When I was on Maternity leave with my first son, I decided to make the most of my time off work and try to accomplish something fun, reading-wise. The result was A Grimm Challenge, in which I read the entire works of the Brothers Grimm. It was such a great experience. I got to read stories I’d always wanted to read but never actively made time for, and I (with occasional help from my husband) read the entire thing aloud, which meant it was a family activity, too.
Well, a few weeks ago I gave birth to my second son, and this time I knew in advance that I wanted to do another reading challenge. Our newest addition’s middle name comes from the Arthurian legends, so I decided to tackle Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur this time around! I’m calling it The Once and Future Challenge, and so far we’ve been keeping on track!
This challenge is a bit different from the last one, as it will take the full year (I didn’t start A Grimm Challenge until a few months into my leave). The writing is also, well, not quite as entertaining as the fairy-tales we read last time! However, I have a deep fondness for the Arthurian legends, and while I’ve read some of the stories before, there’s a ton I don’t know. I’m really looking forward to the experience this year, and I have definitely been enjoying the book so far.
(Side note: My husband plans to sort of join me in my quest by reading The Once and Future King by T.H. White, after I mentioned that read would probably have been a less tedious choice, style-wise).
I don’t plan to make regular updates, but I may mention my progress every now and again. But I’d love for you to share your own reading challenges in the comments below – have you ever done a major reading challenge? If so, what was it, and how did it go?
And bonus: Here’s a pic of my baby boy #2!