Once Upon a Time... I Dove In

While I've been a participant in Carl's (Stainless Steel Droppings) RIP Challenge in the last several autumns, I've never partaken in his Once Upon a Time Challenge... until now. Possibly it's because I'm not a big fantasy reader and as for fairy tales, well, you see Sleeping Beauty enough times and you'd swear off them too. But there is a change in the fairy tale genre. Instead of the Disneyfied versions of the last century, fairy tales are going back to their sex and violence roots. Authors are retelling those old stories in new ways as well. So now I'm curious to see what is new out there and what better chance to try than the Once Upon a Time Challenge.

Carl always injects so much fun into his challenges so even if I fail spectacularly I still win by being a part of it! Since this is my first time entering the Black Forest, I'm taking The Journey. I'm like the scared villager huddling in the house while the hero battles the dragon. This way I have lots of freedom to participate as much as I like. Maybe a novel, or nonfiction book, a couple of short stories or a re-viewing of Ella Enchanted. Whatevs.

Here is my potential list:

Sisters Red by Jackson Pierce
My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me- Short Stories (I started reading this and it's kinda weird)
Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon
Discovering Cape Breton Folklore by Richard MacKinnon
Raven Stole the Moon by Garth Stein
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Ash by Malinda Lo
Ella Enchanted (movie)
Seven Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

Anyway that's my list for now. It might change. We'll see.


  1. I LOVED Raven Stole the Moon and Pricess Academy and have Don't Breathe a Word on my challenge list too! Good luck and happy reading!!

  2. I am looking forward to our buddy read!

    Princess Academy and Ash were both pretty good reads. I am curious about the book Discovering Cape Breton Folklore. That could pretty interesting. I look forward to your thoughts on it!

  3. Love the 'back to sex and violence roots'! As I thought myself when I saw the latest release of Little Red Riding Hood coming soon to a theater near you. ;) Anyway, this challenge always gets me reading books I wouldn't have picked up otherwise. I'll be joining you in the Journey and am interested in your possible selections.

  4. Oh wow, is it that time of the year already?

    Hope you love Ash. The sequel is coming out soon.

  5. I'm so glad you decided to try this challenge this time. I hope you have as much fun as RIP! If you haven't read it yet, I would recommend Angela Carter's short story collection, The Bloody Chamber. It is a fantastic collection of fairy tale reimaginings. Well worth reading.

  6. This is SO like my favorite challenge. If I am going to come back, this would be the only challenge I could ever imagine doing!

    I haven't read even one of the books on your ilst. But they look fantastic! Of course, I have seen Ella Enchanted. Duh..two daughters!

  7. Oh, Raven Stole the Moon is really good! I think you'd like it. And I think you'll find that with the right books, you'll fall in love with fantasy :) I can't believe you've never participated in this challenge before!! I feel like you have, lol.

  8. Stephanie & Chris- I'm glad you both liked The Raven. It looks interesting.

    Kailana- It's the only non-fiction I have on the list, so far. Hope it's good!

    Belleza- Yay for The Journey! Seems like the most unchallenging of them all.

    Kathy- Thanks!

    Christina- I hope I do too.

    Cerl- Thanks for hosting! I'll have to look for that one.

    Stephanie- Hope it can lure you back!

    Chris- No, I haven't! A first for me!

  9. I'm not really doing challenges anymore. But the button is so beautiful! And I'm currently dabbling in Hans Christian Anderson stories! and....well.....hmmmm...I may be tempted...
    (my word for verificaiton is "be dead." That would be more appropriate for the RIP challenge... lol)

  10. Have a fun time with your books and the challenges. I think watching Ella Enchanted again might be in the works for me too.

  11. Rebecca- You could do it- easy!

    Kim- Such a fun movie!

  12. Ella Enchanted is such a fun film. We almost watched it again the other day. I'm glad we were interrupted, because now we can watch it for the challenge.

  13. I'm looking forward to hear about what you read. I don't read many fairy tales, so this will be a wonderful chance to learn about them from you!

  14. I love your list. I've never read Ella Enchanted and I've added that one to my list.

    I completely forgot about Sister Red, so I'm going to be adding that to my list too!

    Awesome, awesome list. I think my tbr is going to explode thanks to this challenge :)

  15. You certainly have a bit of a unique list there;I don't think I know any of them. Am especially interested in the Cape Breton book. Look forward to hearing about that.

  16. When I first participated in this challenge I didn't think I really liked this type of book either, and now this is my favorite challenge! I am really curious to hear what you think about the Cape Breton Folklore book. I have a Cape Breton Ghost Story book on my tbr pile that will be perfect for the RIP challenge.


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