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)