Top 5 Wednesday | Favorite Retellings

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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

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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

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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

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Full reviews for: Book III | Book IV

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

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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

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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

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  • Great choices! 😀
    I definitely want to check out Krampus lol.
    I love the Percy Jackson series so much and A Court of Thorns and Roses was so good!
    I wasn’t that big of a fan of The Wrath and the Dawn though.

    • YAY for Krampus. xD The cover’s kind of insane, but it was an interesting read!
      Aw, sucks that you didn’t like the Wrath and the Dawn much. I know a lot of people had problems with the romance. And I also agree with the people who thought Tariq and Shazi’s dad’s storyline was kind of pointless. 😛 I think the reason I liked it so much is because the culture depicted is, in many ways, very similar to the culture I’ve been brought up in. The clothes, the food, even the names – everything was very familiar to me and it was refreshing to see the diversity. 🙂 x

      • I’m glad that you liked it so much and that’s interesting that it’s similar to your culture! My problem was that all the characters had all of these names and titles to their names and they were so hard to pronounce and keep track off, so it was harder for me to really stay focused and engaged in it. I spent most of my time trying to figure out these names and other words (and remembering them throughout the book) that it just became a chore to read. It took the fun out of it for me.

  • I love re-tellings. Some of these sound interesting. Definitely going to be adding to my to-read list!

  • I didn’t read much re-tellings, but I feel like I should, after seeing this list! The Lunar Chronicles series seem great, I need to checkk that out!

    • The Lunar Chronicles is great, and I’m not even a sci-fi person. I definitely think it’s one of those series that has something for everyone.

  • I’m a big fan of fairy-tale retellings. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my all time favourite series. I just love the way Marissa Meyer entwines elements of the original fairy tale into the books while still having the character and the world be completely unique. Percy Jackson will always be a childhood favourtie of mine. I’ve heard a lot of great things about The Wrath and the Dawn and I can’t wait to read it. 🙂

    • I just wish I’d read more. It was a pain coming up with even 5. I’ll have to look into some more. Do you maybe have some recommendations I can add to my TBR? 😀

      • There are quite a few re-tellings coming out in 2016. There’s Nora & Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor which is a Peter Pan re-telling.
        Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman which is a Blackbeard origin story.
        Heartless by Marissa Meyer – Alice in Wonderland
        Hope this is of help. 😀

  • I haven’t read 4 of the 5 books on your list and now I am really intrigued! Part of me wants to read Krampus but (don’t judge me) I think the picture on the front looks too scary to even add to my TBR. Is it as scary as it looks? Thanks!

    • HAHA, no judgment at all. I always looked at the cover and thought it was insane but then my friend shoved it in my face and told me to read it. The book has brilliant illustrations, but I don’t think the story is scary at all. It was slightly comical, to be honest. 🙂

      • Thanks for letting me know!

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