Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books To Read In Spring

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme held over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is the top ten books I want to read in Spring. I want to get through quite a few books that I already have on my shelves rather than buying new ones but there are some I need to get!

New Books

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The Art of Wishing – Lindsay Ribar

I’m not sure I’ve ever read a novel about a genie. Vampires yes, werewolves yes. Genies? I’m fascinated!

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Phantom – Laura DeLuca

This looks amazing. It comes out at the end of this month and I need to acquire a copy ASAP!

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Broken – A.E. Rought

I want this one for similar reasons as Phantom. This is based on Frankenstein and looks amazing.

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Cinder – Marissa Meyer

It seems that everyone is reading this one. I know it’s either going to be amazing or I’ll hate it. I think it’s the cyborg aspect that puts me off a bit but I need to try it.

Already On My TBR Shelf

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Splintered – A.G. Howard

I now have a copy of this so I think it will be my next read! I love anything Wonderland and this has received a lot of good reviews!

 

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The Understudy – David Nicholls

I loved One Day and Starter For Ten so this is next on my TBR list.

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The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe – Douglas Adams

I read A Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy a few months ago and loved it. It’s definitely time to read the next in the series!

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Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

Another book that everyone seems to be reading! I’ve had this on my TBR shelf for a while and love the look of it.

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What On Earth Evolved? 100 Species That Changed The World – Christopher Lloyd

I started this last year and it’s a fascinating read. I seem to pick it up every so often and then put it back again so I really want to finish it.

Something to Re-Read

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Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

I’m desperate to read this again. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read this book. It’s my favourite novel of all time and sometimes I just need to read it!

What are you reading this season?

 

Review – Beauty by Robin McKinley

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“Cannot a Beast be tamed?”

Beauty, believing herself plain and awkward, loves roses. But when her father goes travelling and plucks just one magnificent, crimson rosebud from the garden of a magical castle, a fearsome Beast demands revenge. Either Beauty’s father must forfeit his life – or his daughter must promise to live with the Beast for ever.

A captivating retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast from a Newbery Medal-winning author.

Hunting through my shelves for the next book to read I came across a novel that has been on there for a year (or more). I actually remember starting this novel and then putting it down and starting something else. I now have no idea why I did such a thing! My mum gave me this book to read because I’m such a huge fan of Wicked and Gregory Maguire and a fan of fairy tales in general. Beauty and the Beast is also one of my all-time favourite Disney films (after the Lion King of course!).

The story starts off with not a lot in common with the original tale at all (which might be where I went wrong the first time I read it). Beauty lives with quite a well off family in the city and has a wonderful life. It’s when the family lose everything they own that they have to sell the house and move to a little village in the middle of nowhere that is on the outskirts of a magical forest. Here she lives a good life too but has to put up with certain changes such as working harder and losing her beloved library of books. Unlike in the original story, Beauty has some lovely sisters and a wholesome family. This makes it ultimately harder to choose to go to the Beast. Once the Beast appears the story is very similar to the original and just as captivating.

Once I’d got through the first few chapters I sped through this book. It’s a lot more realistic than the original story and Beauty is a character who is easy to relate to. Her growing up throughout the novel is something that is not as prominent in the original story or the Disney adaptation. This is what would make this book so popular to the young teenage girl audience and I wish I’d discovered it while I was still at high school. As it was though I adored this book and would recommend it to anybody else who loves their fairy tales.

After looking at the Robin McKinley website (here) I really want to read Sunshine and Pegasus so I will be hunting those two down!

Have you ever read a Robin McKinley novel? How do you feel about retellings of fairy tales?