Saturday, March 26, 2011

Once Upon a Time V

Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting his fifth Once Upon a Time challenge.
March 21st through June 20th.
Quest the First. 5 Books. Folklore. Fantasy. Fairy Tales. Mythology.
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

This is one of my favorite challenges of the year. Mostly because of the great company. But I *do* enjoy focusing on these four genres (or sub-genres).

I don't have time to list *every* book that I *might* read for the challenge.

The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales.
The Game by Diana Wynne Jones
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci volume 1 by Diana Wynne Jones
Conrad's Fate by Diana Wynne Jones
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci volume 2 by Diana Wynne Jones
The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
The Spellcoats by Diana Wynne Jones
Drowned Ammet by Diana Wynne Jones
Cart and Cwidder by Diana Wynne Jones
Crown of Dalemark by Diana Wynne Jones
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (#1 Heroes of Olympus)
The Throne of Fire. Kane Chronicles #2 Rick Riordan.
The Dragon's Apprentice (#5 in Imaginarium Geographica) by James A. Owen
Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus by R.L. LaFevers
Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh by R.L. LaFevers
I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
The Necropolis by PJ Hoover
Geek Fantasy Novel by E. Archer
Juniper Berry by M.P. Kozlowsky
The Story of the Amulet. E. Nesbit.
Enchanted Castle. E. Nesbit. 
The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.

I do have a few books that I'd LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to recommend for you if you're joining this one...

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
The Boneshaker by Kate Milford
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
Cloaked in Red by Vivian Vande Velde

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Darren @ Bart's Bookshelf 3:46 PM  

Great selection of books there, Becky!

Kailana 8:56 PM  

I requested a bunch of Diana Wynne Jones books from the library earlier after hearing that she had passed. I Shall Wear Moonlight was another fun book!

Stephanie 2:44 AM  

That looks like an awesome list. I haven't read any Diana Wynne Jones. I'm working on the 1st Rick Riordan series right now. A Tale Dark & Grimm sounds really good. May have to add that to the list.

Liz @ Cleverly Inked 9:44 AM  

I have not heard of a few of those. Thanks :)

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