Adding to Mount TBR: Top 100 Chapter Books

I swung by The Estrella Society yesterday and read about Kristen’s (of We Be Reading) 100 Chapter Books readalong.  Even though I’ve registered a big FAIL for all but two of the readalongs/challenges I’ve signed up for, I simply couldn’t resist, especially since I was already planning to read Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book this month or next anyway. (I figured it was a sign – Belle, you can do this one, yes, you get to play in this readalong. Yes, you can do it!)

The readalong is based on a list of top 100 chapter books posted at the School Library Journal’s blog, Fuse #8 Production. I took a look at the list, and thought it would be fun to see how many of these books I’ve read, and even better yet, which ones I’ve read that I’d like to reread and which ones I haven’t read yet that I’d like to add to my TBR.

Books I’ve Read

I’ve read 48 of the books on the list – up until yesterday afternoon it was 47, but I just happened to read Meg’s review of When You Reach Me yesterday morning, and it inspired me to grab the book off my TBR shelves. I’m really glad I did – I finished the book late in the afternoon and loved it. It was a sweet, wonderful read. And it put my books read count up to 48!

Books I’d Like to Re-read Sometime Soon

I definitely think it’s time for me to reread these books:


(1) A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle (2) Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone, by JK Rowling (and the rest of the books in the series (3) From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg (4) Anne of Green Gables, by LM Montgomery (5) The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien (6) The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander (7) All-of-a-Kind Family, by Sydney Taylor

Ellen Raskin’s The Westing Game would be on the reread list, too, but I just did a reread of it a few months ago. It’s such a good book – so intricate. Other books I’ve already reread this year include The Dark is Rising series – I did these in audio earlier this year.

Books I’m Adding to my TBR

Here are the books from the list that I’m adding to my TBR list. My plan is to read them as they come up on Kristen’s list over at The Estella Society. (Mind you, as with all such plans of mine, I may or may not end up participating as fully as I’d like!)


(1) The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner (2) The Penderwicks, by Jeanne Birdsall (3) The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick (4) Gone-Away Lake, by Elizabeth Enright (5) My Father’s Dragon, by Ruth Stiles Gannett (6) The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman (7) The Twenty-One Balloons, by William Pene du Bois (8) Wonder, by R. J. Palacio (9) The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly (10) A Long Way from Chicago, by Richard Peck (11) The Ruins of Gorlan, by John Flanagan (12) Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin (13) The Four-Story Mistake, by Elizabeth Enright

So there you have it: one post at The Estrella Society and suddenly my TBR list has ballooned …

How many books on the Top 100 list have you read? Which of these new additions to my TBR would you recommend?

8 thoughts on “Adding to Mount TBR: Top 100 Chapter Books

  1. CBJames

    I’m glad I saw this post this morning. I won’t be joining this read-a-long–after 22 years teaching English to middle schoolers, I’ve read most of the books on the list, but I did check out the Estella Society. Looks like fun. Thanks for pointing me towards it.

  2. Meg

    So many great reads here! The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is an awesome book — so moving, sweet and intriguing. I found it lovely and thoughtful. Glad to hear you enjoyed When You Reach Me, too — and surprised/pleased to see it’s so high up on the list! Though I’m not sure if they’re ranked, or if it’s just a random list . . . ? I’m thinking it’s ranked in order, but could be wrong.

    Of the 100 books, I’m embarrassed to say I’ve only read 21! But the ones I’ve read (every Beverly Cleary book; any “Harry Potter”; Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH; A Little Princess) are among my favorites. This sounds like a fun challenge!

  3. Vasilly

    Can you believe that I’ve only read 30 books off that list?! *sigh8 I have a long ways to go. Hugo Cabret and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate are excellent books. Happy reading!


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