Friday, 20 March 2015

Once Upon A Time IX

Spring is almost upon us so it's that time of year again. Carl's Once Upon A Time IX reading challenge starts officially tomorrow, the 21st. March. This one of those challenges that I do every year without fail... it would not occur to me not to do it to be honest as it's always good fun and fantasy books are one of my favourite genres. This year is its 9th. year... time flies when you're having fun.

(This beautiful artwork is by Kimberly Kincaid.)

As always this challenge has a few fun and very flexible rules:

Rule #1: Have fun.

Rule #2: HAVE FUN.

Rule #3: Don’t keep the fun to yourself, share it with us, please!

Rule #4: Do not be put off by the word “challenge”.

While this event retains the word “challenge” from its earliest days, the entire goal is to read good books, watch engaging television shows and films, play immersive games and most importantly, visit old friends and make new ones. There are several ways to participate, and I hope you can find at least one to your liking:

I usually do Quest the First and this year is no exception:

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.

So... this is the pool of my own books that I plan to read from:

It's pretty unlikely I'll get all of those read. And to be honest I'll be very happy if I can get perhaps three or four of the chunky books in this selection off the pile. (They will also count for my Mount TBR challenge, which is nice.)

I also have a couple of library books for the challenge: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison and Blackbringer by Laini Taylor.

To help me keep track of what I read I've opened a new Goodreads shelf. Always useful to be able to see at a glance what you've read and and what choices are still available.

Ok, so that's it. Looking forward to the next three months and to seeing what everyone else plans to read and does read. Have fun!



DesLily said...

wow.. you have some chunksters there! lol.. the only one I've read from your group was Tooth and Claw ..don't even remember what it's about it was so long ago lol..

as always.. looking forward to your reviews! (you do proper ones, not like me lol)

Cath said...

Pat: Well... I just started Tooth and Claw. It seems a dragon, the father, has just died and the family are arguing because the daughter and her husband and kids ate more of the body than they were entitled to. This is not what I thought the book was about. LOLOLOLOL!!!!

I really love reading your thoughts on your books!

Kailana said...

Tooth and Claw is on my TBR pile. I need to get around to reading it one of these days!

BookPlease said...

I have read one of your books - Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, which I read in 2005, so long ago (before I had my blog). I remember it took me a long, long time to read, but I loved it, full of mystery, magic, fantasy and faerie tales, so ideal for Once Upon a Time.

I'm sure you'll enjoy this event and have fun reading!

Robin said...

Oooo! You've got some great choices there on your shelf! I'm looking forward to reading your posts for this challenge, Cath. Love this Springtime ritual, thanks to Carl.

Cath said...

Kelly: Tooth and Claw took about 40 pages to get going and now I'm finding it fascinating. It's really, really different.

Margaret: JS & Mr.N is very definitely near the top of my list to read this year... *before* the BBC airs the drama.

Thank you.

Robin: Thank you! One of the nice things about this challenge is seeing what others are reading. Although it's no good for keeping the TBR pile low! LOL!

TracyK said...

I am glad you are reading Tooth and Claw. I am interested in your take on it. Nice idea, setting up a goodread shelf.

Cath said...

Tracy: I wasn't sure at first and then it sort of took off. It could well win the prize for the most unusual book come the end of the year.

Goodreads certainly has its uses for a list freak like me. :-)