Bina at If you can read this and I are hosting The Read A Myth Reading Challenge 2011 (January 1 till December 31) and we are very excited about it. The challenge gave birth in the early days when I was reading the the Canongate myth series. It blew my mind away and I was hooked on myths and re-telling of myths.
Myths and folklores are how story-telling started for many generations ago. I remember my grandmother used to tell me loads of folk tales, one about the chinese princess, named Chang Er who drink the elixir of life and flew up to the moon and became an immortal. I also collected volumes of Monkey God graphic novels when I was younger. I don’t always know what the moral of the story is, but I suspect there isn’t always one. Myths were just a manifestation of our inherent human needs to let our imaginations run wild and express that to willing listening ears, to stories that will sustain us through the dark nights, cold and hunger.
So, with this challenge we want you to come along and re-discover the classic myths and folklore tales and explore how they are represented and re-invented in contemporary literature. Please take a look at the suggested reading list and see which are the books that may interest you and explores myths and folklores from other countries and cultures. I have also included Greek God’s family trees, Greek mythology dictionary and many resources that will accompany you on your journey next year in reading myths stories.
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. Although I do hope you hop over to the the Read-A-Myth blog and sign up, give comments and tell us what you would like to read and share ideas of book titles in Mythology that you know of.
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 six (6) books from the myth series must covers 2 different countries, including any one from the following list:
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:
Sign up now and you get a chance to win some bookish prizes for those who finish any of the levels. The higher the level you completed, the more draw entries you get! Bina and I got lots of wonderful prize ideas and watch this space for more prize draw rules!!
I love reading about the myths, it was my personal project to finish all of the the Canongate myth series, but now is the time to take it to the public space and urge you to join us in this quest! Here are my past reviews:
- The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood
- Dream Angus, Alexander McCall Smith
- Where Three Roads Meet, Salley Vickers
- Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith
- Weight by Jeanette Winterson
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 together with this challenge. Please spread the word! Spread the love of myth! Support the legacy of myths and folklores!! 😀