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Once Upon Another Time: 6 Retellings You Should Add to Your To-Be-Read List

Once Upon Another Time: 6 Retellings You Should Add to Your To-Be-Read List

In the book world, retellings are new versions of old stories—plot lines that are given a new take. While classic literature will always be significant, it can somehow be daunting and intimidating for some readers. However, retelling old stories in new ways by making it more relevant and relatable that fit contemporary needs could be more attractive for readers, especially teens and children.

Authors often include a modern twist, setting, or shed new light to characters’ perspectives; then they become stories that breathe fresh air into the known. From Odyssey to Beauty and the Beast, Fully Booked is offering a 15% discount for a minimum purchase of Php 1000 from the Stories Retold collection at Fully Booked Online from November 22 to 26, 2021.

If you are unsure what to pick up next, we have rounded up retellings that would be an awesome addition to your to-be-read list. Here are 8 books that found new relevance in old tales.


Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

A shimmering and effortlessly elegant novel, Ariadne forges a new epic—a retelling of the Theseus and the Minotaur story, aligning with Ariadne’s perspective. Hypnotic, propulsive, and utterly transporting, Jennifer Saint's Ariadne forges a new epic, one that puts the forgotten women of Greek mythology back at the heart of the story, as they strive for a better world.


Women of Troy by Pat Barker

Pat Barker’s Women of Troy follows the story of Briseis and the other women of Troy who are taken as slaves when the Trojan Horse infiltrates the walls of the city. Masterful and enduringly resonant, ambitious and intimate, The Women of Troy continues an extraordinary retelling of one of our greatest classical myths, following on from the critically acclaimed The Silence of the Girls.


Circe by Madeline Miller 

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, Circe is born. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Daring, dazzling, and spellbinding, Madeline Miller does it again with her second novel, Circe, as she gives an unforgettable and masterful feminist take on a classical myth.


Daughter of Sparta by Claire Andrews

In this thrilling reimagining of ancient Greek mythology, a headstrong girl becomes the most powerful fighter her people have ever seen. Daughter of Sparta is a reinterpretation of the classic Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo. In her debut novel, Claire M. Andrews turns the traditionally male-dominated mythology we know into a heart-pounding and empowering female-led adventure.

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales by Soman Chainani

Soman Chainani, the bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil, respins old stories into fresh fairy tales for a new era and creates a world like no other. Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales is an enchanting and haunting compilation of tales as old as time.

Chainani shared with Fully Booked that his latest novel is a new survival guide to life, “These [retellings] are primal stories. Fundamental building blocks not just to our culture, but to our understanding of storytelling. They will never go away. But we need to reinvent them! That’s what this book is. An attempt to rewrite them in a way that will make them useful to us.”


Classical Mythology A to Z by Annette Giesecke

A need for all mythology bookworms! An encyclopedic A-to-Z guide that offers a comprehensive and engrossing guide to Greek and Roman mythology, this beautifully illustrated volume offers hundreds of rich, fascinating definitions of 700 major and minor characters, creatures, and places of classic mythology. In addition to being an important standalone work, Classical Mythology A-to-Z is also written, designed, and illustrated to serve as an essential companion to the bestselling illustrated 75th-anniversary edition of Mythology by Edith Hamilton



Looking for more retold stories? Head over to Fully Booked Online to find your next great read. Enjoy free shipping for a minimum of Php 799 purchase only. 

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