Last night I was telling my 11-year-old daughter about the four reading challenges I’ll be participating in next year. She already knew about the Back to the Classics Challenge–and sat with me while I chose which books to read–but I hadn’t told her about the others. When I was done, she asked, “What are the rules for the other challenges? I think I want to do them with you.”
Be still, my heart.
We went over each of the challenges together, and she has decided to unofficially join the Back to the Classics Challenge and the Mount TBR Challenge. I couldn’t be more proud. (Can you see the glow?)
When discussing the levels for the Mount TBR Challenge, she cracked me up by asking which level I’m going for (40 books) and then deciding to one-up me: “I can do more than 40. That’s easy. I’ll go for 50–I have A LOT of books stacked up.” That’s my girl. (When my parents came here for Thanksgiving, my dad brought her three big boxes of books that were mine when I was a kid, so she DOES have a lot of books piled up.)
Then we got down to choosing books for the classics challenge. We got online and looked up lists of classics for children/young adults. She has a very hard time making decisions, especially when it comes to books, so she has left some of her choices open by choosing a couple of books which she can decide between when the time comes. This is what we came up with:
- 19th century: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens or Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving (probably both, since Rip Van Winkle is a short story)
- 20th century: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett or The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
- Re-read: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Heidi by Johanna Spyri, or Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
- Play: The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
- Mystery/Horror/Crime: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
- Romance: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Translated from original language: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- Award Winner: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
- Country She’ll Never Visit: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
As far as the Mount TBR challenge goes, she’ll decide on the books as she goes.
As she doesn’t have a blog or a space where she can post updates, I will be posting her updates along with mine every month: each of my monthly update posts will have a “My Progress” section and an “Ashley’s Progress” section. We are both very excited about working on these challenges together… 2012 is going to be a fun year for reading.