Saturday, March 22, 2014

2014 Reading Challenges: Once Upon A Time VIII

Host: Stainless Steel Droppings
Title: Once Upon A Time; sign up post; review site
Duration: March 21-June 21, 2014
# of Books: Quest the First (5 books from any of the 4 categories: fantasy, folklore, fairy tale, mythology); OR Quest the Third (5 Books + Midsummer Night's Dream)

What I Read:

1. Five Children and It. E. Nesbit. 1902/2004. Puffin Classics. 240 pages. [Source: Book I bought]
2. Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale. Charles de Lint. Illustrated by Charles Vess. 2014. Little, Brown. 272 pages. [Source: Library]  
3. Lady Thief. A.C. Gaughen. 2014. Walker Books. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy]
4. The False Prince. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2012. Scholastic. 342 pages. [Source: Review copy]
5. The Runaway King. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2013. Scholastic. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
6. The Trouble with Magic. Ruth Chew. 1976/2014. Random House. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy]
7. Magic in the Park. Ruth Chew. 1972/2014. Random House. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy]
8. The Shadow Throne. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2014. Scholastic. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
9. Melisande. E. Nesbit. Illustrated by P.J. Lynch. 1901/1988/1999. Candlewick. 48 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]
10. The House of Arden. E. Nesbit. 1908. 242 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]
11. Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin. 2013. Random House. 272 pages. [Source: Review copy]
12. Switched at Birthday. Natalie Standiford. 2014. 240 pages. [Source: Review copy]
13. Hero. (Woodcutter Sisters #2). Alethea Kontis. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy]
14. Rumpelstiltskin. Jenni James. 2013. Stonehouse Ink. [Source: Bought]
15. Peter Pan. J.M. Barrie. 1911/2008. Penguin. 207 pages. [Source: Review copy]
16. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boys. Karen Foxlee. 2014. Random House. 240 books. [Source: Review copy]
17. The Phoenix and the Carpet. E. Nesbit. 1904. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]
18. The Glass Casket. McCormick Templeman. 2014. Random House. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
19. The Children of the King. Sonya Hartnett. 2014. Candlewick. 272 pages. [Source: Review copy]
20. 11 Birthdays. Wendy Mass. 2009. Scholastic. 267 pages. [Source: Library book]
21. Finally (Willow Falls #2) Wendy Mass. 2010. Scholastic. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy]
22. You Wish. Mandy Hubbard. 2010. Penguin. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy]
23. The Story of the Amulet. E. Nesbit. 1906/1996. Puffin. 292 pages. [Source: Bought]
24. The Lost Sun. (The United States of Asgard #1) Tess Gratton. 2013. Random House. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
25. 13 Gifts. (Willow Falls #3) Wendy Mass. 2011. Scholastic. 341 pages. [Source: Review copy]
26.  The Last Present (Willow Falls #4) Wendy Mass. 2013. Scholastic. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]

What I Watched:

Frozen 
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Escape
Secret of the Wings
Pirate Fairy

What I Hope To Read
  • E. Nesbit's 5 Children and It, The Phoenix and the Carpet, The Story of the Amulet
  • Jennifer Nielsen's The False Prince, The Runaway King, The Shadow Throne
  • Ruth Chew's Magic in the Park, and, The Trouble with Magic
  • The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman
  • Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
  • Rump by Liesl Shurtliff
  • Hero by Alethea Kontis
  • Seven Wild Sisters by Charles De Lint
  • Switched at Birthday by Natalie Standiford
© 2014 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

2 comments:

Cheryl @ Tales of the Marvelous 5:04 PM  

Oh, I love Nesbit!! I hope you enjoy reading her. And I just picked up Hero from the library myself :)

Vasilly 9:49 AM  

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy! I've been meaning to read that for ages now! You have a great stack of books. Happy reading.

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