Today marks the launch of spring–and of the Once Upon a Time Reading Experience, hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings. This will be my third year participating, and I’ve been looking forward to joining in again. If someone was going to design a reading challenge around my favorite kinds of books…it would look a lot like this one. I mean, fantasy with an emphasis on fairy tales! That’s what I read (and what I write too).
I’ve been telling myself that I’ll make progress on my To Be Read list over the next three months, since so many of the books on it are fantasy. This, of course, ignores that fact that I’ll probably add tons of wonderful new books too…but shhh, let’s not talk about that right now!
I have far too many books that fall into this Experience to list them all here, but I’ll give you a few initial ideas…
~ Stardust by Neil Gaiman, for the group read-along
~ Chalice by Robin McKinley, which I started yesterday…but close enough
~ Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (a reread) and its once-removed sequel, Princess of the Silver Woods (because I already read the immediate sequel, Princess of Glass)
~ The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, to get me set up for the real challenge…
~ The Lord of the Rings trilogy–or at least a good attempt at them
~ Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, because…Pratchett and Gaiman! How have I not already read this?
~ The House on Durrow Street and The Master of Heathcrest Hall by Galen Beckett, as I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the trilogy, The Magicians and Mrs. Quent
~ The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley, which I read SO long ago that I’ve completely forgotten them, and now I feel like they’re a gap in my McKinley reading
~ More installments of the Sevenwaters Series by Juliet Marillier, part of my goal to complete series
And, oh, so many, many random fantasy novels…really, the list above barely scratches the surface! Well, scratches it, maybe, but not so far as a dent. So, I’m not worrying too much about which books I read, or how many, or which Quests they fit into. I’ll just toss lots of books into the air (metaphorically) and let them fall where they will. I hope you’ll come along for the fun!