The Fairy Tale Retelling Challenge 2016

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The Fairy Tale Retelling Challenge

I’ve decided that next year I’m going to lead an exciting reading life and do some challenges – and the retelling challenge is one of those! And the best part? It sounds amazingly fun.

The main aim is to read as many fairy tale retellings as you can – and who doesn’t love these books? The really, really exciting part of this is that depending on how many of said books you read you achieve a new level of fairy-tasmical awesomeness!

  • Enchanted Moura: 1-4 books ~ a supernatural being from fairy tales of Portuguese and Galician folklore. She often appears singing and combing her long hair; which is golden as gold or black as the night. She promises treasures to whom sets her free by breaking her spell.
  • Goose Girl: 5-9 books ~ princess who is betrayed by her maid and has to work as a Goose girl until she can prove she is the real princess.
  • Evil Queen: 10-15 books ~ also known as The Wicked Queen of Queen Grimhilde from Snow White.
  • Wise Princess: 16-20 books ~ about a princess who knows everything, except about true happiness. She dies in the end, but she has managed to find happiness and that makes her the most wise of all.
  • Kuma Lisa: 21-25 books ~ is a fox from Bulgarian and Russian folklore, who usually plays the role of the trickster as an archetype.
  • Cheshire Cat: 26+ books ~ from Alice in Wonderland

AND THERE ARE EVEN BUTTONS [which you can check out on the official page HERE if you feel so inclined]. The books you read don’t have to have anything to do this the aforementioned stories so don’t stress! Also – these don’t have to specifically be retellings of fairy tales they can be retellings of mythology, so . . . *runs to the Greek mythology*.

I don’t know which books I will read next year that adhere to this, I think I’ll leave it to be more or less spontaneous, but here’s a few I will probably definitely read (or I at least really want to get around to reading):


The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine

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Retelling of: Snow White {book #1}


The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris

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Retelling of: Norse Mythology {standalone}


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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Retelling of: Greek Mythology {standalone}


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Retelling of: Beauty and the Beast {book #2}


Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Retelling of: Alice in Wonderland {book #1}


Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Retelling of: Cinderella {book #1}


Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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Retelling of: Beauty and the Beast {book #1}


Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

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Retelling of: Alice in Wonderland {book #1}


I’m super duper excited for this challenge as retellings are often my favourite types of books to read throughout the year. Here’s a few of books I read this year that I absolutely adored that were retellings:


Ensnared  Untamed by A. G. Howard

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Retelling of: Alice in Wonderland {books #3 & #3.5}


Thorn by Intisar Khanani

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Retelling of: The Goose Girl {standalone}


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Retelling of: Beauty and the Beast {book #1}


 UPDATES:

January: 0 retellings read

February: 2 retellings read :: Enchanted Moura achieved
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh (1001 Nights) 
The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine (Snow White)

March: 1 retelling read :: Enchanted Moura achieved
A Long, Long Sleep (Sleeping Beauty)

April: 0 retellings read

May: 1 retelling read :: Enchanted Moura achieved
The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh (1001 Nights)

June: 2 retellings read :: Goose Girl achieved
The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greenhouse (Peter Pan)
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (Beauty and the Beast)

July: 0 retellings read :: Goose Girl achieved

August: 0 retellings read :: Goose Girl achieved

September: 1 retellings read :: Goose Girl achieved
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling (Beauty and the Beast)

October: 2 retellings read :: Goose Girl achieved
Strings by David Estes (Pinocchio)
Blood for Blood (Retelling of WWII)

November: 0 retellings read :: Goose Girl achieved

December: 0 retellings read :: Goose Girl achieved


As you might be able to tell, I’m rather fond of Alice in Wonderland retellings. What about you? What’s your favourite retelling? Have you read any of these? Let me know below!!

Don’t forget to check out Mel’s blog!


End Note

~~ Kirstie ~~

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