Monday, March 26, 2007

Once Upon a Time Reading Challenge

Since I already read a lot of fantasy, this is not really a challenge for me. I just find if I say I want to read a certain list, I get scared of the books on that list and do not read them! So, these are just some of the countless fantasy books that I want to read. So, the goal? To read five books out of this list. It's a busy time of year, so flexibility is good. When this challenge is over, I should have graduated from university (scary). Anyways, for those that do not know anything about this challenge, click here to visit Stainless Steel Droppings.

1. The Bishop's Heir by Katherine Kurtz
2. Lion of Senet by Jennifer Fallon
3. Child of Saturn by Teresa Edgerton
4. The Blood Red Harp by Elaine Cunningham
5. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
6. Green Rider by Kristen Britain
7. Dragons of the Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
8. The Jaguar Knights by Dave Duncan
9. Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
10.Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings
11.The Wizard's Ward by Deborah Hale
12.Lirael by Garth Nix
13.The Sword of Calandra by Susan Dexter
14.Dragon Bones by Patricia Briggs
15.The Briar King by Greg Keyes

1. Celtika by Robert Holdstock
2. Guardian of the Balance by Irene Radford
3. The Dragon Queen by Alice Borchardt
4. Taliesin by Stephen R. Lawhead
5. The Seeing Stone by Kevin Crossley-Holland
6. Olympos by Dan Simmons
7. The Hedge of Mists by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
8. Ancestors of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
9. Shield of Thunder by David Gemmell
10.The Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley
11.The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick

1. The Singing Stone by O.R. Melling
2. The Book of Dreams by O.R. Melling
3. In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente

Urban Fantasy:
1. Ill Wind by Rachel Caine
2. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
3. Storm Front by Jim Butcher
4. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
5. Stolen by Kelley Armstrong
6.Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong

Fairy Tales:
1. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
2. Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper
3. Summer at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn
4. Once Upon an Autumn's Eve by Dennis L. McKiernan
5. The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars by Steven Brust
6. Enchantment by Orson Scott Card
7. Tam Lin by Pamela Dean (the book calls it a fairy tale, but technically a folktale)
8. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Short Story Collections:
1. Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman

Others That I Want to Read
1. The Wizard's Ward by Deborah Hale
2. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
3. King's Peace by Jo Walton
4. Newton's Cannon by J. Gregory Keyes
5. Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop
6. Horses of Heaven by Gillian Bradshaw
7. The Saxon Shore by Jack Whyte
8. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
9. Sea Without a Shore by Sean Russell
10.Prophecy by Elizabeth Haydon
11.Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson
12.The Catswold Portal by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
13.Mammoth by John Varley
14.Sisters of the Raven by Barbara Hambly
15.Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams
16.Servant of the Shard by R.A. Salvatore
17.Flight of the Nighthawks by Raymond E. Feist

Obviously, I read fantasy all year round, so this is for both the challenge and my own personal reading. It would be awesome if I could read all these books this year....


  1. So glad you're joining in! I'm also glad my life SEEMS to be getting back to some semblance of order, I've missed visiting you.

    GREAT list. Psyched to see some Gaiman on there. I assume you've read Stardust. Fantastic book.

  2. You can't read Anansi Boys till you finish American Gods!!

    Great list....can't wait to see what you end up with as your 5! (knowing you, you'll probably at least get 10 read!)

  3. wow! Impressive list :) I HIGHLY recommend Anansi was such a great book and typical Gaiman. Looks like Carl and I are both trying to tackle A Game of Thrones, you should join the party ;)

  4. Yeah my list of what I WANT to read is way longer but I try to use these fantasys as a way to get through many of the books I already own. My pile was chosen long long ago! Its by my bed I just need to breath for a second and get to posting my list.

  5. Carl: Yep, I read Stardust last year. I am also supposed to be reading American Gods right now but I can't find it... I also read his Never book but I always call it by the wrong title.

    Stephanie: Well, I doubt Anansi Boys will be one of my choices until I retrieve American Gods from wherever it decided to hide from me. :) I am not making any sort of plans for what I will read because I never follow them!

    Chris: I have always wanted to read A Game of Thrones, and I have started it before, but I always get busy with whatever else is going on in my life and put it aside. I have never got that far into it, though.

    nessie: I have to make a big list because I change my mind so much with what I want to read. I read by mood so I like to have options.

  6. The Green Rider is one of my FAVOURITE fantasy novels. The sequel isn't as good, but still enjoyable. And Sara Douglass is always FABULOUS. Ah, you've got quite a list there - so many of them are books I want to read, or have read. :)

  7. Court: I feel like a kid in a candy store! So many good choices, but what to pick! I have really wanted to read The Green Rider for a long time, maybe I will make it one of my choices this time around. :)

  8. GASP! Kelley Armstrong. Dear lord I adore her women of the underworld series. I just preordered the newest one in the series thats comes out in may today. So excited!

  9. What a great list and so many wonderful choices! Oooo! To read them all . . . I look forward to seeing you do read, Kailana, and reading your thoughts on each one.


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