Top Ten Tuesday – If You Like This, Try That (the Retellings edition)


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 to Read If You Love/Loved X (X can be a genre, specific book, author, movie/TV show, etc.).  I decided to focus on various retellings since I enjoy them so much and because there are so many good ones out there.

If You Like This, Try That (the Retellings edition)


1. If you like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, try these:

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev.  “It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep…” A fun contemporary retelling featuring the aforementioned black sheep and an infuriating but sexy chef.

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin.  “A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.”

Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price.  “A retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a whodunit.”


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2. If you like Cinderella, try these:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  A fairytale retelling with a sci-fi twist that features Cinderella as a mechanic…and a Cyborg.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston.  Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy.  A fun Cinderella retelling featuring plus-sized Cindy, who becomes a body positivity icon for women everywhere.


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3. If you like The Little Mermaid, try these:

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo.

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning.

Part of Your World: a Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell.

All three of these are origin stories for Ursula, the sea witch.


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4. If you like Alice in Wonderland, try these:

Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  An origin story for the Queen of Hearts

Unbirthday by Liz Braswell.  “What if Wonderland was in peril and Alice was very, very late?”


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5. If you like Beauty and the Beast, try these:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.  A Beauty and the Beast retelling featuring Fae.

Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston.  A Beauty and the Beast retelling set in the world of fandom at ExcelsiCon.


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6. If you like Jane Eyre, try these:

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins.  A contemporary take on Jane Eyre’s mad woman in the attic.

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye.  “Reader, I murdered him.”  A Gothic retelling of Jane Eyre.


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7. If you like Peter Pan, try these:

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. A fun prequel to the classic Peter Pan story.

Lost Boy by Christina Henry.  The true story of Captain Hook.


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8. If you like Snow White, try these:


Winter by Marissa Meyer.  Snow White but with a sci fi twist

Mirror, Mirror by Jen Calonita.  “What if the Evil Queen poisoned the Prince?”


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9. If you like 101 Dalmatians, try these:

Cruelty by K.B. Everly.

Hello, Cruel Heart by Maureen Johnson.

Two fun origin stories for Cruella de Vil.


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10. If you like A Christmas Carol, try these:

Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva.  A historical fiction retelling that puts Dickens in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand.  “On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didn’t.  And then she died. Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.”


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Question:  Do you enjoy retellings?  Have you read any of these yet?

34 replies
  1. Dini @ dinipandareads
    Dini @ dinipandareads says:

    Ooh yaas! I love the topic that you’ve chosen and many of the books that you’ve shared! Most are on my TBR but I’ve heard great things about them so I’m looking forward to giving them a try 🙂 Great list!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      That one is definitely my favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling so far. I also like that the series started as a retelling but has grown to so much more than that.

  2. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    Hand’s retelling is underrated. I thought it was fresh and wonderful. I liked what Murphy did with Cinderella too. It was nice not to have the steps being enemies in the story.

  3. Cindy Davis
    Cindy Davis says:

    I am way late to the retellings genre and have only read one…Castle of Refuge by Melanie Dickerson, it’s an Ugly Duckling retelling and I LOVED it. I need to read more but haven’t had time.

  4. Greg
    Greg says:

    Pride and Premeditation looks fun and I’ve seen that one in the bookstore too- it’s a great looking book! Love the cover design and colors.

    I think the Rachel Hawkins one looks good too!

  5. verushka
    verushka says:

    A lot of these retellings are familiar, but the Cruella ones are new to me — AND I am seriously curious as to how they portray her.

  6. Jo
    Jo says:

    I loved To Kill A Kingdom and Heartless! I have liked some retellings, but they do tend to be very hit or miss for me 🙂

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