A Grimm Challenge – Final Recap!

Can you believe it? We’ve finished A Grimm Challenge!

Six and a half months later, the project is complete! If you don’t remember why I set out to do this challenge in the first place, or how the challenge was structured, I’ll remind you. Back in February, I decided I wanted to read the entire collected works of the Brothers Grimm. Why? Because I love Grimm fairy-tales, but there were so many I’d never read!

So, I set out to read them all. I made it a goal to read one story a day, every day until the entire collection had been read. I thought it would be a great way to accomplish something I’d normally never take the time to complete, while spending quality time reading to my son each day!

So how did I do?

Well, I didn’t always stick to the one story a day rule. Sometimes I got busy and completely forgot about the fairy-tales! So on other days, I’d read multiple stories to catch up, or I’d read extra just because I enjoyed one tale and wanted to read another. But more often than not I did read a story a day, so I think that was pretty good.

At the beginning of the challenge, I made a list of my current favourite Grimm tales. They were:

1. Rapunzel
2. The Robber Bridegroom
3. Hans the Hedgehog
4.The Juniper Tree
5. Cinderella

I still think, after completing the challenge, I’d probably say these were my favourites. However, I really enjoyed some of the other stories as well, particularly The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces, The Golden Goose, and the last fairy-tale of the collection, The Golden Key. My husband’s favourite remained the same throughout–he thoroughly enjoyed The Brave Little Tailor!

So what did I learn during this challenge?

I learned a few things while doing this challenge. One, that many of the fairy-tales are quite similar, which I imagine is a result of the Brothers collecting stories from different regions. It’s very interesting to think of it in these terms…the same stories, changed sometimes a little and sometimes a fair lot based on where they were originally told.

I also learned that reading a collection of stories with a baby means your book is going to get seriously damaged, unless you’re extremely cautious! My once nice, neat book is now crinkled, torn, and smudged from start to finish…definitely well-worn and well-loved. Luckily, I have two versions of the collected works, so one will now be the reading copy, while the other is the pretty copy for display, =D

Did I have fun doing this challenge? Yes! Am I glad I did it? Definitely! Will I ever read all of these stories again? Probably not! Will I read some of them? I certainly plan to!

It was a fun challenge, and I’m so glad I can now say I’ve read the complete collected works of the Brothers Grimm.

So what’s next?

Well, I’ve actually signed up for an online course in November focusing on six Andersen fairy-tales, which I suspect will be quite interesting. I’m less familiar with Andersen than I am with Grimm, so I hope I’ll learn a lot!

And that’s it for A Grimm Challenge! Thanks for joining me over the last several months as I’ve read and enjoyed all these wonderful tales.

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