Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday Salon: Once Upon a Time III Challenge

Last Sunday I was in between books, wondering what to read next, and I did end up turning to manga again. I'd enjoyed volume one of Emma so much that I decided to continue on in the series. I had volumes 2 and 3 here and quickly read through them. Then when I looked up online about getting the remaining 4 volumes, I discovered that while volume 4 was readily available, volumes 5 to 7 seem to be out of print and were difficult to find online. I wonder why as it's such a great series, and they've just released volume 8, back stories on some of the secondary characters, in English. So essentially, you can easily buy volumes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8 but not 5, 6, and 7. Strange. Anyway, I found a site where I could read it online and proceeded to read the equivalent of 4 volumes in about a day. What a wonderful story! Sigh.

Well, then I decided that since I'd already spent a good portion of the month with the Cullens, I'd better read the unfinished manuscript by Stephenie Meyer, Midnight Sun, that got leaked awhile back, to complete the experience. Like the other two books in the series that I read this month, I flew through it as well, and I was sad when it ended much too soon. But for now, except for the movie that I'm looking forward to finally being able to watch next month, I think I'm well and truly vampired out for the time being.

So, after that I finally returned to a review book of short stories that I'd already dipped into a bit and finished it this morning. As a result, this Sunday finds me also between reads. I really need to get back to reading some books for review, so I'm thinking it'll be either The Triumph of Deborah by Eva Etzioni-Halevy, or Mother Superior by Saleema Nawaz that I read next. Biblical fiction or short stories. Hmmm....decision, decisions.

However I can't resist joining in Carl's third annual Once Upon a Time Challenge. I'd like to try for Quest the First, to read 5 books, but because I have quite a few other books lined up to read over the next 3 months, and two other challenges ending, I'm instead just going to officially sign up for The Journey. In other words, I'll read at least one book from the categories of fantasy, fairytale, folklore and mythology between now and June 20th. It's kind of too bad I didn't wait to read Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, but I don't regret it since I was in the perfect mood for them earlier this month. Anyway, for the challenge I'd really like to read The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, and Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint. And then if I have time, I'll try to finally get to some of these as well:
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
I've heard good things about all of these and wish I could read them all. Well I guess we'll just see how it goes. If you were me, which one would you read first?

Week in review:
Sunday Salon: Comfort Reads
Mailbox Monday Musings
Monster, vol. 1 - Naoki Urasawa (review)
Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer (review)
PhotoHunt: Yellow
xxxHolic, vol. 1 - CLAMP (review)

Have a great week and happy reading!


  1. I haven't officially signed up yet, but I think I'll be reading The Book of Lost Things as well. I've heard great thigns about The Graveyard Book and The Goose Girl. Enjoy!!

  2. Both sound like great choices! I loved The Graveyard Book and that is one de Lint book I would like to get to sometime soon.

    Thanks for taking the journey with us!

  3. i can highly recommend Inkheart!

  4. What a great lot of books you have lined up for the challenge!! Hope you enjoy them all! I've loved the one's that I've read that are on your list.

  5. Hi Nat :D

    I think I am going to join ONCE UPON A TIME III.

    I am finishing my first graphic novel an absolutely love it. PERSEPOLIS is a real story but I do like the format. I also might look into Emma and EMBROYDERIES by Marjane Satrapi.

    I received a fewbooks from The Library Thing, do not know yet which I will like, they are not my usual reading.

    I am eying THE PIANIST for my next read, I'll see.

    I will not review "ZIGGY" on Wednesday as I have not received a copy of this book. My date for reviewing and hosting is still up for Wednesday even so I have brought up the problem.

    I wishyou a wonderful week Nat

  6. You can't go wrong with that list, no matter what you choose to read! I need to put The Graveyard Book on my list, too.

  7. The Goose Girl and Inkheart were both really good! I also really liked The Graveyard Book. High praise from me because I am really not a bit Gaiman fan!

  8. I'm reading The Graveyard Book too!! The Book of Lost Things is excellent...and you know I love a good Vampire story! I think the House of Night books are really fun.

    Glad to see you are signing up for this challenge.

  9. That's interesting that you couldn't find the later volumes so easily. It really makes reading series in order difficult when that happens, doesn't it?

    I picked up a copy of Twilight (the movie) today while out and about and hope to watch it next weekend. :-)

    Good luck with the Once Upon a Time Challenge! You've got a couple books on your list that I would like to read one of these days.

    Have a great week, Nat!

  10. Many of your picks are still in my TBR list, but I can recommend The Goose Girl highly. A wonderful re-telling of a fairy tale.

  11. Great choices Nat! I absolutely loved The Graveyard Book. The Book of Lost Things and Inkheart are favorites too. Marked is okay, if you can get past the teenage vernacular. Enjoy!

  12. Im so glad the Graveyard Book is so high on your list! It really is amazing!

  13. I read The Book of Lost Things for last years challenge and really loved it. Happy reading!

  14. I didn't know some of Emma was out of print! I hope they fix that soon, as the series seems to be pretty popular. And I really want to get my own copies of them all.

    Love your OUaT list! I'd (surprise surprise) start with The Graveyard Book, but you have lots of excellent choices.

  15. I'm reading Dreams Underfoot too! And I'm so excited you chose The Book of Lost Things, The Graveyard Book, Inkheart and The Goose Girl! Excellent choices, enjoy!

  16. I've read THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, DREAMS UNDERFOOT and THE LIONS OF AL-RASSAN from your list, and they were all great. I hope you enjoy them!

  17. Trish - I meant to read The Book of Lost Things last year but never got around to it, so hopefully I finally will this year.

    Carl V. - I'm really looking forward to reading The Graveyard Book. Everyone seems to love it! And thanks for hosting again!

    DesLily - Inkheart certainly sounds like something I would enjoy. Even if I don't get to it during the challenge, I think I must finally read it this year.

    Chris - I've heard good things about all the books! If only I could stop working and cleaning the house, and just read! :P

    Sylvie - I'm glad you enjoyed Persepolis so much! I have Embroideries here and plan to read it sometime in the next few months. And I look forward to hearing what you think of The Pianist.

    Robin - They're all taunting me from the shelves so hopefully I can fit in a few of them.

    Kailana - I've only read a couple of books by Gaiman so I'm not a diehard fan either, but I'm quite looking forward to The Graveyard Book after hearing everyone raving about it.

    Stephanie - I'm pretty sure I got the first House of Night book from reading your reviews of the series. :)

    Wendy - It does make reading a series very difficult. Hopefully they'll republish them.
    I'm planning to get the DVD of Twilight from the UK, region 2, and it's being released there at the beginning of April. Can't wait! :P

    Sarah - I've had some of these in my TBR stacks for too long so it'll be good to finally read some of them.

    Heather - I saw you complaining on Twitter about the 'teen-speak' in the latest House of Night book. LOL. I'll give the first a try and see how it goes.

    saveophelia - Everyone seems to love The Graveyard Book. I can't wait to read it!

    Stephanie - I'd hoped to read The Book of Lost Things for last year's challenge as well, but never did get to it. Hopefully this year.

    Nymeth - I thought it was odd too, especially since they just released vol. 8 in English. Hopefully it's just a temporary supply problem.

    mariel - I look forward to comparing thoughts on Dreams Underfoot then. It'll only be my second book by de Lint.

    Memory - Thanks. I'm looking forward to all of them.


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