This post comes in conjunction with the release of Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan. Be sure to pick up your copy!
Fairy tales made up quite a lot of my childhood. You name the medium in which you could enjoy fairy tales in the mid 90s, I had it. Books for my parents to read before I went to bed. Videos for when my parents were adulting but I still wanted to hear a story. I even had them on a tape for car journeys.
But, after a few turns, they start to get a wee bit. . . Samey. So, in celebration of the release of Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan, Little Island asked me to help rewrite some of the most beloved fairy tales to make them a little more exciting. I can’t promise you’ll enjoy them all, but this will definitely be a whole new way of reading them.
Challenge criteria: A book you loved as a child.
She’s just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…
NEWS FLASH: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo meets her at the airport!)
Pottermore has opened its bookshelves to us, and we’re about to be blessed with a Harry Potter book club. Yes you did read that right.
In June, the Wizarding World Book Club will come to us to celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter (sorry what). We can finally feel like we’re reading in the Great Hall, or the Common Rooms, or the Library.
Challenge criteria: A book about a difficult topic.
Unboxed is about four teenagers who come together after several months apart. In previous years, they had put together a time capsule about their best summer with a friend who was dying. Now that their friend has passed, they reunite to open the box.
I may be a massive bookworm, but there are some books that even I couldn’t get through. There’s no book too long, but there can be a book too tedious.
Marking a book as DNF, or did not finish, is almost like admitting defeat. There can be so many reasons why you would abandon a book halfway through – maybe you couldn’t get into the story, or perhaps it was just too long for your concentration to hold at the time.
Whatever reason, these are some of the books I’ve closed the cover on long before the final page. If I can’t get into it after three reading attempts, our relationship comes to an end.
Image via Jared Hiebert