I know spring is just around the corner when I see the Once Upon A Time Challenge posts popping up on everyone's blogs. Hooray! I love this time of year, and I'm excited to immerse myself in my very favorite genre (and get tons of great recommendations from all the other participants as well). I'm so pleased that Carl is once again hosting this challenge, and he has picked a lovely image for the banner as well. I'm looking forward to learning more about the artist and her work as the challenge progresses.
I always do Quest the First, since I read so many books that fall into the fantasy genre, so I will sign up for that. Plus I have very much enjoyed doing Quest the Second in the past, in which participants read four books, each from a different category: one fantasy, one folklore, one fairy tale, and one mythology. It is fun to think about books in different ways, trying to figure out which one best fits which category - and I often find myself reading something unexpected and new when I do this challenge. I like that! So I'll be doing Quest the Second as well, and I also love the idea of Short Story Weekends, in which particpants read short stories over the weekend and post about them, too. I have yet to write a post on more than one story during any one challenge, but hope springs eternal.
I usually do not make up reading lists, at the risk of making the challenge feel like a chore (I have way too many other lists in my life with items that desperately need to be crossed off without adding a list of something that's supposed to be fun). But I do have some things I'm thinking about. I've been meaning to reread Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy series - I've read the first three but need to reread those to continue through to the rest of the series. That would be a great one for mythology, since the series has such a rich mythological background. As far as the others go, I still have to decide - which is of course half the fun. I look forward to reading about everyone's potential choices and also the reviews as they are posted. I have discovered some of my favorite books through this challenge - can't wait to see what goodies I'll be adding to my list this year.
If you love fantasy as much as I do, you really should check out the Once Upon a Time Challenge - it's a ton of fun. And if you're interested in trying out this amazing genre, you can do short stories or simply Quest the First, which is simply to read one fantasy book of your choice. Stop by Carl's blog, Stainless Steel Droppings, for more information.