500 Best Fairytales and Retellings Books & Stories

On July 23, 2018 By newsroom Topic: Best Books

These fairytale books and retelling books are long time favorites of Goodreads members.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern
Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles
Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle
Beastly (Beastly
Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
East by Edith Pattou
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years
Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood
Princess of the Midnight Ball (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley
Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles
Princess Academy (Princess Academy
The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars
Ever by Gail Carson Levine
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
Just Ella (The Palace Chronicles
Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
Deerskin by Robin McKinley
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia
The Blue Sword (Damar
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Sun and Moon
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Enchantment by Orson Scott Card
The Frog Princess (Tales of the Frog Princess
The Fairy Godmother (Five Hundred Kingdoms
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
Once Upon a Marigold (Upon a Marigold
A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles
Princess of Glass (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
Rapunzel’s Revenge (Rapunzel’s Revenge
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye
The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm
A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
The Princess Test (The Princess Tales
The Storyteller’s Daughter: A Retelling of the Arabian Nights (Once Upon a Time #1) by Cameron Dokey
Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter and the Starcatchers
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley
Snow: A Retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Once Upon A Time
Before Midnight: A Retelling of Cinderella (Once Upon a Time
The Princess and the Hound (The Hound Saga
Zel by Donna Jo Napoli
Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely
Alice in Wonderland by Jane Carruth
Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia C. Wrede
Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
Fablehaven (Fablehaven
The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm
The Hero and the Crown (Damar
Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Cinderellis and the Glass Hill (The Princess Tales
Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire
Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
The Lion
Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of The Little Mermaid (Once Upon A Time
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
Beast by Donna Jo Napoli
The Fairy’s Mistake (The Princess Tales
The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles
The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope
Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones
The Black Swan (Fairy Tales
The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley
The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry
Golden: A Retelling of Rapunzel (Once Upon A Time
The Fire Rose (Elemental Masters
Seeing Redd (The Looking Glass Wars
The Complete Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher
Inkspell (Inkworld
Sisters Red (Fairytale Retellings
Wings (Wings
The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold by Francesca Lia Block
Ash by Malinda Lo
Winter Rose (Winter Rose
In the Night Garden (The Orphan’s Tales
Avalon High by Meg Cabot
The Big Over Easy (Nursery Crime
The Night Dance: A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Once Upon A Time
The Serpent’s Shadow (Elemental Masters
One Good Knight (Five Hundred Kingdoms
Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl
Impossible (Impossible
Bound by Donna Jo Napoli
The Princess and the Goblin (Princess Irene and Curdie
Snow White
Chalice by Robin McKinley
Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of Sleeping Beauty (Once Upon A Time
Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley
Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky
For Biddle’s Sake (The Princess Tales
The Squire’s Tale (The Squire’s Tales
Searching for Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles
Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins by Emma Donoghue
Water Song: A Retelling of The Frog Prince (Once Upon a Time
Aurelia (Aurelia
Enna Burning (The Books of Bayern
The Iron King (The Iron Fey
Scarlet Moon: A Retelling of Little Red Riding Hood (Once Upon A Time
Belle: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast (Once Upon a Time
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next
Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli
Phoenix and Ashes (Elemental Masters
The Child Thief by Brom
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
White as Snow by Tanith Lee
The Mists of Avalon (Avalon
My Fair Godmother (My Fair Godmother
The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde
Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales
Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
Jack of Kinrowan by Charles de Lint
The Wild Orchid: A Retelling of The Ballad of Mulan (Once Upon a Time
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Palace of Mirrors (The Palace Chronicles
The Swan Kingdom by Zoë Marriott
Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely
Cloaked by Alex Flinn
Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep (The Princess Tales
Witches Abroad (Discworld
Fortune’s Fool (Five Hundred Kingdoms
Sunlight and Shadow: A Retelling of The Magic Flute (Once Upon A Time
Castle in the Air (Howl’s Moving Castle
Violet Eyes: A Retelling of The Princess and the Pea (Once Upon a Time
Red as Blood
Calling on Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles
Firebird (Fairy Tales #1) by Mercedes Lackey
The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia
The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of Rumpelstiltskin (Once Upon a Time
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses
Crown Duel (Crown & Court #1–2) by Sherwood Smith
Son of the Shadows (Sevenwaters
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland
The Snow Queen (Five Hundred Kingdoms
The Stepsister Scheme (Princess
The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia
Deathless (Leningrad Diptych
UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale
Princess of the Silver Woods ( The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy
The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan
Spinners by Donna Jo Napoli
Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe
An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton
Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman
The Gates of Sleep (Elemental Masters
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons by Barbara Cohen
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
The Healer’s Apprentice (Hagenheim
Spirited (Once Upon A Time
The Fourth Bear (Nursery Crime
Goddess of Spring (Goddess Summoning
Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper
The Seer and the Sword (Healer and Seer
The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice
The Shadow of the Bear (A Fairy Tale Retold #1) by Regina Doman
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1; Books of Arilland #1) by Alethea Kontis
Goddess of Light (Goddess Summoning
The Rose Bride: A Retelling of The White Bride and the Black Bride (Once Upon a Time
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia
Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
The Fairy’s Return (The Princess Tales
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty
Inkheart (Inkworld
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
Into the Wild (Into the Wild
Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions by Neil Gaiman
The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
Warrior Rising (Goddess Summoning
Heroika 1: Dragon Eaters (Heroika #1) by Janet E. Morris
Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
The Complete Fairy Tales by Oscar Wilde
The Sleeping Beauty (Five Hundred Kingdoms
Heir to Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld
The Unusual Suspects (The Sisters Grimm
House of Many Ways (Howl’s Moving Castle
Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia
Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon
The Eighth Day (Eighth Day
Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann
Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson
Reserved for the Cat (Elemental Masters
Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein
A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians
The Princess
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy
The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles
Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely
Perrault’s Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault
Birdwing by Rafe Martin
Cinderella and the Colonel (Timeless Fairy Tales
The Wide-Awake Princess (Wide-Awake Princess
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
The Golden Braid (Hagenheim
Son of a Witch (The Wicked Years
My Name Is Rapunzel by K.C. Hilton
The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1–4) by T.H. White
The Bride and the Beast (Once Upon a Time
Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth
The Swan Maiden by Heather Tomlinson
The Princess and the Bear (The Hound Saga
An Offer From a Gentleman (Bridgertons
The Arabian Nights by Anonymous
The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin
Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson
Dragon Slippers (Dragon Slippers
The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Once Upon a Winter’s Night (Faery
Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven
Watership Down (Watership Down
In the Cities of Coin and Spice (The Orphan’s Tales
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen
Beauty and the Beast (Timeless Fairy Tales
The Light Princess by George MacDonald
The Ill-Made Mute (The Bitterbynde
Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Fablehaven
Peter and the Shadow Thieves (Peter and the Starcatchers
Black Thorn
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall by Bill Willingham
The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest by Terri Windling
The Merchant’s Daughter (Hagenheim
The World Above: A Retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk and Robin Hood (Once Upon A Time
Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle
The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next #3) by Jasper Fforde
When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Fairy Tales
The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald
Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
Possession by A.S. Byatt
Keys to the Demon Prison (Fablehaven
Waking Rose (A Fairy Tale Retold #3) by Regina Doman
The Demon King (Seven Realms
The Magic Circle by Donna Jo Napoli
The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf (The Squire’s Tales
Black Heart
For the Love of Hades (Loves of Olympus
The Thirteenth Princess by Diane Zahler
Splintered (Splintered
Graceling (Graceling Realm
ArchEnemy (The Looking Glass Wars
The Squire
Bridge of Birds (The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
The Forestwife (Forestwife Saga
The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm by Ellen Datlow
Through the Looking-Glass
Something Rotten (Thursday Next
Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven
Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness
Hood (King Raven
The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms
River Secrets (The Books of Bayern
Magic and Other Misdemeanors (The Sisters Grimm
The Everafter War (The Sisters Grimm
Court Duel (Crown & Court
The Owl Service by Alan Garner
Mary Stewart’s Merlin Trilogy (Arthurian Saga
Once Upon a Crime (The Sisters Grimm
Tales From the Hood (The Sisters Grimm
The Wizard of London (Elemental Masters
Beauty and the Werewolf (Five Hundred Kingdoms
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
The Grimm Legacy (The Grimm Legacy
Ruby Slippers
Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries
The Problem Child (The Sisters Grimm
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (Peter and the Starcatchers
The Black Cauldron (The Chronicles of Prydain #2) by Lloyd Alexander
The Stone Bearers by Jacque Stevens
Haven of Dante: The Staff of Moshe by Leonardo Ramirez
The Fairest Beauty (Hagenheim
Reckless (Mirrorworld
Breath by Donna Jo Napoli
Valiant: A Modern Faerie Tale (Modern Faerie Tales
Peter & Max by Bill Willingham
Eyes Like Stars (Théâtre Illuminata
First Among Sequels (Thursday Next
The Fox Woman (Love/War/Death
The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Mermaid’s Madness (Princess
The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Black Swan
Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson
Which Witch? by Eva Ibbotson
The Witch’s Boy by Michael Gruber
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Black as Night (A Fairy Tale Retold #2) by Regina Doman
Forest Born (The Books of Bayern
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker
Twice Upon a Marigold (Upon a Marigold
Once Upon a Curse (Tales of the Frog Princess
A Tale Dark & Grimm (A Tale Dark & Grimm
At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye by A.S. Byatt
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
Bewitching (Kendra Chronicles
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Godmother (Godmother
The Forgotten Fairytales (Forgotten Fairytales
Ember by Bettie Sharpe
Out of the Wild (Into the Wild
The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
Sleeping Ugly by Jane Yolen
In the Forests of Serre by Patricia A. McKillip
Tattered Heart (Princess Kingdom
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Beauty and the Beast by Marianna Mayer
The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke
The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Khalifa Brothers
Lords and Ladies (Discworld
Calamity Jack (Rapunzel’s Revenge
The Lioness and Her Knight (The Squire’s Tales
Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg (Disney Fairies #1) by Gail Carson Levine
King Rat by China Miéville
Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer
The Captive Maiden (Hagenheim
Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci
Lost by Gregory Maguire
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass
Rosemary and Rue (October Daye
Never After by Rebecca Lickiss
The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn
Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young
The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain
Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn
Silver Birch
The 10th Kingdom by Kathryn Wesley
The Fairy’s Return and Other Princess Tales by Gail Carson Levine
Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
The Odyssey by Homer
Poison Study (Study
Phantom by Susan Kay
The Armless Maiden: And Other Tales for Childhood’s Survivors by Terri Windling
Unhinged (Splintered
Harry Potter Collection (Harry Potter
Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy
Fairest (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale
Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
American Gods (American Gods
A Wolf at the Door: And Other Retold Fairy Tales by Ellen Datlow
A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years
Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry
The Book of the Dun Cow (Chauntecleer the Rooster
Ironside (Modern Faerie Tales
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (Fairyland
Wild Magic (Immortals
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe
The Diamond Secret: A Retelling of Anastasia (Once Upon a Time
To Beguile a Beast (Legend of the Four Soldiers
My Boyfriend Merlin (My Merlin
The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter
Sleeping in Flame (Answered Prayers
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls
The Grand Tour (Cecilia and Kate
Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins
Spells (Wings
Castle Waiting
Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones
The Fairy Rebel by Lynne Reid Banks
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter
Kill Me Softly (Beau Rivage)
The Glass Slipper by Eleanor Farjeon
Snow White Sorrow (The Grimm Diaries
The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell
A Kiss to Remember (Once Upon a Time)
The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany
Winter’s Child: A Retelling of The Snow Queen (Once Upon A Time
The High King (The Chronicles of Prydain #5) by Lloyd Alexander
Snow White by Donald Barthelme
Dragon Flight (Dragon Slippers
The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories
Red Hood’s Revenge (Princess
Hero (Woodcutter Sisters #2; Books of Arilland #2) by Alethea Kontis
Beauty by Nancy Ohlin
Opal by Kristina Wojtaszek
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter
The Blue Girl (Newford
The Princess Tales
The Duke Is Mine (Fairy Tales
Island of the Blue Dolphins (Island of the Blue Dolphins
Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles
The Wild Swans by Peg Kerr
The Dragon King (Chattanooga Supernaturals
Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave by Marianna Mayer
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco
Fractured Fairy Tales by A.J. Jacobs
Fable (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale
The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth
The Yellow Fairy Book by Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
The Snow Queen (The Snow Queen Cycle
Dragon Spear (Dragon Slippers
My Mother She Killed Me
The Quest of the Fair Unknown (The Squire’s Tales
The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
The Farthest-Away Mountain by Lynne Reid Banks
The Midnight Dancers (A Fairy Tale Retold #4) by Regina Doman
The Ballad of Sir Dinadan (The Squire’s Tales
Charming the Prince (Once Upon A Time
The Lady of the Sorrows (The Bitterbynde
Grendel by John Gardner
Sweetly (Fairytale Retellings
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter
White Cat (Curse Workers
Geek Charming by Robin Palmer
Exile (Aurelia
Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti
The Golem and the Jinni (The Golem and the Jinni
A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories by Robin McKinley
Enchantress from the Stars (Elana
Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die
Once Upon a Darkness by Aria Kane
The Bitches of Everafter (Everafter Trilogy #1) by Barbra Annino
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
J.R.R. Tolkien 4-Book Boxed Set: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Enchanted Storms (Princess Kingdom
Happily Ever After by Edward H. Carpenter
The Fourth Queen (The Empyrical Tales
The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde
The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower
An Artificial Night (October Daye
Queen Cinder (Shards of the Glass Slipper
The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Dragon Rider (Dragon Rider
The Hollow (The Hollow
The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
The Nightingale by Kara Dalkey
Heartless (Tales of Goldstone Wood
The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal
Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Battle of Evernight (The Bitterbynde
Thief Eyes by Janni Lee Simner
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter
Pay the Piper (A Rock’n’ Roll Fairy Tale
Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Schart Hyman
Beauty by Susan Wilson
Austenland (Austenland
The Children of Llyr by Evangeline Walton
Teenage Mermaid by Ellen Schreiber
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter
Indexing (Indexing #1) by Seanan McGuire
The Day Boy and the Night Girl by George MacDonald
Once Upon a Time by Jane Yolen
The Singer of All Songs (The Chanters of Tremaris
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz

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