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Shelf Discovery Challenge: An Ode to Forgotten Youth

October 31, 2009


One of my strongest memories from childhood was the day my dad banned me from the Young Readers section at the book store. We’re talking middle grade (it was the 80’s. YA hadn’t quite blossomed, yet) not picture books. We were always allowed to pick a book when we went to our weekly trips to whichever local bookstore, no questions asked, but that ended the day I finished a Babysitter’s Club book in the 45 minutes it took to get home in Boston traffic at Christmas time.

From then I was showed to the adult book section and my taste for 500-1000 page, allusion  and metaphor filled books took shape.

I do, though, every now and then, miss the books I skipped over. Half Magic, A Wrinkle in Time, Phantom Toll Booth, you know, the good stuff.

So my inner 8 year old is really excited that Julie P. is hosting the Shelf Discovery Challenge. I haven’t come up with my list of six books to read for the challenge, yet, but I know that A Wrinkle in Time and The Westing Game will most assuredly be on there.

It starts, tomorrow. Are you in?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 31, 2009 8:29 pm

    YAY! Doesn’t this challenge sound like so much fun? I loved THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH! It’s so funny that you mentioned BSC because my daughter reads those in one sitting. She can’t get enough of them?

    Did you leave your name on Mr. Linky? I might have missed it!

    • iwriteinbooks permalink*
      November 1, 2009 9:05 am

      Woops! I’m officially linked in, now. I must have forgotten before. :O)

  2. November 1, 2009 12:32 am

    I love the button for this challenge, but when I saw the table of contents, I didn’t really recognise any of the books, so I decided to sit this one out. I hope you enjoy it though!

  3. November 1, 2009 6:48 pm

    I think many of us have an inner 8 year old! I can’t wait to do the books for this challenge!

  4. November 5, 2009 11:29 am

    OMG, I LOVED the Westing Game. Please do read that.

    Surely, you’ve read the Hobbit? If not, PLEASE read that.

    The Hero and the Crown – Robin McKinley is a good one.

    The Giver? Please stop me if you’ve read these.

    The Lord of the Flies

    I’ll try to think of others.

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