Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder Challenge - June Update: Birds, Beasts, and Relatives & The Mists of Avalon
Time flies when you're having fun! I can't believe that I've already completed the tasks for the June section of Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder Challenge! This month I completed tasks eleven and twelve which required me to read a book that is set more than 5,000 miles from my location and a fantasy novel. For these two tasks, I elected to read Birds, Beasts, and Relatives (Corfu Trilogy #2) by Gerald Durrell and The Mists of Avalon (Avalon #1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Read on to see my mini reviews and what's next for July:
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What an excellent retelling of Arthurian legend from the women in the classic legends perspective. I don't know why I put this off for so long - it sat on my shelf gathering dust for far too long. This feminist retelling is a must read. I know, it's 876 pages long, but it's worth tackling. I've never seen an Arthurian retelling quite like this one - I particularly enjoyed how The Merlin and The Lady of the Lake are the titles of an office with multiple people fulfilling those roles. Otherwise, it's fascinating to see what Bradley makes of this legendary cast of characters. If only it were easier to keep track of the multitudes of characters, though, since several of them have quite similar names. Plus, I definitely had Merlin and Monty Python and the Holy Grail in the back of my mind the entire time while I was reading this.
I read this novel from June 15 - 23, 2017 and my review is also on Goodreads.
13. Read a nonfiction book about technology.
14. Read a book about war.
Thanks as always for visiting my blog, and perhaps even commenting below! Have you ever taken part in Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge? Have you read any of these books before, and, if so, what did you think of them?