Tuesday, February 26, 2013

a long-awaited snowfall

  After waiting for snow all through December and January, I had pretty much given up hope. Finally, at the beginning of this month, it snowed!

  It only lasted for a couple of hours, but I was glad we got to enjoy a little bit of snow at last. :)

love, Hannah

Saturday, February 9, 2013

on my bookshelf: fairytale retellings


    I've been completely in love with fairytale retellings ever since I read Ella Enchanted a few years ago. I like so many different sorts of books, but there's always something especially lovely about books that include princesses and princes, magic mirrors, fairies, and the perfect happy ending. They are just so fun to read. Here are a few of my all-time favorite fairytale retellings on my bookshelf.

 - The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
 Okay, so I'm a complete Hale fan. Her books are awesome. She has such a lyrical, poetic way of writing. The Goose Girl is one of my favorites by her; it's based on the Grimm's fairytale of the same name.

 - North Child by Edith Pattou
  (In the U.S it's called East.) This one is based on the Norwegion folk tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon. I could blabber on about this one for ages, but to sum it up in a few words: this is a beautiful book.

 - Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
 I needed to include this one, even though I've talked about it here on my blog before. It's too great to leave out. One of the things I love about this one is how hilarious it is. It's loosely based on Cinderella.

 - Beauty by Robin McKinley
 I just read this a few weeks ago, but it instantly become a favorite. It's based on my favorite fairytale: Beauty and the Beast. I'm looking forward to reading more books by Robin McKinley.

 - The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye
 Somehow this fits with the rest of them, even though this one isn't a retelling of a specific tale but a twist on your average, ordinary fairytale. It's the sweetest, most adorable little book ever. Definitely a classic.

love, hannah

reading: The Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
listening to: Cathedrals by Ramin Karimloo (I can't stop listening to this song. go listen to it now.)