Skip to main content

Ruminating on Retellings


My friend and YA blogger superpower Steph Su invited me over to guest blog on my favorite retellings of all time--a topic on which I can wax on indefinitely. I managed to keep it as brief as possible for Steph and I hope you see some of your favorites there and perhaps something new to catch your eye. Be sure to stop on by and tell me what you think!

Comments

  1. I just commented on your guest post over there! I've read very few retellings, but you absolutely piqued my interest with Valiant and Jane. Plus, I loved Princess Academy by Shannon Hale and have wanted to read The Goose Girl ever since. Thanks for a whole bunch of great recommendations!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I loved your guest post! I haven't read some of these...I'll need to remember to borrow them from you. :o)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Angie, You know I love a good retelling! And I loved your list. My current favorite retelling came from your blog: The Jumbee. I adored the new twist on Phantom, and was totally absorbed in the world Keyes created. My favorite thing about a retelling is the way the original story works, in the background, to inform my understanding of the current story, adding depth and sometimes complexity beyond what's written. I love when an author can use the original with integrity, but give me something new and surprising. That's what I found in the The Jumbee, and it just made me so happy! So thanks for the introduction!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

You Might Also Like

Review | If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

It's been years since I picked up a Mhairi McFarlane novel, and I'm not really sure why that is. I liked It's Not Me, It's Youwell enough (it's obvious she's quite a witty writer), but something about the execution felt off and I think I let that keep me from diving deeper into her backlist. Then came an offer to review her upcoming title If I Never Met You, and something about this one seemed to call out to me. As though it was time. As though Laurie and Jamie might be the ones. Spoiler alert: It was and they were. It was the perfect read for a couple of dreary, grey January days. While not perhaps as bubbly as I've Got Your Number, I would definitely recommend it to readers who enjoyed that novel. They share a business setting, two individuals who are more than they know themselves to be, and a wonderfully slow burn romance. Readers who love Sarra Manning and Beth O'Leary's The Flatshareshould also take note.
Comedy was tragedy plus time, but the…

Review | The Unselected Journals of Emma M. Lion, Vols. 1 & 2 by Beth Brower

I feel a bit giddy finally talking to you all about this series. If you'll remember, I fell madly in love with The Q when it came out a few years ago. Now, Beth Brower is writing The Unselected Journals of Emma M. Lion—a series of novellas set in London in 1883. Each volume is an excerpt from the incorrigible Emma's journals, and the first two volumes are already available with the third on the way soon. I think they'd make rather perfect pandemic reading. Humorous and charming down to their bones, they're just what the doctor ordered to lift your spirits in this uncertain time that just proves to be too much some days. If you're experiencing one of those days, I suggest giving Volume 1a go (it's only 99 cents on Kindle, $4.99 for a trade paperback copy). It will surprise exactly none of you that I own print and digital editions of both volumes. 
Miss Emma M. Lion has waited long enough. Come hell or high water (and really, given her track record, both are likel…

Angie’s Best Books of the Decade

I am winded, you guys. Winded from laboring over this list. This is the first time I've attempted to cobble together a Best Books of the Decade list, and I can't say I'll be up to it for another ten years or so. But my, I couldn't resist the challenge (or profound pleasure, if we're being honest). I kept trying to winnow it down, kept forcing myself to be ruthless. Like somehow I could (or should) keep it to a top ten (flat impossible) or at least a top twenty-five (who are we kidding?). But after bidding those constraints good riddance, I really did press myself to take a hard, clear look at what hurts (to mangle my favorite Hemingway quote). Because these novels hurt in the best way. Each entry on this list is a five-star book in my books. Which means I wouldn't change a single thing about a single one of them. They are the ones I call perfect when I recommend them to friends and strangers. They are the ones I have read and reread over the past ten years and…