Monday, May 5, 2008

May Challenge!

When I was in college, I took two classes of Children's literature. In the course of those classes, we had to read tons of young adult novels. I thought, “This is so lame! I already read all these books when I was in high school! What am I paying all this tuition for?!” But I was shocked to find that most of them were ten times better when I read them as an adult. And thanks to J.K. Rowling, it is no longer taboo for adults to shamelessly read Young Adult Fiction. So I am making this months challenge to read something from the Young Adult section that you haven't read in recent years (meaning you can't re-read Twilight or Harry Potter). I made a list of good books that are my favorites from the genre, but there are tons out there..

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Crispin by Avi
Holes by Louis Sachar (if you have not read this book, you MUST before you die)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brasharesby
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Call of the Wild by Jack London
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred Taylor

This challenge might also be related to the fact that my birthday is next week and I am officially feeling OLD and I want to remember time when I was young.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love this challenge! I too took a Children's Lit. class in college and really enjoyed it but haven't delved back into that genre for several years. Can't wait to get started - thanks for the suggestions!