Top 5 Tuesday: Retellings

I have decided to participate in the Top 5 Tuesday posts that Bionic Book Worm puts on over at her blog. They look like so much fun! Here are the Top 5 Tuesday August Topics.

This week’s topic is retellings and as I was thinking about what to put, I realized that I haven’t actually read that many retellings. However, I really wanted to participate, so I decided to switch things up just a little bit. In my top 5, I will have 3 retellings that I have read and 2 that I really want to read. I know this isn’t exactly how it is supposed to be done, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do….

Three Retellings I Have Actually Read

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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This is a retelling of Russian fairytales and honestly, that phrase is what immediatly drew me to reading this book. It follows the main character, Vasya, as she struggles to protect her family from threats that only she can comprehend. In this book, demons and creatures from fairytales that are told during the cold Russian winters actually come alive. I loved this book! I have a full review on it here if you want to read it…. Book Review: The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden

 The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley

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When I was little, I used to be obsessed with this series. I remember that when I was reading it, they hadn’t all been released yet, so I would get super excited when a new one would come out and would beg my mom to rush me to the book store so that I could buy it. I managed to find three of the copies that I own (they are in the picture). This is about two sisters whose ancestors are the Brothers Grimm. They are sent to live with their grandma and thrust into a world full of the creatures/people from the Grimm fairytales. The sisters must take over the family business of being fairytale detectives and keeping the villains at bay. I would definitely recommend this book to an elementary school aged child who loves fairytales. The books are so fun and adventurous.

 Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

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This is a fairytale retelling of both Snow White and Frozen, which is such a great idea! It is a feminist version of these tales and it has a queer relationship involving one of the main characters. If you want a unique and creative retelling story, then this book is for you. I read the ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) of this book very recently and I did generally enjoy it even though I had a few issues with it. Here is the link to my full review of the ARC– ARC Review: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust. This book comes out September 5th 2017, so keep a lookout for it!

Two Retellings I Really Want to Read (well…maybe 4… I went a little overboard)

Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1) and Lost Boy by Christina Henry



This is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland and since I used to love the original book as a kid, I think reading a retelling of it would be really fun. I think this book deals with the grownup Alice which sounds interesting. I also know that she has another book called Lost Boy that is a retelling of Peter Pan. I would love to pick that one up too.

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson


This is another Peter Pan retelling except this one is from the point of view of Tiger Lily, the Native Chiefs daughter who lives in Neverland. I’ve been reading other people’s reviews of this one and it’s making me want to read it even more!


The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh


This is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights. I have seen it everywhere and have heard really good things. It has been on my TBR for such a long time and hopefully I will be able to get to it sometime soon.



Have you read of any of these or are wanting to read them? Also, do you have any other retellings that you would recommend?


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18 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Retellings”

  1. I debated putting The Bear and The Nightingale because I wasn’t sure if was technically a retelling or not! I also wasn’t sure what exactly it was a retelling of – goes to show how familiar I am with Russian folklore (not at all)! I did love the book, though.

    I’m so excited to read Girls Made of Snow and Glass! It’s been getting a lot of hype.

    I’ve read The Wrath and the Dawn and everyone loves it but I…was lukewarm about it at best. I wasn’t a fan of either the characters or the romance or the Mary-Sueish way the main character was presented. But maybe those are just my hang-ups; this is such a popular book!

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    1. I figured it was in the realm of retellings so I decided to go for it haha.

      Yea, Girls Made of Snow and Glass seems to be all over the bookish community!

      That is interesting to hear that the Wrath and the Dawn didn’t really do much for you because I’ve heard so much hype over it. Thanks for being honest and telling me!

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  2. I read the Wrath and the Dawn duology (review here: and I have to say I enjoyed the second book far more than the first. Ahdieh just released another novel this year, Flame in the Mist, and while it’s only inspired by Mulan and is not a retelling, I recommend checking that one out too! (review here:

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  3. I haven’t read any of these! Unless you count DNFing The Wrath and the Dawn like ten pages in, so I can’t comment much on that. But I really want to read The Bear and the Nightingale because I have seen such fabulous reviews of it.

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    1. If you are thinking about reading The Bear and the Nightingale, then you should definitely pick it up! I really enjoyed it! The only hard part about it was that each character has a lot of different name variations because it takes place in Russia, but near the end I actually started to enjoy that

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  4. Great post!!! I haven’t read any of them but I have heard a lot of good things about tiger Lilly – I think that’ll be my next read 🙂 I’m in the mood for a good retelling and have never really found a good Peter Pan one

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