Thursday, March 24, 2011


Callipider Days is hosting her annual Spring Reading Thing Challenge.  March 20th through June 20th.

Guidelines for the challenge:
  • Make a list of books you want to read (or finish reading) this spring. Your list can be as long or as short as you’d like. (Also, feel free to modify your list during the challenge if it’s not working for you.)
  • Write a blog post containing your list
  • Check out other participants’ lists and add to your own to-read-someday pile!
  • Write a post about your challenge experience in June, telling us all about whether you reached your goals and how Spring Reading Thing went for you. But remember: this is a low-pressure challenge that should be fun. As long as you do some reading this spring (and enjoy it!), that’s good enough.
I have A LOT of reading on my plate this spring (review books), but I also want to add in some from my TBR pile mountain so here is part of my list and I'm sure I'll add to it once I determine what else I'm going to read.

This will not be a complete list, by far.  I'm just trying to get in on the 12 midnight deadline for sign-up!

1.  My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares (book tour)
2.  The Greek Maiden and the English Lord by Patty Apostolides (for review)
3.  What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz (finish)
4.  Dante's Journey by JC Marino (finish)  
5.  The Virtual Life of Fizzy Oceans by David A. Ross (for review)
6.  Alone in the Company of Others by Kelly Huddleston (for review)
7.  Captivity by Deborah Noyes (for review)
8.  Once Wicked, Always Dead by T. Marie Benchley (for review)
9.  The Lucifer Code by Charles Brokaw (review)
10. The Half-Made World by Felix Galman (review)
11. The Arrow Chest by Robert Parry (review)
12. To Serve A King by Donna Russo Morin (review)
13. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
14. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

ONCE UPON A TIME V  March 21st through June 20th

This challenge is hosted yearly by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings.  This will be my first time doing this challenge.  I wanted to do it last year, but...not sure why I didn't.  I love Carl's R.I.P. Challenge every Fall so it just makes sense to do this one too.  And who doesn't love fairy tales?  Plus, I think it fits in nicely with the Spring Reading Thing.

Here are Carl's "rules":

The Once Upon a Time 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”.

If you have participated in any of the reading events hosted here at Stainless Steel Droppings then you will know that my goal is not to try to reach some preset number of books read. It is simply to take pleasure in what is read. By the same token, I do like setting personal goals for myself and I see the value in “challenging” myself not only to read regularly but also to get out of my comfort zone on occasion. We all have books that we want to read. On top of that some of us have books we are obligated to read, be that for school or commitments we have made, etc. The Once Upon a Time Challenge is not meant to be a burden, nor is it meant to coerce you into participating in something when you feel overwhelmed. That is why you will find that the Once Upon a Time Challenge is designed to cater to everyone–those that want to set a specific goal to reach and those who know that all they really have time for is to read one qualifying book and want to take part in the fellowship that springs up during this challenge.

I'll be attempting Quest the First...Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

Here are a couple I know fit and I'll add the rest later:

1.  A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
2.  My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me--Editor Kate Bernheimer


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  1. Thank you for deciding to join Once Upon a Time this year. I really appreciate it and hope that you have a great time with the books you choose for it!

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