Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wintery Reads

The colder weather always makes me want to curl up with a cup of tea, a cat and a book. In our temperate Tucson climate, I especially love books with a cold wintry setting.

One of my favorite genre's is re-told fairy tales, and many of these combine a fairy tale with a winter setting. Here are a sampling to send you to a fairy wintry world:

East by Edith Patou is a retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon set in a frosty Icelandic world.

If you like this fairy tale, Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George, and Ice by Sarah Beth Durst are also retellings. You can find the original tale in the Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang.

Beauty by Robin McKinley is my absolute favorite retelling of Beauty and the Beast. You may also want to try Beastly by Alex Flinn, retold in modern day New York from the Beast's perspective.

Beast by Donna Jo Napoli is also from the Beast's perspective, set in Persia.

Lastly, Ash by Malinda Lo gives a GLBT spin on the traditional Cinderella story.

Confessions of an Ugly Step-Sister by Gregory Maguire is another unique spin to the Cinderella story. Maguire creates a beautiful setting in this 17th century Netherlands.

Feel free to share in the comments your favorite retold fairy tale or winter book!

~ That One Girl

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