Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - Pick your own topic

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly theme that is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today's topic is a chose your own. So I got to thinking. Did I want to do a post of Disney songs? Or how about music that makes me happy? Or books waiting to be reviewed? Or books I've read so many times that they are falling apart? None of those ideas really caused me to go "Yes that one!" Well after much deliberation on it, I finally came up with one. 

Top Ten Books that are Fairy Tale Retellings.

1. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine - by far the best retelling of Cinderella I've EVER read. I've loved it so much that my paperback copy that I'd had since my children's literature class in college finally fell apart and I was able to replace it with a hardcover from the library in one of their book sales for $1.00.

2. Beauty by Robin McKinley - my favorite retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I'm not sure when I discovered it, but it was probably in college sometime. 

3. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier - a retelling of the Seven Swans. That was one of my favorite fairy tales growing up, and when I discovered this at the library one day, I was delighted.

4. Enchantment by Orson Scott Card - a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I love the twist in this one of both modern and the past.

5. The Storyteller's Daughter by Cameron Dokey - a retelling of Arabian Nights. I still remember the day I checked this one out from the library. I had 10 books that all came in that day for me to check out! All of them were fairy tale retellings. Good thing I'm a fast reader!

6. The Crimson Thread by Suzanne Weyn - a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. I remember being fascinated with Rumpelstiltskin growing up. 

7. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine - It's really more of a Snow White retelling than anything else. It's set in the same world as Ella Enchanted.

8. Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson - a retelling of Snow White. This is the first one I read by Melanie but it certainly wasn't my last! 

9. Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett - it's not an actual retelling of one fairy tale, but has elements of several in it. It's hilarious really. 

10. The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson - A retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I really enjoyed this one, and I LOVE the cover. 

So there's my top ten. What about you? 


  1. I really liked Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson. Thanks for introducing me to some "new" fairy tales!

  2. Man, I cannot believe I've not read any of these. Well, I'm going over to Goodreads now so I can take a look at them. Thank you for the awesome suggestions as I'm always looking for some out-of-the-norm retellings.

    My TTT

    1. I hope you find some that you will be interested in reading. If you want out of the norm, by all means, go after Ella Enchanted.

  3. Ah, so many of your favorites are my favorites as well! Have you ever tried anything by Jessica Day George? I think you would love her books, my two favorites by her are Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, The Princess of the Midnight Ball & her dragon series :) Great list, Dawn!

    1. No I've never read hers. I'll have to look into them.

  4. Ooo! I love your topic, Dawn. As an avid fairytale girl, I'm always glad to have some new recommendations. :D


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