Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Retellings I Absolutely Love


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is actually Books From My Favorite Genre (You pick the genre, and give us your ten faves.).  I read so many genres that I just couldn’t pick a favorite one, so I decided to tweak the topic a bit and share some of my favorite retellings instead since I’m just a sucker for a good retelling.  I also love all kinds of retellings, whether they’re fairytale retellings, retellings of classic novels, villain origin stories, or even historical retellings.  I’m even taking part in a Retellings Reading Challenge this year because I want to read even more of them than I already do.


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10 Retellings I Absolutely Love


1, THE LUNAR CHRONICLES by Marissa Meyer

(a fairytale retelling that features Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and Rapunzel)


2, HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer

(An Alice in Wonderland retelling, specifically a villain origin story for the Queen of Hearts)


3, GEEKERELLA by Ashley Poston

(A super cute, modern Cinderella retelling that also celebrates fandoms)


4, SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE by McKelle George

(A retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, set during the Prohibition Era)


5, TO KILL A KINGDOM by Alexandra Christo

(A Little Mermaid retelling)


6. SKY WITHOUT STARS by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

(A sci-fi retelling of Les Miserables)



(A Beauty and the Beast fantasy retelling)


8. PRIDE by Ibi Zoboi

(A modern Pride and Prejudice retelling set in Brooklyn)


9. MY LADY JANE by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

(A surprisingly humorous retelling set in Tudor England and featuring Lady Jane Grey, King Edward VI, and Lord Guildford Dudley)



(A modern and gender-bent retelling of Pride and Prejudice, featuring an Indian American protagonist, and set in San Francisco)


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What are some of your favorite retellings?  Do we share any favorites?

48 replies
  1. Angela
    Angela says:

    My Lady Jane was so, so good! To Kill a Kingdom is on my retellings challenge TBR for this year, and I also want to read Sky Without Stars.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I can’t wait to hear what you think of To Kill a Kingdom. I need to get busy reading more retellings for the challenge. I’ve only done 4 so far this year.

  2. Jo
    Jo says:

    Retellings tend to be a bit hit or miss for me! I loved To Kill A Kingdom & Heartless but the Lunar Chronicles (at least the two I’ve read) and ACOTAR were only so-so for me.
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  3. Jordan Rose
    Jordan Rose says:

    I love a good retelling. Heartless is easily one of my absolute favorites, I’m happy to see it here! 🙂 I really need to check out To Kill a Kingdom–I bought the book and everything, but still haven’t picked it up for some reason, haha. Great list!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I really love them too. I always think it’s cool to see an author put their own unique spin on something that’s so familiar.

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