To me, myths and legends form the absolute baseline for the tradition which today we call storytelling. I recently listened to Stephen Fry’s Mythos audiobook and it has reignited my love all things mythical. I was so excited when Umairah @Sereadipity tagged me in this Greek Mythology Tag that she found Lau Reads’ blog, that it didn’t take me long to get started – choosing the books was obviously a lot harder, there’s so much great literature out there!
☆ Zeus: Favourite book
Of all time?! If I was forced to pick just one, I would probably say The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Záfon as it is so beautifully written.
☆ Poseidon: A book that drowned you in feels
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling– I’m one of those “I-grew-up-with-Harry” types of people and reaching the end of this series was like reaching an end of an era in bookish-life terms. The chapter The Prince’s Tale breaks my heart and makes me cry every damn time.
☆ Hades: Favourite dark book
Lord of the Flies by William Golding – there’s just something about the realness of it that I find perturbing.
☆ Hera: Cutest couple
Rhysand and Ferye – ACOWAR Chapter 55; need I say anymore?!
☆ Athena: Favourite intelligent heroine
Celeana Sardothian from the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas. I know that some people may not class her character as ‘intelligent’ necessarily but she is quite cunning and savvy. She always seems to have a plan for everything and if she doesn’t then she makes a point of finding out. She also loves her books.
☆ Gaea: Favourite world building book
Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien – I consider it to be one of the true greats in fantasy literature. To create a world like Middle Earth, base an entire collection of stories, poems and histories in it, then inspire someone like Peter Jackson to bring it to life on the big screen – that is some seriously epic world-building power right there!
☆ Aphrodite: Most gorgeous cover
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. The cover was design by a paper-cutting artist called Rob Ryan and I adore his work, it’s so intricate and pretty.
☆ Ares: Most violent book you’ve read
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis – without a shadow of a doubt.
☆ Hephaestus: Hottest book you’ve ever read
Sex and the City by Candace BushnellI guess. I don’t tend to read that much fiction that I’d define as hot so this was difficult! 😂
☆ Artemis: A heroine who doesn’t need a man to save her
Manon Blackbeak from the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas. I didn’t really like Manon that much at first, but then Queen of Shadows happened! Manon’s journey in Kingdom of Ash nearly killed me, I was in floods!
☆ Apollo: A book that is an exception to a genre you don’t usually like
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I’m not really interested in spaceships / artificial intelligence / futuristic planets etc. but I loved Illuminae. (Like a lot of books, Gemina and Obsidio are on my TBR!).
☆ Hermes: A book that stole your heart
One Day by David Nicholls. The ending played with my heartstrings far too much!
☆ Hestia: A book you go back to for comfort
Harry Potter – every time! Whenever I visit the Warner Brothers Studio Tour my eyes always well-up when I get to wand shop at the end and I read the quote on the big screen: “No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” 💙
☆ Demeter: Favourite book setting
Anything that takes place in the sea/ocean or underwater. I don’t know why but I’m just drawn to water worlds; perhaps I was a fish in a previous life!
☆ Dionysus: A book you are most anticipating in the next year
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal for a 2019 release; however, if we are talking about the next chronological year until March 2020 then I would have to say Queen of Nothing by Holly Black. After the ending of The Wicked King, I’m desperate to know what happens!
☆ Hecate: Favourite magical read
Harry Potter (again!), it brought the magic back into my love for reading!
☆ Nemesis: Favourite revenge story
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. The way Bardugo weaves all of the different characters and their stories/motivations together in one thrilling heist narrative was brilliant!
So there’s my list. Have a go if you like the sound of it and you’re a fellow Greek myth fan!