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Gimme five!

Written by Kirsten on October 25th, 2009


This mini-challenge was practically custom-made for me; between its similarity to High Fidelity style top five lists and my love of children’s books, definitely right up my alley. I’m trucking along with my reading, though, so I’ll make this brief and link to the books at a later date.

1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Everyone knows what they’re like, and sometimes it just feels good to be cranky about them, darnit!

2. Eloise. My best friend and I both love Eloise’s quirky randomness and mischievous antics; we’ve plans for Eloise tattoos someday. No joke.

3. Matilda. Being a precocious kid and the quiet, readerly nerd in my youth, Matilda was an easy character for me to relate to, and that hasn’t changed in twenty-odd years. Go figure.

4. The Poky Little Puppy. My favorite golden book, it always makes me happy inside to see or read it.

5. The Giving Tree. I love all of Shel Silverstein’s work, but this book will always strike a chord in me.

As for the reading, I’m in part three of The Hunger Games and hoping to finish it before the midway point of the next hour. I’m probably going to go back to The Time Travelers for another hundred pages or so, then pick up a re-read from the children’s/YA books here; James and the Giant Peach and The Lightning Thief are options, though I may go for Susan Cooper to read something new instead.

Keep up the great work, readers and cheerleaders; we’re in the home stretch!


15 Comments so far ↓

  1. Lynn says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the mini challenge. The Poky Little Puppy has appeared on a few people’s lists – we love it too! I can never decide if I like the Giving Tree. I have my review written and I go to post, and then I change my mind again.
    Thanks for playing along! and WAY TO GO making it so far along in the Read-a-thon!

  2. Nicole says:

    You’re well over halfway now. Keep on reading and having fun! You can do it!

  3. Eva says:

    We’re coming up on the final quarter! You’ve done great so far-see it through to the end! You can do it!

    Matilda was great!

  4. Kirsten says:

    Lynn, I know several people who feel that way about The Giving Tree. Did you first read it as an adult? I think that may have something to do with our initial and persevering reaction to its moral.

    Thanks for the rah-rahs, everyone! I’m definitely feeling the hours, and am a bit dismayed by my reading totals, but am still having a great time, which is the most important bit :)

  5. Kerian says:

    I had a love-hate relationship with “Alexander.” My mom and grandparents always told me that was my book. ;) Despite that I look back on it with fond memories. It’s a good book.

  6. Kerian says:

    You’ve read so much today! I’ve never done Dewey’s reading challenge but what you’re doing today is really impressive. It takes a good amount of book dedication. Obviously from how I met you I knew you had that quality! This is really fantastic, though. You’re almost there!

    If I had to pick from your rereads, I’d totally read “James and the Giant Peach.” I can’t remember how the story goes at all. I simply remember coloring in a very large peach on a piece of paper during elementary school for it. ;) Keep it up!

  7. Trish says:

    Good luck with Hunger Games! Wish I had gotten to that one earlier.

    You’re doing great–we’re almost there!!
    .-= Trish´s last blog ..Read-a-thon: Hours 19&20 =-.

  8. Trisha says:

    Looks like you are doing great! Hang in there!
    .-= Trisha´s last blog ..Read-a-Thon Hours 20 & 21 =-.

  9. jehara says:

    hang in there!! only a couple of hours left!! you are doing great!

    i LOVE the giving tree. it always makes me a little teary-eyed at the end. beautiful, poignant story.

  10. Marg says:

    So many people reading Suzanne Collins!

    Keep going. You have very nearly made it to the finish line!

  11. Kirsten says:

    Thanks, all! I gave in again; second nap break of the readathon, but I’m back in the game for the last hour and a half. Will be better prepared next time around, for sure!

  12. Eva says:

    I’m back to cheer you to the finish line! Go, go, go!
    .-= Eva´s last blog ..Dewey’s Read-a-Thon: Hour 22 =-.

  13. Kirsten says:

    Yayyyy, thank you, Eva! Your stats for this event are incredible; nice work!

  14. Louise says:

    Are you still around? Or sleeping and resting? No matter what, you’ve done great so far. Ready for the last stretch?! Come on. GO GO GO. Cheering for you from Copenhagen, Denmark.
    .-= Louise´s last blog ..Readathon Twentysecond Hour =-.

  15. Kirsten says:

    I’m still here, Louise! Gonna make it to the bitter end :) Thanks for your cheers, yay!

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