Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

Once Upon a Time Challenge

Click the beautiful image for the Challenge Site

Oh my: if I had known this was in the works, I would have reserved a gigantic chunk of reading time for it. One of my passions is fairy tales and retellings, the oral tradition of storytelling, and the beautifully illustrated versions of these stories that you find when you wander bookstores and libraries with “Once Upon a Time” in mind: it would have been a perfect match.

Nonetheless, despite having stupidly ambitious reading plans for these months, mainly due to the announcement of the Orange Prize’s longlist in the same time period, I joined The Journey, which only required me to read a single book from any of the four categories (fantasy, folklore, fairy tale, mythology).

And then… well, you don’t need me to explain what happened next. It’s happened to all of us.

Hiromi Goto’s The Water of Possibility (2001)
Hiromi Goto’s Half World (2009)
Terri Griggs’ Cat’s Eye Corner (2000)
Alison Goodman’s Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (2009)
Nnedi Okorafor’s The Shadow Speaker (2009)
Kenneth Oppel’s Silverwing (1997)

Other books which I read during this time period, which also would have fit with the criteria for this challenge, but which I read for another challenge were Nalo Hopkinson’s The New Moon’s Arms (2007) and Hiromi Goto’s The Kappa Child (2001).


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