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message 1: by Christine (new)

Christine (chrisarrow) | 1388 comments Mod
This is a place to brag, crow, cry about your progress.


message 2: by Ahlaam (new)

Ahlaam | 2 comments 1/12 for me and that too was unintentional. Read Jessica Day's Princess of Glass (Princess #2) by Jessica Day George , an original re-telling of Cinderella. :D


message 3: by Nicola (last edited Mar 02, 2012 06:02AM) (new)

Nicola (nicola1) | 11 comments I keep on coming back to fairytales and browsing this group has reignited my passion and made me order a load of books! So I will be joining this challenge :)


message 4: by Christine (last edited Mar 02, 2012 02:58PM) (new)

Christine (chrisarrow) | 1388 comments Mod
I read The Cinderella Curse by J.L. Penn and Hrothgar


message 5: by Nicola (new)

Nicola (nicola1) | 11 comments I'm reading Cinderella, And Other Tales From Perrault by Charles Perrault - think I will finish it today it is only 70 pages and some are illustrated!! So that's 1/12 for me.


message 6: by Nicola (last edited Apr 16, 2012 06:47AM) (new)

Nicola (nicola1) | 11 comments So I've done:


1. Cinderella by Charles Perrault by Charles Perrault

2. Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer by Marissa Meyer

3. Beauty by Robin McKinley by Robin McKinley

5. Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault by Charles Perrault

12. The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen by Hans Christian Andersen


I'm really enjoying this challenge :) they've all had 5* ratings so far apart from The Little Mermaid - I loved The Little Mermaid story but some of the others in the collection are a bit weird!!


message 7: by Nicola (new)

Nicola (nicola1) | 11 comments I've done number 12:
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen

Loved The Little Mermaid - some of the other stories in the collection, such as Little Claus and Big Claus, were a bit traumatic to say the least!!!


message 8: by Nicola (new)

Nicola (nicola1) | 11 comments Read my sci-fi fairytale Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer - it was good but not one of my favourite Cinderella retellings!


message 9: by Will (new)

Will Hall (steamboatwill) | 1 comments Not as good as Ella Enchanted? Which, by the way, I didn't even think was a re-telling until two thirds of the way through haha!


message 10: by Nicola (new)

Nicola (nicola1) | 11 comments Oh nowhere near as good! Haha I know what you mean when you say that. I have Fairest by her to read as well will lend you in when I'm done (sorry if I've said that to you 5 million times already!)


message 11: by [deleted user] (last edited Aug 14, 2012 01:55AM) (new)

7/12 so far: (I'm updating this post as I go, because it seemed like a good idea.)

1. A version of Cinderella:
Bewitching (Kendra Chronicles, #2) by Alex Flinn
3. A historical fiction fairy tale:
May (Daughters of the Sea, #2) by Kathryn Lasky
4. A "romance" fairy tale:
Beastly (Kendra Chronicles, #1) by Alex Flinn
5. A fairy tale featuring animals:
The Black Swan (Fairy Tales, #2) by Mercedes Lackey
8. A fairy tale mystery
Princess of Glass (Princess #2) by Jessica Day George
10. A Native American Legend/Tale:
Night Dancer by Marcia Vaughan
12. Readers Choice:
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling


message 12: by Christine (new)

Christine (chrisarrow) | 1388 comments Mod
1. Ash by Malinda Lo
2. A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
3. Hrothgar by Christopher Webster
4. The Cinderella Curse by J.L. Penn
5. De Historia Et Veritate = Unicornis On The History And Truth Of The Unicorn by Michael Green
6. L. Frank Baum Wonderful Creator of Oz by Bruce Watson
7. Fairy Tales Reimagined Essays on New Retellings by Susan Redington Bobby
8. City of the Beasts (Eagle and Jaguar, #1) by Isabel Allende
9. Fairy Tales From the East (Vol 1 "The Second Hand Dream) by Marion Morningstar
10. Northern Tales Stories from the Native Peoples of the Arctic and Sub-Arctic Regions by Howard Norman
11. The Girl Who Married a Lion and Other Tales from Africa by Alexander McCall Smith
12. Hope Diamond The Legendary History of a Cursed Gem by Richard Kurin (urban legend)


message 13: by Melanti (last edited Dec 15, 2012 06:51PM) (new)

Melanti | 2125 comments Mod
I suppose I could officially join instead of just mentally filling out the list.

1. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
2. Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente
3. The Porcelain Dove by Delia Sherman
4. Ash by Malinda Lo
5. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
6. Drawing Down the Moon The Art of Charles Vess  by Charles Vess
7. Fairy Tales A New History by Ruth B. Bottigheimer
8. The Uncertain Places by Lisa Goldstein
9. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
10. The Girl Who Married the Moon Tales from Native North America by Joseph Bruchac
11. The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
12. Burning Your Boats The Collected Short Stories by Angela Carter


message 14: by Christine (new)

Christine (chrisarrow) | 1388 comments Mod
Burning Your Boats does have a Cinderella story in it as well as Puss in Boots so it can work for 5. I would say that Entwined would count as a romance.


message 15: by Melanti (new)

Melanti | 2125 comments Mod
Good point on Burning Your Boats. Thanks! I was thinking of the collection as a whole and not the individual stories. It also has variations of Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Riding Hood and Peter and the Wolf that would count for "animals" as well. Most of these are in The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories if anyone doesn't want to read the omnibus.

And also true on Entwined, but I have the "romance" slot filled with Ash already and I liked it slightly better than Entwined.


message 16: by Nicola (new)

Nicola (technicola) A couple of days ago I read Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile which I think would count for 8. A fairy tale mystery. So that's one down, 11 to go :]


message 17: by Melanti (new)

Melanti | 2125 comments Mod
Done! I swapped out a few of my previous choices for ones that were a better fit for the category or that I just liked more.


message 18: by Leah (last edited Dec 30, 2012 02:02PM) (new)

Leah (flying_monkeys) | 1009 comments I'm going to follow Beth's lead and edit this post as I make progress. Here's the link to my in-the-forest shelf which contains the books I've read and plan to read.

1. A version of Cinderella

2. A sci-fi fairy tale
The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars, #1) by Frank Beddor

3. A historical fiction fairy tale

4. A "romance" fairy tale (Think romance novels or Jane Austen)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

5. A fairy tale featuring animals
Beauty by Robin McKinley

6. A biography about one fairy tale writer/artist/movie director

7. A critical work about fairy tales

8. A fairy tale mystery
The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, #1) by Michael Buckley

9. A collection of fairy/folk tales from Asia (or a retelling of such tale)

10. A collection of fairy tales from one of the following (1) Native Americans (2) First People (3) Aborgines (4) Inuit

11. A collection of folk/fairy tales from Africa.

12. Reader's Choice


message 19: by Laura (new)

Laura (minniea) I have gotten a copy of The Mammoth Book of Merlin -- hope that counts here, too. It is a group read in related group.
Also I dug out my copy of Scandinavian Folk & Fairy Tales, which was not as much of a fun read as you might think. Maybe I will find something interesting this time around.
Also-- awaiting receipt of a retelling of the Red Riding Hood fairy tale. Should be interesting!


message 20: by Christine (new)

Christine (chrisarrow) | 1388 comments Mod
Merlin counts. It's not like I'm trying to be strict or anything.


message 21: by Leah (new)

Leah (flying_monkeys) | 1009 comments Here's what I plan to read for our 2013 Challenge. I'd really love to see what other members plan to or have already read. And if anyone has any suggestions or recommendations for #9 I'd be most appreciative!

1. Read a traditional collection of tales. (Andersen, Grimm, Lang etc. Collections edited by Zipes would also count).
The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood by Jack Zipes DONE

2. Read a collection of tales from China.
The Chinese Fairy Book by Richard Wilhelm

3. Read a dark retelling of a fairy tale.
Daughter of the Forest (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, #1) by Juliet Marillier

4. Read a book that combines or uses several different fairy tales.
The Unusual Suspects (The Sisters Grimm, #2) by Michael Buckley DONE

5. Read a Celtic collection of tales.
Celtic Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs

6. Read a collection of Nordic tales.
Myths of the Norsemen From the Eddas and Sagas by Hélène Adeline Guerber

7. Read a themed collection (be it original or short stories).
African Folk Tales by Hugh Vernon-Jackson DONE

8. Read a retelling from the villain’s point of view.
Beast by Donna Jo Napoli DONE


9. Read a collection of tales from Central or South America.


10. Read a collection of French tales.
Perrault's Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault

11. Read a collection of Italian tales.
Italian Popular Tales by Thomas Frederick Crane

12. Read a fairy tale that you are not familiar with and then read a retelling or critical look at said tale.
Bluebeard Tales from Around the World by Heidi Anne Heiner


message 22: by Melanti (last edited Jul 29, 2013 06:11PM) (new)

Melanti | 2125 comments Mod
I have multiple books read this year for some categories and nothng at all for about half the categories.

1. Read a traditional collection of tales. (Andersen, Grimm, Lang etc. Collections edited by Zipes would also count).
Hans Christian Andersen The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories by Hans Christian Andersen (planned)
2. Read a collection of tales from China
No clue
3. Read a dark retelling of a fairy tale.
The Child Thief by Brom
4. Read a book that combines or uses several different fairy tales.
White as Snow by Tanith Lee The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell The Coachman Rat by David Henry Wilson The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (The League of Princes, #1) by Christopher Healy The Wide-Awake Princess (Wide-Awake Princess, #1) by E.D. Baker
5. Read a Celtic collection of tales.
No clue
6. Read a collection of Nordic tales.
No CLue
7. Read a themed collection (be it original or short stories).
The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood by Jack Zipes
8. Read a retelling from the villain’s point of view.
Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut Kissing the Witch Old Tales in New Skins by Emma Donoghue The Witch's Boy by Michael Gruber
9. Read a collection of tales from Central or South America.
No Clue
10. Read a collection of French tales.
Perrault's Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault
But would like to finish:
Beauties, Beasts And Enchantments Classic French Fairy Tales by Jack Zipes
11. Read a collection of Italian tales.
Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino (planned)
12. Read a fairy tale that you are not familiar with and then read a retelling or critical look at said tale.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey The Wild Orchid A Retelling of "The Ballad of Mulan" by Cameron Dokey


message 23: by Leah (new)

Leah (flying_monkeys) | 1009 comments Glad I'm not the only one still searching for a selection to fit #9. :D


message 24: by Christine (last edited Aug 02, 2013 12:45PM) (new)

Christine (chrisarrow) | 1388 comments Mod
For #9

Latin American Folktales: Stories from Hispanic and Indian Traditions

Little Book of Latin American Folktales

Fairy Tales from Brazil (Illustrated Edition) (free edition for Kindle, most likely up at Guttenberg)

Additionally several of Lang's fairy tale books cover SA tales.

The catagories were chosen because most of them can be filled with free books via Kindle, nook, or Guttenberg.


message 26: by Christine (last edited Aug 02, 2013 01:05PM) (new)

Christine (chrisarrow) | 1388 comments Mod
Celtic would include - Ireland, Scottish, Welsh, Breton.

Celtic Fairy Tales

More Celtic Fairy Tales:

Also collections by Yeats, Lady Gregory. Anything about Arthur has roots in Celtic myths.


message 28: by Christine (last edited Aug 02, 2013 01:11PM) (new)

Christine (chrisarrow) | 1388 comments Mod
1. Five Classic Fairy Tales

2. Bejing Stories Vol 1.

3. Grimm Fairy Tales Robyn Hood by Patrick Shand

4. Fairy Tale Flirts 5 Romantic Short Stories by Lisa Scott

5. King Arthur: The History and Folklore of the Arthurian Legend

6. Padric Colum's Odin listed above (planned)

7. Creation Myths and Tales of Origin

8. Krampus: The Yule Lord

9. Fairy tales of Brazil (planned)

10. Old French Romances

11. various ones, have to pick.

12. Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival


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