This year I decided to take it easy blogging-wise: I’ll review as much as I can, post when I can, make the rounds among my favorite blogs, and try not to overcommit myself. I was planning to avoid most challenges, too (except, of course, my favorite – R.I.P.), but that particular plan shot right out the window when I saw this:
The Classic Double Challenge, hosted by Melissa of One Librarian’s Book Reviews. Basically the challenge consists of reading a “classic” and a retelling of the same story. (Melissa has very loose definitions of both “classic” and “retelling,” which I love.)
Now, there are many, many bookish things that make me ridiculously giddy. Books that make me laugh until I wet myself, phenomenal illustrations in picture books, authors that pull off multiple narrators with finesse, Neil Gaiman, Mo Willems, John Green, etc, etc. But at the top of that list is retellings and revisionings of old stories. Friends, they make me swoon. So when Jessica over at The Bluestocking Society announced she was breaking her challenge ban to join the Classic Double Challenge, I hesitated for about .5 seconds before deciding to join as well. I’m going to start off “small” and plan to read just two books (one classic, one retelling), but there’s a good chance I’ll read more than that by the end of the year.
I haven’t decided which books to read, though. I’m leaning towards rereading Oedipus Rex by Sophocles and The Darker Face of the Earth by Rita Dove. I’m also a huge sucker for fairy tale retellings, so I’m going to check out Melissa’s list for ideas. I may also steal one of Jessica’s ideas; perhaps Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and Illyria by Elizabeth Hand or another Shakespeare/retelling combo.
Anyone else joining this challenge? (If you’re not, you should! We can be giddy together.) Any book suggestions?