Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Every … Should Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books Every … Should Read.

Mythology Fan.

It took me a while to come up with my picks for this week. My first thought was fantasy, but I feel like I’ve kind of done that already a few weeks ago, my second thought was fairytale retellings, which I love but once again I’ve already done as a Top Ten Tuesday theme. Then I finally hit on mythology books. I love reading any I can get my hands on, they’re like another version of fairytales which I adore. I will read any I can find; books inspired by Greek and Egyptian mythology, books about gods and angels.

Top Ten Tuesday #18

Greek Mythology

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Kendare Blake takes the Greek Gods and makes them mortal; Athena is slowly choking on owl feathers and Hermes is wasting away, his body moving too fast for his metabolism to keep up. The first book is brilliant with so many figures from Greek mythology appearing, and not just the gods. The Gods are dying and the Greek heroes have been reincarnated to help them fight the war.

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

This is a book inspired by the Hades and Persephone story, which incidentally is my favourite Greek myth. Nikki spent six months in the Everneath, and now she’s returned home to her old life she finds herself with six months left to make amends before the underworld takes her back again.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Another book inspired by the Hades and Persephone myth, but this time steeped in Indian folklore. I am currently reading this book and it is amazing, definitely worth the hype that is currently surrounding it. The writing is beautiful and the world-building is so fantastical it reminds me of the wonder and magic of The Night Circus. Every page there is something new to love and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I haven’t read this series yet, though I have seen the first movie, and I’ve heard great things about it. Everyone has recommended the Percy Jackson series to me and I didn’t feel like I could post a Top Ten Tuesday on mythology without including these books.

Christian Mythology

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard

This is a beautifully written book, and an amazing story as well. Outcast and fallen from Gods grace the angels fight for dominion over each other in the ruins of Paris, but there is something much more sinister at play. A Curse has been awoken that was cast when Lucifer Morningstar was still around.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Don’t worry there’s no spoilers for this book, the last of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. While the angels do play a big part in the first and second books because of their actions and where they set up base I feel the Christian faith plays a much bigger part in Dreams of Gods and Monsters.

Cracked by Eliza Crewe

As well as having possibly the best YA heroine I’ve ever read; Meda is kick-ass, witty, sharp, and all-around amazing. There is a war going on between the Crusaders and the demons, and Meda, part Crusader part demon, is stuck right in the middle of it.

Riders by Veronica Rossi

There are very few books out which feature the four horsemen of the apocalypse, which is a shame because I love reading about them; it’s probably my favourite aspect of Christian mythology. I haven’t started this book yet but Riders sounds amazing, and I loved Veronica Rossi’s first series so I have high hopes for this one.

Eastern Mythology

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I don’t know much about the One Thousand and One Nights myth, having never read the original version, but The Wrath and the Dawn is the best retelling of it I’ve picked up so far. I am so excited for the release of the second book; not long to go now.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This book was one of my most-anticipated reads for this year. It sounded so amazing; the story, the characters, the world-building. Rebel of the Sands more than lived up to the expectations in ways I didn’t even think of. I loved the setting and I loved the myths and mythical creatures that were woven into the story.

So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what you picked for this week’s themed free-for-all, or what some of your favourite mythology themed books are.

55 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Every … Should Read

  1. Reading is like breathing…
    Glad that I found your post. I will definitely add a few of these!
    One my top authors is L.A. Banks. She wrote these vampire huntress series that I sincerely love. Great read! Thought you might like it.

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    1. Ahh that’s so sweet. πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you liked my post and glad it could inspire you to add some books on your to-read list as well!
      I’ve heard of L.A Banks’ books, I probably already have them on my to-read list somewhere but if I don’t I’ll definitely add them. Thanks for the recommendation! πŸ™‚

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    1. So many people have said that about Percy Jackson, I definitely need to bump that series up my to-read list so I can start it sooner. Oh The Wrath and the Dawn is amazing, I’m sure you’ll love it, and yeah probably wise to wait until closer to the release of the second book.
      Thanks for the link, I’ll definitely check out your TTT post!


  2. Great list Beth! I always wanted to dabble in some mythologies but I just never had! I’m treating this list as my own mythology TBR list hahaha.
    Though Riders have been getting some mixed reviews, I still have to read it because THAT SUMMARY THOUGH!
    I’m marathoning Percy Jackson during the summer holidays and I can’t wait to step into that well loved world!

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    1. Thanks Astra! I am a massive fan of mythologies and these are some of my favourite books so I really hope you enjoy them as well.
      I haven’t actually seen any reviews for Riders yet. I haven’t actually looked honestly, but it’s about the four horsemen of the apocalypse. I’m picking it up just for that πŸ˜€
      I’m gonna have to marathon it soon as well, so many people have recommended it to me, and yeah it sounds amazing doesn’t it πŸ˜€

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      1. Same here actually. I loved Rossi’s first series so I’m definitely going to pick up this one, and maybe if I don’t read any reviews beforehand I’ll enjoy it on my own merits (I find reading negative reviews before reading a book can sometimes effect my own opinion of it, you know)

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      2. Exactly, and for me if it’s a book I haven’t read I’ll start picking out negative things about the story or the characters simply because it was mentioned in the reviews, and I wonder if I would have picked up on them if I hadn’t read the reviews in question. I try and avoid negative reviews now until after I’ve read the book.


  3. Ahhh I’ve just bought TWATD for my holiday and I can’t wait to read it! It’s going to be torture waiting until May to pick it up haha. This is a great list, I’ll defo be working my way through some of these suggestions. πŸ™‚ x

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    1. Oh I really hope you love it! At least waiting until May to read the first you won’t have to wait for the sequel to be released, if you enjoy TWATD you can jump straight into the next one!
      Thanks so much, I’m glad you liked my picks for this week, and I hope you like the ones you read as well πŸ˜€

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      1. It’s one of my favourites, and plenty of people love it too so I’m not the only one πŸ˜€
        Oh definitely, part of me wishes I had waited closer to the release of the second book to start the first, just because I hate waiting for sequels if it’s a book/series I love!

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  4. Such fantastic choices Beth! I absolutely love mythology related books so I just found TONS to add to my TBR πŸ™‚ And PERCY JACKSON!!! Please read that series. I adore it so so much ❀

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    1. Thanks so much Jenna πŸ˜€ I hope you enjoy the books you added to your TBR list when you get around to them. The ones I’ve read are my favourites so I highly recommend them!
      Percy Jackson has been moved up my to-read list, I’m hoping to start the series in May, everyone has recommended it to me and I wanna see what all the hype is about πŸ™‚
      Thanks ❀️

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  5. Awesome list! YES THE PERCY JACKSON SERIES! I would never forgive you for writing this list without Percy Jackson on it, haha.

    I have yet to read The Wrath and The Dawn, and Rebel of the Sands but those two books sound awesome. They have been on my wishlist for a while now πŸ™‚

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    1. I couldn’t not include Percy Jackson. It is literally the book for Greek mythology even though I haven’t read it yet πŸ™‚
      Both are amazing books so I would highly recommend them. Also the second book in TWATD series is out soon so you’ll have that to look forwards to as well!

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  6. I’m not a huge mythology-kinds-of-books reader, but I do have some of these on my TBR, especially The wrath and the dawn -we talked about that one if I remember correctly- and Rebels of the sand. I’ve been hearing a lot about The Star-Touched Queen as well, so I might have to read that one! πŸ™‚

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    1. I love mythology but I think even if you’re not a fan most of the books I put for this week’s TTT are still good reads. I’d recommend most of them.
      We probably have talked about TWATD, honestly I lose track of all the books we’ve mentioned, I just know my to-read list has grown! But both are great πŸ™‚ and oh I would definitely DEFINITELY recommend The Star-Touched Queen, I’m reading it at the moment and it is becoming one of my favourite books of the year πŸ˜€

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      1. Ohh really, that much? I heard a bit about The Star-Touched Queen lately, and I don’t know, I feel intrigued, and since I’m trying to read more of fantasy and different kinds of books… I might have to read that one! But you’re such a fast-reader, I will wait for your review before πŸ™‚

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      2. The Star-Touched Queen was one of my most anticipated releases for May, and it seemed it was a lot of other people’s as well. It’s a really good book and I’d definitely recommend it to you, especially as your trying to read more fantasy πŸ˜€
        I’m hoping to have my review up next week sometime, I can tell now it’s definitely going to be a five star book for me πŸ˜€

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      3. It’s so brilliant. I don’t want it to end. I have a feeling my review may be me repeating over and over how much I loved this book πŸ™‚
        I’m gonna try and read more contemporary books as I read fantasy. Contemporary YA has literally become my close-second favourite genre. There’s such a wide variety of amazing books out there. And the same goes for the fantasy genre as well πŸ˜€

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      4. (It is so so good, I pre-ordered it in hardcover today it is THAT good!)
        And yes it definitely worked, I’m ninety-nine percent sure that most of the books I’ve read, have planned to read, for this month are all ones I saw reviewed on your blog πŸ˜€

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      5. Oh I’m the same, I do tend to avoid books I know I won’t like but every so often I do read a book I don’t enjoy that much. I try and keep my reviews constructive in that case πŸ˜€
        So far all the books you’ve recommended to me I’ve enjoyed so much! You’re definitely sharing the love of books on here πŸ™‚

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    1. I only realised it when I read the blurb, but now I’ve started the book I can easily see how parts have been inspired by the Hades and Persephone myth. It’s brilliant so far πŸ˜€
      I LOVED TWATD and I am so excited for The Rose and The Dagger; not long now!


  7. I loved the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy!! I also have a couple of these on my TBR. I DNFed The Wrath and The Dawn – I am the odd one out there!!

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    1. Oh man it was amazing wasn’t it!? I need to go back and re-read all the books soon! The books I featured this week are favourites of mine so I really hope you enjoy them. That’s a shame about TWATD, but I guess everyone has different tastes when it comes to books. You can’t love everything.

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      1. I am pretty much a black sheep in that sense!! They were pretty amazing!! I do want to re read them at some point!! πŸ™‚

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      2. There do seem to be more people who love the book than hate it. But there are some really popular books I just haven’t been able to get into, the Red Queen series for example!
        I’m gonna try and re-read them soon, I can’t remember the last time I picked up the series.

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  8. Omg I absolutely adore mythology-based novels! Love this topic! (You MUST read Percy Jackson though. :P)
    And ahhh so many awesome books. The Wrath and the Dawn is one of my favourite books, for sure, when it comes to mythology and retellings. Also, you don’t even know how jealous I am right now that you are reading The Star-Touched Queen! πŸ˜€ I’ve been wanting to read it ever since I heard of it; it sounds amazing. I can’t wait to see your thoughts once you finish it!
    Agh I also must read Rebel of the Sands, for sure. So happy to hear you enjoyed it so much!!

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    1. Mythology books are some of my favourites, and yeah everyone has told me to read the Percy Jackson series. It’s been moved up my to-read list because of all the recommendations!
      I know what you mean about The Wrath and the Dawn, it’s one of my favourites as well. I can’t wait for The Rose and the Dagger, I hope it’s even better than TWATD
      Oh my god The Star-Touched Queen is amazing. I’m currently reading it now and it is just so brilliant! I honestly think it’s one of my favourite books of the year so far. I think it’ll definitely be worth the wait πŸ™‚ it more than lives up to the hype!
      And yes, definitely read Rebel of the Sands, it’s an amazing book so I hope you love it!

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    1. Thanks so much. Yeah mythology books are amazing, I will pick up any I can find. You should definitely pick up some of these as well when you get a chance. A few are my favourite books in general but they’re all really good in my opinion πŸ™‚
      Thanks for the link, I’ll definitely check out your TTT


  9. Thanks for this list! I just found some book that I need to add to my TBR πŸ™‚ Also, LOVED Rebel of the Sands. It’s my favourite book so far this year.

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