Monday, March 21, 2011

Once Upon a Time V

The fifth year of the Once Upon a Time Challenge! Since weather in Canada tends to be really slow about catching up with the seasons (except winter), this means spring for me more than the weather. I thought I would share a list of the books I have read over the years (and actually reviewed) before talking about this one.

The Ivory and the Horn by Charles de Lint (Buddy Read with Carl, actually.)
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
Silver Bourne by Patricia Briggs
I Was a Rat! by Philip Pullman
Mister Monday by Garth Nix
Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen & Adam Stemple
Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
The Winter Prince by Elizabeth E. Wein
The Garden of Eve by K.L. Going
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Dingo by Charles de Lint
Flora Segunda by Ysabeau S. Wilce
Savvy by Ingrid Law
The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint
The Serpent Bride by Sara Douglass
No Humans Involved by Kelley Armstrong
Dragons of Spring Dawning by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
The Serpent and the Rose by Kathleen Bryan
The Briar King by Grey Keyes
Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
Flight of the Nighthawks by Raymond Feist
Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Dragons of the Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

I have also put together a pool of possible reads and posted it separately.

This year, I am going to participate in four of the quests that are available:

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.
I have read the following:

2. The Worlds of Chrestomanci: Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones (Book 1)
3. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
5. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
6. The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
7. Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones
8. Widdershins by Charles de Lint
9. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
10. Among Others by Jo Walton
12. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
13. Dragon Seer by Janet McNaughton
14. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
18. Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
19. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: Book One of the Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
20. Promises to Keep by Charles de Lint
22. Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb (The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 3)

Graphic Novel:
2. Fables Volume 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham & Company
6. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Volume 2 by Svetlana Chmakova

Stories are not just limited to the printed page. Many entertaining, moving, profound or simply fun stories are told in the realm of television and film. To participate in this quest simply let us know about the films and/or television shows that you feel fit into the definitions of fantasy, fairy tales, folklore or mythology that you are enjoying during the challenge.
I have watched the following:
1. Inception (Watched March 21, 2011)
2. Sin City (Watched April 2, 2011)
3. Tin Man (Watched April 5, 2011)
5. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Watched April 11, 2011)
7. The Princess Bride (Watched May, 2011)
8. Bridge to Terabithia (Watched May, 2011)

Read two non-fiction books, essay collections, etc. that treat any one or more of the four genres covered in this challenge.
I have read the following:

This quest involves the reading of one or more short stories that fit within at least one of the four genres during the course of the any weekend, or weekends, during the challenge. Ideally you would post about your short story readings on Sundays or Mondays, but this is not strictly necessary.
I will probably just post when I finish a book of short stories, but I am keeping track so I could post once a week, too. I haven't entirely decided yet.

I have read the following:
1. terribly twisted tales edited by Jean Rabe & Martin H. Greenberg
2. Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint
3. Muse and Reverie by Charles de Lint


  1. OMG I am so excited about this :D :D :D Just what I need to get back into the swing of things!

  2. I didn't realize it was that time of the year already! I'm definitely going to pop over and sign up! I definitely want to read some Jim Butcher & Neil Gaiman for this challenge this year.

  3. I'm not particpating this year, but wow those are gorgeous buttons.

    PS - the word verification is "nopetter" which is kind of creepy...

  4. I love how you did this, Kelly, with the list of books that this challenge has gotten you to read over the years! You've read some lovely books there. I'm so glad this challenge is here, I've been waiting for it all March! Now to go sign up too :-)

  5. I've also read some AWESOME books during this challenge!! Have fun reading!

  6. Is Sisters Red on that list? Remember we're reading that together.

  7. I knew you'd have a great list of titles from which to choose! Thanks for reminding me of the Inkheart series, of which I have all three but have only read the first. I'm dying to get to the other two, and one of these days I'll have to open a Charles de Lint don't you think? :)

  8. Lol--I know what you mean about the weather. OUaT is *definitely* the way to mark spring. :D

    Can't wait to see what you end up reading this year, Kelly!

  9. This is such a fun challenge and thank you for that great list of titles. It's a little out of my reading comfort zone so need ideas for what to read. I do love Charles de Lint though. :-)

  10. Have fun! I look forward to seeing what you watch, whether you manage to keep it to the classic movies. If you do, Brigadoon, is one of my favourites.

    I'm not participating this round. This one I usually don't. RIP's the one I go for every year.

  11. Looking forward to see what you read this year, and I'm also looking forward to our de Lint buddy read.

    Thank you once again for joining in. I would hate to have a Once Upon a Time without you.

  12. Good luck! I love the button in this post, it's beautiful.

  13. I'm so happy that this challenge is back for a fifth time! I'm still going through my TBR pile looking for the perfect reads. Good luck!

  14. Wow, you've a great list there!

    I look forward to your reviews.

  15. Good luck! Look forward to seeing which books and films you review. :-)

  16. It was fun reading through some of the blog posts of books you've read in the past. I remember reading Onion Girl by de Lint and not loving it. I think it felt to close to the 'real world' but I also had strep at the time, perhaps I should give him another chance.

    Can't wait to read through some more of your reviews for new authors to read!

  17. Anonymous3:51 PM

    that is a great list to work from, and I will be borrowing from it! enjoy the challenge, will be looking forward to your reads this year.

    ~L (omphaloskepsis)

  18. I love this challenge! I wasn't planning on doing any challenges this year save Carl's. I don't know how many books I'll be able to get in but definitely the book we'll read!

    Enjoy participating and good luck!

  19. What a lovely idea to talk about past challenge reads! ^-^

    I hope you'll enjoy this year as much as the previous years or more! ^-^

  20. *Chris: I hope so!!

    *Bella: I should read both of those authors, but hard to say if that will actually happen. Enjoy whatever you wind up reading!

    *Amanda: It's too bad you are not joining in, but I agree the buttons are great!

    *Susan: Thanks! It was fun to revisit books I had read previous years. And those are just the ones I actually reviewed!

    *Stephanie: Glad to hear it. Have fun!

    *Chris: It is for sure. :)

    *Bellezza: Oh, yes, you have to read Charles de Lint! I love him!!

    *Debi: The weather is actually not THAT bad. We have had worse springs, that's for sure!

    *Cat: I hope you find some great reads! de Lint is fantastic. :)

  21. *Nicola: I guess that means I will see you for RIP, then. :)

    *Carl: Thanks! I am looking forward to reading de Lint with you again this year!

    *Kim: It's great, huh? I actually have all the years buttons saved on my computer still and was admiring them the other night when I was making this post. :)

    *Vasilly: Me, too! Have fun!

    *Melody: Thanks!

    *Cath: Thanks!

    *jess: de Lint is not for everyone. And, actually, I read him several years ago and was not a big fan... I had to give him another chance to find out that I do love some of his books after all!

    *contemplatrix: Thanks! Hope you have many great reads.

    *Iliana: I am looking forward to our buddy read. I have been listening for the mail, but might be tomorrow before it arrives unfortunately!

    *Shanra: Thanks!

  22. I think the "On Screen" quest is an excellent one and plan to at least watch one film.

    I've read some of the ones on your list from previous years, but have picked up a number of new titles. Thanks, K!

  23. This is a fun challenge. I enjoyed Corlaine and Inkheart very much. I have The Goose Girl on my bookshelves.
    I loved Inception!
    Happy reading :)

  24. *jenclair: Watching movies is something that I do with the cc, so figured I might as well include it. Maybe I can get him to talk about the movies with me... hm...

    *naida: Inception was REALLY interesting. I am glad I finally watched it. :)


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