Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly again is arguably one of the most powerful opening lines of a book. And Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is one of my favorite classics. So of course with the surge of retellings, I've been eager to find the best Rebecca retellings. Most have been a disappointment, and don't capture the dark, gothic, and compelling essence of Rebecca. But, I've managed to create a list of Rebecca retellings that, based on Goodreads ratings, should be good.
“Be a Communist, a stamp collector, or a Ladies’ Aid worker if you must, but for heaven’s sake, be something.”
It's part coming-of-age, part feminine awakening.
Maddeningly beautiful, I loved the lushness and richness of A Fierce and Subtle Poison. Beautifully written, as wild as the islands, and as mystical as a witch.
Modern gothic to me aligns with dark academia, except its setting can go beyond those of an intellectual institution's. Even so, I tend to find modern gothic tales not quite as beguiling as those of the Brontes' or du Maurier.
Well-written and thought-provoking, The Scent Keeper is the read you didn't know you needed.
What I enjoyed a lot of the story is the main character, Tea, has powerful skills, so powerful she raises her dead brother from the grave without realizing it, and yet though people celebrate her, they also turn their backs on her.
Beautifully rendered and utterly magical, Wolf Winter is a gritty, dark, and atmospheric read set in 1717, in the Swedish Lapland.
Baba Yaga had that distinct, gritty feel to her words, as you would expect, but with that wise grandmother feel I'd want her to embody. It was a perfect read, and a timely one, on being your own woman, Baba Yaga style.
On Netflix right now is a meet-cute show called Dash & Lily, based on Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. It got me thinking about those few meet-cute books I've read, and all the seemingly good ones out there.