Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School - Ten Books to Pair With Classics

Thank you The Broke and the Bookish for organizing the fun Top Ten Tuesday and for the meme!


August 30th: Back to School - Ten Books to Pair With Classics

In no particular order

1. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell - a Cinderella retelling

2. Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by 

3. The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

4. Unhooked by 

5. And I Darken by 

6. Rose & Thorn by 

7. The Shadow Queen by 

8. Cinder by 

9. For Darkness Shows the Stars by  Jane Austen's Persuasion

10. Splintered by 

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  1. What a fun topic! Fairytales are (one of) my bookish weakness. I've not read anything about Mechanica, so that one intrigues me, and The Shadow Queen and Splintered have been on my bookworm must-read list for a while. All that to say nothing of Cinder which I've been repeatedly told is epic. :)

  2. So far, I've read Cinder & Splintered but there are several others that are on my TBR.

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  3. Oh, great topic. The Madman's Daughter is even better then the original (in my opinion), and I loved Splintered and And I Darken. Thanks for sharing, and great list. :)
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  4. Fantastic list. I love reading lists with paired books. I need to check some of these out. :-)

  5. Oooh, I like your take on this topic. My TTT lists some sci-fi cat books to read instead of doing homework.

  6. I loved Splintered, Cinder and And I Darken!! I was a tad disappointed with The Shadow Queen, though. I do have Mechanica and The Madman's Daughter on my TBR! Great list! :-D Here is mine:

  7. OOooh very nice!! I've read most of these and look forward to reading Sarah Prineas's book! Still need to read her first one in that series/world too!

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  8. Ahhh I LOVE ALL THE RETELLING APPRECIATION HERE. *flails* I adore so many of these books, omg yes to Cinder and Splintered and And I Darken was so amazing and kind of scary but AMAZING. And I've got Shadow Queen but haven't read it yet. Which is terrible of me because doesn't it have dragons!? I need in my life. Immediately.😂 Here's my TTT!

  9. I loved The Shadow Queen and am surprised I don't see more people talking about it. This is a wonderful list and you hit a lot of the great ones!

  10. I have not read any of these, but they sound interesting. I find the cover of Splintered quite intrigued.

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  11. I MUST read The Shadow Queen! I've heard great things. My 10-year-old LOVES Red (and Rump and Jack).

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