Thursday, June 19, 2008

a much better showing than last year

Hooray...I did it...I finished Quest the Third for Carl's Once Upon a Time II Challenge!

Last night Rich, Annie, and I finished up our reading of A Midsummer Night's Dream. What fun! This is one of the many of Shakespeare's plays that I had never read. I knew it was a "lighter" one, but geez, why didn't anyone ever tell me how funny is?!! Truly, laugh out loud funny. This is the second Shakespeare play that Rich, Annie, and I read aloud, and I have to say that it is a great way to experience these plays. Now if we could just go see it performed live!

Anyway, back to the challenge itself...

I enjoyed every book I read:
*Horns & Wrinkles by Joseph Helgerson
*100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
*The Rose and the Beast by Francesca Lia Block
*The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
*A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
*A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

And while I enjoyed some more than others, I'm not really sure I could pick a favorite. I would most definitely read more by any of these authors! In fact, I'm having a really hard time not starting the next Sisters Grimm book right now, but I promised myself I would finish up some of the books I've got started before starting any more.

Thank you Carl for everything...being the most wonderful challenge host imaginable, hosting the coolest challenges, and most of all, for being such an incredible person!


Rebecca said...

Shakesperean fans have scoffed at me when I say Midsummer Nights Dream is my favorite by Bill but is,so there.;)

Trish said...

Congrats on finishing the challenge! I'm reading Midsummer Night's Dream right now and hope to finish it tonight. I think Taming of the Shrew is still my favorite comedy, though--so far--I still have 2 Acts to go.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Yeah, look at YOU - knocking out these reading challenges! :) Good for you, and so great that you found so many you enjoyed!

Happy Reading!

Nymeth said...

Congratulations on finishing the challenge! You read some great books :)

I'm glad you, Annie and Rich enjoyed A Midsummer Night's Dream. Reading it aloud togehter must be such fun.

bethany said...

wow, look at you!!! Great work...those books sound like really fun reads!

Melody said...

Congrats on completing the challenge, Debi!

I want to read 100 Cupboards!!! But I'm still having a hard time finding this book! I'll have to keep on searching...

Dawn said...

Here I am feeling proud of myself that I am halfway through one book! You read what I wish I could do!

take care,

DesLily said...

congrats to both you and annie!! You guys are reading fools! lol It's so great when the whole family enjoys reading!

Stephanie said...

Yeah!! I finished A Midsummer's Night Dream too, and found it utterly delightful!! I haven't read many of Shakespeare's Comedies, so I was pleasantly surprised.

I still have to write my wrap-up though. I wanted to squeeze in one more review!!

Congrats on finishing the challenge!!

Carl V. said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed the challenge, especially your group reading of Midsummer Night's Dream. It is indeed a very fun play and one that is even more fun to be read aloud or seen so that you can experience the language that way. Much Ado About Nothing is a fun one as well. Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest is really entertaining as well!