Once Upon a Time Challenge! It is hard to believe that this is the sixth year. I participate every year, although I'm not always so good about posting on the review site.
I've gotten a few ideas from Marg and Kailana about some possibilities for this year's list of books. Marg was interested in Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth, but since Amazon didn't have it listed yet, and I haven't read any Forsyth, I added Witches of Eileanan (Book 1) to my wish list.
Kailana did the worst damage to my resolution not to order anything more from Amazon this month because I downloaded The Summoner: Book I in the Chronicles of the Necromancer to my Kindle and added several others to my wishlist.
I'll probably do
Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the categories. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.
Carl offers several Quests for this challenge, including The Journey-- It means you are participating, but not committing yourself to any specific number of books. By signing up for The Journey you are agreeing to read at least one book within one of the four categories during March 21st to June 19th period.. If you choose to read more, fantastic!
I've enjoyed this challenge every year and have read a variety of fantasy each year, but I do enjoy the retellings of fairy tales and have three picked out:
Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
Beast by Donna Jo Napoli
Beauty by Sherri Tepper.
I'm not sure if I'll read all of them, three retellings of the same fairy tale may be too much in two months. But there are plenty of other retellings-- for example, of Repunzel--that I'm interested in. I've read Zel by Donna Jo Napoli and liked it very much. Other possibilities here.
A favorite nonfiction Challenge read from the past: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales by Kate Bernheimer is a fascinating look at the importance of fairy tales in the lives of various authors and includes essays by Le Guin, Julia Alvarez, Margaret Atwood.
Do you have any suggestions for books that fit the fantasy, fairy tale, folklore, myth categories?
I can't wait to get started!