Monday, June 20, 2011

Once Upon a Time Challenge Completed

The Once Upon a Time challenge was hosted by Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings. I completed Quest the First.

1. The Ropemaker. Peter Dickinson.
2. The Land of the Silver Apples. Nancy Farmer.
3. Inside Grandad. Peter Dickinson.
4. The Spellcoats. Diana Wynne Jones.
5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. C.S. Lewis
6. The Throne of Fire. Kane Chronicles #2 Rick Riordan. 2011. Hyperion. 464 pages.
7. The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
8. The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton
9. The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde

My FAVORITE, FAVORITE book that I read was The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton. My second favorite book was The Land of Silver Apples by Nancy Farmer.

© 2011 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

4 comments:

fredamans 9:43 AM  

Congrats on completing the challenge!

Carl V. 10:12 AM  

Thanks again for joining in this year. You did great with your challenge! One thing I've been reminded of this morning is that I must give Diana Wynne Jones another try. And your favorite book of the challenge does indeed sound wonderful.

DesLily 4:36 PM  

I read the Nancy Farmer trilogy some time ago and enjoyed it also.

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic sounds really cute.. i'll check it out!

Kailana 9:45 AM  

Sounds like some great reads!

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