I probably shouldn't do this (don't I always say that?). But I regretted missing out on the Once Upon a Time Challenge last time around, so I just can't pass it up this time.
Hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings, the challenge runs through June 20th, which seems like ages from now. But I'm still going to be cautious (first time and all that), and choose the "Journey" option, which means I'll only be committing to (at least) one book.
It took me quite a while to make up my mind, but I've finally settled on Over Sea, Under Stone, by Susan Cooper. I've been trying to find a reason to read it for the longest time, so that feels like a good choice. But I'll hope to add more titles later on.
Well, I've finished Over Sea, Under Stone. Picked it up to "look it over," and ended up reading straight through. Loved it. Will get a review up in a day or two [See Review].
And since I've always enjoyed reading fantasy so much, I think I'm going to go ahead and embark on one of the Quests. I'm not sure I'll have time to read A Midsummer Night's Dream in June, and I'm not very good at separating books into genres, so I guess I'll choose Quest the First and read five books from a mix of the categories (but mostly fantasy). Haven't nailed it down completely yet, but this is my list of possible titles:
A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula LeGuin
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle (or is this too sci-fi?)
The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander
The Book of Lost Things, by John Connolly
Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
The Dark Is Rising, by Susan Cooper (might as well continue with the series)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling [See Review]
Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke (looks good, but it's such a BIG book!)
The King Must Die, by Mary Renault
The Mennyms, by Sylvia Waugh
The Thief of Always, by Clive Barker
Now if I can just narrow it down to five, I'm ready for the quest.
To see all the links to reviews by Challenge participants, go here.