Here’s the thing about my first Book Challenge… I did it!
In October 2013 I started reading the 100 Best Children’s Chapter Books of All Time. My goal was to read every book on the list by my 25th birthday (November 21, 2014). I am very proud to say that last night I finished the 100th book, The Indian in the Cupboard, and completed my book challenge over three months early! In addition to reading the books on the list, this past year I read a few other books. Books like Wildwood, The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, Carry On, Warrior, Sarah’s Key, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and My Notorious Life. Which means I read over 100 books in the past ten and a half months!! I feel pretty good about that, even if 100 of those were children’s books.
Over the next few days I’d like to share my Book Challenge Superlatives. These are the books that stood out for better or for worse throughout the ten months. Let’s start off with the overall winners and losers, my most favorite and least favorite children’s chapter books of all time.
MY TOP TEN CHILDREN’S CHAPTER BOOKS OF ALL TIME
Redwall by Brian Jacques
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
The Giver by Lois Lowry
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by EG Speare
MY 12 LEAST FAVORITE CHILDREN’S CHAPTER BOOKS OF ALL TIME
The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
Stuart Little by EB White
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Mary Poppins by PL Travers
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
What about you? What are you favorite Children’s Chapter Books of All Time? Do you see them here? What did you think about The Wind in the Willows? Classic children’s tale or just a big ol’ snooze? How about Stargirl? Overrated weirdo or free-spirited superstar? Let’s talk about books!
Before I even finished this first Book Challenge I knew I wanted to do another. The hard part was choosing a new list! So I made up my own. (You can find it here just above the old list.) It’s a nice mix of books I’ve always wanted to read, books I found on a couple lists (Amazon’s Top 100 Readers’ Pick, 82 Book Club Books, 100 Books You Can’t Put Down, and One of those “In Your 20s” Lists), and recommendations from friends. It’s also a nice mix of fiction, non-fiction, YA, classic, historical fiction, science fiction, biographical, and contemporary. Follow my progress on Goodreads!