Once Upon a Time VIII

Once Upon a Time VIII

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:

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Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time categories. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

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.

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19 comments

  1. Looks like a great list! I’m especially intrigued by Feather Bound. I’ll have to see if I can find a copy of it and maybe add it to my own pile. ^_^

    The Killing Moon was gorgeous. I think it’s my favourite out of all the books Jemisin’s published to date. I hope you’ll enjoy it and the other books (whenever you get to them). Happy reading!

    1. Ooh, that makes me want to start The Killing Moon sooner rather than later. Jemisin is such a talented author! 🙂

      1. She really is! I’m looking forward to seeing where she’ll take her readers next so much! <3 I hope you'll enjoy it whenever you get around to it. I'm making myself want to reread it just thinking about it. Hmmm… *ponders*

        Anyway, I'll be looking forward to hearing what you think of it whenever you read it! ^_^

    1. For about a year now I had picked it up then put it back almost every time I went to the bookstore. Last week I finally got it, and I’m excited to jump in. 🙂

    1. Thanks, and you too! 🙂

      And from your list, Ocean at the End of the Lane is fantastic. You’re in for a treat. 🙂

    1. I feel like I’m a bit behind the times because I just picked up Cinder while everyone else is reading Cress, but at least it means I won’t have to wait for sequels. 🙂