Sunday, September 8, 2013

Introducing the Childhood Classics Read-a-Thon

This idea was born from a comment on my post, Book Voyage by Audrey from The Book Analyst. 

"On a side note, I love that you had From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, but hate that you haven't read it! That was one of my favorite books as a child and I remember reading it over and over again."

This brought me to think about all the other books I didn't read while I was a child. Instead of perusing those classics everyone has read, I was reading Junie B Jones and Horrible Harry. Not that there's anything wrong with those two books but it's a shame I missed out on so much! So I decided it was finally time to get around to the childhood classics I missed out on.

(Excuse the bad graphic please! I had NO idea where to put the 'read-a-thon'!)

Starting this month, I will be making my way around the following list of children's books. No time is set for when to finish each book but I plan on finishing EVERY book by the end of June. And if you're interested in reading with me, feel free to join! 

1. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler by EL Konigsburg
2. The Ramona Quimby series by Beverley Cleary
3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
4. The Time Quintet series by Madeleine L'Engle
5. The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
6. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
7. The Giver by Lois Lowry
8. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
9. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
10. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
11. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
12. The Holes series by Louis Sachar
13. The Island of the Blue Dolphins series by Scott O'Dell
14. The Tales of Magic series by Edward Eager
15. The View from Saturday by EL Konigsburg
16. Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
17. The Betsy Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
18. Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
19. The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
20. My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett


  1. Oh my god! This is such a coincidence! Chantelle and I are probably going to host a similar read-a-thon in December/January! Great minds think alike haha

  2. High five! Can't wait to see what books are on your list! :)

  3. I haven't read... most of the books on this list either! While reading over your list I would give out a little cheer when I came across a book I had read. I love this idea!

  4. I've never read Bridge to Terabithia, but I can say that I enjoyed the Little House series and Narnia. They had the classic feel with the writing, but it wasn't so nosebleedingly classic.

  5. Awesome idea, Annie! There are some great picks on that list, especially Narnia, The Giver and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. All of the Roald Dahl books are wonderful, they were some of my favourites as a kid.

    There are a lot of books on there I've never read either!

  6. I saw the movie for Bridge to Terabithia - go young Josh Hutcherson! I used to own 80% of the Little House series but I think I threw them away. Looking back, I so can't believe I did that!

  7. I love Roald Dahl! I'm always in awe of his creativity and imagination. Endless! :)