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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?