Thursday, March 18, 2010

Once Upon a Time Challenge

It's time for the fourth annual Once Upon a Time Challenge, hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings. Woo-hoo! I love Carl's challenges, although I didn't sign up for the Sci-fi challenge this year.

It's hard to believe that once upon a time I didn't really consider myself to be a fantasy reader. Sure I would occasionally read something that fits the fairy tale/folklore/fantasy/myth type, but for the most part I didn't go out of my way to do so.

Over the past few years I have started reading more and more. So far this year nearly one in five of the books I have read would have qualified for this challenge, including one of only two books that I rated as 5/5 reads - the excellent The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

I have decided that I am going to participate in Quest the First, where the aim is to "Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time IV 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."

At this stage, my five books will most likely be chosen from the following pool of possibilities:

Mort by Terry Pratchett ***
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
Spirit Walker by Michelle Paver
King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
Fellowship of the Ring by J R R Tolkien *****
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
Fire by Kristin Cashore
The Sharing Knife: Horizon by Lois McMaster Bujold
Sabriel by Garth Nix
The Knife of Letting Go by Patrick Ness

I have quite a few other books left on my shelves that might qualify, but we will see how we go. I certainly have enough to choose from!

***If you are participating in my Terry Pratchett Challenge the books would also qualify for the Once Upon a Time Challenge.

***** Yes, I got way behind in the Lord of the Rings readalong and don't see myself catching up any time soon, but I am still intending to finish reading the books!


  1. Terry Pratchett! Patrick Ness! Garth Nix! You have some excellent reading ahead of you :D

  2. Sounds like a great challenge! I'm signing up.

    Mort is good, I hope you enjoy it.

  3. Thanks for posting this, Marg, otherwise I would never have found it. I'm only beginning to enjoy fantasy and this challenge really appeals.

  4. I thought The Knife of Never Letting Go was an amazing book. And Garth Nix's Abhorsen series is excellent. (Another superb Aussie fantasy author is Trudi Canavan.) Yes, I have one Pratchett book on my list which I'll read for both challenges - very convenient.

  5. wow nice list! I have read Fellowship of the Ring and Fire by Kristin Cashore and Sabrirel by Garth Nix.. and you won't get any down thoughts on any of those! I will look forward to your reviews!

  6. Marg, I'm seriously considering joining this challenge. And it's all your fault. It's sounds likes a ton of fun and the art work is beautiful.

  7. Ooh! Good luck with your challenge! I know you will do wonderfully!

  8. What a great list of books, Marg! I have only read Fellowship of the Ring on your list, but there are several others that I do hope to read at some point--anything by Terry Pratchett really and Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey just for starters. Good luck with the challenge!

  9. I'm noticing Shades of Grey, Patrick Ness, and Tolkien on many lists for this challenge. Happy reading!

  10. Hi Marg,
    I just signed up for this challenge too! :0)

    I have Fire by Kristin Cashore on my list, too... as well as King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner.

    I also have a Maggie Stiefvater title on my list... Ballad, which is the sequel to Lament.

    I have read the Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix a few years ago and found it extremely engrossing. I hope you enjoy it as well.



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