It was exciting to open my Google Reader this morning and discover that JoV of Bibliojunkie and Bina of If You Can Read This are hosting the Read A Myth Challenge which begins January 1 through December 31, 2011.
Here are the levels:
Level 1 Athena: That’s a Myth!
Read any two (2) books about myths.
Read any four (4) books about myths.
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.
So, here’s the deal. Knowing that I love novels best, I wanted to find books which were based on myth. In my search, Haruki Murakami’s A Wild Sheep Chase came up, as well as his Kafka On The Shore, both of which I’ve read. But, these are exactly the kind of thing I want: a wonderful author doing something unusual with myth in there somewhere.
- The Winter Room by Gary Paulsen
- The Centaur by John Updike (winner of National Book Award)
- The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
- The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie
- Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith
- Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
- The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
Have you any thoughts on these? To me, they all look wonderful!