The challenge will NOT be hosted on this blog. (I don’t like WordPress). It will be hosted at Becky’s Book Reviews. You can read all about it at this post about the Arthurian challenge. (Sign ups, reviews, all in one post) The dates for this challenge are April 2009 through March 2010.


I’m a newbie. I am. I haven’t read many of these kinds of books. I’ve read three to be exact. Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell, Guinevere’s Gift by Nancy McKenzie, and The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White. All three of these have been read in the last seven or eight months. So I am not the expert. A few of you may be way ahead of the game here. So if you want to share any words of wisdom on what is a must-read in the field, please share in the comments!

Want to share your list?

Have you signed up? Good! I’m glad to have you. Some people like to make lists. If you’re one of them. Then feel free to comment. Either leave a link to your announcement/reading list. OR leave a list in the body of the comment. If you do make a list, feel free to change it at anytime.

Here’s my potential list so far:

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain (own)
The Once and Future King by T.H. White (on its way from Amazon)
The Book of Merlyn by T.H. White (don’t own)
King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green (own)
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (don’t own)
Mary Stewart’s Merlin series: The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment, The Wicked Day (don’t own)
Sword of the Rightful King by Jane Yolen (don’t own)
The Young Merlin Trilogy by Jane Yolen (don’t own)
Susan Cooper’s Dark Is Rising sequence: Over Sea, Under Stone, The Dark Is Rising, Greenwitch, The Grey King, Silver on the Tree. (don’t own)
T.A. Barron’s Lost Years of Merlin series: The Lost Years of Merlin, The Seven Songs of Merlin, The Fires of Melrin, The Mirror of Merlin, The Wings of Merlin. (don’t own)
T.A. Barron’s Great Tree of Avalon trilogy: Child of the Dark Prophecy, Shadows on the Stars, The Eternal Flame (don’t own)

This is the Mr. Linky for reviews only. Post your reviews for the Arthurian challenge here. Please do not post links to your list (if you make one) or to your general blog (if you’re signing up.) Separate blog posts will be at your disposal for sharing that other information. Reviews.

The Arthurian Challenge

When: April 2008 through March 2009

Goal: To read 6-12 books starring characters found in or inspired by Arthurian legends. (King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin, Lady of the Lake, etc.)

How: To sign up, leave a comment on this post. It’s quick and simple. Just announce your intention to participate.

Rules: I don’t really believe in having many rules.

No lists are necessary. You can change your mind on WHAT you reading or should that be WHO you’re reading at any time.

If at any time you dislike a book, then feel free to discard it and pick up another. Don’t feel obligated to push through a book you don’t like on my account!!!

What about movies? What about graphic novels? What about comics? What about audio books? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. All of those things count. So though it says 6-12 books. It can be a variety of things–book, movie, tv show, comic book, graphic novel, etc.

Kids books. YA books. Adult books. All count.

What about series books? Or series books in all-in-one editions? I’m leaving it up to you. For example, some might consider The Once and Future King to count as one book. Some might consider it to be four separate books. I’m probably going to count it as four books for my challenge. You can do the same. If your goal is six books, and you want four of them to be The Once and Future King, then that is fine with me. I won’t call you a cheater-pants.

What about short stories or poetry? Yes and yes. Anything really can go.

What about rereads? Sure why not!

What about books read prior to April 1, 2008? It depends. Use your judgment. I reviewed one the last week of March. (March 2008). I’m planning on using it towards the challenge. I wouldn’t search your posts too far back though. So if you read it in 2008, then that’s okay. But any further back, and we might call you a cheater-pants.

What about reviews? I’ll be doing Mr. Linky most likely. If not, I’ll do it the old fashioned way. You can leave a link if you’ve got a blog. Or you could write a review in the comments. This could be a sample review for those hesitant to write and share. “I read The Sword in the Stone. I liked it. Would recommend to others.” It can be really short and sweet and simple. Title of the book. Name of the author. A few adjectives describing how you felt about it. If you enjoyed it. It’s so not a big deal.

Don’t know where to begin? Here are some links that might help.

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