Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers. (Meme description from The Broke and the Bookish.)

East by Edith Pattou - East of the Sun and West of the Moon has been one of my favorite fairytales since I was little. My sister and I have this unbelievably gorgeous copy of East of the Sun and West of the Moon by Mercer Mayer my mom read us hundreds of times when we were younger. East was a great adaptation of the story! I loved the adventure, magic, and girl-fierceness. I would recommend this book to anyone unfamiliar with the tale, or who loves the original story just as much as I do!

Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay - Because Princess of Thorns is technically a story about the daughter of Sleeping Beauty it's not really a fairytale retelling. But I love the book so much I can't leave it off this list! The magic and world building are amazing! The story of redemption was sudden, but so beautiful. It took so much strength to forgive instead of kill. And the banter! Shipped that couple faster than Fedex. I will be eternally pissed off this book doesn't have a sequel. I would be one of the first in line to buy that baby!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas - I'm also not sure if this counts because ACoTR is a combination of Tam Lin, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, and Beauty and the Beast. Again, I loved the story so much I wasn't able to leave it off. Compared to the end of the story, the beginning starts off a little slow. But it's so decadent and gorgeous, with this fantastic magic structure and world. Plus, all the men are achingly hot, which is always a bonus.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh - SHAZI AND DESI FOR LIFE. Those girls are my heart. Shazi is perfection! She is flawed, for sure, just like her husband Khalid. Each of them can be angry, cold, vengeful, weak, and a million other negative descriptors. But they can also be loving, happy, generous, and another million other things. No matter the circumstance, they are desperate to do the best they can for those they love. I have to admire that urge, even if I disapprove of the actions taken because of it. (We do not talk about Tariq, AKA The Flop II.) This is a spectacular, very emotional retelling of Shahrzad's story from A Thousand and One Nights.

Black Pearls: A Faerie Strand by Louise Hawes and illustrated by Rebecca Guay - Ugggggggh. This book has it all. Seriously, amazing illustrations, twisted fairytales told from the other side, and the loveliest language all conspired to make me adore this book. I read this three years ago and still have an unreasonable love for Black Pearls. If you're curious, read my review here. Promise you will love this book too. My favorite story is the first one, "Dame Nigran's Tower," it's Rapunzel from the witch's side. So, so, so beautiful and sad.

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce - This was an awesome retelling of Hansel and Gretel with great twists on the fairytale. Pearce really took the story and made it her own, but I could plainly see where the original tale's influence was. Warning: This book will make you ravenously hungry for sweets. No, really, I got up and made brownies drizzled in caramel while reading the book just so I could have some peace from my sweet tooth!

Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale - I have an unhealthy obsession with the Ever After High web-series. I own five of the dolls. So, I was really happy to know they made a book series too! EAH covers the stories of the children of fairytale icons, who are attending the school to follow in their parents footsteps. Only some of them don't want their fairytale fates after all. The writing is good, but a little hokey with the world's special phrases, like Hex-cellent. If any younger kids/ tweens are into fairytales or fantasy I'd definitely get this for them.

Bluebeard - There's been a few fairytale retellings of Bluebeard, like Strands of Bronze and Gold. I haven't read that particular retelling yet, but I'm hopeful for others in the future. There's so much potential for magic and murder, and maybe a bloodthirsty wife instead of fainting damsel? *fingers crossed*

Fairytale summary: Maiden marries strange, recluse weirdo with a blue beard. He's gone a lot on business. He hands her a key to the house that will open any room. But he tells her She can't go into this one room in the house. Eventually the suspense gets to be too much and she uses the key to open it. She finds the bodies of all his former wives in the room. In most stories he comes home and kills her for making the discovery.

Tanabata (Orihime and Hikoboshi) - I first heard about this tale in a manga, Sailor Moon I think? It's like a Japanese version of a divine romeo and Juliet. I'm not sure what could be done with the story, as I sadly don't know much Japanese Mythology. But, I'm sure someone could make an uplifting/ heartbreaking tale about these two lovers.

Fairytale summary: Tanabata, or the star festival, is celebrated every year in Japan in honor of the lovers. A princess constellation and a farm boy constellation fell in love and dallied together all the time. But the father disapproved, so he put the milky way between them. His daughter cried such bitter tears the father had to relent a little bit. So, he allows them to see each other once a year, crossing the milky way. (Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, it's been years since I heard the story.)

DIVERSITY - I'm honestly just a fan of fairytales and fantasy so, I would welcome and love any and all fairytale retellings from around the world. I'm woefully undereducated when it comes to the world's mythologies and I'd love to learn more. So, any fairytales not involving a Grimm brother or Hans Christian Anderson, bring them to me!

Happy Reading,


  1. I haven't heard of many of the retellings you've listed, but I'll absolutely be looking them up! I loved ACOTAR!! Love your list! Happy Tuesday!

  2. Black Pearls sounds phenomenal and I included Bluebeard on my list of fairy tales I want to be retold! **High Five!** Here is my TTT :) http://www.bookworminkorporated.com/best-current-and-anticipated-fairy-tale-retellings/

  3. Strands of Bronze and Gold is good! It made My TTT list this week! Seriously need to read Wrath and the Dawn

  4. I never heard of East before but it sounds fantastic.
    I am on your page with ACoTaR being bit slow in the beginning but worth it in the end, it is on my list as well.
    The Wrath and the Dawn is apparently on most lists. I and i have to say i am a bit intimidated by the hype around it and scared to read it and not love it as everyone else seems to.
    Fantastic list :)


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