This week the topic is---Top Ten Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read
I pride myself on being a big reader of children's literature. A few years ago, I decided to try to read all the Newbery winners, and I easily did that in a year. Now I'm working on reading all the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up. A bit daunting.
So I'm amending this list to make it the Top Ten Children's Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read. Here goes:
1. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
I am working on this one right now. I can't believe I've never read it. I honestly was not all that familiar with the plot.
I love the idea behind this story. Who in their childhood hasn't dreamed of living on a deserted (or almost deserted) island?!
3. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
I'll say it like the children often say in my library when I show them a book and ask if they have read it: "No, but I saw the movie!" And, eek, that grates on my nerves like fingernails on a chalkboard.
4. Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
As a little girl, I loved the Edgar Eager books I found in my public library. I devoured them and, when I saw that Edgar Eager attributed his brilliant writing to having read the E. Nesbit books, looked and looked for E. Nesbit around my small town. In vain, however. I must read this book.
I have a book friend who has long raved about these books. She even sent me two from the series. Have I read them? No, of course not.
I can already hear the gasps of horror from those outside the US. No, I have not read Enid Blyton. There, I've said it. I can hardly believe it myself.
Oh dear. Now I am in danger of having my children's librarian license revoked. Wait, though, I have read Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe. But only that book in the seven book series. Nothing else.
Not having read this one will get me in deep trouble here among Texas children's librarians. Let me say that I desperately want to read it. And I promise to read it soon. Is that better?