Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Retellings

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, wherein each week bloggers list out their Top Ten.

This week’s prompt was favorite books in a genre, and yeah, I know retellings aren’t technically a genre, but I feel like they are a category of books that have always drawn me in, so I decided to do a list of my all-time favorite retellings. There are fantasy retellings, scifi retelling, contemporary retellings, historical retellings – and I hope you find something new to add to your TBR from here!

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1)Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Retelling of: Beauty & The Beast

It is more Tamlin with Beauty & the Beast vibes, but those stories are similar so I thought it would be more recognizable with the latter.

Spindle Fire (Spindle Fire #1)Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

Retelling of: Sleeping Beauty

It tweaked the story with a more involved faerie plotline, as well as ‘Beauty’ having a sister who goes on a quest to find her true love to wake her sister up. Oh, and both of them are disabled.

Spinning SilverSpinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Retelling of: Rumplestiltskin, plus other influences like the Hades-Persephone myth, some Eastern European folklore

It is a layered story with 6 perspectives, one of whom is a young Jewish woman, and has themes of anti-Semitism in a folklore story like setting.

A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy, #1)A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

Retelling of: The Mahabharata

The Indian epic is adapted into a futuristic space opera with a lost royal (the Karna) returning to reclaim her place in her family.

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, #1)Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Retelling of: Romeo & Juliet

The Shakespearean tale is expanded to a post-apocalyptic city with magic and religion protecting it from a deadly plague, while also having a lot of political infighting.

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Retelling of: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

A modern contemporary retelling of Sherlock Holmes with his descendant Charlotte, following in his footsteps to be the most annoying but clever investigator, with her best friend (and love interest), Jamie Watson.

UnhookedUnhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Retelling of: Peter Pan

The Wendy of this dark fantasy story, when kidnapped and taken to Neverland, is saved by the Captain Hook. But she also has to contend with her memories draining from her, and not being sure of who is good and who is bad, a choice that will have consequences for the fate of Neverland.

My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies, #1)My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Retelling of: Lady Jane Grey

History knows her as the Nine Day Queen, who succeeded Edward VI for the throne of England and was beheaded by Mary Tudor, but in this comedic historical revision she (and Edward) both survive, and are among a people of shape-shifters.

The Little Android (The Lunar Chronicles, #0.6)The Little Android by Marissa Meyer

Retelling of: The Little Mermaid

Technically it is only a short story in the Lunar Chronicles, with an android as the main character, but it is still an amazing story adapted into a scifi setting.

A Wicked Thing (A Wicked Thing, #1)A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

Retelling of: Sleeping Beauty

An after-the-end sort of retelling, it continues her story when she wakes up to find a power-hungry foes waiting to secure her throne.


Which of these books have you read? Any of these your favorites, too?

7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Retellings

  1. I love retellings and I REALLY NEED TO READ SPINNING SILVER. I really really adored Uprooted back when I read it so I’m almost 100% sure that I will enjoy this one just as much. But that tiny part is really insistent, so I’ll probably wait a little more until my expectations are not as high.
    I’ve seen the cover of Unhooked before but never knew the premise — and it sounds super interesting. I will check it out on Goodreads. Thanks so much for sharing!

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