Top Ten Tuesday: Fairy Tale Retellings

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Top Ten TuesdayI just recently discovered Top Ten Tuesdays hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and decided I would like to try participating each week. If nothing else, it will help me make sure I have at least one blog post every week! (Though I’ve been doing much better about that than I thought I would.)

This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten  Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read/Want To Read. This will probably be more heavily weighted toward books I want to read, as I haven’t read many fairy tale retellings that I can think of, but I have a lot on my to read list. So here they are (in no particular order):

1. The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer: I may be a little biased because I love Chris Colfer, but I really enjoyed the first book of this series. I sadly haven’t had a chance to read any further, but I want to some day. It’s a fun series.

2. Fables by Bill Willingham: I am only up to volume 3 of this series, but I am really enjoying it so far and look forward to reading the rest.

3. Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman: I purchased a copy of this when I saw him speak in Philly (!!) but I haven’t taken time to read it yet. I really need to.

4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost bought this book, then changed my mind at the last minute. I do want to read it, and I hope I get to it soon.

5. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman: Another Gaiman retelling and I absolutely LOVE him. I haven’t read this one yet either, but plan to as I will read just pretty much anything he writes.

6. Wicked by Gregory Maguire: Does Wizard of Oz count as a fairy tale? Either way it’s going on this list. This book was kind of twisted and strange, but I really loved the sequels. His other retellings are all on my TBR pile.

7. Impossible by Nancy Werlin: Technically this isn’t a retelling, but it had a lot of the elements that made for great classic fairy tales and I really enjoyed this book.

8. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige: Just the title alone makes me curious about this book. It’s more a continuation/alteration of the original but it still sounds interesting.

9. The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka: Come on, who didn’t love this book as a kid? It was one of my all-time favorites and I can’t even count how many times I read it.

10. My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me edited by Kate Bernheimer: I’m actually only halfway through this as I seem to be reading it very slowly. This is a mixed bag of retellings/reimaginings. Some I really love and others are just bizarre, but it’s an interesting read.

Thinking about this list actually made me want to read more fairy tale retellings. I’m going to have to bump a few of those up a little higher on my TBR list! (And I’ll probably be checking out other lists for more to add!)

5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Fairy Tale Retellings

    One-Sixth Geek said:
    August 4, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    This is a great list! I will have to check these out.

    I wanted to recommend a fairy tale retelling to you! It’s “Daughter of the Forest” by Juliet Marillier, and it is loosely based on the tale “The Six Swans”. Juliet Marillier does a brilliant job of blending fairy tale, myth, history, romance, and adventure to make this one. It even sold so well that Juliet has turned it into a series, “The Sevenwaters Series”. I highly recommend reading at least the first book if not more. She’s a wonderful writer with a very special gift for these sort of mythical historical books.

    Happy Reading!

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      CJ Dawn responded:
      August 4, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks! I love “The Six Swans” so I’ll definitely add that book to my TBR list. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

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        One-Sixth Geek said:
        August 4, 2015 at 4:52 pm

        You’re welcome. I look forward to hearing whether or not you enjoyed it. 🙂

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    Rachel said:
    August 4, 2015 at 10:06 am

    I always seem to forget that Wicked is a retelling! You reminded me to put it on my tbr. Cinder is great , you should buy it next time! Great list!

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      CJ Dawn responded:
      August 4, 2015 at 10:12 am

      I really liked Wicked, though I think I liked the other books in the series more. And I definitely will read Cinder someday soon. I’m going to try to make it my goal to get to it before the end of the year! lol.

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