Once Upon a Time VIII

I don’t do challenges as a rule, but having discovered the Once Upon a Time challenge hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings, now in its eighth year(!), I had to join in at the lowest level once I saw the gorgeous artwork.


Carl says:  “This is a reading and viewing event that encompasses four broad categories: Fairy Tale, Folklore, Fantasy and Mythology, including the seemingly countless sub-genres and blending of genres that fall within this spectrum. The challenge continues through June 21st and allows for very minor (1 book only) participation as well as more immersion depending on your reading/viewing whims.

The Once Upon a Time VIII Challenge has a few rules:
Rule #1: Have fun.
Rule #2: HAVE FUN.
Rule #3: Don’t keep the fun to yourself, share it with us, please!
Rule #4: Do not be put off by the word “challenge”.

While this event retains the word “challenge” from its earliest days, the entire goal is to read good books, watch good television shows and movies, and most importantly, visit old friends and make new ones. There are several ways to participate, and I hope you can find at least one to your liking:”


“This is really as simple as the name implies. It means you are participating, but not committing yourself to any specific number of books. By signing up for The Journey you are agreeing to read at least one book within one of the four categories during March 21st to June 21st period. Just one book. If you choose to read more, fantastic! If not, then we have still had the pleasure of your company during this three month reading journey and hopefully you have read a great book, met some interesting people, and enjoyed the various activities that occur during the challenge. It has always been of utmost importance to me that the challenges that I host be all about experiencing enjoyable literature and sharing it with others. I want you to participate. Hence, The Journey.”

I can cope with that.  Just one book with three months to read it in.  I have so many that fit the criteria already on my shelves – but which one?

Some of the contenders are:

  • Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire (Fairy tale)
  • Runelight and Runemarks by Joanne Harris (Folklore/Mythology/Fantasy)
  • The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino (Mythology)
  • The ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman (Fantasy)

I could read all of them, but which would you choose first? 


10 thoughts on “Once Upon a Time VIII

  1. I swore I wouldn’t sign up for challenges anymore, because I just fail miserably, but The Journey sounds so easy that I might try it. I would go with The Goddess Chronicle – I have it too and it’s so beautiful!

  2. it’s a few years since I signed up for ‘Once Upon a Time’ but I am so tempted. And I’m very curious about ‘The Goddess Chroncile’ so I’d love you to read that one.

  3. I have this book that would be perfect for this challenge called ‘Red Doc>’ by Anne Carson. It is on the New York Magazine’s Top Ten of 2013 list and on the GoodReads Readers’ Choice Award Winner. I believe it also was on the Orange shortlist. It is sort of a sequel to ‘Autobiography in Red’ which I read and really enjoyed. It is about the myth of Herakles and Geryon, so would qualify in the Mythology category.

  4. If you could squeeze Runemarks in as well that would be great. I have inadvertently bought Runelight not realising it is the second in a series (don’t you hate that!) and would like to know what the series is like before committing to buy Runemark.

  5. I’ve signed for this too. I didn’t complete it last year but this year I’m determined! I recently finished The Ocean at the End of the Lane and really enjoyed it.

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