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.
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.
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.
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.
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.