A Month of Retellings

I don’t normally write posts about my upcoming monthly TBRs, but I am so excited for my May one – it contains one of my most anticipated books of 2022, as well as one I’ve seen hyped on social media. So, without further ado, let’s dive in!

Kaikeyi – Vaishnavi Patel

A Ramayana retelling from the perspective of the queen who is considered the villain? Sign me right up! This has to be one of my most anticipated books of 2022 and I cannot wait to see how Vaishnavi has reimagined such a classic story. As someone who would love to write my own Ramayana inspired story one day, I’m so excited to read Kaikeyi and see how it’s done. I cannot wait to get my hands on my copy from Portal Bookshop!

The Forest of Enchantments – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

This is another retelling of the Ramayana, but this time from Sita’s perspective. This is another one I picked up because I want to see how other authors have interpreted the Ramayana and used it to create their own story (The Forest of Enchantments and Kaikeyi will certainly not be the only Ramayana retellings I’ll read, I’m sure!). I’m intrigued to see how the events play out from Sita’s perspective – she is an important character in the Ramayana and I’m curious to see the story reimagined and retold from another central character’s P.O.V.

The Palace of Illusions – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

This is the second of Chitra Divakaruni’s books on my May TBR and is a retelling of the Mahabharata. This isn’t a story I’m familiar with, but one I’m looking forward to nonetheless – all I know is that it’s complex and the story itself is over 1,000 pages. I’ve already read one retelling (Sangu Mandanna’s A Spark of White Fire, the first in a trilogy which I need to finish), so I’m hoping that The Palace of Illusions will give me the gentle nudge to read the original at some point!

The Stardust Thief – Chelsea Abdullah

Okay, this isn’t a retelling per se, but it is inspired by One Thousand and One Nights, so I’m adding it to my May retellings TBR. I’ve seen a lot of hype for this book on social media, which has only made me more excited to read it.

Misrule – Heather Walter

This is the sequel to 2021’s Malice, a Sleeping Beauty retelling told from the evil sorceress’ perspective. I really enjoyed Malice when I read it last year (was it only last year?!) and I’m super intrigued to see how Misrule plays out, given how the first book ended. I loved the world building in Malice and the concepts behind it, so I’m hoping this gets expanded in Misrule.

So that’s my May TBR – given how excited I am for these books, it should be relatively easy to stick to! I have some stuff going on at the beginning of the month to get through first, but once that’s done, I’ll be diving straight into these. Don’t know why, but I am so excited to get started!

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