I came across a photo of a bookstack by an Instagram follower and was intrigued by her choices. It lead me to Karen's blog Books and Chocolate ...... (Books and chocolate who doesn't love that name?)
I quickly grabbed my 11 year old daughter who is a voracious reader and asked her to join with me as a Mother daughter thing. She was not thrilled about it being classics but when I enticed her with a date night out just the two of us discussing each book over coffee and baked goods, she was sold! Food is a huge motivator!
So I sent her to my room for my secret stash of chocolates and we sat down together red wine in hand (only my hand) past her bedtime on a school night and came up with this list.
In less than 4 hours :
- I found this challenge
- Bribed my daughter with date nights, coffee and baked goods to do it with me
- Researched books and came up with our list
- Signed up for the challenge
- And typed and posted my list on my blog.
2. 20th Century - The Jungle by Upton Sinclair My choice it seemed interesting.
3. Woman Author - Black Beauty by Anna Sewell Robin's choice, one that has sat on her bookshelf since she started riding.
4. A Translation - The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint- Exupery Just last night Papabird and Canary were watching this on Netflix. This was Robins choice curious to read after her Dad wanted to watch it.
5. Children's Classic - 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne I chose this, Robin and I both like the ocean and sea life so what the heck!
6. Classic Crime Story - The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham (Robin does not want to read any crime with me) My choice
7. Travel or Journey - Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdhal This was a book I am requiring Robin to read for school this year so it just fits nicely.
8. Single Word - Heidi by Johanna Spyri Robin's choice, I have never read only seen the movie.
9. Color in the Title - The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Hoping this is okay for my 11 year old to read. I suggested this one she approved it after reading about it on Goodreads.
10. New Author - My Antonia by Willa Cather We both agreed on this and found it on a 20 classics to read list in a google search.
11. Classic that Scares Me - Dracula ( I may change this) I chose, not sure if we will keep this selection.
12. Old Favorite - A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burrnett (the memories of my oldest reading this melts my heart. I will write about it during a review post later in the year) Robin chose this and it is the only book we have both read. Although I have only ever read the abridged version when my oldest was very young. and before I knew that abridged versions suck in comparison!
I am very excited for this challenge, to read the books and to have this special time with my daughter.