Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You basically get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. Head over to the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of Wednesday-ers if you’re interested in participating!
Today’s topic is “Retellings,” whether these are fairytale retellings, myth retellings or literature retellings. I haven’t read a ton of reimaginings, but they do intrigue me a lot. I’ve been wanting to get into them a bit more, so I’ll go blog hopping immediately after this so I can add more books to my already ginormous TBR. But without further ado, let’s get into my list!
5. Krampus: The Yule Lord by Brom
HAHA, don’t judge me, but while everyone was reading cutesy cozy stories last Christmas, I was reading this. xD Ever since my friend mentioned this book in passing, I was intrigued. A story where Santa is supposedly the bad guy and Santa’s archnemesis is basically a misunderstood dude? Sign me up. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought it would, but it was – without a doubt – one of the most interesting things I’ve ever read.
4. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
This is a series I read a long time ago, but I remember being so mystified with it. I didn’t know a ton about Greek mythology back when I read this, but it provided an interesting and modern twist to the stuff I did know. I’m not the biggest fan of Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series, but the Percy Jackson series is one of my favorite childhood reads!
3. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
This series is not only a retelling-lovers’s dream come true, but it’s a brilliant series. I love how Marissa Meyer integrated several different fairytales into one series. I love how she draws a lot from the fairytales she’s retelling, but not too much that it becomes predictable. She leaves little hints and tidbits that make the reader go, “ohhhhhh” in her references, and that’s brilliant. I just read the last book this month, and it was magnificent and glorious and brilliant. Read this series, people!
2. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
Full review found here
I will never stop gushing about this book, to be honest. I haven’t read the original 1001 Nights but I know the backbone of the story, and I know how it progresses. I can’t say, for sure, how this compares to the original but I loved this as its own piece of work. The characters, the world-building, the writing, the story. Everything was immaculately done, and I cannot wait to see what Ahdieh has in store for me in the next book.
1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Full review found here
Even with all my reservations about Maas’s decision-making and the potential love triangle coming up in the next book, I cannot deny that this book is brilliant. It’s huge, and I flew through it in under two days because I was so engrossed in the story. This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and it’s exciting, it’s sexy and it’s wonderfully written. Not to mention that it contains my one of my greatest OTPs: Feyre and Tamlin. <3