April 01, 2007

Once Upon a Time Challenge

Carl V. at Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting another fun reading challenge. We are being challenged to read several books in the genres of fantasy, mythology, fairytale, and folklore between March 22nd and Midsummer Night's Eve, June 21st. Carl offers several quests to choose from. I have chosen Quest Three-"Read at least one book from each of the four genres of story, and finish up the challenge with a June reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream."

And here's the list:
  1. The Iliad by Homer-mythology-I started this last week and plan to read The Odyssey as well.
  2. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle-fantasy-I happen to be reading this to the kids.
  3. Stardust by Neil Gaiman-fairytale-per Carl V.'s recommendation
  4. The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm-folktale-with 700 pages, we'll see how far I make it in this one
  5. A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare-you gotta love Shakespeare

If you are interested in joining the fun, Carl V. has given some helpful definitions and reading suggestions here. Now, I'm off to find out what happens next to the last unicorn.


Carl V. said...

So glad you decided to join in. Great list of books. I look forward to your thoughts on them as you get through them.

Quixotic said...

Lovely list. Stardust and The Last Unicorn are particular favourites of mine, I'll be interested to see how you get on with them.

Chris said...

I've just finished reading The Last Unicorn for this challenge and posted my review. I loved it!

Hope you enjoy Stardust. It's one of my favorites.

naridu said...

Hi, I read the Odyssey a few years ago and absolutely loved it, it's always great to see someone else reading the old classics :)

Petunia said...

Carl V. and Quixotic-I look forward to reading them. The Last Unicorn has been good so far and I picked up Stardust from the library yesterday.

Chris-I checked out your review. I am anxious to see finish the book.

Naridu-I love the classics. I'll be working through the Odyssey when I'm finished with the Iliad.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments. It keeps me motivated to know someone is watching.

Kailana said...

I really want to read the whole Grimm's myself. Best of luck to you! Stardust is a great book. :)

Nymeth said...

Those are all wonderful choices!

Bellezza said...

My son and I turn again and again to the Grimm's Fairy Tales. He's sixteen, and won't admit to liking them in public, but neither will he let our four inch thick volume out of his room. Last night I heard of "The True Story of Hansel and Gretel" which is new to me. I guess it's supposed to correspond to Germany in WWII. But, your list looks fascinating! I liked the review of the unicorn I read at the top, and I wonder if my third graders would enjoy it as well. They adore fantasy.