Mar 29, 2007

Once Upon a Time 2007

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Quest One: Read at least 5 books from any of the 4 genres.

Here's my list. I want to see if I can read more than 5, but I'll read the first 5 at least. The order is not necessarily preference, but rather books I own or can find in the library first, books I have to buy or might have a hard time getting my hands on last. If things go extremely well, I might add a few titles to this list.

  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman (re-read) (finished 06/04)
  • The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (finished 09/05)
  • Lion's Honey: The Myth of Samson by David Grossman (finished 20/05)
  • The Book of Dragons by Joseph Nigg (finished 19/04)
  • Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren (finished 24/05)
  • Dream Angus by Alexander McCall Smith (finished 10/06)
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh (finished 16/06)
  • Complete Irish Mythology by Lady Gregory
  • The Odyssey by Homer

  • Brazilian Folktales by Luís da Câmara Cascudo (finished 31/03)
  • Brazilian Native Folktales by Alberto da Costa e Silva (finished 03/04)
  • Myths and Folktales of the Russians, Western Slavs, and Magyars by Jeremiah Curtin (finished 14/04)
  • Portuguese Folktales by Adolfo Coelho (finished 23/04)
  • Oriental Myths and Legends by W. W. Gibbings (finished 16/05)
  • The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman (finished 08/06)
  • Norwegian Folktales by Asbjornsen and Moe (finished 10/16)

  • Gypsy Folktales by Diane Tong
  • A Dictionary of Fairies by Katherine Briggs
  • The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

Fairy Tales:
  • Enchantment by Orson Scott Card (finished 25/04)
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman (finished 08/05)
  • Fables: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham (finished 12/05)
  • Swan Sister: Fairy Tales Retold by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (finished 18/05)
  • Tam Lin by Pamela Dean (finished 07/06)
  • Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees (finished 27/05)
  • Victorian Fairy Tales : The Revolt of the Fairies and Elves by Jack Zipes (finished 03/06)

  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire (finished 17/04)
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman (re-read) (finished 26/04)
  • Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones (finished 28/04)
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis (finished 30/04)
  • The Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett (re-read) (finished 06/05)
  • Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling (finished 15/05)
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (re-read) (finished 15/06)

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (finished 11/06)


  1. Wow! What an amazing list of choices. I was salivating just reading through them! So glad you're joining in. I look forward to reading your reviews on the ones you get through.

  2. Yummy lists! Some titles in there that have intrigued me. Curse these challenges for expanding my already oversized "to acquire" list!

    I'm reading Princess Bride and Lud in the Mist for the challenge too - both re-reads and wonderful books.

    Look forward to reading your thoughts on the books you read!

  3. I really want to read The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood as well. But there is so little time :)

  4. What a wonderful list to choose from! I was also sorely tempted to read more C. S. Lewis. And, Margaret Atwood. Her Calyx and Orake book was awesome, but I'm not sure of the genre.

  5. Wow! This is an impressive list! I've really enjoyed the books I've read that you've suggested, so I'm going to keep a copy of this list and enjoy some more of your reads! Thanks!

  6. I feel like such a stalker--although I know you don't mind. :) I've been waiting and waiting for information on this challenge for 08 because I really want to join this year. So, I thought in the meantime I'd come see what you read last year for some ideas. Any others you'd recommend??

  7. Trish, of course you don't sound like a stalker! Hey, you know, this was my first post ever :o It was funny to come back and see who'd commented.

    Anyway, some of my favourites of the books I read last year were "Dream Angus", "Wicked", "Enchantment" and "Lud-in-the-Mist". I think all of these could be good introductions to fantasy. I also recommend "Stardust" by Neil Gaiman, "The Book of Lost Things" by John Connolly, "Fire and Hemlock" by Diana Wynne Jones and "Briar Rose" by Jane Yolen (a fairy tale meets the Holocaust story that I found very moving).

  8. Nymeth - after I left my post yesterday I realized it must have been your first unless you had a different blog prior. I enjoy reading people's first posts--some give an introduction, but you just jumped right into the challenge!

    Thanks for the suggestions. I will definitely incorporate some Neil Gaiman, and I already own a copy of Wicked. I was browsing around Amazon yesterday and saw Lud-in-the Mist and the Book of Lost Things. So many books! :) I'm really eager for more information on the challenge!

  9. It was an odd first post, I know :P I think that at the time I wasn't even aware that I was starting a book blog. The world of book blogging opened up to me with this challenge. I have been meaning to write a proper "about me/introduction" page for ages, though. Anyway, Carl has finally announced the challenge officially, so you can go here and find out all the details!


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