Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Once Upon a Time V

A Challenge

Once Upon a Time V is an annual springtime reading event hosted by Carl who blogs at Stainless Steel Droppings. The reading event consists various levels of participation or Quests, but the gist of the whole thing is to encourage readers to read more fantasy, folklore, mythology and fairy tale books and share their journey with everyone else. The event takes place from the first day of spring to the first day of summer (Northern Hemisphere), so I'm joining kind of late here. Quite late, actually. Alas, I am determined and confident that I can do it. :)

I have decided to do Quest the Third this year. The requirement for this quest is to read any four books from the four categories or one from each category-- fantasy, folklore, mythology and a fairy tale in addition to reading the play Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare in June. Here's a list of what I plan to read for this quest:

1. Fantasy:        War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
2. Folklore:       My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent
                         River Marked by Patricia Briggs
3: Mythology:   The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds
4. Fairy Tale:    Cloaked by Alex Flinn
5. Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

I read My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent in April prior to signing up for this event, but since it was still during the valid time frame for the Once Upon a Time V challenge, I'm counting it!

I am currently reading The Odyssey Graphic Novel by Gareth Hinds.

Be sure to visit the Once Upon a Time Review Site for links to reviews from participants.

The artwork for Once Upon a Time V is by artist Anne Julie Aubry whom you can visit on her blog, Ma petite Theiere  as well as at her online shop on Etsy, The Nebulous Kingdom. I encourage you to visit Anne Julie. Her pieces range from hauntingly beautiful and somewhat melancholy to sweet and charming.



  1. I had never heard of this event but it sounds great. :) Good luck!!!

  2. Jim C. Hines writes a fantasy series you might like. Each is a take-off of the traditional fairytale characters like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, etc.
    Have fun with your challenge!

    (And I agree, the artwork you've shown is AMAZING!)

  3. Have fun with this Christine!

  4. Wooo, this sounds fun... and all of my favorite things:
    Fantasy, folklore, mythology, fairytales...


  5. What a lovely challenge! All th best with the reading and may I say...you're a Challenge Queen - I'm very impressed :)

  6. I love this challenge and the artwork that goes with it. :)

    I love these subgenres, so it's actually a pretty easy one for me to do. I do think I bit off more than I can chew in the reading challenge department this year, but this is definitely one I can see myself doing every year.

    Brandy, none of my local libraries have those Jim C. Hinds books! What a bummer, too, because they look really fun. Do you recommend they be read in order? I can try to put in an interlibrary loan request in from libraries further away from me.

  7. I am the Challenge Queen. :)

    Although I have seen other bloggers who are more challenge obsessed than I, so maybe I am just a Challenge Princess. ;)

  8. Huh, I can't remember if there's an order to those books or not. Sorry!

  9. I doing quite badly on this challenge right now but I can never resist participating. And the banners are so lovely...good luck!


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