Saturday, March 20, 2010

My First Ever Book Challenge

I am completely new to blogging and new to book challenges (unless a grade 6 read-a-thon counts) and have decided to participate in one! I will have to implement my dubious speed reading skill for this, or cheat massively and read short books, as in amongst full time shift work I can go days without reading (something other than medical notes). This is terrible and I plan to rectify this. So in order to help me kick things off I am participating in Carl's (from Stainless Steel Droppings) Once Upon A Time IV Challenge.

I will be participating in Quest The First and Quest The Third as I am in A Midsummer Night's Dream Heaven at the moment having just seen it with Judi Dench as Titania. More about that later. The challenge stipulates that I must read 5 books that fit into the category of fantasy, fairytale, folklore or mythology. I have chosen three of my 5 books at this point and they are as follows:

Other Ideas:

  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman - I loved the movie but I don't want to choose all my books based on the movie (alright so I've only done The Princess Bride so far!)
  • Beauty by Robin McKinley - A retelling of one of my favourite stories ever, Beauty and the Beast.
  • If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern - this book is just begging to be reread, but I'm not sure that it technically falls into any of the categories but it is just so beautiful!
  • Ransom by David Malouf - a retelling of The Iliad, this counts as mythology yes?
  • Magician by Raymond E Feist - suggested by my brother who is a hardcore fantasy fan. I am not a hardcore fantasy fan and struggle to navigate my way around the fantasy section of the bookstore, so it is very much a maybe at the moment.

All of those chosen really fall into the fairytale/fantasy category so I really want to try and read something folklore-y or mythological. Any suggestions?

If you're interested in participating in this challenge, details and sign-up info are here.


Karen said...

I'm still trying to decide if I should join this challenge or not. They are not usually the type of books I read but I think I might like to give it a go - and the challenge banner is just gorgeous!! I also have Tender Morsels waiting on my TBR pile.