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.

Click on the cover or the title to see the book in our catalog.

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

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Beauty by Sarah Pinborough
Adaptation of Sleeping Beauty

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

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Cinder by Melissa Meyer
Adaptation of Cinderella

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

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

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

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

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Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
Adaptation of The Frog Prince

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Adaptation of Cinderella

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Gingerbread by Helen Oeyemi
Adaptation of Hansel & Gretel

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

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

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Adaptation of Alice in Wonderland

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Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Adaptation of Antigone

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Adaptation of Beauty and the Beast

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The Magnolia Sword by Sherry Thomas
Adaptation of Mulan

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The Mere Wife by Maria Headley
Adaptation of Beowulf

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Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Adaptation of The Little Mermaid

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

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

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A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan
Adaptation of Midas

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

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Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
Adaptation of Cinderella

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2020 APL Reading Challenge – A Book Set at Sea

The 2020 reading challenges are here!

This year, we’re welcoming back the Everyone Has Read it Except Me challenge. We also introduced a new reading challenge with twelve separate categories to help you read throughout the year. You can choose to complete one or both challenges – there’s no right or wrong way to read!

Each month, we will highlight books in one of the categories. These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.

We’re escaping the cold winter weather this month by reading a book set at the sea! 

Featured below are eighteen fiction and non-fiction books set at sea that are sure to provide enough adventure and escapism to warm even the coldest winter day.

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Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
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The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs by Cylin Busby
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Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
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The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White
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Life of Pi by Yann Martel
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Day Four by Sarah Lotz
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Golden Buddha by Clive Cussler
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Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
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Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
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The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
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The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
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Title Wave by Lorna Barrett
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Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
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Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
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Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
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Deep Storm by Lincoln Child
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2020 APL Reading Challenges

It’s the start of a new year and for many of us, that means reading challenges!

If you’re looking for books to read this year, check out the library’s two reading challenges. Each challenge asks that you read 12 books over the course of the year (24 books if you choose do complete both challenges).

Follow along with one or both challenges for a fun, book-filled 2020!

 

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Everyone Has Read it Except Me

In the Everyone Has Read it Except Me! challenge, choose one book each month, choosing from the five choices, to make your own reading challenge.

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Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge: A Book By Two (or More!) Authors

The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.

 

We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A book by two (or more!) authors.”

 

What’s better than a book with one author? A book with two (or more) — the more the merrier!  Below, we’ve highlighted some great books that really show two (or more) heads are better than one!
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FaceOff by David Baldacci

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The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White
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Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War by Jessica Brockmole, Hazel Gaynor, Evangeline Holland, Marci Jefferson, Kate Kerrigan, Jennifer Robson, Heather Webb, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig
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Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb
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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
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The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
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Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
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Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
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Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
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Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
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The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
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My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
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Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
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The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub

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