Once Upon a Time time that is. Of course, I knew Carl's announcement was coming, but still seeing his post this morning, well it just filled me to the brim with happiness. There is no other reading challenge/experience/what-have-you that makes me feel quite like Once Upon a Time does. Oh, I get over-the-top goosebumpy excited about RIP, without question. But Once Upon a Time...it's just special. For so many reasons...
It is not exaggeration to say that it changed my life. That first Once Upon a Time challenge was really my introduction to book blogs. My very best friends (of the non-husband variety) in all the whole world...yeah, I met them because of Once Upon a Time. My heart is a much fuller, happier place because of the people I met and have come to love because of Once Upon a Time. Honestly, what on earth could possibly be more important than that. And yet, there's still some icing to slap on that cake. The whole new worlds of reading that were opened up to me. Before that first Once Upon a Time, the only place in this house you would have found books of UOaT variety would have been on Annie's shelves. It was not that I looked down on fantasy or anything...it honestly had just never occurred to me to give it a try. I'd been in an enormous mystery/thriller/suspense rut for many a year at that point. But because Annie loved fantasy, when I stumbled upon OUaT, I thought it would be a really fun way to enter her worlds for a while. Little did I know how vast and varied and wonderful and eerie and heartbreaking and enlightening those worlds would be. These days fantasy and fairy tales and folktales and mythology reside not only on Annie's shelves, but on the bookshelves of every member of this family. I now own literally hundreds of books that fit the categories...and I love them dearly.
Yep, my life is richer in so many ways because of Carl and his Once Upon a Time challenge. Words aren't big enough to thank my dear friend for that...but thank you all the same, Carl.
When I chose my themes for my year of themed reading, I made sure to save the month of April for OUaT reads. You know, right now I'm wishing I'd saved May and June for them as well. (And if that feeling persists this strongly, I may just amend things. :p ) But April, ahhhh, April...you are going to be filled with fairy tales.
I'm not saying that I will solely read fairy tale related books (I may well sneak in some fantasy and folktales and mythology), but fairy tales are going to be my focus. So I'm aiming to complete Quest the First. And Short Story Quest (though I have a ridiculously hard time writing about short stories). And Quest on Screen (ditto what I said about short stories). Precisely what books though...that shall be guided by whim.
Happy Spring, everyone. And Happy Once Upon a Time.
And thanks yet again, Carl!