According to Bev at My Reader’s Block, it’s time to report on my climb up the mountains! Which mountains have I surpassed? Which mountain have I reached? Have I met my goals? Well, let me investigate!
As far as my challenge goes, it appears that I quickly scaled Pike’s Peak (12 books), continued on to Mount Blanc (24 books) and have just started to ascend Mount Vancouver, which I’ll conquer if I reach 36 books. It looks like I may be able to reach Mount Ararat this year at 48 books, but it will be a close call. Can I do it? Stay tuned to find out!
|photo courtesy of Glenn
Bev kindly posted a few questions that we may choose to answer in honour of our mid-year check-in.
A. Choose two titles from the books you’ve read so far that have a common link. You decide what the link is–both have strong female lead characters? Each focuses on a diabolical plot to take over the world? Blue covers? About weddings? Find your link and tell us what it is.
This one was particularly easy. The Odyssey, Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus all explored the idea of fate, and, from an ancient Greek worldview at least, that you are helpless to escape it. You’re in the hands of the gods and they control your destiny!
And because that question was so easy, I’ve chosen to answer another one:
B. Tell us about a book on the list that was new to you in some way–new author, about a place you’ve never been, a genre you don’t usually read…etc.
Paradise Lost had been on my list for some time but I had very cleverly avoided it. Seventeenth century poetry in blank verse is scary!! Yet, when it came up in a read-along I knew that it was the perfect time to participate. And wow! What an epic! And how silly of me to wait so long. I have plans to read Paradise Regained but I don’t think that it can even come close to the brilliance of the original so I’m a little hesitant to start it right away. In any case, with hindsight, I wish I had read Paradise Lost years ago!
|photo courtesy of @Doug88888
So what have you read off your personal bookshelves this year?