Spring is a magical time. It's a time of beginnings and new awakenings, of possibilities and dreams. It's really no surprise that this is the time of year where one finds the Once Upon A Time Challenge at Stainless Steel Droppings. Now in its third year this is one reading challenge that never fails to please.
As participant Steel Matutina explains, this isn't just a reading challenge. There are many different levels of participation, starting as minimal as a single nook or short story, and you can mix and match to your heart's content.
You can participate in one quest or several. I know I'll definitely be doing Quest the Third, with Quest the First as my jumping-off point. I'd like to try to do Quest the Second as well, but I'm not sure that I have any folklore on my TBR right now. (Fantasy, fairy tales and mythology aren't a problem). I'd also like to do Quest the Fourth, but once again I'm not sure I have any potentials on my TBR.
Deslily of Here, There, and Everywhere reminisced about how finding this challenged the first year that Carl offered it changed how she blogged.
I can remember my discovery of this challenge while it was in progress for the very first time. A day didn't go by that I didn't click on all the new links to read all of the reviews! I couldn't believe all these people reading the same kind of book "only I enjoyed"! What a revelation to me! I was in hog heaven!
I have fallen off of my no reading challenges wagon. To be honest, I expected it. To continue that honesty, a large part of the reason I yielded is because it's not so much of an actual challenge for me. I read a fair bit number of books that fall under the fantasy umbrella. For me this challenge presents the fun of doing a sort of read-a-long project with many other bloggers yet does not leave me feeling stifled. I love it. Many of the books on the lists of other participants end up finding their way onto my TBR list through the entire year. In fact one of my favourite things about this annual reading challenge is browsing other blogger's reading lists.
Becky has a great list up this year. She's one of several people who has Brandon Mull's Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary on their list of reading possibilities. (I'm jealous, my library doesn't have it.)
At Stephanie's Written Word Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story by Carolyn Turgeon. It's a retelling of the Cinderella story that focuses on the fairy godmother, but in this reincarnation of the classic tale she may just be a mentally-ill New Yorker. It's definitely a book I'll be keeping my eye out for.
Some bloggers like to add a bit of a twist to their challenges. Miss D at Somewhere I Never Travelled is thinking of an art twist.
And, as an added bonus, perhaps doing some art projects which have been rattling around in my brain: my own take on some favorite fairy-tale themes.
OK, now I'm excited.
If you love fantasty, fairy tales, folklore, or mythology now is the perfect time to lose yourself in the worlds of "once upon at time".
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