A Daring Book Challenge


Have you read The Daring Book for Girls?

At the end of the book is a long list of great books for girls to read like Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitshugh, Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, Call of the Wild by Jack London, The Giver by Lois Lowry and Black Beauty by Anne Sewell. I thought reading some or all of them would make a great challenge so I got permission and here we are!

A few more general guidelines for the challenge:
1. Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
2. Audiobooks are allowed.
3. For the ongoing challenge, books you’ve read in the past count, you don’t have to re-read them.

And here is the full List, I will check them off as I read them/have read them in the past:

20 Girl Classics

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle and other books
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery
Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy by Seymour Reit
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
Magical Melons by Carol Ryrie Brink
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
The Famous Five by Enid Blyton (series of 21 books) – read most (or all?)  of it when I was a Kid but am thinking about re-reading
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitshugh
The Illyrian Adventure by Lloyd Alexander (series of 5 books)
The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (2010)
Keep Climbing, Girls by Beah H. Richards
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (series of 3 books)
Lizzie Bright and The Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt
Mandy by Julie Andrews
Matilda and The BFG by Roald Dahl
Miss Happiness and Miss Flower by Rumer Godden
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Ramona by Beverly Cleary (series of 8 books)

Other Favorites

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (2011)
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (series of 7 books)
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (series of 7 books) (Pre 2010)
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hoboken Chicken Emergency and other madcap stories by Daniel Pinkwater
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers (Pre 2010)
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne
When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
Foundation by Isaac Asimov (series of 7 books)
Robot Series by Isaac Asimov (series of 4 books plus short stories, must read the 4 books)
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (series of 9 books)
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Messenger by Lois Lowry
Earthsea trilogy by Ursula K. LeGuin (series of 3 books)
Dragonsong Trilogy by Anne McCaffrey (series of 3 books)
The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Classic Girl and Her Horse Books

Black Beauty by Anne Sewell
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
National Velvet by Enid Bagnold
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble

Mythologies and Fairy Tales

Bullfinch’s Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch (note: this is 888 pages long, keep that in mind when making your list)
The Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen (note: this is 1120 pages long, keep that in mind when making your list)
One Thousand and One Arabian Nights
The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Brothers Grimm (note: this is 880 pages long, keep that in mind when making your list)
The Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
The Odyssey by Homer

Old Fashioned Girl Detective Series

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene (series of 56 books [the originals]) see here.
Trixie Belden by Julie Campbell (series of 39 books)

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