Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Once Upon a Time II Challenge completed

I had thought I might have time to squeeze in one more before the end of the challenge, but that is unlikely now with only 2 days remaining. I did read 5 books though, completing Quest the First, which is what I originally set out to do. I read 4 books from my original list of choices and still hope to get to the rest before too long.

Books completed:
(clicking on the title will take you to my review)
1. Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt
2. A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray
3. Once Upon a Time in the North - Philip Pullman
4. Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
5. The Tale of Despereaux - Kate DiCamillo

For links to the reviews of all the participants, see the Review Site here.

Best book(s) I read for the challenge?
Kafka on the Shore by Murakami. I can see why it's become one of his most well-known books and will likely end up on my best of list for the year.

Book(s) I could have done without?
None! I enjoyed all of them!

Any new authors? Will I read them again?
Natalie Babbitt, Libba Bray and Kate DiCamillo were new-to-me. I will probably continue with the other books in the trilogy by Libba Bray but there are other books, in other series, calling to me more right now. Of these three, my guess is that it'll be another book by Kate DiCamillo that will get picked up and read the soonest.
As for the not new-to-me authors, Philip Pullman and Haruki Murakami, it was very fun to spend some time in their worlds again and I will definitely be reading more from them.

Best thing about the challenge? What did I learn?
I already knew this but that Carl is the challenge host extraordinaire. I don't always read much fantasy but it's such fun I think I'll have to read more of it, more often. I really enjoyed reading all the books I did for the challenge and I'm already looking forward to Once Upon a Time III! Thanks for another great challenge Carl.


  1. You are very welcome, it is always a great pleasure for me to host these things. I am already scheming and planning for the R.I.P. III Challenge in September.

    Glad you finished the challenge and read some wonderful books in the process. I highly recommend The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane if you are looking for another wonderful DiCamillo experience.

  2. Congratulations on finishing the challenge! You read some great books :)

  3. Good job! I finished the challenge this morning, and it was so much fun! I have several of the books you mentioned (Kafka, Great and Terrible Beauty) on my shelves, and I hope to get to them soon. Famous last words, probably, but I try! lol

  4. Oh, thanks for the reminder to write a wrap up post!

  5. Yay you! Congrats on finishing your challenge. I have been meaning to pick up the second book in the Bray trilogy but just haven't gotten around to it yet. You know how that goes :)

  6. Carl- I've already got some books in mind to read for R.I.P III. :)

    Nymeth- Thanks. They were all fun reads. :)

    Andi- I'm familiar with those 'famous last words'. ;)
    Congrats on finishing up just in time.

    Stephanie- You're welcome. :)

    Iliana- Oh yes, I know how that goes all too well. :P

  7. Congratulations on completing the challenge, Nat!


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