Shelf Discovery Challenge


shelfdiscoverytileadI picked up this little gem while I was at Harper’s Fall Ball, started skimming through and reading some the selected “book reports” that night and loved it right away.  It’s all about exploring some of the older classics of teen literature.  I knew that I would want to go back and read some of these old stories to remember what I thought about them as  teen and see how that might have changed now that I am adult.  Julie from Booking Mama has come up with the perfect way to do this! See the full challenge details at her post on the Shelf Discovery Challenge.


The Shelf Discovery Challenge will run for six months (November 1, 2009 – April 30, 2010). To join me in this challenge, all you need to do is grab a copy of SHELF DISCOVERY and pick out what six books you want to read (of course, you can read more than six!) Then, after you read a book, just write a “book report” to share your thoughts with others!

Sign Up:

Grab the challenge buttons at the top of this 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 — I’m flexible like that!) Once you have posted your Shelf Discovery challenge post, come back to this post and click on Mr. Linky. Please leave your name and link directly to your introductory post (not just to your blog’s home page.) If you don’t have a blog, no worries — you can just leave a comment on this post telling me you want to participate.

My List:

Has changed a dozen times already, but as of right now I’m reading:

  • Julie of the Wolves, Jean Craighead George
  • Island of The Blue Dolphins, Scott O’Dell
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare
  • Stranger With My Face, by Lois Duncan
  • An Old Fashioned Girl, by Louisa May Alcott
  • Caroline, Willo Davis Roberts


  • Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell
  • Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Great idea Julie! I’m looking forward to it.

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  1. YAY for you! I still haven’t come up with my six books yet. I have a feeling my list will have a lot! I think I’ll probably end up reading more than six because there are so many amazing books on the list!

    Thanks for joining us! I am so excited about this challenge!
    .-= Julie P.´s last blog ..Review: My Life in Pink and Green =-.

  2. Oh, you guys are dangerous! I really do want to participate in this challenge. I do not have the book however, so maybe once I get back from my trip, I’ll go to the bookstore and thumb through it and find my list. I have a pretty good idea already, but I don’t want to miss anything important! It will be a trip to read some of the books I obsessed over when I was a teenager!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..100 Mile Fitness Challenge Update: October 16 – 22 =-.

  3. What fun! I read and enjoyed Witch of Blackbird Pond and Island of the Blue Dolphins back in the day and liked them both, but I OWNED and LOVED Stranger with My Face and Caroline. Actually, I owned tons of books besides Caroline from the Sunfire series (Jacqueline and Emily were two other particular favorites.) I’m not joining the challenge, but I may have to pick up this book.
    .-= Teresa´s last blog ..Animals Make Us Human (audio) =-.

  4. What a great idea! My book club read The Witch of Blackbird Pond a few years ago and everyone really enjoyed it! Island of the Blue Dolphins was one of my favorites!

  5. This sounds like a great challenge; I’m challenging *myself* not to buy any “new” books, so I’ll scour other people’s lists to find 6 or so that I already own 🙂 I do have the first three on your list; I re-read Julie of the Wolves not too long ago so I’d probably skip that, but the other two have been on my re-read shelves for some time 🙂
    .-= Kirsten´s last blog ..Hidden in plain view Thursday =-.