It’s that time of year again. Winter is over (unless we get another snowstorm on Tuesday, but I’m in denial), the allergies are starting to kick in, and pretty soon the cherry blossoms will be in bloom. Each year to welcome the spring, Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings hosts the Once Upon a Time Challenge. This year it runs from March 21-June 21.
This challenge is very special to me, because it was the first reading event that I participated in when I started my blog. Once Upon a Time helped me to discover the welcoming and inclusive blogging community that keeps me here to this day.
For anyone new, ‘challenge’ is a bit of a misnomer, because this event isn’t about stressing out or self-imposed deadlines. It’s about enjoying the fantasy genre in its many forms, including books, short stories, poems, and films. There’s no pressure, but there are a number of Quests that you can choose to participate in. I’m going to aim for Quest the First:
This isn’t an inclusive list and is subject to change, but here are some of the books that I’m considering:
- Blades of the Old Empire by Anna Kashina – Epic fantasy about assassins.
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer – YA sci-fi fairy tale where Cinderella is a cyborg.
- Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson – Sequel to The Way of Kings. I’ll be participating in a readalong.
- Feather Bound by Sarah Raughley – YA Cinderella retelling with human swans.
- Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins – SF/F alt-history set in revolutionary Russia.
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Epic fantasy, and Brandon Sanderson said it was awesome.
- The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin – After groupreading The Inheritance Trilogy, I wanna read more Jemisin.