Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the Read-a-Myth Challenge?
This challenge is to open everyone’s mind to Mythology. Most of us grew up with parents or grandparents who told us fairy tales, folklores and myth. Many of those folklores and myth are created on those dark nights when TV, cinema or even books are not a common possession of every household.

The Canongate Myths series brings together some of the world’s finest writers, each of whom has retold a myth in a contemporary and memorable way. Authors in the series include: Margaret Atwood, Karen Armstrong, AS Byatt, David Grossman, Milton Hatoum, Natsuo Kirino, Alexander McCall Smith, Tomás Eloy Martínez, Victor Pelevin, Ali Smith, Su Tong, Dubravka Ugresic, Salley Vickers and Jeanette Winterson. The series launched on 21st October 2005 and is the most ambitious simultaneous worldwide publication ever undertaken.

The challenge, however, doesn’t stop anyone from reading any other books about mythology.

Why are you hosting the Read-a-Myth Challenge?
Myths are universal and timeless stories that reflect and shape our lives — they explore our desires, our fears, our longings, and provide narratives that remind us what it means to be human. We have read several books from the Canongate myth series and fell in love with it and would like to spread the joy or reading mythological stories. The hostesses do not receive any monetary royalty or advertising fee for promoting the Canongate myth series, but would like to use this platform to encourage everyone to read books about re-telling of myths or a study of mythology.

What books qualify for the Read-a-Myth Challenge?
These are the requirements for a book to qualify for Challenge:

1)    The book can be a re-telling of myth from any publisher.
2)    The book can be a non-fiction take on mythology.
3)    The book can be folklore or a fairy tale commonly told in your culture.

What are the dates of this challenge?
January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011

How many books do I have to read for the Read-a-Myth Challenge?
Please see this page on Challenge Rules.

Do you have a list of suggested authors or reads for this challenge?
Please see this page for a list of suggested reading.

Can I participate even if I don’t have a blog?
Absolutely! Please copy and paste your reviews and thoughts in the comment box.

Are there any prizes for this challenge?
There are prizes to be won, on random draw using http://www.random.org

Can I use books I read for this challenge for other challenges? (Are crossovers allowed?)

Yes, definitely!

Can I change challenge levels after January 1 2011?
You can’t move down but you can step up a level if you find you are obsessed with myths and would like to know more about them.

Can I read the books in translation?
Yes, definitely but the reviews would have to be English else the two hostesses will not be able to understand it and we know how unreliable google translator can be!

Do re-reads count?
Yes, absolutely. Share any reviews or any thoughts on mythology books you have read before.

You’ve convinced me – how do I sign up?
Please go to this page to sign-up.

Where are the buttons?
Help yourself to the following buttons!


4 responses to “FAQs

    • David, that will do. It would be interesting to see the relation between Achilles and Vietnam War. Do come back here and link your review of the book! Have fun! 😉

  1. When does registration have to be completed? Does registration have to be completed by January 1st?

    • David, you can register anytime, as long as you finish reading the books within this year and so they will be counted. 🙂

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