Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Once Upon a Time Challenge

It is time for another reading challenge! Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting another reading challenge that I believe will be my favorite and it’s called Once Upon a Time. This is the sixth outing and this will be my first time participating. It’s such an appropriate reading challenge for spring!

Also, I believe this is my challenge. This is where I succeed. Looking back at the kind of books I read, I think Fantasy is where I tend to be drawn to. Take a look at my woobie books. Except for the newly added Captain Blood, the rest are all fantasy. And when I look at the Goodreads recommendations based on the books I’ve read, a good number of them are fantasy.

Similar to the RIP Challenge I participated in last September and October, there are different levels you can commit to. I’ve decided on the Quest The First, which is to read 5 books that fit within the Once Upon a Time categories, which are Fairy Tale, Folklore, Fantasy and Mythology.

Now let’s get to the fun part. What I plan to read!

Planned Books to Read FOR REAL

The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester (I started this with Venessa, then we paused to read Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies so we plan on finishing this for the Once Upon a Time challenge.)

The Firelings by Carol Kendall

My Backup List Includes

The Door to Far-Myst by Mike DiCerto (A book I won from Good Reads!)

The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma (A book I received a while long ago and need to read.)

The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (Discworld, #2)

Mort by Terry Pratchett (Discworld, #4)

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett (Discworld, #33)

Hatter by Daniel Coleman (Another book that’s been sitting around that needs to be read.)

Orlando by Virginia Woolf (Now, if this isn’t fantasy (a man turning into a woman) I don’t know what is! Plus it’s been sitting on my shelf for a while and it would be nice to read it too.)

The Once and Future King by T.H. White (Another book that’s been sitting around almost as long as Orlando!)

Idylls of the King by Alfred Lord Tennyson (Yet again, another book that’s been sitting around and needs to be read. Plus, I’ve always been partial to the scene in Anne of Green Gables when Anne reenacts the Lady of Shalott with her friends and gets stuck under the bridge.)

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (One of my woobie books that I’ve already read twice but it’s been calling to me for a while and it would be nice to visit Will Stanton again.)

Along with the planned books I’ll be participating in a group read of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman in June. There will also be a group read of Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson but I haven’t decided yet if I’ll participate. I hope to squeeze in a movie or two, such as Snow White and the Huntsman (June 1st) and a little ol' movie called the Avengers (MAY 4TH!!!!!!!).

Other than Throne of the Crescent Moon (a library book) and Neverwhere (a book I'll likely borrow from the library too), I'm going to stick with books that I already own. As you can see from the list above, I have plenty of options!

If you’d like to join in on the fun read more here and you can also visit other blogs to see what other bloggers are reading throughout the challenge at the review site here.


  1. wow you are prepared for this challenge. I love this challenge. It is my second time and I had a blast last year. I'm doing both of the group reads. Happy reading!

    1. When Carl dropped the hint this was coming I started making a list right away lol

      See you during the group reads!

  2. Sweet. I plan to do the Neverwhere group read, too. I'm intrigued about your Discworld selections. I've never read any of the books, though I want to one of these days. Is the order arbitrary, or does it not matter too much how one reads them? Just curious.

    1. I don't think it matters too much where to start with Discworld. The first one I read was Snuff, the most recent, and the ones I listed are books I happened to find at used book stores. Reading Snuff made me want to go back to see what I've missed. There are recurring characters but they don't always appear in every book from what I've read on the internet.

    2. I can't resist chiming in on the "where to start Discworld" discussion! I highly recommend starting with Going Postal--it's one of the funniest, and the main character is new to that book, so there's no need to know backstory. It also has a lot of major characters from other volumes as supporting characters, so it's a nice way to get introduced to them. Although you really can start anywhere...I've bounced all over through the series!

    3. I did a happy dance because I just picked up a copy of Going Postal at a used book store :)