OK, so me and N talked last night, and she agrees with me that the Once Upon a Time reading challenge sounds like great fun, and something we as readers should be involved in. The basic premise is that you can decide a challenge from the list on the website to further expand your horizons and add a bit of summer magic to your reading.
I’m personally going to go for Quest The Third, where you read one fantasy, one folklore, one fairytale and one piece of mythology before June 2010 and then read Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, which has to be one of my favourite plays ever, or go see a performance of it (or both! eeee, theatre and books, slightly awesomegasmic!)
So…the quest begins here…
Well where do I start? I’m not a massive fantasy reader, to be honest. I was when I was younger (see Robin Jarvis article below) but seemed to stop when I hit my late teens, now I actually flinch at the thought of sci-fi and can’t really get into the whole escapism thing…maybe because I live in a perpetual fantasy world and realism is the only escape? Hmmmmm
So my first book to be read as part of the Once Upon A Time Challenge will be Odalisque by Fiona McIntosh, because N recommended it and it has been sat on my shelf for ages.
I will let you know how it goes…