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Once Upon a Time IX

Spring is almost upon us so it's that time of year again. Carl's Once Upon A Time IX reading challenge starts officially tomorrow, the 21st. March. This one of those challenges that I do every year without fail... it would not occur to me not to do it to be honest as it's always good fun and fantasy books are one of my favourite genres. This year is its 9th. year... time flies when you're having fun.

(This beautiful artwork is by Kimberly Kincaid.)

As always this challenge has a few fun and very flexible rules:

Rule #1: Have fun.

Rule #2: HAVE FUN.

Rule #3: Don’t keep the fun to yourself, share it with us, please!

Rule #4: Do not be put off by the word “challenge”.

While this event retains the word “challenge” from its earliest days, the entire goal is to read good books, watch engaging television shows and films, play immersive games and most importantly, visit old friends and make new ones. There are several ways to participate, and I hope you can find at least one to your liking:

I usually do Quest the First and this year is no exception:

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time 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.

So... this is the pool of my own books that I plan to read from:

It's pretty unlikely I'll get all of those read. And to be honest I'll be very happy if I can get perhaps three or four of the chunky books in this selection off the pile. (They will also count for my Mount TBR challenge, which is nice.)

I also have a couple of library books for the challenge: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison and Blackbringer by Laini Taylor.

To help me keep track of what I read I've opened a new Goodreads shelf. Always useful to be able to see at a glance what you've read and and what choices are still available.

Ok, so that's it. Looking forward to the next three months and to seeing what everyone else plans to read and does read. Have fun!


It's always pleasant to consider all the books you have lined up like a treasure trove! This challenge sounds like one of the best ever. Enjoy! (...I know you will!)
A treasure trove is a good description. And I do love looking at my books all lined up on the shelf. Thank you... I know I'll enjoy this one too.
Oh yeay! I've just put up my joining-in post too - thanks for the heads-up! I went for the second quest again, one from each category, but I have a feeling that it might have been more practical to go with the first quest, cos despite looking forward to this for ages, I'm not actually at all prepared category-wise...

I should have thought to gather together the books I've got and take a photo too - yours looks so nice like that. And I can see one of my very favourites in there - hope you enjoy it! *g*
Have fun looking for and choosing your books.

Yes indeedy, one of your favs - two in fact - are on the shelf and I'm hoping to read at least one.
Oh, snap! I just replied to your comments too... I do like a nice bit of synchronicity... *g*

I had to peer and see which other of my faves are on your shelf, and oh yes, two of them! Oh, I'm almost tempted to do my own re-read again... *g* And Good Omens is another one I've been thinking about re-reading, actually! (I've just realised that I seem to be missing the entire first half of all my Terry Pratchett novels, which means that I must have lost a whole bag of books somewhere along the way, which is making me sad... I'd been thinking about re-reading the first ones, too, but... they're not there!)
I like a bit of synchronicity too. Catching you for little live chats like this is fun. :-)

Yep, two of the Astrient books. Hard to overstate how much I enjoy those. Yes, Good Omens is a reread for me too. A sort of homage to Terry. But also it's *years* since I read it and I don't remember a lot about it.

Oh, that's a shame that your early Pratchetts have gone missing. I don't own all of them anyway, just quite a few that I like the most. I may also do some rereads. The nice thing about OUaT is that it's 3 months long and thus plenty long enough to indulge ourselves. Hope you find yours somewhere.
I'd forgotten OUaT was long enough to stretch to midsummer's day actually (it seems mad that we might be starting that when we finish will mean it's the second half of the year... if you see what I mean!) but it will be quite nice not to rush - I think I'm a bit scarred from the SF Experience ending so abruptly (for careless-reading me) still!

If my TP books are gone, then I think they're gone forever, because my flat doesn't have that many places for them to be, and now I don't have a storage unit, so it's here or nowhere... either their bag accidentally ended up at the charity shop before I went to Australia, or it went missing between Wookey Hole and here - there's a few other things I'm missing from there actually... I harbour a secret hope that they might be tucked under something in the room I had in Landlord's house, but I know that hope will be dashed really when I ask, so... I haven't asked yet... *sighs sadly*