Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Challenge: 2012 Medieval Reading Challenge

January 1-December 31, 2012
Join with us in challenging ourselves to read some of those incredibly famous books that few of us have ever actually read, the bright sparks in the midst of the "Dark Ages".  Choose 12 books off the approved reading list--an average of one per month for the year, though you can read them in whatever increments you like.  Out of the ten genres of books available, your choices must cover at least four.  Put the challenge button on your site with the code located in the right sidebar, sign up on the initial link when it goes live on December 30, 2011, and come back to link up a new review on the last day of each month.  The challenge will run from January 1-December 31, 2012, and only books read within that time frame may be counted.
In order to truly challenge ourselves, we are NOT reading fiction set in the Middle Ages, books by modern experts on the Middle Ages, or biographies of major figures from the Middle Ages.  Sorry, the latest account of that daring temptress, Eleanor of Aquitaine, will not count for this challenge, nor will a Philippa Gregory novel.  We are reading works written between the rather arbitrarily chosen dates of 400-1550 CE (chosen by me, because nobody can really seem to decide what the exact Medieval dates are).  We are, however, reading them IN TRANSLATION!  Believe me, I won't be tackling any of the originals!  Please feel free to double dip this challenge with any others where there is overlap, especially my own "Read Your OWN Library!"  To be honest, that's why I thought of this challenge in the first place; if I'm going to read the medieval works that have been waiting on my shelves, I want extra credit!
For more information and to sign-up, please see this post.