Top Ten Tuesday: Best in retellings!

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After a long time away from this meme, I’m finally back! I am so glad it was this one too, as it means I get to promote some of my favorite books. Since the topic was kind of open ended, I decided to do my top ten favorite retellings – it allows me to cross genres slightly, but still get some of the best ones in. It also means I’ll have a full list. I read so many different genres that I’d have trouble picking my top 10 favorite in any one!

So, in no particular order my top 10 favorite retellings are:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (retelling of Cinderella): A new favorite, but it will be staying there for a very long time!

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (retelling of Helen of Troy): This was not a greek myth I knew particularly well, but I loved the book so much that I’m not sure I care! One day I’ll be a good girl and go look up the original I promise.

Abandon by Meg Cabot (retelling of the Persephone myth): This seemed to be the year of Persephone in retellings, but they were all so good that I didn’t mind. I loved how vivid the imagery was in this one, it was more like watching a movie than reading a book.

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh (retellingish of Poe): I’m not sure how much this one actually counts, as I am completely unfamiliar with Poe’s work, but it was amazing and deserves to be put in MANY top ten lists, so we’ll make it work, yes?

The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter (retelling of the Persephone myth): Another Persephone! This one is completely unlike Abandon and perfect in just as many different ways! PLUS! The sequel is coming out sometime this week, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Wildefire by Karsten Knight (retelling of lots of myths): Not sure if this one really counts as a “retelling” either, but it totally deserves a mention – it would go on my top 10 ALL TIME faves too!

Beastly by Alex Flinn (retelling of Beauty and the Beast): One of my favorite fairy tales reworked into a modern setting. What’s not to love?

The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey (retelling of Beauty and the Beast): Another retelling of my favorite, with a steampunkish twist. I’ve loved this one for ages!

The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan (retelling of Greek Myth): My favorite series by Riordan so far – very engaging, fast paced, and well written enough that children of all ages can enjoy it.

And last but not least

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (retelling of Revelations): Please don’t take offense, but this is the snidest, most satirical version of the coming of the antichrist I’ve ever read. I giggled the whole way through! I currently cannot find my copy which makes me incredibly sad, because I like to reread this one regularly!

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5 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Best in retellings!”

  1. Tea says:

    I admit, I haven't read a lot of fairytale retellings – the only two that immediately jump to mind at Cinder and Ella Enchanted – though maybe I should add a few from here to my TBR pile!

    Great list!

    Tara @ Hey, Tara

  2. Karis Jacobstein says:

    I did a similar list, but I did only Fairy Tale Retellings, so no Greek Mythology. It is one of my favorite genres! Your list is awesome! You have a bunch of my favorite recently published books on it!

    Check out YA Litwit’s Top Ten Fairy Tale Retellings and my GIVEAWAY!

  3. Must Love Books says:

    The Persephone retelling is becoming very popular in YA fiction right now. Kinda weird really. But yay for Nevermore! That book is fantastic.

  4. ? Vivian says:

    Wow, these all look great, and you've got an awesome pick of genre! I'm still waiting to get my hands on Cinder, but this was an awesome list in general! :)

    Vivian's Top Ten!

  5. ? Vivian says:

    Wow, these all look great, and you've got an awesome pick of genre! I'm still waiting to get my hands on Cinder, but this was an awesome list in general! :)

    Vivian's Top Ten!

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