Sunday, March 22, 2009

Once upon a time...there was a really fun challenge!

I am very excited that Carl is once again hosting the Once Upon a Time Challenge. I love it because I get to have fun reading books in my favorite genre, fantasy, and also because I get to read about all the other books fellow challengees have chosen. The fact that it tends to add dozens of books to my list does not bother me - the ones that I add are almost always ones that I end up adoring.

My initial plan is to jump in with at least the first two quests, and continue from there. I love the concept of tailoring the challenge to each person's interests. Those who aren't sure about fantasy (and the subcategories of folklore, fairytales, and mythology), can simply commit to reading one book - yes, just one! - and perhaps, if they wish, moving on from there.

I am not going to write a formal list of choices, but here is a selection of potential choices from my TBR pile and list of books that I am hoping to get to soon. This is also a fine time to keep going on my personal 2009 challenge of rereading Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels (or at least making some decent progress on the series) - and since I've only read the first one so far, I'd better get cracking. If you adore any of these, please let me know, and I'll bump them up to the top of my list.
  • Need by Carrie Jones
  • Nightlife by Rob Thurman
  • If Angels Burn by Lynn Viehl
  • Ill Wind by Rachel Caine
  • The Hob's Bargain by Patricia Briggs
  • Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception by Maggie Stiffvater
  • The Good Neighbors by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh
  • Rogue's Home by Hilari Bell
  • Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones (reread)
  • The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley (reread)
  • Diggers and Wings and Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett (some rereads, some new)
  • The Foundling by Lloyd Alexander
  • Courtney Crumrin in the Twilight Kingdom by Ted Naifeh
I also love the idea of the short story weekends, and I'm looking forward to participating in them, too. Thanks for hosting this again, Carl - it's begun to feel like one of my rites of spring!


  1. I'm excited that you are joining in, thanks so much for doing so. It is great fun to host and I always hope everyone has fun participating. These genres certainly open up the possibilities of many wonderful reads!

  2. Excellent list as always! I look forward of your reviews :)

  3. Carl - You are most welcome. It's my favorite time of year. Except for R.I.P., of course. I couldn't choose between them, actually! :-)

    Nymeth - I love your list, too - I was in the middle of a long, rambling comment on it over at your blog when my computer restarted for an update when I left the computer for a moment, and everything was erased. :-( But I'll be back!

  4. glad you joined! Carl's challenge just keeps getting bigger and better doesn't it?!

  5. Thanks, DesLily - good to see you! :-)

    One of these days someone will come into the library asking for recommendations for the Once Upon a Time challenge. Wouldn't that be fun?!

  6. I hope you read the Patricia Briggs as I would love to hear about that. And I'm reading the first book in the Pratchett series you're continuing with - Truckers. Look forward to seeing what you read.

  7. Cath - I enjoyed the other early Briggs fantasy novel I read, so this one seems like a sure bet. My final renewal is about to expire, so I'll get to it soon. I thought Truckers was fun, and I'd like to get to the others in the trilogy while it's fresh in my mind. I hope you're enjoying it!

  8. Ooh, interesting list. I don’t know many of those authors. Looking forward to your reviews! Enjoy.

  9. I've been stockpiling books for OUAT for over a month now! Happy reading!

  10. Thanks, Mariel - You should be hearing all about them soon. I started on Rogue's Home today, and so far, so good!

    Stephanie - I like your approach. I think I'll do that for next year! Although as you can see my pile does not lack for fantasy reads. I just need time to sit down and figure out which ones fit into the different categories. I'll be looking forward to reading your reviews!

  11. Good list! I'm really looking forward to reading your reviews.

  12. Thanks, Fuzzycricket. My copy of Charles de Lint's The Mystery of Grace just came in for me at the library, and I know it will be perfect for the challenge!


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