Once Upon a Time X



Wow! It is Once Upon a Time X! Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings has been hosting this springtime challenge for ten years! Thanks so much Carl!

If you’re new to this, here’s what it’s about

This is a reading and viewing and gaming event that encompasses four broad categories: Fairy Tale, Folklore, Fantasy and Mythology, including the seemingly countless sub-genres and blending of genres that fall within this spectrum. The challenge continues through June 21st and allows for very minor (1 book only) participation as well as more immersion depending on your reading/viewing/gaming whims.




I’m going to go with Quest the First,

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.

And here are some books I hope to read:

The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey (maybe this is the year I finally will read this book! I first listed it on my 2013 OUaT pool)

Diving Belles – Lucy Wood (cornish folklore)

The Girl with Glass Feet – Ali Shaw

Throne of the Crescent Moon – Saladin Ahmed

Monstrous Affections – edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J Grant (after I saw it on The Writerly Reader)

Wild Girl – Kate Forsyth (after seeing it on Earl Grey Editing)

Lagoon – Nnedi Okorafor

Fudoki – Kij Johnson



Books I read and reviewed:

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth


What are your recommendations for Fairy Tale, Folklore, Mythology books? Are you taking part in Once Upon a Time this year?



  1. Yay, great list! I’m doing 5 books too and I guess I have a list but I just want to add all of yours 🙂 Highly recommend the weird and wonderful Lagoon! I really want to try Saladin Ahmed’s works and something by Kelly Link. Happy challenge reading!


  2. Yay! I’m glad you are participating too. I really like your possible choices. I could say the same about The Snow Child. One of these days I will read that one. I haven’t heard of the other books (although I have heard of Kate Forsyth), but the all sound like they will be good.

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  3. Glad I could add to your Mt TBR. While I’m at it, Kate Forsyth just released a non-fiction book called The Rebirth of Rapunzel about that particular fairytale and which pairs with her rendition in Bitter Greens.

    I’ve heard mixed things about Throne of the Crescent Moon and would be very interested to hear your thoughts on it, once you are done.

    Good luck with the challenge!


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