Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Ten Fairy Tale Retellings by Ten Authors

This week's Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is right up our alley. We love fairy tales of all kinds over here at Intellectual Recreation.

There are so many good books to pick from for this week's post, so I decided to pick ten different fairy tale retellings by ten different authors.



Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine: You can't talk about fairy tale retellings without mentioning this classic. The book is especially dear to my heart because Paige read it aloud to me during one of our college road trips. She is especially good at Olive's voice.

Snow White

Mirrored by Alex Flinn: Look for this new book (out in September) in an upcoming Reading on a Theme dedicated to Snow White retellings.

Red Riding Hood

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge: I can't stop mentioning this book. It's officially my favorite Red Riding Hood retelling. (featured here)


Cress by Marissa Meyer: There's no way that we could do this post without mentioning Marissa Meyer's insanely awesome Lunar Chronicles. Putting Rapunzel in a satellite was pure genius.


A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce: I love the setting in this retelling. I really could visualize the mill and its surroundings hovering right on the cusp of the Industrial Revolution where the past and the future collide. (featured here)


East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George: Jessica Day George is a master at fairy tale retellings. This is one of many she's recrafted.

The Six Swans

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier: Here's another masterful fairy tale teller. In Marillier's capable hands this Grimm fairy tale is absolutely divine.

The Goose Girl

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale: Huge Shannon Hale fans here! We love how she creates a world and character motivations for one of the Grimm's shorter tales.

The Twelve Dancing Princesses 

Entwined by Heather Dixon: This lovely cover contains a cute story full of sisterly affection, sneaky magic, a little fairy-tale-style romance, and, of course, dancing. (featured here)

Sleeping Beauty

Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay: I love this story about Sleeping Beauty's daughter. It's a fairytale, an epic fantasy, a love story, and an adventure. (featured here)


  1. What a beautiful collection of books! Those covers are all gorgeous!! I love the way you've presented them, too!

    Of course, these are fairy tale must-reads. Some of them I've heard of, like "Ella Enchanted", which is on my list, "Crimson Bound", which I want to read and don't know how I Ieft it out, "Entwined", which I actually own, and "Princess of Thorns", which I've also heard of and should have included.

    I do have "Cinder", the first book of The Lunar Chronicles, on my list. As for the other books, I will have to check them out on Goodreads.

    Great compilation here!

    Here's my own list:


    Happy Tuesday!! : )

  2. Great list! Checking some of these out :) My TTT list


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