March 22, 2012

Once Upon a Time VI Challenge

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This time last year, I joined Carl's Once Upon a Time Challenge for the first time. I actually read several books that fell into the challenge's categories of Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Folklore and Mythology. I surprised myself! Since it's that time again, I thought I'd give it a shot once more. And really, who can resist that little fox face in the banner? He's so cute! 

Just like last year, I'm going with The Journey, which has the requirement of reading only one book. I can do that, right?


Here's my list of books I have around the house that fit the challenge. A couple were on my list last year but I never got around to them.

*Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
*Ash by Malinda Lo
*Priestess of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
*The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin (buddy read with Kelly)
*Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling (I promised the girl I'd read it)
*Discovering Cape Breton Folklore by Richard MacKinnon
*Raven Stole the Moon by Garth Stein

So what do you think? Are there any favorites there? 

I'm hoping that the challenge will kick up my reading. I'm having a hard time finding books that I feel I need to read.

22 comments :

  1. I really liked Garden Spells. And it's a widely known fact that I enjoyed Harry Potter. :)

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    1. I fully expect a lot of, "you never read Harry Potter?!!" comments.

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  2. Garden spells, Harry Potter & Raven Stole the Moon are all good reads! Stephanie @ www.stephanieswrittenword.com

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  3. good list! I keep meaning to get Garden Spells.. i watch for your review!

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  4. I haven't read any of these except for Harry Potter so I'll be excited to see what you choose and how you like it. Enjoy the challenge this year!

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  5. Yes, I had fun with Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen, especially writing my review:

    http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/2009/07/would-you-bite.html

    In the review, I make it sound more whimsical than it probably is. The sisters have the usual problems, and the story starts when one sister returns to North Carolina with a daughter. Their edible flowers and the apple tree in the yard of their family home are something else. It is a light-hearted book, and it won't take you long to read it. Have fun.

    Recently, Eva @ A Striped Armchair reviewed The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin, and she and I carried on a discussion about it in her comments:

    http://astripedarmchair.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/the-left-hand-of-darkness-by-ursula-k-le-guin-thoughts/

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  6. I just want to finish the Anne McCaffrey book I am reading (it is only short) and then I will start Left Hand of Darkness.

    I really enjoyed Garden Spells. I hope you do, too! Unfortunately my Bradley is due for a reread because other than Mists of Avalon, the rest of the series sort of runs together in my head. So, I do think I really liked Priestess, but it has been ages!

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    1. I just realized Priestess in later in the series. I've only read Mists. I hope I can follow it.

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  7. Don't know how I missed this challenge - for five years! - thanks for bringing it to my attention. Good luck!

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    1. Carl hosts such great challenges. Join in!

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  8. You haven't read Harry Potter yet? I thought the first book was a little too MG for adults, but I LOVE the second book.

    Garden Spells is really charming and sweet.

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    1. I figure HP will be but I'm reading it for the girl.

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  9. The Left Hand of Darkness is pretty interesting and Harry Potter is habit forming. The Cape Breton Folklore is the one that attracts my attention and I look forward to reading about it if you get to it.

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    1. I hope I do get to it but it was on my list last year too. :)

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  10. I liked Ash so much that I went out and bought it for a "to keep book". Not a lot of new books are falling into that catagorie for me.

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    1. I've had it on my shelf forever but I just can't seem to get to it.

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    2. Oooh! I want to see you read Ash (so I can know if I should bother or not!), and then there's the Cape Breton folklore - that looks fun, and then your read with Kelly - I have to read Left Hand of Darkness sometime this year so I hope you and Kelly will spur me on in this!

      I have read Garden Spells, and it is sweet and fun and light - , so depending on your mood, it might make you hope spring comes back soon. It was lovely to have spring for that short time this week, wasn't it? We broke all kinds of temperature records too.

      Enjoy the challenge, it is a fun one :-)

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