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Kissing the Witch
Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins | Emma Donoghue
Thirteen tales are unspun from the deeply familiar, and woven anew into a collection of fairy tales that wind back through time. Acclaimed Irish author Emma Donoghue reveals heroines young and old in unexpected alliances--sometimes treacherous, sometimes erotic, but always courageous. Told with luminous voices that shimmer with sensuality and truth, these age-old characters shed their antiquated cloaks to travel a seductive new landscape, radiantly transformed.Cinderella forsakes the handsome prince and runs off with the fairy godmother; Beauty discovers the Beast behind the mask is not so very different from the face she sees in the mirror; Snow White is awakened from slumber by the bittersweet fruit of an unnamed desire. Acclaimed writer Emma Donoghue spins new tales out of old in a magical web of thirteen interconnected stories about power and transformation and choosing one's own path in the world. In these fairy tales, women young and old tell their own stories of love and hate, honor and revenge, passion and deception. Using the intricate patterns and oral rhythms of traditional fairy tales, Emma Donoghue wraps age-old characters in a dazzling new skin. 2000 List of Popular Paperbacks for YA
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wideeyedreader
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Some of the short stories in this fairytale collection take place in a #cabin! #letstravelaugust

OriginalCyn620 📚👌🏻📚 6mo
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wideeyedreader
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The #pink on this one is subtle, but I figured this collection of fairytale retelling was perfect for #colormepretty day 24!

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MsRadioSilence
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Happy PRIDE month! Y‘all got any good recommendations to fit this challenge?

(I have already read Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue and would wholly recommend)

scripturient-ink Any genre-preferences? I really enjoyed The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson but it's very memoir-ish. Some older ones: Giovanni's Room(James Baldwin), Maurice(E.M. Forster), Oscar Wilde is always great! Christopher Isherwood maybe? Newer books: Every Heart a Doorway, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, Not Your Sidekick (graphic novel). Heard good things about Adam Silvera & David Levithan, but I'm not into romance, so I haven't read anything by them 9mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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The prompt that almost made me skip #booked2019, #fairytaleretelling. As I told @LauraBeth “I‘m 41, I‘m not reading a damn fairytale.” Donoghue is one of my absolute favorite authors but even with her sometimes queer take on old favorites, I found this to be a bit of a slog. It‘s very short thankfully but I just didn‘t have much interest. Thankfully it is done! 2.75🌟

Cinfhen I appreciate your dedication because you could have participated and just skip this prompt 😉so extra bonus points for you ❣️❣️❣️❣️ 12mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen I AM A COMPLETIONIST, CINDY!!! 😘 12mo
Cinfhen I should have known!!!!! Good Irish girl you are 💚😘💚 12mo
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TrishB Well done 👍🏻 I did a 65 page kids book for this one. I am not looking forward to the GN/comic either!! 12mo
Bibliogeekery Love Emma Donoghue (even this one - but I hear you) #queerbooks 12mo
LauraBeth I‘m 47 and still believe in fairy tales 😘😂 12mo
MicheleinPhilly @LauraBeth I should have read the one you did. That didn‘t sound too painful. 12mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB I have 2 GNs that I‘ll get to eventually but they‘re so not my thing either. (edited) 12mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Phew! Cross that nasty prompt off the list. 👊🏻✔️📚♥️ 12mo
Reviewsbylola I felt the same way about this prompt. Totally not my thing. At all. I got it out of the way as quickly as I could. 12mo
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MirrorMask
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Films: Ever After and Ella Enchanted. I have not read the book, Ella Enchanted but I plan on reading it at some point.

Books: Crimson Bound and Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Kissing the Witch by Emma Dongohue, Circe by Madeline Miller, and The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

#SundayFunday @sebrittain

hermyknee Ooo I loved Ever After. And the book version of Ella Enchanted is by far one of the best!! 13mo
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The retellings are so unique and wonderfully written. The writing in this is so beautiful I‘m definitely going to read more of Donoghue‘s books. And I loved how all the fairytales are connected which I did not notice until half way through. So clever. I loved this, definitely recommend for anyone! 5/5 🌟

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MirrorMask
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Amazing collection of stories from one of my favorite authors.

#WitchyStories #WitchyReads @Linsy

Cinfhen Niiiice...didn‘t know she has a short story collection 1y
MirrorMask @Cinfhen Yeah, multiple collections actually 1y
Cinfhen Oh, I‘ll have to investigate further xx thanks 1y
batsy I really liked this! 1y
Linsy I so NEED this!!! 1y
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MirrorMask
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Kissing the Witch
Matt Kindt
Killing Eve
Kiwi

#ManicMonday #LetterK @JoScho

JoScho 💛💛💛 1y
Guildedearlobe Killing Eve was brilliant. 1y
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MirrorMask
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I found out about Emma Donoghue through Book Riot's #readharder challenge. I read Kissing the Witch for #20 A book with a cover you hate, and I loved it! "Old tales with new skins" is an excellent description of it.

After reading Astray, I've become a fan and I can't wait to read Room and so much more from this #femaleauthor

#Readingresolutions @Jess7

batsy I loved Kissing the Witch! 2y
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MsRadioSilence
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Even though it was a required reading, I did enjoy the book. A few points made me uncomfortable, but that‘s fairytales for you. The retellings were progressive in some ways (hell yeah, feminism and lesbians abound!) but also many of the characters were white. Expected from a book based on old European fairtales, but for a book written in 1997, it was still progressive with the LGBT and feminism. NOT a book for kids! 4.5/5 stars

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MirrorMask
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Neil Gaiman
Lewis Carroll
Noelle Stevenson
Emma Donoghue
Langston Hughes
Mary Shelley
Charlotte Bronte

@Syndelle777

SumisBooks Very nice 2y
umbrellagirl Neil was on my list as well 💙 2y
MirrorMask @umbrellagirl He's my favorite author. 2y
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I‘ve had this on my shelf for nearly a decade. It‘s right in my wheelhouse - I love Emma Donahue, fairy tales and dark adaptations. The only reason I can think that I hadn‘t gotten around to it is shallow - I really don‘t like the cover. Thanks to the @bookriot #ReaderHarderChallenge, I had a reason to pick it up. And I loved it (of course). Gorgeous book with a cover that doesn‘t express it. There you go 😊

batsy I love this too ❣️ 2y
MadCatRamble @batsy It‘s so good 💗 2y
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DebinHawaii
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Day 26 #JubilantJuly #controversial It wasn't a bad day but it's been a long day/week/month & as I was trying to think of controversial books to pull tonight, it occurred to me that today's .50 cent library bookstore find: Emma Donoghue's Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins-retold fairy tales from a feminist & lesbian perspective (& released as YA in the U.S.) must be controversial with certain groups. So I went with it! 📚👍#neededaneasywin

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DebinHawaii
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Returned books to the library & renewed The Boy on the Bridge-hopefully 4th time's (if you count the audiobook I didn't get to) a charm. I want to finish it but other books keep grabbing my attention.😬Farmer Boy is for virtual foodie bookclub-my hosting pick for Aug/Sept & the tagged book I nabbed for .50 cents from the bookstore. The librarian offered up 'library swag'-pen, pouch & coupon😆Doesn't Max look excited to pose with it? 😽#catsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen He's a little doll!He knows he's the best thing in the photo!😽 3y
rubyslippersreads I hate to be the one to break the news to Max that there is no cat food in Farmer Boy. 😿 3y
DebinHawaii @Leftcoastzen 😽❤️❤️❤️ @rubyslippersreads Shh! Don't tell him or he'll never read it with me! 🤣👍🙀😿 3y
4thhouseontheleft A virtual foodie book club sounds fun! 3y
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Pagesflutter
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#24in48 #readathon #day1 #stats

3 hours, 33 minutes spent reading

Completed one novel, one graphic novel, and 4 short stories

Read 433 pages

2.5 books left on TBR

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laurenanalepa
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SOS: I need sticker removal tips!

saresmoore Scrape (I just use my fingernail or a plastic object), Goo Gone, scrape again if needed, buff with dry towel! 3y
Centique That sounds like what we used to do when I worked in a bookshop @saresmoore except the product we used was a citrus oil called De-Solv-It 👍 3y
josie281 @Lizpixie said eucalyptus oil! 3y
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AliBG Goo Gone is a citrus oil solvent 3y
BookishJess I use a pencil eraser, the white Staedtler brand, and it works really well to get the sticky residue off. 3y
bitterbear @saresmoore You sound like an old pro... 😉😉 3y
Lizpixie Eucalyptus oil works really well, and it smells nice too. 3y
Aims42 I've had good luck with 'Goo Off' and q-tips 3y
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Linked stories subverting fairy tales that feature women who love each other and are not trying to tear each other down. The prince is not the prize. This is Donoghue, so the stories are spare and subtle and clever. Meant for teenagers but adults will also enjoy this dreamlike collection and its destabilisation of gender roles and relations. #ikissedagirl #junetunz @Cinfhen

saresmoore Want! I'm reading a pretty great collection right now, but I keep getting annoyed with all the predictably hetero characters. I was disappointed in the latest story when, halfway through, I learned the MC was supposed to be a man so that his obsession with the beautiful female became instantly unbelievable and bland. 3y
Bibliogeekery I love this book! #queerbooks 3y
Cinfhen Nice photo😊book sounds 👍🏻 3y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig Sounds good! 3y
batsy @saresmoore It's so disappointing when that happens isn't it. Especially when the hetero relationships also fit tired tropes, like the woman always has to be beautiful and the man can be whatever. #rudeladyreadersaretired 3y
batsy Thanks @Cinfhen and yeah me too @Bibliogeekery! 3y
batsy @missnavigation yeah ☺️ 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds interesting! 👍🏼 3y
saresmoore Truth! There was even a pseudo love triangle with a genius old professor. 🤦‍♀️ I will definitely pick up this Donoghue, though! 3y
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Beachesnbooks
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February reading wrap-up!

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Beachesnbooks
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Day 24 of #riotgrams - kissing books. I figured I'd count the book I'm #currentlyreading as it has "kissing" in the title. So far, I'm really enjoying this collection of fairytale retellings.

SusanInTiburon Yes! This is a good one, isn't it? 3y
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Actually_Perry
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Kicking off #24in48 with this book which is the January pick for #feministorchestra book club! I am LOVING these fairytale retellings so far 😍

MsRadioSilence Hellow, I realize this is an old post, but where did you find those tarot cards? They‘re absolutely GORGEOUS! 2y
Actually_Perry @i-am-papercrane I know you asked this forever ago haha, but I just saw this! They‘re from thewildunknown.com! 1y
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Beachesnbooks
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So I may or may not have a book buying problem (I totally have a book buying problem 😳) #bookhaul but in my defense these all sound AMAZING and were on sale so....

UnderTheRadarBooks OMG 😱😱 Such a great haul! 3y
Beachesnbooks @UnderTheRadarBooks Thanks!! I'm so excited to read them!! 3y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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A gorgeously written collection of #fairytaleretellings with #feminist and queer twists. They somehow feel old and cozy, like stories that have been around for centuries but new and shiny and innovative at the same time. #queerbooks

MrBook Great pic! 3y
half_book_and_co One of my favourite books of all time! 3y
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MCYmermaid This was one of those books that was better for me in concept than in reading. Might well have been a mismatch of mood? Perhaps I should try again... 3y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @MCYmermaid Hmm, maybe. It's definitely a quieter contemplative book rather than action/adventure. And there is a certain mood to fairy tales I find. I wouldn't be turned off her other books if you're thinking of reading them, since this one is quite different from her others (and there's quite a bit of diversity between her others as well). 3y
MCYmermaid Thx. All good information. 3y
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amma-keep-reading
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Different. Very different.

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Today's theme for the #AllHallowsRead #photoadaychallenge is a Halloween book that's not scary. I really enjoyed this short, little book. From the title and the cover I had expected it to be somewhat scary, but that wasn't the case.

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Happy Canada Day! My three favorite Canadian writers: Margaret Atwood (all hail), Michael Ondaatje, and Emma Donoghue (whose books I am just now realizing I don't own any print copies of. That will have to change soon).