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A Tournament of Reading – Wrap Up Posts

a tournament of reading Hi everyone! I know I’ve been a bit quiet about my challenge, which I apologize for. My URL has even changed from the button! Regardless, I thought it would be a good idea to wrap up my own participation and to leave a space for you all to wrap up your own challenges, if you’d like. As a reminder, the different levels of participation were:

Challenge genres include history, medieval literature, and historical fiction.  Medieval, for simplicity of definition, will be from 500-1500, and literature from all over the world is welcome, not just western Europe.  There are 3 levels:

  • Peasant – Read 3 medieval books of any kind.
  • Lord – Read 6 medieval books, at least one of each kind.
  • King – Read 9 medieval books, at least two of each kind.

I personally aimed for King level, but I failed pretty hard.  The medieval books I read this year were:

  1. Eleanor the Queen, Norah Lofts
  2. Company of Liars, Karen Maitland
  3. Mistress of the Art of Death, Ariana Franklin
  4. Butterfly Swords, Jeannie Lin
  5. Shadow of the Swords, Kamran Pasha
  6. Katherine Swynford, Alison Weir
  7. The Burning Land, Bernard Cornwell
  8. Virgin Widow, Anne O’Brien
  9. The Tale of Murasaki, Liza Dalby
  10. The Lute Player, Norah Lofts
  11. Shadow of the King, Helen Hollick
  12. The Dark Rose, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
  13. Scoundrel’s Kiss, Carrie Lofty
  14. The Stolen Crown, Susan Higginbotham

While I did manage to read 14 books (which is pretty paltry out of over 200 books so far this year) only one of them was history and none of them were actually medieval literature. I’m pretty ashamed and actually very surprised. Lots of the books I read were historical, so clearly I misnamed my blog, but never mind – I’m sure I’ll continue reading medieval books into 2011. I’ll consider this a partial failure.

How did you do with the challenge? Either stick your wrap-up link in the MckLinky below or just let me know in the comments.


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