Fairy Tale Retellings to Read all Year

Summer Reading may be over, but that doesn’t mean you need to leave the fairy tales behind! We love reading these fun, imaginative fairy tale adaptations all year long, and we think you will too.

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Adaptation of the Russian fairy tale of Vasilisa the Beautiful


Beauty by Sarah Pinborough
Adaptation of Sleeping Beauty


Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Adaptation of Snow White


Cinder by Melissa Meyer
Adaptation of Cinderella


A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Adaptation of Beauty and the Beast


Cursed by Thomas Wheeler
Adaptation of The Lady of the Lake, a King Arthur myth


Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
Adaptation of The Six Swans


Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
Adaptation of the Russian myth of Marya Morevena


Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
Adaptation of The Frog Prince


Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Adaptation of Cinderella


Gingerbread by Helen Oeyemi
Adaptation of Hansel & Gretel


The Girl in Red by Christina Henry
Adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood


Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Adaptation of Cinderella with Mayan myths and legends


Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Adaptation of Alice in Wonderland


Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Adaptation of Antigone


Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Adaptation of Beauty and the Beast


The Magnolia Sword by Sherry Thomas
Adaptation of Mulan


The Mere Wife by Maria Headley
Adaptation of Beowulf


Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Adaptation of The Little Mermaid


The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Adaptation of several Hindu myths including: Savitri and Satyavan, Shiva and Parvati, the Ramayana, Shakuntula, and Narasimha


A Thousand Beginnings and Endings: 16 Retellings of Asian Myths and Legends


A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan
Adaptation of Midas


Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
Adaptation of the Russian myth of Valissa the Beautiful


Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
Adaptation of Cinderella

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Book Review: Open Book by Jessica Simpson


Open Book by Jessica Simpson

I came for the juicy details and stayed for the heartfelt reflections. Open Book by Jessica Simpson was a wonderful memoir of a woman who has overcome a lot. From childhood trauma to tumultuous relationships to struggles with alcoholism, Simpson’s life has been about way more than making it in the music industry.

Simpson moved around when she was younger, because of her dad’s job. She grew up in a religious home and relied immensely on her faith to get her through tough times. The death of her cousin and abuse when she was younger continues to impact her to this day. She grew up singing in the church setting but dreamed of breaking into the pop world. Her commentary on her early experiences really sets the tone for later on as she details her various relationships and opinion of herself.

By going through various “scandals” in her career and personal life, the reader gets an inside look at what really happened. From her acting jobs to her entry into the pop music industry, this behind the scenes perspective dismantles any preconceptions of Jessica Simpson from over the years. While she felt in on the joke, it was also difficult to not appear intelligent in the public eye. Simpson is very forthcoming regarding her relationships with Nick Lachey, John Mayer, Tony Romo, and Eric Johnson. By divulging her experiences, you get a front-row seat of how she has been affected by and grown from her past partners as well as her current husband.

Simpson talks about getting sober, starting her own business, and becoming a mother. She is not afraid to go into the embarrassing or hard moments of the past few years. Given the fact that she has been through her share of rough patches, Simpson remained devoted to her family, faith, and standards she set for herself beginning at a young age.

I was left feeling moved and entertained. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves a well-written celebrity memoir, grew up in the early 2000s and loves the nostalgia, or simply wants to become immersed in the life of someone who has put herself out there. Open Book does not disappoint!

Review by Cathy Liebenau

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