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One more challenge then! Hosted by Renay with full details here, basically the aim is to make a list of 10 books you love and submit them via email/comments section and then pick any 3 books from participants lists to read between May 1st - November 30th, 2008. You need to put up reviews of the books that you read for this challenge as well.

To see the lists go to Reading Lists and Master List which is arranged alphabetically.

My list of books I put forard is:

1. WAIFS AND STRAYS - CHARLES DE LINT (a wonderful collection of his short stories that are a great introduction to his work)

2. HIGH FIDELITY - NICK HORNBY (my favourite of all of his books, a must for book and music lovers)

3. THE BLACK JEWELS TRILOGY - ANNE BISHOP (dark fantasy at it's best, somehow particularly suited to female readers I think)

4. INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE - ANNE RICE (where The Vampire Chronicles all began)

5. THE MAGICIANS NEPHEW - CS LEWIS (the first in the Narnia series and often sadly neglected. Perhaps my favourite in the series)

6. THE LOOKING GLASS WARS - FRANK BEDDOR (a wonderful re-telling of Alice in Wonderland which turns the whole tale on it's head. Found in the teenage reading/young adult section but will appeal to older readers too)

7. THE GOOSE GIRL - SHANNON HALE (a fairy tale re-telling I just finished reading and fell in love with. Highly recommended)

8. LOLITA - VLADIMIR NABOKOV (classic tale of man loves young girl, disturbing but one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read)

9. DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST - JULIET MARILLIER (the first in the Sevenwaters Trilogy based on a fairy tale set in Celtic times)

10. THE HANDMAIDS TALE - Margaret Atwood (everyone should read this dystopian novel)

I know that for people who read this blog it is a pretty standard list for me, but I can't help what I like!

What I hope to read are:

1. Beauty - Robin McKinley (Book Nut)

2. Stardust - Neil Gaiman (Becky)

3. Tamsin - Peter S Beagle (prplpen)

There are lots more I hope to read if possible like Inkheart (Cornelia Funke), The Princess Bride (William Goldman), Howls Moving Castle (Dianna Wynne Jones) and Moonheart (Charles de Lint).

Recommended books (downloadable pdfs):

John Thackray Bunce - Fairy Tales Their Origin And Meaning
William Shakespeare - A Fairy Tale In Two Acts Taken From Shakespeare
Elsie Spicer Eells - Fairy Tales From Brazil

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