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May 2011 Wrap-up Post

After a quiet March and April, May saw a surge in mythology books reviews. I’m excited by this and hope that everyone, including myself, will ourselves to read more books on myths and do some catch-up before the end of the year!

In May we see the following reviews published:

Jessica @ Bookworm Chronicle read a few more books in Percy Jackson series and Bellezza and Colleen organised The Penelopiad read-along. The read-along ignites the fire to pursue the Canongate Myth series project that I did last year but have been left cold for awhile, until I picked up The Lion’s Honey. The Lion’s Honey is an analysis of Samson’s psyche and of his action leading to Delilah’s deception at the end of it. I would like to read a few more books from the series, what came to my mind next is Baba Yaga lay an Egg and Binu and the Great Wall by Su Tong. I am also intrigued with Haroun and the Sea of Stories as I couldn’t recall Rushdie wrote a book of this title!

Don’t forget to hop over to two of Kah Woei @ The Books of my life reviews on her blog!

Although I said it’s a May wrap-up post, let me introduce you to a few more reviews since Bina last did her wrap-up in February 2011….

In April, Kristin reviewed the second book from the Seven Kingdoms trilogy. The book question if it is possible to love someone and be beloved by that person, though the person we love can be unkind or even cruel to others? Read this and find out!

In March, Jessica @Bookworm Chronicle read her first Percy Jackson debut and Jessica highly recommend this book as a quick, easy and fun way to get back into greek mythology, she even wrote a film review about it!
In February, coincide with Valentine’s day, Shellie @ Layers of thought wrote a review on Delirium, a young adult novel on insightful thoughts and grounding ideas about love and human nature. Look out for more books from the Delirium series to come!

Thank you so much for participating and hope to see more of your reviews coming in!


My past year’s read on Mythology

It is encouraging to see so many participants reading mythology this year. Although I have just finished my first mythology book this year, I reviewed a few more books from the Canongate myth series last year.

My personal project was to read all the books in the series, so far I have read this:

  1. The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood
  2. Dream Angus, Alexander McCall Smith
  3. Where Three Roads Meet, Salley Vickers
  4. Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith
  5. Weight by Jeanette Winterson
  6. Lion’s Honey by David Grossman

As soon as I finished The Penelopiad I attacked the Canongate Myth series with rigour. My favourites are Ali Smith’s Girl meets boy and then comes The Penelopiad. The individual books in the series is easy to read and can be finished in one sitting.

I have two more books on mythology that I hope to finish this year.

They are bit more chunky and I hope I’ll read them soon.
All the very best of luck everyone! and have a great summer! 😉

JoV (Bibliojunkie)

Welcome to The Read-A-Myth Challenge

Welcome to The Read-a-Myth Reading Challenge 2011!

The Read-a-Myth Reading Challenge is hosted by JoV of Bibliojunkie and Bina of If You Can Read This. We want you to come join us and share any stories about a mythology figure that you love or are interested in.

The names of mythological figures (especially Greek ones) are an essential part of our contemporary life. Ajax – Greek warrior in the Trojan War, who “cleaned up” in battle, is the name of a popular household cleanser. Hermes – Olympian Herald and Messenger god, is a luxury brand goods, specialise in scarf. Hyperion – Titan whose name means “he who goes before the sun”, is the name of a company that specializes in “business analytical software.” And do you know Nike – Winged goddess of Victory, who can run and fly at great speed, is a name from mythology? Olympus – Home of the Olympian gods, name of popular camera and photographic technology company. Orion – A giant hunter slain by Artemis in Greek mythology, is the name of a motion picture production company, Orion Pictures, and the list goes on and on and on…

These tales and folklores have been passed down for many generations, and we hope to bring you into the exciting world of myths and (re-)discover them in a fun way.

**Choose Your Level

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:

  • 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 eight (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.

1. Cross-posting with other challenges is allowed (and encouraged!)
2. Audiobooks are fine
3. Re-reads are acceptable but books must be finished after January 1st 2011 to count for the challenge
4. Come back here to share your views and discuss. Have Fun!!
5. You do NOT need a blog to participate.


You have no idea what to read?? Well, not to worry, don’t forget to check out the tabs above:

Suggested Reading List and other resources – The page contains some suggested lists of books on mythology. You are most welcome to suggest a few more which are not included in the list. Don’t forget to check out the Complete Family Tree and online dictionary on Greek Mythology too!

Just tell me what I need to do!
1. Sign up below using Mr. Linky. Preferably link to your list for the challenge. If you don’t have a blog, just enter your name.
2. Give a (one) suggestion what you plan to read or
3. Recommended a (one) myth book for “beginners” in the comments below

Happy Reading!