First, Happy March! It’s gloomy and chilly and I know the weather is even worse elsewhere, but the crocus have been in bloom for over a week, so I’m happy to meet the first month of Spring! (Cue news of impending blizzard…)
I’ve acknowledged running behind all year, yet here I am, declaring that I am joining yet another month-long challenge. Simple reason: I had already planned to dedicate March to some fantasy reading that’s on my list for this year. Maybe this will be the month I catch up! (And if not, I’ve also allocated April for fantasy reading—see how I work the system?)
Adam from Roof Beam Reader is holding this challenge, and his rules are as follows:
- You must register with the Mister Linky below prior to March 5th in order to be eligible to participate.
- You must read only “new” books – meaning, no re-reads are allowed. Books for other challenges can be cross-used for this one, but you must read the book and review it in the month of March (previously completed books for other challenges do not qualify).
- You must link up each book review to a separate Mister Linky, which will be available on March 5th (once registrations close).
- Challengers must post on their blog an “Announcement” post, indicating they are participating in this challenge and which level they hope to attain. One completer from each “Class” will be randomly selected to win the corresponding prize for that level.
- You do not need to meet your level in order to win a prize. If you aim for “Grand Merlin Class” but only achieve “Magician’s Class,” you will still be entered into the Magician’s Prize Pool!
- You do not need to list your books in advance, but I plan on doing so (to keep me motivated and to help me stay organized).
- Any Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Magical Realism books will qualify. This means you can read Young Adult, Dystopian, Steampunk, or Alternative Histories.
I’ll be aiming for Magician’s Class (1-2 books) read, mostly because a) I’m not sure I’ll get through more than my main book and b) if I do, any others might be rereads (disqualified under #2).
The book I’m most hoping to complete in March is a 2012 TBR Pile selection, The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. After that I will most likely move on to rereads of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, but if time allows I might try to read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke first. But first I need to finish my “currently readings”—they’re due at the library Tuesday so I’m down to the wire now!