Just in case one reading challenge throughout 2019 wasn’t enough, I came across Tracy @ Cornerfolds‘ 2019 Retellings Reading Challenge and couldn’t resist signing up!
For all of the rules and general info head on over to Tracy’s post – essentially this is a challenge to read and review retellings throughout 2019, whether they’re fairy tale retellings, myth retellings, classic retellings… anything that counts as a retelling counts towards this challenge.
It turns out I have plenty of retellings on my TBR, so I’m looking forward to taking part in this one!
I already have a few books planned to fill various prompts, but anything can change depending on what I come across throughout the year!
Beauty and the Beast
I gave you my heart my sister and brother-in-law very kindly bought me a set of the Disney Twisted Tales novels that I still haven’t read, but I’m very in the mood to read As Old as Time in the new year. The 1991 version of Beauty and the Beast is my favourite film of all time, and this novel is a retelling of that version in which Belle discovers the enchantress who curses the Beast was her mother. I am here for it.
Bitter Greens has been on my TBR for a few years now and I still haven’t read it. I believe it’s a retelling of Rapunzel following three different women in Early Modern France, and I’m intrigued!
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of my favourite classics and yet I’m never drawn to retellings of it. I am very interested in checking out A Blade So Black, though, which takes the story from Victorian England to present day Atlanta and gives us an Alice who’s a woman of colour.
One Word Title
Ash is another book that’s been on my TBR for far too long. As I’m sure you all know by now I love stories featuring queer women, so a lesbian retelling of Cinderella is right up my street.
Brontë or Austen
Native American Myth
I don’t think this is a retelling exactly, but Trail of Lightning is an urban fantasy featuring Native American mythology and gods. I always enjoy urban fantasy when I read it, and I’d love to read an urban fantasy with a Native American voice at its centre.
Once & Future is a genderbent sci-fi retelling of the Arthurian Legends, and to be honest that’s all I need to know to want to read it.
There are so many to choose from, but I’m going to go with The Silence of the Girls simply because I received a copy from NetGalley and I’d like to get it read and reviewed soon.
I’ve decided to use my free space to read a book that incorporates Welsh mythology or The Mabinogion, and I think I’m going to go with The Owl Service which incorporates the Fourth Branch of The Mabinogion and the tale of Blodeuwedd.
I’m looking forward to getting to The Queens of Innis Lear the next time I’m in the mood for a dark, chunky fantasy book.
Peter Pan is another story I’m rarely drawn to retellings of, mainly because I’m not a big fan of the original story, but Peter Darling is an own voices trans retelling in which Wendy Darling and Peter Pan are the same person and it sounds so good. I can’t wait to read this one!
Over 500 Pages
Juliet Marillier is an author I need to check out and I’ve heard amazing things about Daughter of the Forest, which is a loose retelling of The Six Swans fairy tale set in medieval Ireland.
Set in Space
Ten Little Astronauts is a sci-fi retelling of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, which is one of the most famous crime novels of all time. Isolation is a major part of the story, so to move the setting to space will make it much creepier.
Middle Eastern Myth
I keep meaning to get to A Thousand Nights and I keep somehow not getting to it, but I want to read it soon!
My lovely friend Natalie @ A Sea Change and I decided to postpone our buddy read of Spinning Silver to January so we could both count it towards this reading challenge. Rumpelstiltskin is my favourite fairy tale so I’m hoping to love this one!
Written 10+ Years Ago
I’ve never read any Ursula K. Le Guin, which is unacceptable, and this year I came across Lavinia, her retelling of a story from Ancient Rome. I love anything to do with Italy so I’m hoping to really enjoy this one.
Are you planning to take part in any reading challenges throughout 2019?