Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Themed Reading Challenge 2008

I have been thinking and thinking and thinking about the Themed Reading Challenge. But I have finally come up with a theme that I am more than happy with...Beverly Cleary.

I am going to try to read and review EVERY Cleary book I can get my hands on. Some I have already--childhood copies--and, of course, I'll see what the library has to offer as well.

http://www.beverlycleary.com/books/index.html
http://www.beverlycleary.com/books/ramona_books.html
http://www.beverlycleary.com/books/henry_books.html
http://www.beverlycleary.com/books/ralph_books.html
http://www.beverlycleary.com/books/leigh_books.html

I know I probably can't manage all of these, but here is her bibliography according to Wikipedia:

8 comments:

Unknown said...

Wow, that's going to be a lot of reading! I've read most of them at various stages of my life, except the picture books and her autobiography, and I really look forward to your reviews. I never did like Ramona, even as a kid. Henry Huggins was, and still is, my favourite. I noticed you were missing her 3 "Leave It to Beaver" books. Here's a list that has them listed
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/c/beverly-cleary/

Becky said...

Thanks, Nicola. That's why I'm sometimes skeptical of wikipedia! I do appreciate the link, I'll have to see if I can track those down somewhere. I know I don't own those.

I am going to try my best to see if I can find audio books of at least some of these to read alongside the books. I think it would be fun to see how they're done.

Wendy said...

Ooooh, I love Beverly Cleary! Great theme, Becky!! Glad you'll be joining me on this one :)

chrisa511 said...

You have got to be the most brave challenge participant I've ever met! LOL! I'm in awe at the amount of books you read! This is great though. I remember Beverly Cleary from when I was younger. Me and my sister used to read a lot of her books. Have fun reading these! Great idea :)

Becky said...

I don't know that I'm all that brave. My philosophy is that if I already own it or if my library has a copy that I'll make a point of reading it so I can blog about it. It will be great to revisit Cleary in the upcoming year. I probably haven't read most of these since '90 or '91. So it will be interesting to see if I read them differently as an adult of if they're still magical.

Faith said...

I've read vast quantities of Beverly Cleary, and my favourite--besides the Ramona books, which I adore--is The Luckiest Girl. It's as sappy as it can be, but it's just so sweet that I can't help but love it. You're going to enjoy that challenge!

Dewey said...

Hi Becky,
I saw someone mention a challenge that I thought they said you were hosting. And it wasn't the OSC challenge (that's yours, right?) but I can't remember what it was, and I'm not 100% sure it was you. This is probably the flakiest comment you ever got, but what other challenges are you hosting, if any?

Becky said...

Dewey:

I am hosting the Celebrate the Author challenge. I'll come visit your site and leave the link!

Becky