Shelf Discovery

I participated this year in the wonderful Book Blogger Holiday Swap. I had a great time putting together a package for my giftee Cass, of the blog Bonjour, Cass. And, delayed gratification junkie that I am, I put off opening the package I received until it was Chanukah and everyone was opening all their presents. I opened the box eagerly. My face must have split into such a crazy-huge grin, because the next thing I knew my family was shouting, “What is it? What is it? Show us!” And when I finally held it up, everyone agreed it was just about the most perfect present, ever, for me.

It turned out my book swap buddy was Sheila of Journey Through a World of Books, and she had sent me a brand-new copy of Lizzie Skurnick’s new book, Shelf Discovery: The teen classics we never stopped reading. Along with a giant bar of Cadbury’s Milk Chocolate, too. (What better way to spend the holidays than curled up with a good book and a bar of chocolate?)

I usually read books from the library, but owning this book is essential, as it’s the kind of thing I’ll want to dip into every few days, reading an essay here and an essay there. And now I have it to enjoy at my leisure!

Julie of Booking Mama loves Shelf Discovery, too, and she’s hosting a book challenge that sounds like a lot of fun! The Shelf Discovery Challenge is to read six of the books written about in the book before April 30, 2010. I thought I’d read a ton of the books in Shelf Discovery, but there are so many new ones I’m intrigued by!

New to me:
The Grounding of Group 6 by Julian Thompson
To Take a Dare by Paul Zindel and Crescent Dragonwagon
The Westing Game by Ellen Rankin

Revisitations:
Ghosts I Have Been by Richard Peck – I remember reading this one several times from the library while going on to devour everything Peck had written
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken – This is one of those books that I read too late for it to become a seminal part of my childhood, so it didn’t really stick with me. I want to give it another try.
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett – I have read this book so many times I’ve long ago lost count. And seen the movie countless times. Which doesn’t do justice to the book at all. What’s up with that ridiculous ending?