Guess what? It’s birthday week! That’s right, we celebrate birthdays for at least a week around here (sometimes more!) and on Thursday I turn the big 2-6 so it is officially my birthday week :).
Last year for my 25th birthday I showed you 25 of my favorite things (1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, and 21-25) and told you 25 random facts about me. Obviously I don’t want to repeat all that info and I don’t know if I can come up with 26 more favorite things of random facts, so this year I’m going to do some other fun little tidbits about me. I hope you’ll indulge me as I selfishly blab about myself for a few days (oh wait, that’s what blogging pretty much is anyway….).
First up, 5 famous books that I’ve never read. This is probably the most embarrassing list I’m going to share with you, since I’m an avid reader and an elementary librarian for crying out loud, but the truth of the matter is there are some very well known books that somehow I just never read!
1. Chronicles of Narnia. I’ve never read these and I honestly haven’t had the desire to read them. Everyone raves about the Chronicles of Narnia but I really haven’t been interested. I watched the movie The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe when it came out a few years ago and didn’t care for it either. I’m sure that if I picked them up and started reading them, I’d probably like them, I just never seem to think about it when I’m looking for a new book to read.
2. The Polar Express. I had no idea that The Polar Express was such a big deal until I started teaching elementary school this year. I mean, I had heard of the book and knew there was a movie, too, but that was it. From what I hear, there are tons of elementary schools that do big Polar Express days right before Christmas: wear pjs, drink hot chocolate, watch the movie, do activities, the whole shebang. That was news to me. It’s a pretty short picture book so I think before next Christmas I definitely need to read this one!
3. A Wrinkle in Time. I’ve heard A Wrinkle in Time mentioned nearly my whole life and yet couldn’t even tell you what this book is about, other than that it’s shelved in my science fiction section so it must me science fiction-y.
4. Gone with the Wind. Another classic, although I’m not sure if this one counts because I know that I at least tried to read Gone with the Wind when I was much younger. I remember my mom recommending it and me reading some of it, but I don’t remember anything about the story so I must not have read much or retained anything. I haven’t seen the movie either. Again, it’s one of those that people talk about all the time but somehow it slipped past me.
5. Bud, not Buddy. Again, one that I don’t even know what the story is, but I’ve certainly heard of this book and I know it’s pretty famous. I feel like I should have read this, but… apparently not.
So, are you shocked? I have to say that it was somewhat hard for me to think of books that I hadn’t read. ‘Cause I’ve read tons and tons of books, both for school assignments and for fun, over the course of my (almost) 26 years. But there were still a few classics that slipped through the cracks.
A co-worker of mine found a list of the 100 best children’s chapter books (I think it might be this one) and her goal this year is to go through and read (or re-read if it’s been a while) each one. I think that’s a neat goal and might have to try to do that challenge myself next year.
Alright now it’s your time to air your dirty laundry…which well known books (children’s or otherwise) have you NOT read?