Saturday, March 22, 2008

Once Upon a Time

I'm not sure I really have time to fit more books into my reading schedule but I missed out on this challenge last year so what the heck. If all else fails I can default to the 'Journey' but I'm going to attempt Quest the First, since it allows for the most freedom in choosing the books.
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.
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Here's my current pool of books to choose from:

Briar Rose – Jane Yolen
Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
Inkheart – Cornelia Funke
The Goose Girl – Shannon Hale
Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt
Across the Nightingale Floor – Lian Hearn
A Great and Terrible Beauty – Libby Bray
New Moon – Stephenie Meyer
Once Upon a Time in the North – Philip Pullman (will be published on April 3rd)
The Scarecrow and his Servant – Philip Pullman
The Ladies of Grace Adieu - Susanna Clarke
or anything else I come across that appeals to me.

I am looking forward to it since it should be a nice way to balance out the dark, more serious books I've been reading lately.


  1. I'm glad you're going to do the Challenge. You've put together a great list. I'm looking forward to your reviews. Tuck Everlasting (or anything by Natalie Babbitt) is one of my favorites. I love her use of the language, and her books are so full of feeling. That's the real magic in them. Enjoy!

  2. Oooh, wonderful picks! I loved Kafka on the Shore and Briar Rose. The Scarecrow and his Servant was very good too. And I'm reading The Goose Girl now and simply cannot put it down! I hope you enjoy these as much as I did :)

    PS: And I had not yet heard of Once Upon a Time in the North, but I looked it up now, and I'm so excited about it! I must order it asap! Thanks for bringing it to my attention :)

  3. This is a great list! I remember really loving "Briar Rose" when I read it as a teenager, but I think I lost my copy along the way, so have never been able to reread it. "Kafka on the Shore" and "Inkheart" are also two that I have been eager to read recently.

  4. I recently read "Briar Rose" and liked it. Just as a 'warning,' though, I don't think it will take you away from the 'dark, serious' books you say you've been reading recently -- it's very dark and serious.

    I read "Inkheart" less recently and remember being a bit disappointed in it. Perhaps partly because it had been so widely praised before I got to it.

    I also liked "Tuck Everlasting," though it's been even longer since I read that one.

  5. Have you read THE THIRTEENTH TALE? I liked it a lot. I think I will also join this challenge, I just finished reading 2 'once upon a time' stories :
    Both by Steven Millhauser, great reads. And a little while back THE THIRTEENTH TALE.
    I am going to check some of your books who's authors I do not know. It is fun to read this genre, a change from heavy reading.

  6. Yay, you are joining! I read A Great and Terrible Beauty last year and quite liked it. New Moon I wasn't too thrilled with but I think my expectations were very high after Twilight. I can't wait to hear what you think of it. Have fun!

  7. Robin- I've never read anything by Natalie Babbitt. I'm looking forward to it and all of them actually. :)

    Nymeth- Sounds like I have some good reading in store. And you're welcome about the new Philip Pullman. I can't wait either, and they're such beautiful books. Do you have 'Lyra's Oxford'?

    Pour of Tor- Murakami is always fun and I've heard such good things about 'Kafka on the Shore'. Should be a good read.

    Teresa- I realised 'Briar Rose' isn't a particularly happy topic when I reread the blurb and comments on the back. I think I'll wait until I'm done my current Hiroshima reading before I look at that one.

    Madeleine- Yes I have read 'The Thirteenth Tale'. It was good, I liked the gothic atmosphere of it.
    It'll be fun to have you join in the challenge too.

    Iliana- I couldn't resist! I know opinions have been mixed on both those books so I'm curious too to see how I like them.

  8. That looks like a really good list. I am looking forward to reading Briar Rose, Inkheart, The Goose Girl and The Ladies of Grace Adieu this year. I hope you enjoy New Moon, I just finished Eclipse.

  9. I like how you found a Japanese tale to fit this challenge! I haven't read my Twilight copy by Stephanie Meyer yet, but I suppose that trilogy counts too. Wow, now I can expand my list even further thanks to yours.

  10. Rhinoa- I'll be watching for your reviews of those books. :)

    Bellezza- Glad to help. :P


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