Top Ten Tuesday: Happily Ever After?


Once upon a time, there was a lovely blogging community tucked away in a surprisingly large village called The Internet. One day, a particularly fabulous blog called The Broke and the Bookish came trotting into the village on horseback, announcing that a new meme was being created called Top Ten Tuesday. The other bloggers reveled in this announcement, and pretty soon Top Ten Tuesday became so adored and loved that not even the wicked Internet Trolls could destroy it. And that, my friends, is how we got to where we are today!

….. Er, or something like that! Welcome to this week’s edition of Top Ten Tuesday, which is my Top Ten Fairy Tale Retellings! I haven’t actually read enough of them to make a full list, so I’ve listed five that I have read and five that I want to read. In no particular order, they are:


Entwined by Heather Dixon

Entwined by Heather Dixon  ~  Retelling of Twelve Dancing Princesses

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Beastly by Alex Flinn  ~  Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

A Kiss in Time

A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn  ~  Retelling of Sleeping Beauty

A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C Bunce

A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce  ~  Retelling of Rumpelstiltskin

far far away cover

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal  ~  Contains elements of tales by the Brothers Grimm


Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge  ~  Retelling of Little Red Riding Hood

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh  ~  Retelling of Arabian Nights

cinder cover

 Cinder by Marissa Meyer  ~  Retelling of Cinderella

The Book of Lost Things

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly  ~  Retelling of Little Red Riding Hood

September Girls

September Girls by Bennett Madison  ~  Retelling of the Little Mermaid

Making this list has made me realize how few retellings I’ve actually read!! I need to get on that, ASAP!

What are your favorite fairy tale retellings? What do you think of the ones on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Also: What is your favorite fairy tale in general, Disney or otherwise? Mine in Pocahontas!

Have a wonderful day!



33 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: Happily Ever After?”

  1. My favorite fairytale has to be Beauty and the Beast. It really is a tale as old as time in my opinion.
    If you’re in the mood for The Wrath and the Dawn, then you should totally give it a shot. Highly recommended. 🙂


    1. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorites as well, especially since Belle is a bibliophile herself. 🙂
      Thanks for the recommendation- I’ll definitely have to pick up The Wrath and the Dawn soon!

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  2. This is a really interesting list! I really liked Cinder and the way that it retold the Cinderella story, and The Book of Lost Things is a little spooky but really, really good.

    It’s difficult to pick a favourite fairytale, but I think Beauty and the Beast would probably be at the top of my list. I really loved the Disney movie when I was little. 🙂


    1. Beauty and the Beast is a great one! I’m so jealous of that huge library 🙂
      I’m glad to hear that Cinder and The Book of Lost Things are worth reading! I’ll definitely have to bump them up on my TBR.


      1. You might be sorry you asked. 😉
        Beauty by Robin McKinley (Disney-esque)
        Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley (touches of Jane Eyre)
        Sunshine by Robin McKinley (loose retelling with vampires)
        Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay (sci-fi)
        Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen (middle grade oddity)

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    1. aww thanks! I had a ton of fun writing it, and I just couldn’t resist 🙂 Wow, Beauty and the Beast sure is a popular one! Understandably, of course, because Belle herself is a fellow bibliophile haha

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  3. You have to read The Lunar Chronicles asap! It’s one of my favorite series at the moment, seriously, everything is so perfect in those books. I didn’t enjoy Crimson Bound quite as much as I did Cruel Beauty but that might have been because I had huge expectations after how much I loved CB. I haven’t read Far Far Away and A Curse Dark As Gold but both sound amazing, so I’m definitely adding them to my TBR list. Entwined, I think I’m going to wait until the second book of The Wrath and the Dawn comes out – I can’t stand cliffhangers.
    Lovely lists. 🙂
    My TTT


    1. I didn’t know that The Wrath and the Dawn wasn’t a stand alone book! 😦 Oh no, I might wait until the sequel comes out as well. Waiting for books to be released is so annoying! Anyways, it’s good to hear that you enjoyed the Lunar Chronicles and Cruel Beauty!


  4. I had the same thought. At first I thought the list would be easy but I had only read a few! There are many that I want to get to, quite a few that are on your list as well.

    Have a great Tuesday!
    My TTT


    1. It’s strangely deceiving… maybe because I’ve heard of so many that it seems like I’ve had to have read more of them? Whatever the case may be, at least now we know a lot more of them exist! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  5. OH MY DAYS. I actually own a fairy tale retelling book that I haven’t read!!! The Book of Lost Things is a fairy tale retelling? Oh wow. I’m actually quite excited now. Especially since it’s a Little Red Riding Hood retelling (how superb is that?).


    1. That’s the best! I love when you realize awesome things about books you already own- saves you a trip from the bookstore! (Or maybe not- there’s ALWAYS a reason to go to the bookstore!) Hope you enjoy, and let me know how it is! 🙂


    1. Thanks! 🙂 Entwined is great, especially if you’re looking for a fairy tale read that is less common. To be honest, I’ve never even heard the actual story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. But that didn’t stop me from enjoying the book! Happy reading!


  6. I love the re-telling of Beauty and the Beast in Beastly. Was a nice take on a great fairytale. I have Cinder on my tbr list and can’t wait to grab a copy. I love fairytale re-tellings.


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