Retellings Reading Challenge 2017

Retellings Reading Challenge 2017

The Retellings Reading Challenge is back again for 2017, and this time it's bigger and better! Thanks to a lovely bunch of publishers, this year's challenge will come with monthly giveaways* for UK entrants!

The Challenge:
  • For readers to read retellings of stories we know well from their chosen level in 2016:
    • Easy: 1-4 retellings
    • Medium: 5-8 retellings
    • Hard: 9-12 retellings
    • Difficult: 12+ retellings
The Rules:
  • You must sign up to the challenge below.
  • You must share your thoughts/reviews on the retellings you read for the book to count. You can post anywhere: your blog, YouTube, Instagram, Goodreads, Amazon, Tumblr, etc.
  • As you review the books, update the monthly link up post with a link to your review. This is important, as each book you review will be an entry into that month's giveaway.
  • You can sign up any time between now and 31st December 2017.
  • Use the hashtag #RetellingsRC2017 so we can follow your participation in the challenge!
Which Books Count:
  • You can read retellings of any of the following (if I've left anything out, please let me know!):
    • Classics & Children's Classics
    • Fairy Tales
    • Myths and Legends
    • Folk Tales
    • Retellings of real, well known people's lives - I.E. Becoming Jane by Kevin Hood about a young Jane Austen, and And I Darken by Kirsten White, a gender bent retelling of Vald Dracul's teen years, both count 
    • I will also accept origin stories/prequels/sequels - I.E. Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Paige is a sequel series to The Wizard of Oz, Heartless by Marissa Meyer is a prequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the origin story of the Queen of Hearts, and both would count.
    • Reimaginings that aren't strict retellings would also count - I.E. Kody Keplinger's novels Shut Out and A Midsummer's Nightmare are both reimaginings, the first of the Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, and the second of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, both of which would count. 
  • You can read any retellings you want, they do not need to be recent releases to count.
  • Feel free to re-read any retellings! They will also count, as long as you review them somewhere.
  • All age categories are accepted; middle grade/young fiction, YA, NA, adult.
  • All books count; physical books, audiobooks, eBooks.
  • ARCs/Proofs count, as do self-published books.
To Sign Up:
  • Write a blog post/page, record a video, or upload a photo to Instagram about your participation in the challenge. This is important, you must do this. (If you're using Goodreads, Amazon, or any other platform that doesn't allow you to do this, in the link up below, just link to your public profile.) 
  • If you wish, in that post/page/video you can compile a list of retellings that you hope to read and review for the challenge - but this isn't compulsory. Also, the titles you list do not have to be set in stone. If you'd like some inspiration, Goodreads has a number of lists on retellings you can browse.
  • Submit your link in the widget below to show your participation. If you have a blog/channel/Instagram, please make sure the link you add goes directly to your sign up post/page/video/photo and you mention your blog/channel/Insta name/screen name. If you're participating via Goodreads or Amazon, etc, please put your "screename @ platform" - I.E. If I was participating via Goodreads, I would put "Jo @ Goodreads".
At the very top of this post you will see the graphic** I created for the challenge. Feel free to use it in your sidebar or sign up post/page/video if you want, but you don't have to!


*Thank you to the publishers who are sponsoring the Retellings Reading Challenge 2017 so far: Abrams & Chronicle Children's Books, Atom Books, Bloomsbury Children's Books, Curious Fox, David Fickling Books, Faber Children's Books, Harper 360, Macmillan Children's Books, O'Brien, and Scholastic.

**Titles included in the graphic are The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh (The Arabian Nights), Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis (Snow White), The Snow Child by  Eowyn Ivey (Little Daughter of the Snow), The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore (Romeo & Juliet), The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters (Hamlet), Winter by Marissa Meyer (Snow White), Inferno by Catherine Doyle (Romeo & Juliet), The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine (Snow White), Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine (Romeo & Juliet), When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle (Romeo & Juliet), Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales anthology edited by Melissa Marr & Tim Pratt (various), Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell (Cinderella) & RoseBlood by A.G. Howard (The Phantom of the Opera).

N.B. The graphic made for this post was inspired by Cait of Paper Fury's epic bookstagramming. It is nowhere near as good as what she does, but I made an attempt to try something that looks a little pretty (and better than the last graphic) and it didn't turn out half bad! At least I think so. For prettier bookish photos, go see Cait's bookstagram account.