Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Announcing the Arthurian Reading Challenge

The Arthurian Challenge

When: April 2008 through March 2009

Where: Becky's Very-Own Arthurian Challenge blog

Goal: To read 6-12 books starring characters found in or inspired by Arthurian legends. (King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin, Lady of the Lake, etc.)

How: To sign up, leave a comment on this post. It’s quick and simple. Just announce your intention to participate.

Rules: I don’t really believe in having many rules.

No lists are necessary. You can change your mind on WHAT you reading or should that be WHO you’re reading at any time.

If at any time you dislike a book, then feel free to discard it and pick up another. Don’t feel obligated to push through a book you don’t like on my account!!!

What about movies? What about graphic novels? What about comics? What about audio books? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. All of those things count. So though it says 6-12 books. It can be a variety of things--book, movie, tv show, comic book, graphic novel, etc.

Kids books. YA books. Adult books. All count.

What about reviews? I’ll be doing Mr. Linky most likely. If not, I’ll do it the old fashioned way. You can leave a link if you’ve got a blog. Or you could write a review in the comments. This could be a sample review for those hesitant to write and share. “I read The Sword in the Stone. I liked it. Would recommend to others.” It can be really short and sweet and simple. Title of the book. Name of the author. A few adjectives describing how you felt about it. If you enjoyed it. It’s so not a big deal.

Don't know where to begin? Here are some links that might help.


Rhinoa 4:46 PM  

Oh oh oh me for sure! I love Arthurian books and have a stack I want to read anyway. Consider me signed up. I am randomly really excited about this. Thanks for making my day!

Ana S. 6:14 PM  

You are killing us with all these challenges, Becky :P This is too good to pass.

Unknown 7:52 PM  

Oh, I'm a sucker for Arthur books. I'll probably join in. But give me a day or two to come up with a list. (Oh, can I count Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy as three books?)

Becky 9:10 PM  

Welcome to Rhinoa, Nymeth, Naida, and most-probably Melissa. :) I'm so excited to be hosting this challenge. I've never really paid much attention to this genre of books before, but reading two in a row really inspired me to seek these kinds of books out! If you have any suggestions for me or any suggestions for other newbies, feel free to share!

Petunia 10:34 PM  

How am I supposed to avoid committing to too many reading challenges if y'all keep coming up with such good choices? Actually our homeschool will be studying this time period for school next year and I will need to read these types of books in the summer in preparation so I may as well sign up. Just a quick look on the shelves tells me I have at least 4 books and I'm sure I have more if I look a little closer. Count me in.

RuthR 11:25 PM  

Count me in too please. Arthurian books are my absolute favourite, and I haven't read one in ages. This will be a good excuse to go out and buy more. :)

Rhinoa 4:46 AM  

Oh I have many suggestions! I might put up a post on my site of the Arthurian books I have read and which were my favourites and why.

Kim 12:23 AM  

Count me in! Here is the link to my page and my post:



goldguardie 11:54 PM  

Can I take part in this as well, or is it too late to sign up?

Anonymous,  7:05 PM  

Can I take part as well? http://www.emeraldfiresromancespot.blogspot.com

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.

You should know several things before you contact me:

1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review.
2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
3) I am not promising anyone (author or publisher) a positive review in exchange for a review copy. That's not how I work.
4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews.
5) I do not guarantee that I will get to your book immediately. I've got so many books I'm trying to read and review, I can't promise to get to any one book in a given time frame.
6) Emailing me every other week to see if I've read your book won't help me get to it any faster. Though if you want to email me to check and see if it arrived safely, then that's fine!

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