Jo at Bibliojunkie and I are hosting The Read A Myth Reading Challenge 2011 (January 1 till December 31) and I’m very excited about it. Myths are how story-telling started and with this challenge we want to re-discover the classic myths and folklore tales and explore how they are represented and re-invented in contemporary literature. We hope that you’ll join us in reading the myths! Once you start looking at books to check if they could fit this challenge, you’ll see that there are so many that cover myths or rework them (remember Shaw’s Pygmalion?), and that this might also be the chance to explore myths from other countries and cultures. To give you an idea, take a look at the Canongate myth series, which would fit this challenge perfectly
You’re also welcome to cross-post with other challenges, rereads are welcome, and you do not need to have a list ready to sign up. These are the challenge levels (you’re welcome to level up anytime):
Level 1 Athena: That’s a Myth!
Read any two (2) books about myths.
Level 2 Erlang Chen: Demystify the Myth!
Read any four (4) books about myths.
Level 3 Mimir: World Myth!
Read any 6 books from the myth series must covers 2 different countries, including any one from the following list:
- non-fiction book on the study of mythology (figure), or
- Karen Armstrong’s A short history of myth, or
- The original text of myth (many to choose from the Greek Mythology)
Level 4 Ogma: The God of all Myths!
Mix and match of any 8 books from the myth series or any mythology books, with the following conditions:
- Must cover more than 3 countries.
- Must contain at least 1 non-fiction book on mythology study.
I hope this sounds interesting enough that you’ll give our challenge a try. You won’t be hit by lightning if you don’t complete your level, though there are bookish prizes for those who make it 🙂 I love reading about the myths, especially how creatively some authors re-tell them, but somehow never got around to it (because there are so many other interesting books). But hosting this challenge seemed like the push I needed, and maybe that’s how others feel as well!?
For more info about the challenge, buttons and to sign up, please visit the Read-A-Myth blog! I know we’ll have lots of fun with this challenge, and please spread the word! 🙂