Summer is upon us, and I am really excited to get some reading done while soaking in the sun on the deck of my new home, or at the lake a few miles from our house. Here are the My Top Ten Tuesday books (an assortment of “fairy tales” and short stories) I am looking forward to reading while de-stressing and relaxing.
1. Beyond the Glass Slipper: Ten Neglected Fairy Tales To Fall In Love With– Kate Wolford-Beyond the Glass Slipper is about more than just reading fairy tales—it’s about connecting to them. It’s about thinking of the fairy tale as a precursor to Saturday Night Live as much as it is to any princess-movie franchise: the tales within these pages abound with outrageous spectacle and absurdist vignettes, ripe with humor that pokes fun at ourselves and our society.
2. Pretty Monsters: Stories– Kelly Link- Various stories from Link’s vivid imagination where nothing is what it seems.
3. Sign of the Throne– Melissa Eskue Ousley-Abby is an ordinary girl haunted by dreams of an ivory castle, blood-thirsty monsters, and a striking stranger. Working as a babysitter for a family of mythology lovers in wealthy Newcastle Beach, California, she struggles to define herself among the elite class while trying to make sense of her strange visions.
4. The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black-Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.
5. In The Forest of Forgetting– Theodora Goss-n the Forest of Forgetting showcases such stories as “The Rose in Twelve Petals,” “The Rapid Advance of Sorrow,” “Lily, With Clouds,” “In the Forest of Forgetting,” “Sleeping With Bears” and many more.
6. The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief & Sinister– Stefan Bachmann,Katherine Catmull,Claire Legrand and Emma Trevayne – A collection of forty eerie, mysterious, intriguing, and very short short stories.
7. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender– Leslye Walton-Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.
8. Dreamwood– Heather Mackley –Lucy Darrington has no choice but to run away from boarding school. Her father, an expert on the supernatural, has been away for too long while doing research in Saarthe, a remote territory in the Pacific Northwest populated by towering redwoods, timber barons, and the Lupine people. But upon arriving, she learns her father is missing: Rumor has it he’s gone in search of dreamwood, a rare tree with magical properties that just might hold the cure for the blight that’s ravaging the forests of Saarthe.
9. Shadow Castle– Marian Cockrell-In the middle of a deep forest is an enchanted valley and a castle where only shadows live, shadows of kings and queens who have waited for hundreds of years for the spell cast upon them to be broken.
10. The Forbidden Library– Django Wexler-When Alice’s father goes down in a shipwreck, she is sent to live with her uncle Geryon–an uncle she’s never heard of and knows nothing about. He lives in an enormous manor with a massive library that is off-limits to Alice. But then she meets a talking cat. And even for a rule-follower, when a talking cat sneaks you into a forbidden library and introduces you to an arrogant boy who dares you to open a book, it’s hard to resist. Especially if you’re a reader to begin with.
What are some of the books you will be reading this summer?
*This review was originally posted by myself at Reading In The Tardis*