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27 March 2012

It's Time: Once Upon a Time VI

I've really enjoyed the challenges Carl hosts and just recently, I concluded the Science Fiction Experience, which I loved. It motivated me to try books I never thought I'd dive into, even though I loosely played with the genre every now and again. It was great to explore my previous limits and try something new, which is what I wanted 2012 to be.

Now, I'm motivated again, as Carl is hosting the sixth annual Once Upon a Time Challenge, a celebration of experiencing four categories: Fairy Tale, Folklore, Fantasy, and Mythology, "including the seemingly countless sub-genres and blending of genres that fall within this spectrum," as Carl writes. The challenge runs from now until Tuesday, June 19th.

I'll be digging my toes into the sand with The Journey, which means I'm committing to read at least one book from now until June 19th. I hope to read more, but work is busy now, so I want my experiences to be fun and stress-free.

The rules are pretty simple: have fun, more fun, don't be afraid by the word "challenge," and share your journey with others.

Here are my options, and I think I'm going to dive into the fantasy and fairy tale:
  • The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss (because I have heard this is ah.may.zing)
  • The Dark Tower, by Stephen King (which also continues my year-long The Stephen King Project co-hosted with Kathleen and also fulfills my first step at Leighanne's Dark Tower Reading Challenge)
  • The Complete Fairy Tales, by George MacDonald (Victorian fairy tales)
And as always, Carl has fantastic artwork to select from. While I'm going to use the adorable fox button, I wanted to include the other options below so you can see artist Melissa Nucera's insanely kick-ass artwork for this challenge. Her Etsy shop absolutely rocks.


  1. This sounds like a great challenge. Good luck with it!

  2. I'm trying to come up with a list for this one myself. Looking forward to your reviews!

  3. I have The Dark Tower on my list too (currently reading his Eyes of the Dragon). The Complete Fairy Tales looks interesting, I'll have to remember that one.

  4. sounds like fun and you're right - that artwork is fabulous!

  5. These are great choices. I also signed up for The Journey although I'd love to read more.
    I would have liked to join the Sci-Fi Experience.
    Hope you will like whatever you end up reaing. I need to look more into your Stephen King Project. I always want to read more of him. Rothfuss must be amazing.

  6. What an amazing challenge! I would love to read something for this, and have the perfect thing sitting right on my Kindle! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  7. This sounds like a really fascinating challenge. I cannot do it this year but I'm going to keep it in mind for this year...and thank you for pointing out that challenges like this one and the Science Fiction one are great for reading books I most likely wouldn't otherwise read..Great point!

    I'm going to keep an eye out for your reviews of the books you read for this challenge. Have fun & Enjoy!

  8. The Name of the Wind is definitely amazing!

    Whichever book you choose, I hope you enjoy your participation in the challenge!

  9. The Name of the Wind was really good. I hope you enjoy!

  10. I SO want to play, too! The constraints on my time have been ridonkulous lately, but I'm still tempted. Enjoy!

  11. I LOVE this challenge and can't wait to join in as well! I need to come up with my pool of books to choose from first :) Good luck and have fun!

  12. I don't think I knew George MacDonald had a book of fairy tales! I love The Light Princess, and enjoy the Princess and the Goblin too. This is what I love about challenges--finding out about exciting books! Have fun with the reading. :)

  13. This challenge intrigues me so much! I have never joined a reading blog challenge ... perhaps its time. I get stuck reading certain genres and rarely step out into new territory ... this might be a fun way to begin! I'm gladI found your blog!


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