Returning from Ventures in Fairylands…

onceup8300Already the end of spring is here…and that means the end of the delightful reading challenge, Once Upon a Time, hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings.  At least, the end for this year!

I had very vague goals this time around, hoping only to read more fairy tale retellings and to clear out some of the fantasy books that have languished on my To Be Read list for the longest.

So how did things go?

Fairy Tale-Inspired

  1. Hero by Alethea Kontis
  2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (reread)
  3. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (reread)
  4. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  5. Half Upon a Time by James Riley
  6. Twice Upon a Time by James Riley
  7. Once Upon the End by James Riley
  8. Jack the Giant-Killer by Charles de Lint
  9. Drink Down the Moon by Charles de Lint
  10. The Sigh by Marjane Satrapi (short story)
  11. Princess of the Wild Swans by Diane Zahler

Fantasy

  1. The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones (reread)
  2. Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox
  3. Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George
  4. Hawksmaid by Kathryn Lasky
  5. Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
  6. Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
  7. Codex Born by Jim C. Hines
  8. The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson
  9. Cart and Cwidder by Diana Wynne Jones (reread)
  10. Drowned Ammett by Diana Wynne Jones (reread)
  11. The Spellcoats by Diana Wynne Jones (reread)
  12. Alice in Time by Penelope Bush
  13. Return of the Dapper Men by Jim McCann and Janet Lee (graphic novel)
  14. I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
  15. The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey
  16. Maskerade by Terry Pratchett (reread)

I feel like I blinked and the season passed, but apparently there was a lot of reading in that blink!  I’m particularly happy to have finished the Tiffany Aching subseries of Discworld with I Shall Wear Midnight, and to have read all of the Half Upon a Time trilogy, which was on my TBR list since 2010.  The best new read was Cress, although the coolest concept and magic system was in LibriomancerReturn of the Dapper Men was particularly lovely, and The Sigh was especially bizarre.  And the funniest (re)read was Maskerade.

I’m still hoping to get reviews up for some of these, so watch out for that…and I’ll have an update on other reading challenges around the end of the month!

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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13 Responses to Returning from Ventures in Fairylands…

  1. Christina says:

    I haven’t been visiting other people’s blogs very much lately, but of course I had to come and see your Once Upon a Time wrap-up! Looks like you got a lot accomplished – congratulations!

  2. So, so much blinking happened. Where did the time go? I didn’t think we’d reach the end of the challenge so fast!

    You got to read so many books! ❤ I am squeefully jealous of the amount of reading you got done. I hope you've enjoyed them all! (Or at least the vast majority) YAY on finishing the Tiffany Aching subseries of Discworld and finishing another of your series off from your TBR pile!

    Does that mean you've read all the Discworld books now or are there a couple you still have lying around unread? *nosy* I'm slowly creeping up through all the books to where I've read them all, but I only read The Truth this time around. I need to walk around with a list in my wallet, so I know which volumes I don’t yet own.

    Yay for a lovely OuaT season!

  3. The blinking certainly did happen. Hard to believe Spring has come and gone, and with it the challenge. You did indeed get A LOT of reading done in that blink though, and some very good stuff. I love Pratchett but have yet to read any of the TA books. The day will come, I am certain. I have MANY lovely Pratchett reading experiences ahead of me.

    Thank you so much for participating! 🙂 Don’t forget to drop this link in my wrap up post for others to see.

  4. writersideup says:

    I’m impressed you got all that reading done, Cheryl. I can’t believe how much people are able to read, certainly in comparison to me! It’s rare I read fiction other than at night in bed, so it takes a while to get through most novels. I’ll read my picture books in bunches (I’m constantly getting them from the library), and will only read novels during the day when I’ve gotten to a part where I can’t put it down or am too curious which, with most books doesn’t come ’til maybe the last quarter of the book (unless it’s something like Hunger Games or the Legend series). Are you a fast reader? I’m curious when you fit all your reading time in!

    • I think I am a pretty fast reader–and reading YA tends to increase the numbers too, as they’re often faster than longer or denser novels. I fit quite a bit of reading into my day–in the morning before I get out of bed, during breakfast, on my lunch break, sometimes in the evening if I’m reading something really good… And I bring a book everywhere, so if I’m waiting to meet someone, in line at the grocery store or whatever, I can fit a few pages in!

      One thing I like about following other book blogs is seeing that everybody reads different numbers of books–some who read a few month, some who read way more than I do! There’s really no “normal” among readers. 🙂

  5. Well done Cheryl that is an amazing amount to read! I’m hoping to have my round up post up on Monday.

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