Once Upon A Time…

Posted 25 March, 2010 by Danny in / 13 Comments

 When I was a little girl I wanted to be a secretary.
Romantic, no?
Something about staplers, White-Out, and
my own filing cabinet sounded
far too freaking wonderful.
Dork much?

Wellll…
Now that I’m a little older,
those dreams have passed and in their place
another fantasy has taken hold of me.

I long to be in a fairy tale.
I don’t care if I’m a princess,
a fairy godmother,
or a toad in the background,
just as long as I get to be apart of Fairyland.
I think that’s why I love Disneyland so much…
*day dreams about the land of the Disney*
Hm… Annnyway…
Today’s list includes a few of my favorite fairy tale type stories.
Let us begin:

1. William Goldman’s The Princess Bride
If you loved the movie,
then you shall adore the book.
And if you haven’t seen the movie,
well than what are you waiting for?!
Filled with “fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants,
monsters, chases, escapes, true love, [and] miracles… “

The Princess Bride is a tongue and cheek tale
that will have you laughing out loud.

2. Neil Gaiman’s Stardust

Stardust is everything a modern fairytale should be,
in my humble opinion. Poetically written,
yet with a modern feel, Stardust had me
swooning, cheering, and on the edge of my seat.
You will fall in love with Tristran Thorn and his star
as they travel through Faerie meeting all sorts of strange folk.
I loved loved loved this book and I highly recommend it.

3. Weis and Hickman’s Dragonlance Chronicles

Chronicling the story of Tanis Half-Elven, Sturm Brightblade,
Caramon Majere, Raistlin Majere, Flint Fireforge,
Tasslehoff Burrfoot, and Kitiara Uth Matar,
Dragonlance is the story of a small band of beings who are
trying to save their homeland Ansalon.
The series starts with the first three books:
Dragons of Autumn Twilight
Dragons of Winter Night
Dragons of Spring Dawning
My lovely Mr. Cutie introduced me to these books
and I’ve thanked the stars ever since.

It turns out I’m not the only Bookworm who loved these books.
I received emails from both Pushy and Mrs. V when they
saw it on my Goodreads list. Definitely a must if you
enjoy the fantasy genera.


4. J. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

Of all the stories Tolkien told The Hobbit is my favorite.
I think it’s a combination of
fond memories of my father reading it to me,
and the fact that it’s a wonderful story.
For such a well known,
beloved classic as this I’m not sure I need to say anything else.

5. C. S. Lewis’ The Magician’s Nephew


side note: this is totally the cover on my copy.
Out of all the Chronicle of Narnia books,
The Magician’s Nephew is hands down my favorite.
Now it’s the first in the Chronicle series,
however, back in the day it was book 6.
Documenting the creation of Narnia,
Lewis sends the reader on a journey through many worlds.
If you’ve tried reading this series before,
and couldn’t make it past the first few books,
I suggested you take a look at The Magician’s Nephew on it’s own.

Bonus Read:
Looking for something based on reality?
How about Water for Elephants.

Outside of seeing Dumbo and a few circuses when I was a kid
I had never given much thought to circus life.
Water for Elephants gives us a glimpse into a different world,
one not many of us will ever experience. While I felt the end was
rushed, overall, I truly enjoyed reading this book.
True love, angst, danger, historical facts, and humor guaranteed.

And on that note:
I’m gonna beg y’all once again to join us Bookworms
on Goodreads. I love finding out what everyone is
reading. My to-read list is growing faster than
a cheetah chasin’ a gazelle.

I’ll see y’all again next month with
another list. For now I must bid you ado.
Happy Reading y’all!
Yours truly,

Obsessive Reader by Night – Scientist at Day!
You can also find me on goodreads. I’d love to get to know you so, don’t be shy and say Hello!

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13 Responses to “Once Upon A Time…”

  1. Mrs. Vanquish

    Oh cutie!!! lovely post! *sighs* The Dragonlance chronicles are just beyond awesome! Actually it was my former BF how introduced me to them, which is by now 12 years ago. Gosh that sounds freaking old. But I loved them, I loved the characters and the whole world… Awesomeness for sure, I nearly forgot about them but then I saw you and pushy added them in goodreads and I did a little squee realizing that I read them too and loved them like HELL!!The Little Hobbit: Sure thing I read that and funnily we read that in our German classes, I think in middle grade. Our teaches was a fun guy and wanted to read something else apart from normal classic literature. Awesome, hu? I will definitely check out your other suggestions! Thanks for this post, lovely just like you!

  2. Mrs. Vanquish

    Oh cutie!!! lovely post!

    *sighs* The Dragonlance chronicles are just beyond awesome! Actually it was my former BF how introduced me to them, which is by now 12 years ago. Gosh that sounds freaking old. But I loved them, I loved the characters and the whole world… Awesomeness for sure, I nearly forgot about them but then I saw you and pushy added them in goodreads and I did a little squee realizing that I read them too and loved them like HELL!!

    The Little Hobbit: Sure thing I read that and funnily we read that in our German classes, I think in middle grade. Our teaches was a fun guy and wanted to read something else apart from normal classic literature. Awesome, hu?

    I will definitely check out your other suggestions!

    Thanks for this post, lovely just like you!

  3. cutie

    @ Mrs. V – I knew you'd love the Drangonlance shout out! *jumps up and down clapping* Mr. Cutie is not a big reader, so if he says he likes something I will read it right away. Funny enough, I think the first time I read the series was 12 years go as well! We also have the series right after that one, I just can't remember the name of it right now, something about the Twins. hm…The Hobbit is awesomeness personified. The end on that one. 😉

  4. cutie

    @ Mrs. V – I knew you'd love the Drangonlance shout out! *jumps up and down clapping* Mr. Cutie is not a big reader, so if he says he likes something I will read it right away. Funny enough, I think the first time I read the series was 12 years go as well! We also have the series right after that one, I just can't remember the name of it right now, something about the Twins. hm…

    The Hobbit is awesomeness personified. The end on that one. 😉

  5. fragile little human

    You can't seriously mean there are people who haven't watched "The Princess Bride"!!!!! That's the best movie EVER! It's in my top 5 all time favorite movies. I even own it on bluray.Thanks for the recs!! I'm buying more books than I can possibly ever read lately 😉

  6. fragile little human

    You can't seriously mean there are people who haven't watched "The Princess Bride"!!!!! That's the best movie EVER! It's in my top 5 all time favorite movies. I even own it on bluray.

    Thanks for the recs!! I'm buying more books than I can possibly ever read lately 😉

  7. uhyesplease

    Yes! I loved this post!!! OK 1. Might be one of my fav books – it was always a fav movie then a former BF (his only redeeming quality) gave me the book for xmas, and underlined some of the mushy stuff that he loved (for me, of course)…and it's the only good that came out of that relationship. And Yes ADORE the movie. Cary Ewles…..*sigh*2. I've seen the movie Stardust and was completely surprised that I liked it! I think itwas free on HBO or something when we were getting it illegally. Anywhoo – i def am going to check out the book!3. WHAT! I have never heard of these! Adding to hold list NOW!4. There was a time b4 kids that i used to read the whole HObbit/LOtR series each summer….so yes. I am 100% on this with you. <35. I adore CS Lewis and this series!!! I also really liked the Magician's Nephew…tho i think my fav is still Prince Caspian. :)Still have no yet read Water for Elephants! Again, adding to hold!!Great post, Cutie!!

  8. uhyesplease

    Yes! I loved this post!!!

    OK
    1. Might be one of my fav books – it was always a fav movie then a former BF (his only redeeming quality) gave me the book for xmas, and underlined some of the mushy stuff that he loved (for me, of course)…and it's the only good that came out of that relationship. And Yes ADORE the movie. Cary Ewles…..*sigh*

    2. I've seen the movie Stardust and was completely surprised that I liked it! I think itwas free on HBO or something when we were getting it illegally. Anywhoo – i def am going to check out the book!

    3. WHAT! I have never heard of these! Adding to hold list NOW!

    4. There was a time b4 kids that i used to read the whole HObbit/LOtR series each summer….so yes. I am 100% on this with you. <3

    5. I adore CS Lewis and this series!!! I also really liked the Magician's Nephew…tho i think my fav is still Prince Caspian. 🙂

    Still have no yet read Water for Elephants! Again, adding to hold!!

    Great post, Cutie!!

  9. Annie Cristina

    What a wonderful post, cutie! I love C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Neil Gaiman like whoa. There's just something about fantasy fic that gets under my skin. 🙂

  10. Annie Cristina

    What a wonderful post, cutie! I love C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Neil Gaiman like whoa. There's just something about fantasy fic that gets under my skin. 🙂

  11. cutie

    @ fragile – I know right? The amount of books I've bought lately is frankly embarrassing… @ uhyesplease – I had a feelin' you'd like the Tolkien rec. The book Stardust is slightly different from the movie, me thinks you will like it. As for Water for Elephants, I also think you will enjoy it! Like I said, the ending is a little rushed but it's a unique book none the less. @ Annie – I want to read more Gaiman. He's got a fantastic imagination and he's such a beautiful writer! His style reminds me of a little bunny I know….

  12. cutie

    @ fragile – I know right?

    The amount of books I've bought lately is frankly embarrassing…

    @ uhyesplease – I had a feelin' you'd like the Tolkien rec. The book Stardust is slightly different from the movie, me thinks you will like it. As for Water for Elephants, I also think you will enjoy it! Like I said, the ending is a little rushed but it's a unique book none the less.

    @ Annie – I want to read more Gaiman. He's got a fantastic imagination and he's such a beautiful writer! His style reminds me of a little bunny I know….

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