Pat of Here, There and Everywhere (2nd Edition) writes about another reading challenge by Stainless Steel Droppings. A great site with a very gothic feel to it, it hosts the annual R.I.P. Challenge which leads readers to discover new books in the gothic, horror, mystery, thriller, suspense, and dark fantasy genres.
This year, between March 21 to June 20, the site poses the Once Upon A Time IV reading challenge. To get into the spirit, the “challengee” must settle on a book or books on any or all four categories : fantasy, folklore, mythology, fairy tale.
As with the other challenges of the site, Once Upon A Time IV strives to be flexible. From allowing just a one-book read for the entire period to demanding a tackling of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” in addition to four books, the challenge permits readers to choose just how much pressure they would like to take on.
My option of choice, Quest the First, challenges me to read a total of five books in any of the four genres mentioned.
I’ve chosen my five to be :
Review : Anansi Boys — Neil Gaiman
Review : Last of the Amazons — Steven Pressfield
Review : Mortal Love — Elizabeth Hand
Review : Hush Hush—Becca Fitzpatrick
Review : The Secret Ingredient — Jane Heller
A red check mark indicates that the book has been read. You may find the links to my reviews just below each one.
I’m looking forward to an escapist summer. Hope I get a vacation to go with my books.