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Reading Challenge: Once Upon a Time IX

Once Upon a Time IXHello my lovely readers!  Many book bloggers are familiar with Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings’ two big reading challenges he runs every year.  I often participate in the fall challenge for reading horror/thriller/mystery/etc… but I have never participated in the spring challenge for reading fantasy, because I used to think I don’t like fantasy.  I’ve discovered that I’m wrong.  I do like fantasy, just mainly urban fantasy and fantasies that are not set in a Medieval Europe style setting.  So I thought that this year I would participate in Once Upon a Time IX!

Once Upon a Time IX focuses on reading books that fit into the categories of fantasy, folklore, fairy tales, or mythology between March 21st and June 21st.  I’m signing up for the level called “The Journey.”  Read at least one book in any of those categories.  I’m hoping to read more than one but I was worried if I signed up for a higher level it would feel like too much pressure to me.  My personal goal right now is three books.

Books I already own that fit the challenge are listed below.  I’d love to hear from you in the comments if there’s one you’d particularly like to recommend to me from my list!

  • Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
  • Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King
  • Deadtown by Nancy Holzner
  • Fables Vol. 1 by Bill Willingham
  • Fated by S. G. Browne
  • A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire
  • The Nonborn King by Julian May
  • Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos by H. P. Lovecraft
  • Unshapely Things by Mark Del Franco
  • The Veiled Mirror by Christine Frost
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
  1. March 23, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I hope you enjoy your first Once Upon a Time 🙂 I haven’t read any of the books off your list but I always love a bit of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

    • March 23, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      I actually found that Terry Pratchett book sitting on top of a trash can (the kind where you have to pull a drawer out, so the top isn’t actually in the trash) in Seattle. Crazy, huh? I think I’ll probably end up reading it, what with Pratchett’s recent passing and all. I loved his Discworld books I’ve read before.

      • March 23, 2015 at 1:15 pm

        That is crazy! But someone else’s loss is your gain. I think I will need to read a Discworld for the event too, to mark his sad passing.

  2. March 24, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Ooh, good luck with Years of Rice and Salt. I used to have a copy, never got very far with it. I think it was just too dense for me. But if you enjoy it, I’d sure like to hear another opinion on that one!

    • March 25, 2015 at 9:09 am

      I’ve had it forever (in print), and the size of it and the tiny print size has definitely intimidated me from picking it up, in spite of liking the alternate history ideas it has. It’s high on my list to tackle this year!

  3. March 30, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    A Terry Pratchett book sitting on top of a trash can? You don’t know how sad that makes me. Carpe Jugulum is a fun book, I think you’ll enjoy it. From your list, the one I love the most is Watership Down. Do make sure to read that!

    • March 31, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      I hope you are cheered a bit by the fact that I rescued it! I keep trying to pick up Watership Down, and my fiancé always protests as soon as he sees me holding it that it will make me too sad. Maybe I’ll finally get to it this spring though. 🙂

  1. April 1, 2015 at 9:19 am

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