Monday, 20 April 2009

Operation Retirement Rescue

When Adele posted her wonderful idea of Operation Retirement Rescue last week, I loved it. It’s always good to appreciate old books, which is part of the reason why I started Series Spotlight.

Before May begins I would like you to post reviews for 1-2 YA titles that -
1) were published more than five years ago,
2) hold fond memories, and
3) post the icon somewhere in your review.

I'm extending this to mean books that I READ 5 years ago, not old ones that I've read recently. That means only books that I read when I was 13 or younger. I thought it might be interesting for people to see what I had back then. I've been through my bookshelves and written a list of everything still on there (ie - not in boxes or passed on to younger brothers) that I owned 5 years ago.

So, in roughly chronological order (earliest to latest) I give you

What Was on my Shelf 5 Years Ago That Still is Now:

Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
Prove Yourself a Hero by K. M. Peyton
Promise Song by Linda Holeman
Set of Sharon Creech books

Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin
The Wind Singer by William Nicholson
Wings over Delft by Aubrey Flegg
Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
The Swish of the Curtain by Pamela Brown
Beauty by Robin McKinley
Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley
Finding Cassie Crazy Jaclyn Moriarty

I'll be writing mini-reviews for as many as possible before May, except for ones I've already spotlighted. I'll also rate them because you know, probably not all of these books are as good now as they were to 5-years-younger-me. What was everyone else reading five years ago?


  1. That's such a great idea! But I re-read books so often, what I was reading 5 years ago I also read last year.

    By the way, you have an award on my blog:

  2. Okay, I love the idea but you all are cracking me up. 5 years is old and worth rescuing. lol I am curious to see what others post though so I'm off to read. Thanks.

  3. You make a good point Susan. Some of the books there are a lot older than that, but yeah, I guess five years old is relatively still a baby. For me though, if we went much further back than 5 years, I couldn't tell you what I read.

  4. I think this is a fabulous idea!

  5. I love Robin McKinley. :) I was eleven five years ago, so I was reading... alot of R. L. Stine XD