Sunday, March 27, 2011

Once Upon A Time Challenge 2011!!

The annual Once Upon A Time challenge hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings is starting up again, and this year I've decided to join up and go on the quest! :D I am really excited to participate in this. Anyone whose been around my little blog for awhile knows how much I love books that are fairy-tale retellings, fantasies, or based on any kind of myth or folklore, so this event will be right up my alley! If you love them as well, definitely stop by the challenge site and get all the details!

So, for my first time participating, I have decided to jump straight in with both feet and take on "Quest the Third". To fulfill my goal, I will be reading at least FIVE books that fall into the categories of fairytale, folklore, fantasy, or mythology between now and June 20th, AND in June I'll be finishing off with a viewing of Midsummer Night's Dream (the one with Michelle Pfeiffer, Stanley Tucci, Anna Friel, and company. I loved that one and haven't watched it in so long!)

Here's a quick list of a few of the titles that I'll be choosing from, because I haven't made a solid decision which books I'll be reading for sure:
  • Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
  • Pegasus by Robin McKinlay
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
  • Huntress by Malinda Lo (I've actually just started this one today!)
  • Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
  • Eon & Eona by Alison Goodman
  • The Hollow by Jessica Verday
  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  • Siren by Trisha Rayburn
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland on a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente
  • Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
  • Plain Kate by Erin Bow
  • So Silver Bright by Lisa Matchev
  • Wings by Aprilynne Pike
  • What the Dickens by George Maguire
  • Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
  • Wildefire by Karsten Knight (IF I can somehow get my hands on a copy of this before June!)
So there's my candidates---what do you think? Any that I should definitely add to the list? Any from the list that you'd excitedly recommend?

Anyone else participating in this challenge? Link me up so I can see your book picks!


  1. Good picks! I stole a couple from your list for my challenge ;) I really love Graceling, so hopefully you'll get a chance to read that one!

  2. @Stephanie
    That's no problem at all, Stephanie!! I figure that's why we all share our lists! I'm glad to hear your loved Graceling---I'll keep that in mind and try to get to it!

  3. Sad to say, the only one I have read is Graceling...but I agree, it's well worth putting on your short list.

  4. Good looking list! I really liked Graceling, Rampant, Plain Kate, and Briar Rose. I was not as enamored with Wings as other people were, though... I still haven't read on in the series.

  5. This sounds like an awesome contest! I think I might join up with you :) From this list, I really enjoyed Starcrossed (although it's rather long at about 500 pages!), Brightly Woven, The Iron King, Rampant, and Graceling. You've got some great reads to choose from!

  6. Looks like a great list! I think the only one I've read was Graceling (which was great, by the way!), but I have a few of those on my list. Happy Reading!