Friday, June 20, 2008

Once Upon A Time Challenge Completed

  1. Dragon Flight by Jessica Day George
  2. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
  3. Tales From the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird by Vivian Vande Velde
  4. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  5. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
  6. Dingo by Charles de Lint
  7. Walt Disney's Cinderella by Cynthia Rylant and Mary Blair
  8. Guinevere's Gift by Nancy McKenzie
  9. Little Red Cap by The Brothers Grimm. Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger.
  10. Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey
  11. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  12. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  13. The End of the Beginning by Avi
  14. Sword of the Rightful King by Jane Yolen
  15. Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
  16. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  17. Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
  18. Ever by Gail Carson Levine
  19. Gifts by Ursula K. Le Guin
  20. Blackness Tower by Lillian Stewart Carl
  21. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  22. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
  23. Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
  24. Sisters Grimm: Magic and Other Misdemeanors by Michael Buckley
  25. Sisters Grimm: Tales From the Hood by Michael Buckley
  26. East by Edith Pattou
  27. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  28. gods behaving badly by Marie Phillips
  29. Aurelia by Anne Osterlund
  30. Gods of Manhattan by Scott Mebus.
  31. Out of the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst
  32. Search for the Red Dragon by James A. Owen
  33. A Midsummer Night's Dream (graphic novel; Shakespeare original)

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I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

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  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
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  • apocalyptic fiction
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  • fantasy
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  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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