Archive for February, 2018

A post! A post!

I thought I might do two things at once here; I promised someone I would give them a list of all of my fairy tale/folktale/mythology books and such, and also I think if Sei Shonagon could write up lists of things as her entries in her pillowbook it should count for me to do something similar now. (There’s another post idea for later – early blogging before the internet!)

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So; I don’t have anything like the complete collection I’d like, and if you have any suggestions to broaden my cultural background would be really nice! O Reader, here we go.



Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum

Ashley Bryan, Ashley Bryan’s African Tales, Uh-huh

Hasan M. El-Shamy, Folktales of Egypt

Dayrell/Lent, Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky

Kioi wa Mbugua, Inkishu: Myths and Legends of the Maasai

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Coomaraswamy and Sister Nivedita, Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists

Kato, A History of Japanese Literature

Keene, Essays in Idleness

Donald A. Mackenzie, Myths and Legends of India

McCullough, The Tale of the Heike

McKinney, The Tale of Saigyo

Mildred Marmur, Japanese Fairy Tales (A Giant Golden Book)

Morris, The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon

Old Tales of Japan ( I think this is compiled by Algernon Bertram Freeman Mitford, Lord Redesdale)

Amina Shah, Folktales of Central Asia

Shirane, Traditional Japanese Literature

Rumiko Takahashi, The Art of InuYasha

(Tuttle) Tales of a Korean Grandmother

Legends of Micronesia

Reader’s Digest, Tales from the Arabian Nights

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Mudrooroo, Aboriginal Mythology

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Aesop’s Fables

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Idylls of the King

Anchoritic Spirituality: Ancrene Wisse and Assorted Works

Hans Christen Andersen, Fairy Tales (Three copies)

Bede, The Ecclesiastical History of the English People (translated)

Joseph Bedier, The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

Beowulf (I have maybe six different translations, not counting my feeble attempt, which is really nice when I’m trying to get to the meat of some of the more difficult phrases to translate)

Jan Brett, The Hat

Burns, Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien’s Middle Earth

Chretien – Raffel, Yvain: The Knight of the Lion

The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (Five different copies)

Dante, The Divine Comedy (Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso) (I have a couple of different translations because it’s nice to compare and I don’t speak Italian -yet?- so it’s good to have several eyes on the same words)

Paul Delarue, The Borzoi Book of French Folk Tales

East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales from the North

The Finest Legends of the Rhine

Jude Fisher, The Lord of the Rings: Complete Visual Companion

Laszlo Gal, Prince Ivan and the Firebird

Garnett, The Norman Conquest: A Very Short Introduction

Goethe, Translated by Walter Kaufmann, Faust

Goodrich, King Arthur

Rene Guillot, The 397th White Elephant

Edith Hamilton, Mythology

Homer, The Odyssey

Ibsen, Peer Gynt

Icelandic Folk and Fairy Tales

Irish Blessings, Toasts, and Traditions (Barnes and Noble edition, apparently)

J.R.R. Tolkien

The Silmarillion

– The Hobbit

– The Fellowship of the Ring

– The Two Towers

– The Return of the King

–  The Book of Lost Tales 1 and 2

–  The Lays of Beleriand

–  The Lost Road and Other Writings

– The Shaping of Middle Earth

– Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

The Kalevala

Rudyard Kipling, Just So Stories

Nora Kramer (Ed.), Princess Tales

Lindow, Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals and Beliefs

Samuel Lover and Thomas Crofton Croker, Ireland

The Mabinogi

George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin

Magnanini, Fairy-Tale Science

Sir Thomas Mallory (Penguin Ed), The Death of King Arthur

Lucy Maxym,  Russian Lacquer Legends and Fairy Tales

Perry Moore, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

[moore?], The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion

Njal’s Saga

Nyeb, D’Aulaire’s Book of Norse Myths

Alexey Orleansky (Illustrator)/Paul Williams (Translator), Russian Fairy Tales: Palekh Painting

Packer, Tales From Shakespeare

Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library, Ed. By Henry Glassie, Irish Folk Tales

Polacco/Philomel, Babushka’s Mother Goose

Purtill, Lord of the Elves and Eldils

P.V.Glob, The Bog People: Iron-Age Man Preserved

T.W. Rolleston, Celtic Myths and Legends

Russian Fairy Tales

The Sagas of Iceland

The Saga of the Volsungs


– Othello (Cambridge)

– Romeo and Juliet (Folger)

– The Pelican Shakespeare, The Sonnets

– As You Like it

– King Henry V

– Othello (Signet Classic)

– Macbeth (Signet Classic)

– The Riverside is probably my favorite edition, but I have several different copies

[snorri sturluson] Edda (The Poetic) (I have two copies)

Snorri Sturluson, The Prose Edda (I also have two copies)

The Song of Roland

Swedish Folktales and Legends

Tan, The Arrival

Chretien De Troyes, Arthurian Romances

Elizabeth Warner, Russian Myths

Carolyn White, A History of Irish Fairies

Wolkstein/McDermott, Oom Razoom

Yershov, The Little Humpbacked Horse

Zvorykin/Onassis, The Firebird

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North America

Baylor/Bahti, When Clay Sings

Tales from the Dena

Pat Carr, Sonahchi

Cohlene, Turquoise Boy

Courlander, The Fourth World of the Hopis

Isak Dinesen, Winter’s Tales

Guiberson/Lloyd, Cactus Hotel

Henderson/Garretson/Weber, Prose and Poetry: The Firelight Book

Lloyd Lewis/McCousland, Poems of the Midwest: Containing Two complete volumes Chicago Poems and Cornhuskers

Max, Spider Spins a Story

McQuarrie/Anderson, The Illustrated Star Wars Universe

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Noble, Ancient Ruins

Rucki, Turkey’s Gift to the People

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South America

Cruz/Zubizarreta/Rohmer/Schecter, The Woman Who Outshone the Sun

Brenda Hughes, Folk Tales from Chile

National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Magic of Remedios Varo

Frances Toor, A Treasury of Mexican Folkways

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Tony Allan, The Mythic Bestiary

[Arizona], Hopi Dictionary: Hopiikwa Lavaytutuveni

Brian Andreas, Some Kind of Ride

Ed. By Stephen L. Antczak and James C. Bassett, Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables

Nathan Ausubel (ed.), A Treasury of Jewish Folklore

David M. Bader, Haiku U.

Graeme Base/Abrams, Animalia

J.F. Bierlein, Parallel Myths

Harold Bloom, Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages

Brett, Fritz and the Beautiful Horses

Brown, Inside Narnia

Jan Harold Brunvand, The Vanishing Hitchhiker

Ed. Caldwell and Kendrick, The Treasury of English Poetry: A collection of poems from the sixth century to the present

Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber

Kate Castle, Ballet

Joanna Cole, Best-Loved Folktales of the World

Coolidge, Greek Myths

Courage Books, Mothers

Tom Cross, The Way of Wizards

Ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest

Ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, The Faery Reel

Adam Jacot de Boinod, The Meaning of Tingo

Dening, The Mythology of Sex

Joosse/Lavallee, Mama, Do You Love Me?

Jules Feiffer, A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears

Leslie A. Fiedler, The Stranger in Shakespeare: Studies in the Archetypal Underworld of the Plays

Flowerpot Press, Family Treasury of Classic Tales: Enchanted Lands

Ginsburg/Tafuri, Asleep, Asleep

Gordon and Hollinger, Blood Read

Karen Elizabeth Gordon, The Deluxe Transitive Vampire

Gwynn, Literature: A Pocket Anthology: Fourth Edition

James Gurney

– Dinotopia

Dinotopia: First Flight


Hammond and Busch, The English Bible: King James Version: The New Testament and the Apocrypha

Jean Houston, A Mythic Life

(call # SC JEN? ) Tales of Fantasy

Leeming, The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

Alison Lester, Imagine

Mathis, Animal House

Mayer/Hague, The Unicorn and the Lake

Mortimer, Catopia: A Cat Compendium

Burleigh Muten and Rebecca Guay, Goddesses: A World of Myth and Magic

Numeroff/Bond, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Ion and Peter Opie, The Classic Fairy Tales

The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories

Mary Pipher Ph.D., Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

Terry Pratchett/Stephen Briggs/Tina Hannan/Paul Kidby, Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook

Diane Purkiss, At the Bottom of the Garden: A Dark History of Fairies, Hobgoblins, and Other Troublesome Things

Putnam, Mythical Beasts

Howard Pyle, The Wonder Clock

Kathleen Ragan, Outfoxing Fear

Margret and H.A. Rey, The Complete Adventures of Curious George

Marks, The English Bible: King James Version: The Old Testament

Minot, Three Genres: The Writing of Poetry, Fiction and Drama: Sixth Edition

Morris Schreiber, Stories of Gods and Heroes

Norton-,  The Study of American Folklore: Fourth Edition

Scholastic Voyagers of Discovery, Water, the Source of Life

Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

Stanley, A Country Tale

Stevenson, A Child’s Garden of Verses

Tartar, The Classic Fairy Tales

Tennessee, Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life

Thurber, The 13 Clocks

Waddell/Firth, Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?

Walsh, Mouse Paint

Ward, Tajar Tales

Warne, The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies

Whitman, Children’s Stories

Louis Untermeyer, Story Poems

Vandevelde, The Rumplestiltskin Problem

Vaz, Mythic Vision: The Making of Eragon

Rose Weitz, Rapunzel’s Daughters

Scott Westerfield, The World of the Golden Compass

Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth

Harve and Margo Zemach, Awake and Dreaming

Steven J. Zeitlin/Amy J. Kotkin/Holly Cutting Baker, A Celebration of American Family Folklore

Jack Zipes, Don’t Bet on the Prince

Jack Zipes, The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales

Jack Zipes, Spells of Enchantment

Jack Zipes, The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World 2e



Kaleidoscopes of Butterflies

And sometimes I don’t post for a month and a half. O Reader, I am sorry.

I am thinking I will write a longer post about my thoughts on mental illness when I have a little more strength to do it with, but right now I wanted to at least write something so that you know that I am still alive and doing things. Even if the things are hard to do.


This post is not about that. This post is about my engagement photos at the Butterfly Pavilion and a brief update on our animals at home.


So, since the wedding is going to be in summer at the Denver Botanic Gardens, we opted to go take pictures in the summery regions known as indoor greenhouses, and to see the butterflies. It was a beautiful morning too, with lots of sunshine.

We went in and took a bunch of pictures sort of here there and everywhere, but I’ll save those for another post. Instead, here is a picture of a butterfly that landed on our photographer’s camera!

Isn’t it pretty?

So we wandered, happy as a cloud, and the butterflies fluttered by. There were some well-wishers as we went, and after the photo shoot, we just enjoyed the space for a while. My fiancé took a picture of our photographer with Rosie the Spider, and I went and looked at the honeybees. I am SEVERELY arachnophobic, but I love bees so it worked out for everyone. It was pretty cold, so the bees were mostly staying home and keeping themselves rested and ready, but they were still active and lovely.

Eight brave bees! Or one brave bee multiple times. No one knows. But still, not many went on any adventures. I can’t say I blame them – the hive has to be much nicer on a cold morning.

Bees! and a bit of my reflection because camera angles were not a thing.

I love bees. I’m planning a whole post about them later. Hopefully before the end of the month. Wish me luck!

So then we traipsed. Here are some butterflies who let me take their pictures!

We also saw the turtles in the little pond:

And some bumblebees:

They were not in the little pond, if that was unclear, O Reader.

The aquatic section of the Pavilion was also cool; they don’t have their mandarin dragonet anymore (my favorite fish! But it got eaten by a sea urchin. Go figure.), but they do have a new squid/octopus (I can’t remember which, and aren’t I embarrassed…) and some other really cool critters.

And to finish it all off, we got to go home to our sweet darlings.

And that’s that!

More soon, hopefully you are safe and well and will continue to be, O Reader.

Cheers and Salutations!