehow managed to miss, too – and so, as I said, the seeds were planted for revisiting the YA of my day. Julie’s challenge is providing the Miracle-Gro. (I have a black thumb and therefore don’t garden in real life, so once again, another lame analogy.) Once I link this post at her announcement post, I’ll be officially signed up! (If you don’t have a blog, you don’t have to miss out; just leave a comment on that post to let Julie know you’re in!)
Here’s what the challenge requires:
Grab the challenge button at the top of (the announcement post) page and write a post detailing what six Shelf Discovery books you are going to read within the next six months (you always have the option to change your original list).
On November 1st, 2009, Julie will place a Shelf Discovery Challenge button in the upper right hand corner of her blog. When you click on this button, you will see a post where all the participants are listed as well as the links to their Shelf Discovery updates and “book reports.” So, every time you have a post relating to the Shelf Discovery Challenge (with the exception of your first sign-up post) you should leave a comment there with a link to your post.
The Arm of the Starfish, Madeleine L’Engle
The Moon by Night, Madeleine L’Engle
Forever, Judy Blume
Jacob I Have Loved, by Katherine Paterson*
Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell* (to be borrowed from my sister)
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
5. How many books did you read?
6. What were the names of the books you read?
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?