Friday, June 17, 2016

Summer Reading

Americans have associated summer with light, fun reading for over 100 years. We here at Tales of Faerie all love fairy tales, but there are SO many new books out there, it's hard to narrow down what to choose!
1st edition of Grimm tales

So I want to know from you-what are your absolute favorite fairy tale books? They can be fiction or nonfiction, as long as you love them! Let me know in the comments, and if there's enough suggestions I'll make it into recommended reading post! Please include a short description of the book(s)-don't worry about making it a book review or anything, just let us know what type of book it is (is it a dark, historical retelling of Snow White, or a fun, teen romance adaptation of Cinderella?)


  1. Kate Forsyth's Bitter Greens(Rapunzel)The Wild Girl(Dortchen Wild and the Grimms)and The Beast's Garden(The Singing Springing Lark/Beauty and the Beast in Nazi Germany) Sophie Masson's YA novels, Moonlight And Ashes(Cinderella) and Hunter's Moon(Snow White, set in the nineteenth century, in a fictional country, and the "Kingdom" is a department store chain with its own fashion label, the Mirror is a newspaper which writes articles saying that the stepdaughter is the new "Fairest") . If I may declare my interest here, there's a small press anthology in which I have a story, Mythic Resonance. It's only available in ebook now, but you can get it. It has various stories based on mythological or fairy tale themes. (Mine is Snow White, with Tolkienesque-type dwarves who are more likely to get out their axes and defend her than sniffle over a glass coffin!)

  2. Oh, and also anything published by Christmas Press, an Australian small press run by Sophie Masson and some artist friends. They publish picture storybooks for children, each with two folktales or myths from a different country, retold by a well known children's writer, and beautifully illustrated. Actually, mouth-wateringly illustrated! They're available on line.

  3. I love The Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter) which is a series that does a sci-fi take on four different fairy tales (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Snow White) as an interconnected story. I also love A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn which is "Sleeping Beauty" recast as a teen rom-com in which the princess is awakened three hundred years later by an American teenager who ditched his tour group. I also like An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton which is a teen fantasy retelling of "The Ballad of Tam Lin". I also really like a kids' book series (which I have still yet to finish reading) called The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley, which is a modern-day fairy tale mash-up in the same mold as Once Upon a Time or Fables but which I just think has a lot more fun with the premise.