June 18, 2008

A Challenge Completed

I've wrapped up the Once Upon a Time II Challenge and just in the nick of time. Originally I only committed to The Journey which involved reading one book. After a while I decided to read one book from each of the four categories. Here is my completed list with brief thoughts:

The Princess Bride by William Goldman - I'm considering this fantasy since it includes a giant, a pirate and an evil king. It was just as fun as the movie.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight trans. by J.R.R. Tolkien - a folktale in connection with King Arthur. This poetic epic was my favorite.
The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White - another folktale about King Arthur that I adored.
A Wonder Book by Nathaniel Hawthorne - a book of reworked mythology I enjoyed with my children.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall edit. by Kate Bernheimer - a compilation of essay from famous women writers about the fairy tales they love and hate.

I still plan to read A Midsummer Night's Dream but not in time to count for this challenge. I want to refresh my heart of its magic before seeing it performed in celebration of my 15th wedding anniversary next month. Yes, I am one lucky lady.

P.S. Thanks Carl once again for a fun and enlightening challenge.


Carl V. Anderson said...

I'm so glad you participated, even more than you initially planned, and had fun in the process. That is what the challenge is all about.

Okay..I'm really curious...is the play being performed solely in honor of your anniversary or what?

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

Congrats on finishing--and 15 years of marriage!! :) I'm currently reading A Midsummer Night's Dream right now and hope to have it finished by the time the challenge ends. How exciting to see it performed!

Petunia said...

Carl-Bad sentence lay out. For my anniversary my husband is taking me to see Midsummer performed live. =)

Trish-I have been looking forward to it for 6 months. It seems fitting the my first play should be Midsummer.

Anonymous said...

Some great books here! I too enjoyed "the princess bride", "sir gawain..." and "the sword in the stone". I've never read the others but maybe I'll check them out :)