Mar 27, 2011

Once Upon a Time & Indie Lit Awards

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I’ve been staying away from reading challenges this year for the most part, but it’s hard not to make an exception for Once Upon a Time. Carl’s challenge was the reason why I started blogging in the first place, so it will always be special to me. As I’m trying to keep reading commitments to a minimum, I’m going to do The Journey, which only requires participants to read one book. Here are a few possibilities:
  • Something in tribute to Diana Wynne Jones (sob), possibly Enchanted Glass
  • Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue
  • The Tricksters by Margaret Mahy
  • West of the Moon by Katherine Langrish
  • Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
  • Whatever else strikes my fancy
If you can think of any fitting books you think I really ought to read, I’d love to hear about them.


Indie Lit Awards 2011 And in what are actually somewhat related news, I wanted to tell you that I’m a panellist for the speculative fiction category of this year’s Indie Lit Awards. The Indie Lit Awards are run by Wallace and Ti, and they looked like so much fun last year that I knew I wanted to be involved. In addition to Speculative Fiction, they include Biography/Memoir, GLBTQ, ‘Literary Fiction’, Mystery, Non-Fiction and Poetry. As so much of what book bloggers attempt to do, the awards are simply meant to be another way of drawing attention to books we love and want others to know about.

My fellow panellists for the speculative fiction category are Pam, Judith and Sally, and our fearless leader is Trisha. To make the award process run as smoothly as possible, Trisha had the excellent idea of keeping a running list of eligible books published so far or to be published later this year. The Indie Lit Awards long list is compiled from nominations by our fellow book bloggers, and although they aren’t open until September, you can help by reading speculative fiction published this year or by telling us about it. If you have something to suggest, head over to Trisha’s blog and let her know. I can’t wait to see what will end up on the list. If it’s anything like last year’s, we panellists are in for some excellent reading.

25 comments:

  1. So glad to see this post--I absolutely could not imagine OUaT without you!!!!

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  2. Debi, sadly it's going to be a very limited participation this year, but I couldn't let you all have fun without me ;)

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  3. I'm going to watch the Once Upon a Time Challenge from the sidelines since I'm right on the edge of having "over challenged" myself...I'm going to save up for the RIP challenge next fall :):)

    I'm enjoying watching the Indie Lit Awards from the sidelines as well...after Ti posted her announcement post, I spent a couple of hours just reading and catching up with all the panelists' blogs!

    Hilarious comic you shared on Jill's post this morning...I'm bookmarking that site :)

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  4. I love that art work by Anne-Julie Aubry for the Once Upon A Time buttons! It's almost enough to make me sign up for a challenge, but I'd rather wait and see what strikes me from your reviews! :--)

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  5. Peppermint Ph.D: RIP is also a lot of fun! Also, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed Hark! A Vagrant. It's one of my favourite webcomics :D

    Jill: Carl does know how to lure us with pretty buttons :P

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  6. I actually didn't sign up for OUaT this year but I may have to jump in anyway.

    Yay for the Indies. I'm so excited to get my hands on some of those books.

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  7. I am glad you are joining in. :)

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  8. Did Katherine Langrish contact you? I know she was concerned you were going to read the original Troll books instead of West of the Moon.

    I wish I was participating with this challenge as I do love it, I am just snowed under with other books at the moment. So I will cheer you on from the sidelines. Thanks for your Twitter comment today too, you made me feel much betterx

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  9. Trisha: You know you want to jump in :P

    Kelly: As I was telling Debi, I couldn't let you have ALL the fun :P

    Vivienne: Yes! And I said yes despite my usual no review copies policy because you just made it sound SO good. I'm very glad to hear you're feeling better, btw! Hugs.

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  10. The Once Upon a Time challenge wouldn't be the same without you Nymeth! Glad you decided to join.

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  11. I just signed up for Once Upon A Time! I can't freakin wait to get cracking on my pool of reads.

    Also, I highly recommend Wildwood Dancing, it's a good one.

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  12. I have the same emotions when it comes to Carl's RIP. I mean, it didn't make me start blogging, but it gives me a chill of excitement that I wouldn't miss for anything. You just have to love Carl. And way to go on becoming an Indie Lit panelist! You totally have earned the right.

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  13. Yeah! I can't imagine a Once Upon a Time without you!! Limited or not!

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  14. yaaaay! I can't imagine OUaT without you either, Ana! I'm so glad you're joining! For a book suggestion, how about Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey? I read it earlier this year, review here: http://susanflynn.blogspot.com/2011/02/guardian-of-dead-karen-healey-most.html because I know you're a starving student right now, it should hopefully be in a library there in England - author is from New Zealand, and you know how England likes the Commonwealth writers! It really is an amazing book. The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar (Scottish writer, so again in the library there, I hope!) will cheer you up no end, really. :-)

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  15. I echo the others!!!
    This is the first time I'm participating in Carl's OUaT Challenge though I'm not new to his R.I.P. Challenge.

    Can't wait to read your reviews on this!! :)

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  16. I also signed up for Once Upon a Time! I just wanted to do the Journey but since I read a lot of fantasy books anyway, I went ahead and signed up for Quest the First.

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  17. I've been seeing Once Upon A Time everywhere and was tempted last year but this year I said to myself no challenges. If only one book is required however...

    I saw you on the Indie Lit Awards website, awesome!

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  18. Yay, I'm also just challenging myself to one book but hopefully will read more:)

    The Indie Lit Awards look interesting and I'll try and keep my eye out for any new speculative fiction titles.

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  19. So glad to se that you are a panelist! I'm looking forward to seeing all of the events and discussions for it.

    I've been considering Once Upon a Time, but I've been failing quite miserably in my challenges thus far.

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  20. LOVE Wildwood Dancing. Great choice! I also have to recommend Patricia C. Wrede, especially her Enchanted Forest Chronicles. Very funny, wonderful characters, and hugely entertaining references to fairy tales.

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  21. I'm in the middle of Kissing the Witch and find it very beautiful.
    Now I'm tempted by Wildwood Dancing.
    I'm looking forward to your reviews.

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  22. I loved Enchanted Glass so much that I almost picked it up again when I saw it on a library shelf last week. Maybe I'll buy a copy this month. It was just a beautiful book. (I'm still sobbing too.)

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  23. Congratulations! I'm in the lit fiction panel and am so excited to see what titles will make it!

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  24. I'm not joining but you have fun with the challenge!

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