Top 5 Tuesday: Retellings

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Top 5 Tuesday is a meme by the fantastic Bionic Book Worm, and it explores a different bookish topic each week. If you’d like to join in, check out the Top 5 Tuesday August topics!

This week’s topic brought to light the fact that I really need to read more retellings…the number of books I had to choose from were a bit slim. BUT it turns out the most of the retellings I’ve read are retellings of Greek Mythology, and most of them end quite unhappily. #nice


The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I love The Lunar Chronicles with all my heart. They retell the classic fairy tales Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White, and as far as I’m concerned these retellings are nothing short of genius. These books are in a world where cyborgs and androids are part of every day society, humankind have colonized the moon, mind control is a thing, and a plague is killing thousands. These books are so fantastically creative, incredibly fun, and have a one of my favorite casts of characters. I made myself read slowly as I neared the end because I didn’t want to be finished with them. I love them.


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

This book retells the story of Achilles and Patroclus and explores their lives and relationship before and during the events of the Iliad. This book is my favorite Greek Mythology retelling, and it’s devastating and heartbreaking and beautifully written. I’ve read it twice, and I’ll certainly be reading it again.


An Arrow’s Flight by Mark Merlis

This book tells the story of Pyrrhus, the son of Achilles, living as a hustler in the modern city, and his preparations before he goes to fulfill his destiny in the Trojan War. This book is bleak, slow going, full of awful people, sexually graphic in the least appealing of ways, and left me feeling so melancholy and full of a knowledge I’d never be able to learn in my own life. It pained me awfully and I loved it. I read this book over a year ago now and it still sits so heavy in my heart.


Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

This book retells the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche from the point of view of Psyche’s ugly sister, Orual, who sabotages their relationship and damns Psyche to a life of torturous trials. If you know anything about C.S. Lewis, you know he has penchant for Christian ideologies, and this book is no exception. I thought he brilliantly relayed a very direct, often difficult Christian truth through the use of a Greek myth and, most poignantly, Orual. This book blew me away.

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Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

Okay, I read these books years ago because I was curious about Percy and Annabeth’s antagonistic romance, and came out a major fan of Greek Mythology. Like, these books inspired me to later take a Greek Mythology course in college, and as you can see from the books above, really instilled a love of mythology in me. Normally I’m not really into middle grade books, but I’m glad I gave these a chance. Basically, Percy is a modern demigod, a son of Poseidon, and goes on quests inspired by individual Greek myths. These books are so much fun, and sweet, and funny, and never ending because Rick doesn’t seem intent on stopping them any time soon – but I’m not complaining.

Have you read any of these? What are some of your favorite retellings?


31 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Retellings

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  2. Gahhh I reallyyyyy need to read An Arrow’s Flight. Every time I place an order on thriftbooks I ALMOST get it and then don’t at the last second. It seems like such a #me book. Also YAY Song of Achilles I really need to re-read that.

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  3. Song of Achilles had been on my TBR list for w hile! I’ve heard so many people say it actually made them cry, which only makes me want to read it more!

    And I’m ashamed to admit that, with my love for C.S. Lewis, I still haven’t read Till We Have Faces πŸ˜₯ I’ll definitely have to pick it up soon!

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    • Oh, Song of Achilles 100% made me cry both times I read it. If you’re in the mood for a heartbreaker I definitely recommend! And I recommend it regardless, lol. And if you like C.S. Lewis I highly recommend Till We Have Faces…that book is so fantastic.


    • Percy Jackson is basically on a different plain from all other mythology retellings, lol. They’re so much fun!! I definitely like the core books the best, but there are a bunch of fun new characters in the companion books.

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  4. Oh, I adore, absolute adore the Lunar Chronicles ❀ That series completely hooked me, I didn't even care it is a retelling or not! (because I didn't know much about the original story, haha). That's a great series!

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  5. I’ve heard so many good reviews for The Song of Achilles and Till We Have Faces! My sister got me into Percy Jackson a long while back but I don’t why I never ended up finishing the series. I think, I enjoyed The Kane Chronicles more..? #unpopularopinion haha and The Lunar Chronicles have been on my TBR for a long, long while now!

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    • Definitely read The Song of Achilles and Till We Have Faces if you want to have a good sad time, lol. I love them. I tried the Kane Chronicles but could never get into them sadly!! I love the Magnus Chase books though, I think those may actually be my favorite of Rick Riordan’s books. And I suuuuper recommend the Lunar Chronicles, if it wasn’t already obvious πŸ˜€

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