(Art by Kimberly Kincaid. Used with Permission)
Spring has ended and Summer has begun which is a positive for the weather but sadly means we have to say goodbye to The Once Upon a Time IX event, hosted by Carl V @ Stainless Steal Droppings. I had signed up for The Journey level which meant I was aiming to read at least one book for the event. Here’s what I actually managed to read:
1. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – I thought this was a detailed and well written paranormal romance with an interesting measure of history, magic and art. The first book in the All Souls trilogy, I look forward to reading more.
2. The Two Towers by J R R Tolkien – This was a comforting re-read of an intricate, epic, and enchanting tale. I look forward to re-reading The Return of the King next.
3. The Wanderers by Cheryl Mahoney – I thought this was a well written, witty and charming adventure by author and fellow blogger Cheryl.
4. Mort by Terry Pratchett – This was another darkly funny adventure. Pratchett is a well loved author of mine and I was very sad to hear of his passing. I hope to eventually work my way through the whole Discworld series.
5. Tolkien by Devin Brown – Although I was disappointed that this didn’t seem to be written for a British audience. I still thought this was an interesting and detailed biography of the life and what went on to inspire the author J R R Tolkien to create his wonderful, fantasy novels.
6. The Storyteller and Her Sisters by Cheryl Mahoney – I adored The Wanderers so couldn’t wait to move on to this. Another well written and charming adventure.
Woohoo! I think 6 is perhaps the most I have ever completed, in any year I have taken part, in this event, and I have really enjoyed my reading too. Here’s a few, quick meme questions to sum up my reading:
Best: The Two Towers by J R R Tolkien.
Most Recommended-to-Others: The Wanderers by Cheryl Mahoney.
Most Anticipated: The Storyteller and Her Sisters by Cheryl Mahoney.
Most Hilarious: Mort by Terry Pratchett.
Most Thrilling, Unputdownable: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.
Most Beautifully Written: The Two Towers by J R R Tolkien.
Most Memorable Character: Samwise Gamgee from The Two Towers. I am rather in love with Sam. I also loved discovering Tom, the talking cat, in The Wanderers by Cheryl Mahoney.
New Series You Discovered: Just one new series; the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness.
New Authors Discovered: I am rather impressed that I discovered 3 new authors during this event; Deborah Harkness, Cheryl Mahoney and Devin Brown.
Favourite Cover: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.
I now look forward eagerly to Carl V’s R.I.P event in the Autumn. Not that I am wishing Summer away!
Did you take part in Once Upon a Time IX? What was your favourite read?