What book(s) are you excited to read next?
It’s that day of the week again! The day I ask you guys a question. It can be any book — a book that you’ve owned for a while & haven’t gotten around to reading; a book that hasn’t been released yet; a book you keep eyeing at the bookstore or library, but just haven’t quite reached for yet.
Here is a book I’ve seen around the Internet and at the bookstore and have heard mentioned in others’ conversation at the bookstore. (I eavesdrop on the booksellers, what can I say?) It’s one that isn’t on my immediate to-read list because I’m determined to read every unread book in my apartment before acquiring new books (with the exception of books-as-gifts). But it is a book I really want to read and it’s a book that’s pushing me through my aforementioned read-all-the-books-I-own challenge.
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
From all I’ve gathered, this isn’t exactly a retelling of Peter Pan but more a reinterpretation of Peter Pan. This novel is — as you can guess from the title — told from the perspective of Tiger Lily, the Indian princess in the original tale (though from reviews, I also understand that in this novel she isn’t an Indian princess but the daughter of the medicine man).
I seek out retellings and reinterpretations of classic tales, the ones we all grew up with, as often as I can and in all forms of media. I prefer reinterpretations, though. I like the freedom an author takes with a classic story, and I like to see how that story has twisted inside another person’s head. Because every time I do reread a classic story — Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan and others — I realize how much I change it in my own head. There are bits of those stories that exist in my head that aren’t actually in the books themselves, but over time my own imagination and others’ interpretations have altered how I remember these tales. I think it’s interesting how we each can read the same story and certain things stand out, and certain things change slightly, and certain things become forgotten.