Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Fairy tales I adore


Good M’rnin. It’s Tuesday which means another Top Ten Tuesday post and it’s one that lies close to my heart. I was read a lot of fairy tales as a child and they bring me back to the time when both my parents used to read to me whilst I lay snuggled up in bed. Being read to really is a special thing especially as a child but also as an adult. I know an author I know is read to by her husband and I think that is, just perfect. I’ve decided to make this simple, and I’ve chosen fairy tales I love (not in any particular order,) except for the last which are fairy tales retold in a darker, sexualised way. Little different but something I thought was brilliant. Thank you as always to The Broke and the Bookish for such a wonderful tag.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

I haven’t chosen anything really surprising in terms of which fairy tales are my favourite but this one really stands out. Reading this as an adult I can see lots of sneaky things I’ve missed. I would definitely recommend reading this as an adult if you haven’t already.


The Boy Who Cried Wolf

I must admit I did a ‘wiki’ check on all of them to make sure they were fairy tales because I wasn’t sure this was one. This one has such a great moral or message and it has stuck with me since it was read to me as a child.

The Gingerbread Man

‘Run, run as fast as you can you can’t catch me I’m the gingerbread man,’ gah a classic.


Jack and the Beanstalk

I always remember imagining the secrets of the giants living up in the sky so fascinating. They are so big and yet they live up above us. How does that work?!

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

This story now seems a litttttle creepy, but I thought it was brilliant as a child.

The Princess and the Pea

This may be my all-time favourite fairy tale; it’s just a classic story.

The Story of the Three Bears

I thought this story was so sweet and clever. I think it was a bit terrifying when the bears came back but I remember the porridge part was my favourite. Makes me want to go read this all over again.


The Three Little Pigs

I’ve realised in this list I haven’t picked many, girlie fairy tales? If that makes sense; my parents seem to have read me a really mixed bag of books but this one is once again just one of those brilliant stories. I did also read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith which is a re-spin of the story which I thought was brilliant.


Another slightly creepy but really interesting tale.


The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

These stories I read whilst studying English Literature and I found them so intriguing and different. A little shocking at times but definitely worth a couple of pounds on Amazon if you haven’t got round to reading yet.

Tale Spins by Michael Mullins

Normally I struggle to find ten but for this list I have a bonus book which was sent to me by a brilliant author. You can see my review hereeee.

So there you go, ten wonderful tale (and a bonus one) What would you add to this list, let me know in the comments!

9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Fairy tales I adore

  1. Katrina says:

    I love this list; as someone who was brought up on Ladybird books, I’d add Rapunzel too. The Princess and the Pea was my favourite. Must read Angela Carter – I’ve seen her stories mentioned in other blogs and am intrigued.

    • littlebookblog says:

      Rapunzel is a great one although I don’t think I was read it as a child, I guess I must have been! 🙂
      Angela Carter is definitely worth a read her collection of books cab be picked up for next to nothing on Amazon. They’re not for the faint hearted but they will change your view of traditional fairytales!
      As always thank you for the comment 🙂

  2. Erica Herd says:

    Have you read any of the Tales of Hoffman? They were made into a show with puppets and music called “Shockheaded Peter” with music by the Tiger Lilies. It was great!

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