the challenge to organize (self)


There are excellent lists to browse for the Once Upon a Time Challenge on fellow book blogger sites, you can use Carl V’s post for the challenge to follow participating bloggers. Natalya and I are still creating our pool from which to work.

For various holidays (christmas and birthdays) N has been given some great books on myth, lore, and fairy tales; even a encyclopedic tome on symbols and signs. Between this and her rock collecting… Here are few of her books I will likely borrow:

The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales (WW Norton & Co) edited by Maria Tatar.

The Annotated Hans Christian Anderson (WW Norton & Co) edited by Maria Tatar; which has a Part II: Tales for Adults.

Myths & Legends: An Illustrated Guide to their Origins and Meanings (DK) edited by Philip Wilkinson

Myths of the World:The Illustrated Treasury of the World’s Greatest Stories (Duncan Baird) edited by Tony Allan.

Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales (WW Norton & Co) edited by Marguerite Gordon

Irish Stories for Children (Mercier Press) selected by Tom Mullins

Swedish Fairy Tales (Skyhorse Publishing) translated by Holger Lundbergh, Illustrated by John Bauer

Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World (WW Norton & Co) by Kathleen Ragan w/ foreword by Jane Yolen.

From my own library: I’ve Italo Calvino’s The Cloven Viscount, and will re-read some others of his. Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle. Angela Carter The Company of Wolves. There is this wonderful folktale I read in Sandra Cisneros’ work and Ana Castillo’s work I plan to hunt down, as well as a lovely creation myth that Ana Castillo shares in So Far from God–which I do not yet own.

From the Library we already have:

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz (nearly finished)

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman (which I picked up for N, she read, and now it is my turn)

The Name of the Wind by Pat Rothfuss (reading w/ Sean)

We will browse there for more. Shannon Hale seems to be on several lists; may p/u Book of a Thousand Days). There are a lot of Ella Enchanted reads but I would challenge readers to try Fairest or Ever or any of Gail Carson Levine’s other tales, she has a series of re-imagined short Princess Tales that are wonderful! I think a few grown-ups books will have to be chosen for myself.


We are fairly confident, judging by the usual course of our reading choices that Quest the 1st should be attainable, 5 books from any of the four genres (or some combination thereof). Quest the 2nd would be a little trickier though, because it is a challenge to read one book from each, which would require an exploration of definitions. We looked up the definitions yesterday and discussed what the differences of folk tale and fairy tale might be, and how magical realism is a useful term. I suppose if we are going to challenge ourselves…we will do Quest the 2nd. Of course, the non-fiction oriented challenge, Quest the 4th, might be the more appropriate one for me.

Besides book reviews, there may be musings on the experience.

It looks like there is really good company on this challenge, and the length of the challenge lends itself to some leisure. Hope you will join us if you haven’t yet.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Carl V. says:

    On of my favorite collections of short stories is Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber. I need to make the effort to read more of her work, but whenever I am in the mood to read her I keep going back to that collection.

  2. Marie says:

    Sounds like a great challenge. I admire Carter but never really grew to love her work. Good luck! Italo Calvino is a favorite of mine!

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