I love everything about this challenge. The name, the theme, the quests, the no pressure attitude. You can read the full details at Carl's blog Stainless Steel Droppings.
To complete quest 2 I'll have to read at least 4 books in 4 categories: fantasy, mythology, fairy tales and folklore.
I've had some issues distinguishing folklore and fairy tales, but I think I came up with a nice list, which most importantly is still committed to the number one rule: you will not join challenges with books you don't already own!
and indeed I didn't.
Tales from Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
War for the oaks by Emma Bull
Book of a thousand days by Shannon Hale
Dream Aengus by Alexander McCall Smith
Percy Jackson and the lightning thief by Rick Riordan
Folklore: Irish Folklore by Brid Mahon
added: Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones (thanks Nymeth!)
For this last category I'm open to suggestions. I don't think I actually own anything more substantial, at least not here in Ireland, so I'm willing to borrow something (no buying!).
A few of these will fit nicely in my ever-changing Young Adult list so it's all good:-)
wish me happy reading!