Once Upon a Time and Classics Challenge

Although I haven’t taken the time to mention them lately, I’ve been plugging along on my reading challenges. Challenges serve as a little extra incentive to get some of the books on my TBR list read. Plus, they give me an opportunity to make book lists, which is always fun. And I enjoy seeing what other challenge participants are up to. Two new book challenges that fit into my reading plans came to my attention yesterday via Nymeth’s blog.

Once Upon a Time III

out3banner6150Once Upon a Time III is hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings. His RIP Challenge last year was lots of fun, so I couldn’t resist signing up for this. If it’s like the RIP Challenge, there will be lots of smaller events and prizes. Once Upon a Time is focused on fantasy, fairy tale, folklore, and mythology. There are lots of participation options. Because I want to stay flexible, I’m just signing up for “The Journey,” which involves reading just one book. (Although I hope to read more.) The event runs from March 21 to June 20.

Here are the books I’ve read:

  1. The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff (folklore)
  2. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (fairy tale)
  3. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (fantasy)
  4. Fables by Bill Willingham (mythology)

Classics Challenge

classicssmallAnother open-ended sort of challenge hosted by Trish. You can choose to read four, five, or six classics. What’s a classic? Let the reader decide. For a bonus, you can read “future classic” from a list generated by participants. I’m just signing up for the snack (4 books), but given my love of classic literature, I could easily end up doing the feast (6 books). The challenge runs from April 1 to October 31.

Here are the books I’ve read:

  1. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (completed April 27, 2009)
  2. Mystery Mile by Margery Allingham (completed May 4, 2009)
  3. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome (completed May 8, 2009)
  4. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (completed August 6, 2009)

Here are the books I plan to read:

  1. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  2. Light in August by William Faulkner
  3. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
  4. BONUS. Maybe Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
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9 Responses to Once Upon a Time and Classics Challenge

  1. deslily says:

    glad you are joining Once Upon a Time!.. you will absolutely love The Tale of Despereaux!!

  2. Carl V. says:

    Thanks so much for coming back for more! I hope you enjoy this challenge as much or more than you did last year’s R.I.P. Challenge.

    Tale of Despereaux is a great read, as are the Fables graphic novels.

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  4. Robin says:

    I loved The Tale of Despereaux, and so did my students last year when I read it aloud to them. Enjoy!

  5. Nymeth says:

    You have some great reading ahead of you! I love Fables and Despereaux. And I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Fionavar Tapestry.

  6. Teresa says:

    Thanks, all. I’m very excited about these particular books, and I have lots more fantasy on my shelf, so I could end up reading even more!

  7. Lawanda says:

    I joined the classics challenge, and I am so excited! Portrait of a Lady is the only one on your list that I have read! So many books, so little time!! haha

  8. Trish says:

    Hi Teresa–thanks for signing up for the classics challenge! The only one I’ve read is The Portrait of a Lady but I’ve been really wanting to read Slaughterhouse-Five. I haven’t signed up for the OUaT3, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of days before I do. :P Happy reading!

  9. Teresa says:

    Lawanda and Trish: I’ll admit I’m a little intimidated by Portrait, so it’s nice to hear that you both got through it and came out alive!

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