Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Once Upon a Time III Wrap Up Post


This challenge ended on the 20th June, 2009. I was partially successful with it, completing the books component, but not getting A Midsummer Night's Dream watched. I've been unwell since the 20th April or thereabouts and that impacted on my participation in the challenge. All the same, I'm glad I joined in and I'll be signing up again next year.

My Once Upon a Time III reading list (sadly no reviews as I haven’t been feeling up to writing them lately):

  1. The Ordinary Princess - M. M. Kaye
  2. Alphabet of Thorn - Patricia A. McKillip
  3. The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan
  4. The Night Bird - Catherine Asaro
  5. Silver on the Tree - Susan Cooper

    Book component completed: 22nd April 2009

  6. Giants of the Frost - Kim Wilkins
  7. The Initiate - Louise Cooper

I didn’t manage to write any reviews, but I enjoyed the books.

I just loved my reread of The Ordinary Princess, which is actually a junior book, but it is such a lovely tale and it was a delight to visit with Amy and Perry again.

Alphabet of Thorn was another excellent McKillip book that I happily recommend.

I was disappointed with The Forest of Hands and Teeth and Giants of the Frost, neither turning out to be quite the book I was expecting. I was frustrated by the main character in Forest and the action in Giants was split into two locations each with a very different tone and voice – one I liked and the other frankly bored me silly.

Of the other books, two (Silver on the Tree and The Initiate) were very enjoyable rereads and I pretty much always enjoy the adventure in an Asaro title, as I did with The Night Bird.

June 2009 Reading

  1. The Warlord’s Daughter – Susan Grant
    Borderlands, Book 2; SF Romance; eBook; 7/10
  2. The Empress of Mars – Kage Baker
    SF; Library Book; DNF
  3. Shards of Honor – Lois McMaster Bujold
    Vorkosigan Saga, Book 1; SF; eBook; 10/10
  4. Inner Harbor – Nora Roberts
    Chesapeake Bay, Book 3; Audiobook; Reread; 7/10

Best book of the month = Shards of Honor

June Reading:
Books read this month = 3
DNFs this month = 1
10/10 reads this month = 1
New reads this month =  1
Rereads this month = 2
% paper books : % eBooks = 0 : 100

May Challenges Progress:
100+ Reading Challenge =  3
Support Your Local Library Challenge = 0 (Stage 1 Completed 3-04-09)
Romance Reading Challenge = 2 (Challenge Completed 25-02-09)
YA Reading Challenge = 0
eBook Reading Challenge = 2 (Challenge Completed 24-02-09)
Patricia A. McKillip Reading Challenge = 0 
Once Upon a Time III Challenge = 0 (Books Completed 22-4-09)

May Non-Challenges Progress:
SF/Fantasy books read = 2
Audiobooks listened to = 1