Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Arthurian Challenge Sign-Up Here!

Big thanks go out to Robin who made this oh-so-awesome banner/button.

When: April 2009 through March 2010

Goal: To read books starring characters found in or inspired by Arthurian legends. (King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin, Lady of the Lake, etc.) There are no set amount of books. Read one or two. Or read a dozen. You set the amount that feels good to you!

To sign up fill out the form below. Do NOT use your email address (I don't ask for it) because the form is public.

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 series books? Or series books in all-in-one editions? I’m leaving it up to you.

What about short stories or poetry? Yes and yes. Anything really can go.

What about rereads? Sure why not!




Sign up here for the 2009-2010 Arthurian Challenge:



To view the list of participants:



To share your review:



To read participants reviews:



Don’t know where to begin? Here are some links that might help. To view last years' reviews click here.

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14 comments:

Nymeth 1:18 PM  

Becky, Becky, the things you make me do :P

Seriously, I'm glad you're hosting again. I read enough book to officially complete it this time, but didn't go through the whole list I had lined up. I love how flexible you're making it! I think that rather than make a new list, I'll just see where my reading whims will take me.

Debi 3:47 PM  

Okay, whole new realm for me, and I'm quite excited to give this a go, but I'm also quite clueless, so it might take me a while to put together some choices, but I know you'll forgive me, because you're simply a sweetheart. And that's quite the run-on, huh?

mariel 4:30 PM  

Yay! I'll try to do better this time!

Becky 10:12 PM  

Welcome to everyone who's joined the challenge

Robin 10:12 PM  

I didn't sign up for this last year and kept kicking myself for not doing it. So, here I am, and hopefully I filled out the form correctly, 'cause I'm IN!

birdbrainbb.net 11:26 PM  

BECKY YOU TEMPTRESS. I totally signed up for this.

(ilu! <3)

Rhinoa 9:08 AM  

Like Nymeth I finished the challenge last time but didn't have time to read everything on my list so will carry them over to this one and hopefully add some more along the way if I have time. Looking forward to another round.

Penny (aka Yooperchick) 10:56 PM  

I thought I had signed up for this one already, but I must have thought about it one pre-coffee morning, and the wires got crossed or something. Anyways, I'm in now!

Penny (aka Yooperchick) 12:07 AM  

Okay, I'm really losing it. I thought I had blogged about this challenge already, but apparently not. I have it now, though! It's at:
http://ilovemybooks.blogspot.com/2009/04/arthurian-challenge.html

KateW 4:54 PM  

Hi Becky:
Wow! This site will blow my students' minds! I teach a college course on fairy tales. I am constantly looking for blogs that will add to their experiences as thinkers and writers. Yours definitely will!
By the way, how do I get the Arthurian Challenge button for my blog? My blog is diamondsandtoads.com
Thanks!

Becky 5:21 PM  

You can 'save image as', download it to your computer, and upload it to your blog directly. The direct link to it (hosted by photobucket) is:

http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv9/blbooks/Arthurmed.jpg

Vanessa Book ♥ Soulmates 5:56 PM  

How exciting!! I'm definitely signing up for this!!!

YAY!
Thanks!
Vanessa of Book ♥ Soulmates

Amy 9:04 AM  

I'm signing up late but I love this idea!

Kris 3:15 PM  

I'm excited to have finished the challenge!

Thanks for hosting.

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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.

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