This week’s TTT topic is a freebie! At first, I thought I’d discuss fairytale retellings I’ve loved, but quickly got overwhelmed looking at all the ones I’ve read over the past decade+ (I have been obsessed since middle school, so needless to say, that is a project for another day, not Monday night, lol). Reflecting on past reads from my childhood did get me nostalgic, which then reminded me how I’ve been weirdly itching to reread all these books I loved during my pre-teen and teen years?!?! I’ve already reread Ash and I, Coriander this past summer, and since I seem to failing to pick up new books of late, I’m wondering if I should just start doing all the rereading?!? *nervously edges away from all the new, unread books on my shelves now glaring at me*
To further clarify, I am limiting this list to books that I already own and to standalones or books in a series that I have already completed. I have already talked about books I need to reread in order to finish series’ in a past TTT post.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
1-3. Graceling Series by Kristin Cashore
My writing buddy and I have been discussing this series of late, and with the 4th companion releasing in January (not sure how I feel about that tbh), I’m eager to revisit the series! There’s so much I don’t remember, and I’m curious to see how they compare to my current standards for fantasy.
4. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
AKA my favorite book ever which I weirdly have not mentioned in a while?!?! So odd. I’ve read this book 3-4 times now but let’s be real: no number of reads will ever be enough! Some day I also want to get around to rereading the companion books, but I weirdly don’t own them? I really need to amend this travesty…
5. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
In addition to being obsessed with Shannon Hale as a pre-teen, I also adored Gail Carson Levine! This is a Snow White retelling and the protagonist has this cool ability where she can imitate anyone’s voice and can also throw her voice around the room and ahhh, I still think about how cool this magical ability is.
6-8. The Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy by Rae Carson
I adored this trilogy as a high schooler! I still think about the first book a lot, though I am afraid I don’t remember a lot of the rest of the series! With a recently released new companion to the series (and because I also received these new editions as a Christmas gift last year), I think it is definitely time I picked up this series again!
9. Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay
When I originally attempted to compile a fairytale retelling list for this TTT, I was reminded of this sleeping beauty retelling! Well, the protagonist is actually suppose to be Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, but still! Aurora has the ability to control any man she kisses, and wow, even though I know what happens, can you imagine if the author had taken the MC and made her a villain with an army of enchanted men? That would epic…(someone please go write this for me)
10. The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
Not actually a book I read during my childhood, but one I read about 3 years ago. Definitely not a favorite, but I found it to be a decent read, and I am eager to revisit its interesting magic system and world!