Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme was originally a TTT Throwback freebie and even though it was recently changed to Top Ten Books of 2018 (So Far) I’d already drafted this post, so I decided to stick with it.

It’s no secret I love fairytale retellings, I’ve read so many of them and I still have plenty more waiting on my TBR list, so when I saw this was a TTT topic way back before I started blogging there was only one option I was going to pick for this week’s throwback theme. I had to make some very hard cuts this week when choosing my top ten, but I’m confident these are my top ten favourite fairytale retellings.


Top Ten Tuesday #111

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite series so it should be no surprise that it’s on my list. Before picking up Cinder I’d never heard of a fairytale retelling that was part of the sci-fi genre but by the time I’d finished reading I was hooked, and each book in the series just got better and better.

The Lunar Chronicles


Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Despite all the hype for it I didn’t really go into Sea Witch with high expectations, but I ended up loving it anyways. Sea Witch is a Little Mermaid retelling that focuses on friendship more than romance, and it’s set in a wonderfully detailed world I’d love to see with my own eyes.


Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

After reading and loving both Spinning Silver and Uprooted Naomi Novik is one of my favourite fairytale retelling authors, and any book she releases is going to be on my auto-buy list. Her books are so detailed and magical, they’re beautifully written and I’ve read nothing like them before.

Naomi Novik


Lost Boy by Christina Henry

Christina Henry’s fairytale retellings are a lot darker than any other I’ve read before. Lost Boy sets Peter Pan as the villain and tells us the origin story of Captain Hook. The focus was very much on Jamie and his friendship with Peter, showing us how they each changed and turned to enemies.


A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

I haven’t read One Thousand and One Nights but after finishing E.K. Johnston’s A Thousand Nights I wanted to pick up the original tale. This is such a beautiful story, I don’t think anything I say can fully do it justice, and I need to get around to Johnston’s second release as soon as possible.

A Thousand Nights Duology


Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is one of my favourite authors, and Alice in Wonderland is my favourite fairytale, so the combination of the two in this one book was a guaranteed win for me. Granted I had a few issues with Heartless, no book is perfect, but overall I thought it was an incredible read.


The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Before picking up The Bear and the Nightingale I’d heard nothing but amazing things about it, so it was probably no surprise that I ended up loving it as well. Again I haven’t read the original tale this book is based off, but when I’d finished it I wanted to pick up Vasilisa the Beautiful as well.


The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

This is a book I read ages ago. It’s an Alice in Wonderland retelling so really it’s no surprise I loved it but I need to re-read it, as well as read the other two books in the trilogy. It’s possible my feelings on The Looking Glass Wars will have changed with time, but for now it’s still a favourite of mine.

The Looking Glass Wars Trilogy


The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Another amazing One Thousand and One Nights retelling that made me want to pick up the original tale. I really love Renee Ahdieh’s writing, and while the second book in this duology wasn’t as amazing as the first I really enjoyed The Wrath and The Dawn.

The Wrath and the Dawn


Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella has everything I normally look for in a YA contemporary book – it’s got a cute story, likeable characters, and a sweet romance I was rooting for from the start – and it’s a fairytale retelling as well which is an added bonus. Basically there’s no reason not to read this book.


So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what you picked for this week’s TTT Throwback theme, or what your best reads of 2018 so far have been if you went with the updated topic? What’s your favourite fairytale retelling? Would any of the books that I picked have made your list?

78 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read

  1. Aaaah fairytale retellings are my absolute favorites — there was a period of time in my childhood where I wouldn’t read anything by fairytale retellings 😊 A Thousand Nights is definitely one of my favorites because of the theme of the unbreakable sisterhood between women, and The Lunar Chronicles series will always have a special place in my heart 💕

    I can’t wait to explore all the other books on this list! I’m definitely bookmarking this post for later reference 😊 Great post, Beth!

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    1. Must have been a fun period of your childhood I imagine! 😀 Yes there was so much positive female relationships in A Thousand Nights, which was great to read, and I think when it comes to fairytale retellings TLC has to be a lot of people’s favourite! 😀
      That’s great to hear, I really hope you enjoy them all in that case Zoie, and thanks! 🙂 ❤

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  2. Hello Beth!! ❤
    I love your list! I actually don't read fairytale retellings often at all, but reading your post makes me want to read some of these books. I enjoyed Cinder, though I haven't read the rest of the series yet. I've been wanting to read The Bear and the Nightingale for a while now. You've also made me want to read Naomi Novik and EK Johnston's books 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Sophie. 🙂 ❤️ Oh if you enjoyed Cinder you really need to get to the rest of the series, it got so much better so you still have the best to come. The Bear and the Nightingale is amazing, and honestly I can’t recommend Naomi Novik or E.K. Johnston enough. They’re incredible writers with some really beautiful stories. 🙂

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      1. So much that I need to read haha, I don’t know where to start 🙂 Glad to hear that you enjoyed the rest of the Cinder series. I might pick up book #2 one of these days!

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  3. Great List! 😍 I never used to be a huge fan of fairytale retellings, but recently I have so gotten into them! I adore the Lunar Chronicles, the books are so creative when it comes to the retelling aspect and that is exactly the kind of thing I’m looking for 🙂 The Wrath and the Dawn is also really great, I have to reread the books sometime!

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    1. Thanks so much Caro! 😀 Well I’m glad this is a genre you’re getting into now. In terms of TLC I think that’s definitely one of the best, and kind of unique because I haven’t read too many other fairytale retellings that are also sci-fi books.
      Yeah they’re on my re-read list too. 🙂

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  4. I just finished reading Cinder and really enjoyed it! So many people say that the series just gets better and better so I’m totally excited to start the next one. Ooo, Geekerella!! I really want to read that one too, haha!

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    1. The series does get better, if you enjoyed Cinder I feel like you’ll love the other books for sure! 🙂
      Geekerella’s really good as well. It’s a light fairytale retelling which I got through really quickly but really loved. 🙂

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  5. I am usually one of the first people in line when it comes to retellings, but somehow I’ve been burned so much lately that I have stayed away from them more and more. I liked The Wrath and the Dawn and Geekerella A LOT!! And I really want to pick up Sea Witch and The Bear and the Nightingale one day as well 🙂 Great choices!!

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    1. Oh that’s a shame, but I get what you mean because sometimes even with my favourite genres/stories I get a little burnt out. Every so often you need a change don’t you?
      Hopefully Sea Witch and The Bear and the Nightingale will get you back into the genre! 🙂
      Thanks so much. 🙂 ❤

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  6. I love the Lunar Chronicles so much!! And I also really enjoyed the Wrath & the Dawn but never got around to finishing the second book idk why…. I’m gonna add Uprooted and Spinning Silver and the Bear and the Nightingale to my TBR!

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    1. TLC is a favourite of mine when it comes to fairytale retellings. Oh you’ll have to get to the second book soon on that case, you can’t leave the duology unfinished. Uprooted, Spinning Silver and The Bear and the Nightingale are some of the most beautiful books I’ve read, I hope you enjoy them. 🙂

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  7. I just finished Cinder (I know, I’m so behind) and loved it so now I’m officially a sucker for retellings. I actually haven’t read any of these. Clearly, I need to get on it. I’m looking forward to Sea Witch coming out!

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  8. I love retellings, Renee Adieh’s The Wrath & the Dawn duology, I’ve been wanting to read more retellings, hopefully I will do that sometime soon.

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  9. This is the PERFECT recommendations post, Beth, I love it haha 😀 I am getting more and more into retellings – mostly thanks to you and your wonderful recommendations through the years – and I can’t wait to add more to my TBR. I have heard a little bit about A Thousand Nights and I really want to read it now, same goes for Spinning Silver after your review and Sea Witch sounds SO great!! 😀
    Thank you so much for this ❤ ❤

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    1. Thanks so much Marie. 🙂 ❤️ Oh if you want recommendation the books on this list are all ones I’d really can’t recommend enough. A Thousand Nights is kind of unlike anything I’ve read before but it’s such a beautiful story, Spinning Silver is my favourite by Naomi Novik and she’s now one of my favourite fairytale retelling authors, and Sea Witch is just brilliant. It’s actually my favourite Little Mermaid retelling for sure! 🙂
      That’s all right, and I hope you enjoy these books, you’ll have to let me know what you think! 🙂 ❤️

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  10. Great post! I adore fairytale retellings – my WIP is a retelling of Peter Pan! I never get bored of finding new ones to read and I adored almost all the ones you listed down!
    I also participated in the TTT of this week but decided to go back to the ten books I loved the most when I was a child!

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    1. Thanks so much. 🙂 Ohh, that sounds like a great WIP, is it a standard retelling or have you added a twist (like Marissa Meyer did with TLC?) I’d love to hear more about your writing if you want. 🙂
      That’s definitely a throwback topic going all the way back to your childhood. I’ll be sure to check out your post too. ❤️

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  11. I enjoy reading fairytale retellings! They’re pretty much a comfort read for me 😀 I absolutely adored The Bear and The Nightingale. The writing is atmospheric and poetic! I’m currently reading Spinning Silver; I just started but I can already tell it’s going to be a favourite.

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    1. Yeah there’s something nice about seeing a new spin on something you grew up reading right? It really is, it took me a little while to really get into the story but once I did I was hooked until the end. 🙂
      Oh that’s brilliant to hear about Spinning Silver, hopefully when you get to the end it will be a favourite for sure! 😀

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    1. Oh that’s a shame, but I suppose we can’t all like the same books can we? 🙂
      So far I’ve only read The Bear and the Nightingale but I can’t wait to get around to The Girl in the Tower. I’m sure it’s just as amazing! 😀

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  12. Great list! I love TLC too, but I don’t like Heartless much. I’ve seen so many Little Mermaid retelling these days, Sea Witch pique my interest too. I didn’t know Uprooted was a retelling, which fairytale is it from?

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    1. Thanks so much. Oh that’s a shame about Heartless but I will admit I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did TLC. The Little Mermaid is a popular choice nowadays, and Sea Witch is amazing I hope you love it.
      I could be wrong about Uprooted (it may be that that one was fairytale inspired) but I vaguely remember reading it was a retelling if a few fairytales (obscure ones I hadn’t heard much about before). I dunno I’d have to look it up some more.

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      1. I didn’t enjoy rh story but I really love Cath and her cakes!! Ahh okay, I’m going to read Uprooted soon!!

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  13. Wonderful list! No surprise to see the lunar Chronicles. Even though I haven’t finished Winter just yet, I know that the series will always be some of my favorite retellings. Geekerella is so freaking adorable and The Wrath and the Dawn was an interesting take on Scheherazade! I remember reading The Looking Glass Wars a loooooong time ago, but I never finished the trilogy. Wish I did though. Might have to revisit it sometime. Thanks for the reminder! And I’ll have to get around to reading the other books on your list since I love fairytale retelling as well! They all sound amazing 😀 Fantastic post, Beth!

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    1. Thanks so much Azia, and yeah for me when it comes to fairytale retellings The Lunar Chronicles is always going to make the list. Winter is amazing so I’m sure you’ll love it.
      That’s all right. Yeah that’s one I wish I’d finished too but it’s something I’m hoping to go back to. All I can really remember is that I really enjoyed the first book.
      Well if you love fairytale retelling these are all books I’d highly recommend. 😀
      Thanks Azia. 🙂 ❤️

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      1. I really hope so! Plan to read Winter sometime next month 😀
        Yeah, all I remember is loving the first book as well. Might pick it up sometime if I happen to find it at my library!
        No worries! 😀 ❤

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  14. The Lunar Chronicles is definitely the best re-telling series I’ve read, it’s just so good! I actually did the new TTT prompt and choose Winter as one of my favourite books of the year so far😊
    I’m also excited to read Heartless, it’s been sitting on my shelf for a while but I hope I get to it within this year!

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    1. It’s amazing right?! An all-time favourite of mine for sure. 🙂 I’m glad you loved Winter, I think of the whole series I’d say that’s my favourite book, but it’s hard to choose between that and Cress.
      Heartless is really good too. Alice in Wonderland is my favourite fairytale, so a combination of that and Marissa Meyer was always going to be a winner for me! 😀

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  15. These are great book suggestions! I’m a huge fairy tale fan too and I think my favorites are Beauty by Robin McKinley and The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire is another awesome read.

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    1. Thanks so much. 🙂 Oh I read some of Robin McKinley’s releases a while back (I think Beauty must have been one of them but I can’t say for sure) and really enjoyed them. The Book of Lost Things is actually somewhere on my TBR list, along with Gregory Maguire’s books. I definitely need to get to them soon. 🙂

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  16. I LOVE the Lunar Chronicles. A book that isn’t on your list but you might like: The Surface Breaks, it’sa YA Feminist Fantasy retelling of The Little Mermaid. 😀

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