For the second year in a row, I'm going to participate in The Pre-Printing Press Challenge hosted by Elena at All Booked Up. I believe books written before 1440 are largely under-read, so anything I can do to support these works, I will.
Last year I planned to read 4-6 books and I've made it to 12. My success makes me want to branch out but, knowing that I have challenges that will keep me reading newer books ---- Reading England Challenge, Jane Austen Project, etc. ------, I'll reign myself in and aim for the trusty 4-6 books, hoping to read more. What do I have in mind? Well, from my Classics Club list, I hope to get to Herodotus' Histories, The Republic by Plato and The Cantebury Tales. Otherwise, I'd like to read Ovid's Metamorphoses and Plutarch's Lives, but these are two chunksters that I don't see myself being able to fit in this coming year. However, one never knows .........
The rules of the Pre-Printing Press Challenge:
- All books must have come out before 1440, when the printing press was first invented.
- Books chosen for this challenge can overlap with other challenges.
- Books can be translated into the language of your choice.
- All the books you've chosen must be read by December 31, 2015.
- You can read 1-3 books, 4-6 books, 7-9 books or 10 or more books if you're feeling particularly ambitious.
- The choice of books is up to you. There are no set reading lists, and you don't have to set one when you join.
- Post your blog address where you'll be posting your comments on your choice of books in the comments of this post when you join, and tell me how many books you've chosen. I'll set up a link to participating blogs from here.
- Above all, Have fun.
The challenge starts January 1st.
Are there any other ancient and early medieval literature enthusiasts out there who are planning to join this challenge?