Duration: 1st February – 28th February
Number of books: 8
Hosted by:My Vampire Book Obsession
Cupid is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. He is often portrayed as the son of the love goddess Venus and the war god Mars.
February 1st – 28th 2019
Do at least two tasks to complete the challenge
Earlier in his career, Caravaggio had challenged contemporary sensibilities with his “sexually provocative and anti-intellectual” Victorious Love, also known as Love Conquers All, in which a brazenly naked Cupid tramples on emblems of culture and erudition representing music, architecture, warfare, and scholarship.
♥ Read a book with an artistic cover. – The Drowned Kingdom by Kate Forsyth
♥ Read a book where love conquers all. – Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra
Cupid carries two kinds of arrows, or darts, one with a sharp golden point, and the other with a blunt tip of lead. A person wounded by the golden arrow is filled with uncontrollable desire, but the one struck by the lead feels aversion and desires only to flee.
♥ Read a book with a weapon on the cover. – The Beast of Blackmoor Bog by Kate Forsyth
♥ Read a book tagged ‘romance’. – Black Spring by Alison Croggon
In the tale of Cupid the honey thief, the child-god is stung by bees when he steals honey from their hive. He cries and runs to his mother Venus, complaining that so small a creature shouldn’t cause such painful wounds. Venus laughs, and points out the poetic justice: he too is small, and yet delivers the sting of love.
♥ Read a book with a mother in the story. – Sea Fever by Virginia Kantra
♥ Read a book that begins with a letter in VENUS. – The Siren by Kiera Cass
Cupid sleeping was a symbol of absent or languishing love in Renaissance poetry and art.
♥ Read a book with your book boyfriend (or one of your honourable mentions). – Gene of Isis by Traci Harding (Albray)
♥ Read a book written by an author you love. – Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine