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.)


  1. You and I have so much the same taste in books! I've read and loved Goose Girl (although not in ages, I just remember it being good) Ella Enchanted, and Beauty.

    Have you read Fairest (based on either Sleeping Beauty or Snow White, if I remember correctly) by the same author as Ella Enchanted?

  2. You should check out A Kiss In Time by Alex Flinn... it's a great book!

  3. Oh, my, love! I'm such a fairy-tale adorer. :)

    Have you ever read any others of Gail Carson Levine's works? Her Two Princesses of Bamarre is my favorite...

  4. aw, I also love fairytales!! :)and I love that picture of your book shelf. so many delicious books.

  5. Is that your bookcase!!! It's beautiful!!

  6. I love fairy tale books as well! The Goose Girl still remains one of my all-time favorite ^_^

  7. Wow, you inspire me to read more often!! I have always wondered how the Goose Girl was, and now I know, thanks to you! :)