Today I have decided to join in Top Ten Tuesday! Whoo! If you didn’t already know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. They choose a topic and a number of bloggers have to pick ten books relating to that topic.
This Tuesday’s Top Ten will focus on fairytale retellings. Before I tell you which retellings I’ve read / want to read, let me just say that I love fairy tales! They were a huge part of my childhood and I like all the magic. Retellings, whether in book form or on the screen, are fantastic ways to revisit classic fairy tales as an adult. My two favourite fairy tales would have to be Cinderella and Snow White, and in terms of visual retellings, I absolutely love Once Upon a Time. So far, I’ve only read three fairy tale retellings – Red Riding Hood, The Poison Apples and Chinese Cinderella. However, there are many, many more I want to read, and it was so hard to just list ten!
1. Ash – Malinda Lo
I love Cinderella, so it’s not surprising that I want to read this original retelling. I’m planning to read it before I go back to uni since it’s been on my TBR list for a while now. Ash is described on Goodreads as “entrancing, empowering, and romantic”. It’s “about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.”
2. Before Midnight – Cameron Dokey
Planning to read this very soon!
3. The Ugly Stepsister – Aya Ling
This is another Cinderella retelling I’ll be reading this summer. I received an ARC copy recently from Xpresso Book Tours.
4. Cinder – Marissa Meyer
Okay, so I may have gone a little crazy on the Cinderella retellings! However, they are all very different! I mean, in Cinder, Cinderella is a cyborg!!! I don’t think I’ve seen that anywhere before!
5. Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hedge
Cruel Beauty is one of the most well-known retellings of Beauty and the Beast. It looks amazing and I just have to read it!
6. Sisters Red – Jackson Pearce
As with Ash, Jackson Pearce’s novel Sisters Red has been on my TBR list for aaaages! It sounds like an intriguing take on Little Red Riding Hood and I have a copy so I have no excuse not to read it!
7. Book of a Thousand Days – Shannon Hale
Book of a Thousand Days may be based on an obscure fairy tale, but it’s still one I’d like to read at some point.
8. Entwined – Heather Dixon
I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but I absolutely love the cover of Entwined!
9. Briar Rose – Jana Oliver
Looks brilliant, though a little dark!
10. Bitter Greens – Kate Forsyth
Another cover I absolutely love!
Have you read any of these retellings? What did you think of them?