Hello! Welcome back to another Mythology Monday post. Today I’m talking about my mythology book TBR. Right now, there’s 7 books on it, including some older releases and some that haven’t been released yet. Keep reading to find the titles, short descriptions I took from Goodreads or Amazon, the reason the book is on my TBR, a link to Goodreads where you can find the full description and buy links, and my Questions of the Week.
Lovely War by Julie Berry
Short description: They are Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette. A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect-turned-soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S. Army, and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past. Their story, as told by goddess Aphrodite, who must spin the tale or face judgment on Mount Olympus, is filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion, and reveals that, though War is a formidable force, it’s no match for the transcendent power of Love.
Reason: I’m 20% into this one, and it’s really good. The story within a story is fascinating, and I’m loving the personalities of the gods in this one. Also Hephaestus is one of my favorite Greek gods, so any book with him in it had to be an automatic buy. S/O to Whitney on bookstagram for telling me about this one.
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
Short description: A mesmerizing retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Ariadne gives a voice to the forgotten women of one of the most famous Greek myths, and speaks to their strength in the face of angry, petulant Gods.
Reason: I’m living for retellings right now, so that alone drew my interest. Can we talk about the UK cover though? I mean absolutely gorgeous. I might just have to buy that version over the US version. I’m also living for women being at the forefront of mythology stories, so I’m really excited to read this one.
Circe by Madeline Miller
Short description: With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.
Reason: I’m only 46 pages into this one, but I already feel for Circe. I’ve seen a lot of different thoughts about this book, so I can’t wait to see how I feel by the end. Also, Song of Achilles was my first book in 2021 and that one was fantastic, so I have high hopes for this one.
The Descent of the Drowned by Ana Lal Din
Short description: Set in a colonised Indo-Persian world and inspired by pre-Islamic Arabian mythology, The Descent of the Drowned is a tale about power, identity, and redemption, and what it takes to hold on to one’s humanity in the face of devastation.
Reason: I just got an ARC of this one (publishes 3/15/21), and I’m thinking about ignoring my TBR and just starting it now. The description sounds so good, and I love mythology outside of the Greek/Roman canon.
The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
Short description: When a banished witch falls in love with the legendary trickster Loki, she risks the wrath of the gods in this moving, subversive debut novel that reimagines Norse mythology.
Reason: I know little to nothing about Norse mythology outside of what I’ve gathered through some of the Marvel movies. So, I’m always ready to learn more, and doing it with what sounds like a stellar protagonist? Sign me up, okay. This one publishes 2/9/21, so I need to go ahead and preorder it.
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
Short description: Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth – a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.
Reason: I started this series last year, and it’s so fun. I hate I waited so long to read it and that I’m taking so long to finish it, but I will surely remedy that this year. I only have 2 books left in the series, so I’m gonna put some pep in my step and get em read.
The Iliad & The Odyssey by Homer
Short description: Set during the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of the city of Troy by a coalition of Mycenean Greek states, [The Iliad] tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles. The Odyssey recounts the adventures of Odysseus on his way home to Ithaca after the Trojan War.
Reason: After reading Song of Achilles and A Thousand Ships, I realized I wanted to read some of the source material. I read The Odyssey in middle school, but don’t remember if I’ve read The Iliad, so I thought this would be the perfect time to just read both. I bought the lovely Canterbury Classics version pictured above, and I’m hoping to work my way through the entire thing this year.
Thank you so much for reading my mythology book TBR! Do y’all have any of these on your mythology book TBR? Any other mythology books I should have on my radar? If you enjoyed this post, check out my Mythology Mondays page to see my other mythology posts.