Sunday, March 23, 2008

Once Upon a Time II Challenge

How can I resist? Ever since I started reading book blogs, about 6 months or so ago, I've heard people refer to Carl's Once Upon a Time Challenge. This one sounds, well, magical.

You can read all about the challenge by clicking the image above. The quests all sound yummy.

I'm going to attempt Quest the First: Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time II 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.

As with all of the challenges I've signed on to, I'm limiting myself to books I already plan to read, or at least have on hand. For this one, I have the following books in mind:

  • The Sea of Monsters (2nd in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series) by Rick Riordan
  • Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
  • The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  • The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
I'm actually reading Dragon Slippers right now, which would count, but as it's a re-read, I'll not count it. I may end up finding myself reading others that fit, but for now some combination of the books above seem like a pretty firm list.


Ana S. said...

I've only read the last three, and they were awesome. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Carl V. Anderson said...

2 Gaimans! What a great list! I'm so glad you are joining us and hope you have a great deal of fun with the community over the next few months.

Debi said...

Oh Somer, I'm so glad you're joining in! This is my all-time favorite reading challenge! I can't wait to read your reviews!

Iliana said...

I know, this is the not to be missed challenge right? :)
Have fun with your choices. I look forward to your review on the Libba Bray book. I read the first one in the series and liked it but just haven't gotten to read further in the series.

Somer said...

Nymeth - I'm glad to hear you liked my selections! My husband has read both of the Gaimans on the list and has also raved about them.

Carl - Thanks for hosting this again It looks like so much fun!

Debi - You make me even happier that I joined! It's like walking into a party and finding someone you know!

Iliana - I have *loved* the first two Libba Bray books. Actually, I adore Libba Bray herself, too. Can't wait to read this one!

DesLily said...

I've read Stardust and Book of Lost things (both excellent) I am about to order the Rick Riordan trilogy so I will be very interested in that particular review!

Well we can have MORE than the list we put up for the challenge! you should post your review on Dragon Slippers (I've read it too!)

Somer said...

Deslily - after I've read the other challenge books, I'll post a bonus review of Dragon Slippers. I'll see if I wrote a review anywhere of it when I read it last spring.