Elena over at All Booked Up has created a challenge that began May 1 and runs through April 30, 2010. The Pre-Printing Press Challenge involves reading books that came out before 1440, when the printing press was invented. Isn't that a fun idea?
I am always trying to fill in the gaps in my education and tend to pick up nice copies of the ultra-classics when I come across them. Of course, then they go onto the TBR shelf along with everything else. This challenge is the perfect excuse to prioritize some of them and read my way through history at the same time.
Click over here for the official (and very flexible!) challenge rules and to sign up.
Next year, I plan to be reading:
Gilgamesh (Sumerian - 2150 BCE)
Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu (Chinese - 500 BCE)
Beowulf (English/Scandinavian - 1100 CE)
The Decameron - Giovanni Boccaccio (Italian - 1353 CE)
The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer (English - 1400 CE)
Just think. Some of these books are so old, we don't even know who wrote them.