You’ve heard it before: if you want to be a writer, be a reader first. Well, that’s never been a problem for me! However, with all the unexpected marketing
hassles work learning experiences I’ve been undergoing, it’s taking me longer than usual to finish a book. But I have a few on the fire that I think anyone interested in fairy tale retellings:
Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters by Kathleen Ragan
A round-the-world trip through fairy tales that focus on stories outside of the European canon and women who don’t need saving. A must for Fairytale Feminista fans!
The Woodcutter by Kate Danley
This is a bit of a departure for me in terms of format. I’ve been playing around with listening to books when taking walks–I don’t read and walk as well as I used to–and this one is a perfect start! The narrator, Sarah Coomes, makes the story come to life in a way that reminds me of story time at the library when I was a kid. It combines fantasy, fairy tale retelling, and mystery to brilliant effect.
After Alice by Gregory Maguire
I’ve long been a fan of Gregory Maguire. Sometimes I love his stories and other times it’s a slog. I haven’t decided on this one yet–a new take on the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland through the eyes of her friend, Ada–but I really like the absurdist story of Alice.
How about you, FF fans? Are there any Reads-in-Progress (RIPs, unfortunate, I know) that may appeal to fairy tale revisionists?