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Blog_pix_430 Look what mrspao sent me! All I did was admire her stitchmarkers.......and she sent me stitchmarkers (that she made) not to mention a necklace (that she made), matching earrings (!) (that she made) - wowza! I was complimented on the necklace and earring set so many times yesterday, it was lovely. It was also a bit unnerving. Do I never dress up at all?

Check out the cute duck! and the coffee and the chocolate (which mysteriously has vanished), the lollypop, the pen and the lovely wool yarn. Isn't the name on the chocolate perfect? me me me.

Newonce The Once Upon A Time challenge has ended. I loved the quest, the idea, and I sort of fulfilled my quest. (I'm sure many many knights reported to the King "I was so close! and were richly rewarded.) Well, I was richly rewarded in the reading at any rate.;)

The Quest was: Quest Three: Read at least one book from each of the four genres of story (Mythology, Folklore, Fairytale, and Fantasy) and finish up the challenge with a June reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

I managed to read two books that covered all four of the categories, Emerald Isle edited by Andrew S Greeley that was short stories and Pride of Kings by Judith Tarr. Pride of Kings was about Richard I and John Lackland, sons of Eleanor of Aquitaine (not coincidentally one of my favorite historical women) and their struggle for the throne. As it turns out, they're both crowned, at the same time. One is King of Britain, one King of England. And yes, both quite different countries or should I say realms?

I could have gone without the romantic entanglements of Arslan, the Turkish boy that's the protagonist of the story. For one thing, they kept calling him a child and yet married him off. For another, his wife had the stupidest fight with him - well no. She had it all by herself. It ruined the book a bit, wanting to slap her upside the head.

So I didn't manage to read four books and the play. I managed two books and the play. And I barely squeezed in A Midsummer's Night's Dream - I listened to it on audiotape yesterday. Shakespeare sounds so incredibly lilting when spoken. For once, an audiobook truly enhanced the experience. Also? fairies are mean and people are fools. But entertaining.

Shamelessly stealing this list of questions from Katrina at Callapidder Days (with permission)

What was the best book you read this spring challenge ?

Pride of Kings by Judith Tarr

What book could you have done without?

Of the three? Clearly none. I enjoyed both books, if not all the characters and the short stories.

Did you try out a new author this spring? If so, which one, and will you be reading that author again?

I do have Orson Scott Card's Magic Street waiting for me. Unbelievably, I've never read a book of his. There were authors in Emerald Isle I hadn't read before, but for the most part, I was familiar with all of them. Judith Tarr wrote a time travel historical novel with Harry Turtledove called Household Gods that I particularly liked when I read it a few years back.

If there were books you didn't finish, tell us why. Did you run out of time? Realize those books weren't worth it? Did you come across a book or two on other participants' lists that you're planning to add to your own to-be-read pile? Which ones?

I ran out of time, but other than Madwoman in the Attic (references fairy tales and myths), I hadn't started any other book for the Once Upon A Time Challenge. And I always come across books on the other participants lists!

What did you learn -- about anything -- through this challenge? What was the best part of the Spring Reading Thing  challenge? Would you be interested in participating in another reading challenge this fall?

I learned that I always bite off more than I can chew! But it's worth it to try. I think the best part of this challenge - and all the others, is reading everyone else's reviews and insights and stretching my reading habits a bit.

Interested in another challenge? I'm interested. I'm always interested. But I'm going to try to just keep to the ones I'm in now. (Chunkster Challenge to end at the end of the month, The Non Fiction Five Challenge, TBR Challenge, Reading Through the Decades.)

Blog_pix_389_edited What're you looking at? I'm not the one who brought knitting, books, and lunch in a Powell's bookbag and managed to leave my purse at home.....also a helmet? Basically a giant heel turn? Is it taking me a week to finish? It is not.

Feed me. The good tuno. No, wait. Some fresh salmon would be nice.......



Yum - I love Aero bars. Especially the mint ones. I was addicted to them the last time I was in England.


ditto what Stephanie wrote about Aero bars. I also love luxury Flake! I need a trip back to one of the (former) colonies or the "mother country"!

Jeez! How can you forget your purse?

Nancy, aka Bookfool

Ooooh, love the sparklies!! And, Hez's amazing silhouette. I'm not even going to think about chocolate; it'll get me in trouble. :)

pixie girl

Let's all go to England - I miss it!!! Bloggers United :)! Fantastic haul of fab goodies! I'm going to write down all of your book choices, and never read any of them, but feel smarter for knowing they exist!

Queen Hez is in residence!


I think you'll like Orson Scott Card. I've read several books of his and enjoyed his writing style.


I'm currently listening to Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass. I've tried to read it 2 or 3 times but never get more than about 10 pages before losing interest. This is another where the audiobook is perfect.

Hez looks like he (she?) has gone over to the Dark Side.

Literary Feline

Maybe I should try Shakespeare in audio. That might give it me a new perspective. His writing never impressed me.

I think I've bitten off more than I can chew too challenge wise. I have one more week of vacation. Maybe I can catch up. The real question though will be if I can stay caught up. :-)

I think you did very well with the Once Upon a Time Challenge.


I signed myself up for the Book Awards Challenge, and am trying to finalize my list. I considered the Cozy Mystery September Challenge, but haven't made up my mind yet ...

Great Hez picture - though I wouldn't cross her, if I were you - she knows *all* your secrets!


Wow what a great package from Mrs.Pao, so nice of her! Funny Hez dialogue - she really does have that disapproving 'I'm a porcelain cat' look ;)


Hehe. The good tuna. I have a cat who won't eat tuna!? One who'll only eat the "good tuna" and two who'll eat whatever tunaish stuff comes their way. :)

Orson Scott Card isn't one of my favorites - but perhaps I've just tired of the genre. Ender's Game is interesting (although somewhat dated...).


Fun gifties! Mrs Pao does great packages. Heh, H doesn't mince words, does she?


Poor, poor Hez, I'd be pissed too. Ignored for soooooooo long it seems. Perhaps she could pen her own Shakespearean tragedy!


Poor Carrie! So downtrodden. And the helmet! Will it ever end!

amanda cathleen

oohhh great package! with SO many goodies! Lovely!


Mint Aero. My favourite. Luckily, they sell them here in Canada, but never taste quite as good as the British ones. Lucky girl, what a great package. Must get my butt in gear and send out the goodies I've been accumulating... So - did Hez get tuna, or fresh salmon, la dee da?


The other audio books that are amazing are the Harry Potter ones. Better than reading it in print.

limedragon :-: Harriet

That's an awesome package from mrspao! And I loved your knitflix package's theme too! Looks like lots of fun. : )


Poor Hez - she looks so hard done by! Glad you liked the package!


I see I'm not alone in my admiration of the Mint Aero bars. We are a small, but faithful group. ;)


Carrie- Lucky you- one thing the Brits are really good at is sweeties!

Hope Hez got the goods.

Kristi aka Fiber Fool

I never cease to be amazed at the kindness and giving og knit bloggers! That looks like a fantastic package you got!


Wow, you've been getting some awesome packages lately!

I know. If I wear anything other than a t-shirt and jeans, I get comments on how dressed up I am.


Gee...I missed the Once upon a Time challenge. That sounded like fun. I love mythology and folklore.


Best mail ever! And I love the fluffy kitty.

Sheepish Annie

Wow! That is an amazing package! Thanks for the additions to the reading list and for the sweet kitty picture. I always love a kitty picture...


hey there!

I just saw your comment this evening, as I'd gone to my site to type up the rest of the Greenmantle and Silver Birch entries (and I'll be adding Red Harvest soonish).

After I've finished that, I'm going to browse your blog more intently--I'm seeing some intruiging things here.



Your little kitty is adorable all in shadow :)


If you haven't read any Orson Scott Card, you definitely have to read "Ender's Game"! Though Magic Street is pretty good..

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