Once Upon a Time VI

The Once Upon a Time challenge has been around for six years but this is the first time I’ll be taking part! I’m not sure now why I’ve taken so long to jump in the fray but ah well, here I am, head first.

Ok so maybe it’s just an excuse to come up with yet another list of books!

The challenge runs from March 21 – June 19 and the rules are:

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”.

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

My pool:

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld – Patricia A. McKillip
Tooth and Claw – Jo Walton
Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
Under Heaven – Guy Gavriel Kay
The lions of Al-Rassan – Guy Gavriel Kay
A Princess of Roumania – Paul Park
Song of Kali – Dan Simmons
The Little Country – Charles de Lint
Photographing Fairies – Steve Szilagyi
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – N. K. Jemisin
Peter & Max : a Fables novel – Bill Willingham
Black thorn, white rose – edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

Btw, in case you’re looking for some fairy tale-related suggestions, here’s an interesting list based on the Cinderella tale.


The Forgotten Beasts of Eld – Patricia McKillip

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – N.K. Jemisin

Photographing Fairies – Steve Szilagyi

The Broken Kingdoms – N.K. Jemisin

Beauty – Sherri S. Tepper


  1. Wow, you have a deep pool to explore for this challenge! And thank you for the reminder that I’ve been meaning to read more De Lint…must get him on my own list somewhere. By the way, LOVE your banner quote!


  2. wow that’s some pool! I recently read the Forgotten Beasts of Eld, I had read it so long I ago I forgot it but remember it now lol..good book, read Tooth and Claw also.. I am wondering if Photographing Fairies is the book they made the movie from? so I’ll be “waiting” for that review most of all.


  3. Good list! I read and enjoyed Under Heaven, The Hundred Thousands Kingdom, and Peter & Max. I hope you enjoy them, too, and I look forward to your thoughts on everything else!


  4. Great Cinderella list! I hadn’t thought of Pride and Prejudice that way before, but I can see where they’re coming from. There are others on there that I definitely want to find, too.

    This is one of the standalone deLint novels, hmm? I’ve been sorta trying to collect his works for a few years now, convinced that I’m going to love them but never quite able to get the order wholly deciphered!

    A couple of the books you have here are on my reading radar for this event, too, but my list is stupid-long, so I have no idea what I’ll actually get around to really reading. Hope you find some new favourites in here thought!


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