YAY! We’re back for another installation of Breaking Out of My Comfort Zone! I honestly really love doing these posts…it gives me a chance to get some awesome recommendations from you guys and makes my reading almost kinda interactive!
This month, I’m going to be trying out the genre of fairytale retellings. I’m racking my brain and I can’t think of even one fairytale retelling that I’ve ever read (except maybe Throne of Glass, but I don’t think that really counts, because the first book has almost no Cinderella vibes at all — I’ve heard that part comes later in the series?). I’ve read one regular retelling — Madly, Deeply by Erica Crouch — but that’s about it for me when it comes to any sort of retelling.
But I’m extremely interested in the genre! It sounds fun and I really enjoyed my experience with Crouch’s book, so I’m super excited to read my very first fairytale retelling. But which one and I going to read?! There’s so many out there!
Well, in order to keep it simple and easy (and helping me shrink my TBR, which is always a good thing), my choices are going to come from books that I already own. Unfortunately, Cinder isn’t going to be on the list (even though I own the first two books in the Lunar Chronicles series and I’m sure that’s the one everybody is going to want me to read), because I really want to stick tight to my rule about not starting series unless they’re all published. But I promise, I do plan on reading that series as soon as the last book comes out…I can’t wait!!
Alright, here are the choices:
- Beastly by Alex Flinn — A Beauty and the Beast retelling (obviously), set in modern-day New York City, told from the male’s perspective.
- Entwined by Heather Dixon — A romantic fantasy retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses.
- Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson — Set in Neverland, this is a retelling of Peter Pan from Tiger Lily’s point of view.
- Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein — Okay, so this one is kind of cheating. Shakespeare definitely didn’t write “fairytales,” but whatever it’s basically the same thing. This book is the story of Hamlet as seen by Ophelia.
Okay, well, this is really annoying…Wordpress is not letting me create polls for my posts anymore?! So, if you could please just VOTE IN THE COMMENTS instead, by saying which book I should read, that’d be great!
Just in case you’re curious, so far the voting is:
Tiger Lily: 6