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5 books based around Greek Mythology worth reading

Tuesday, 31 July 2018
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If you've been following me on social media recently, mainly Twitter, you may be aware of my almost constant excitement over Greek mythology. Or not, as I swear I only tweet half of the things I want to tweet. I've always been a fan of Greek myths especially since my first and only classics lesson back in year eight before I moved across the world. Unfortunately, due to the restricted number of classes in my new high school in NZ I was unable to pick classics back up. Last year, however, I finally read the Percy Jackson series after telling myself to read them for years and years and the Greek myth fire in me rekindled.

Anyway, if Greek myths aren't your thing that's totally fine - but if you're a geek like me then here are some books I've been reading recently to fuel your fire.

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

I can't begin a list of books without starting with these. Following Percy Jackson, demigod, son of Poseidon's adventures as he discovers this new world and the how the fate of this world is now in his hands. I went through all five in less than a month, as they're aimed at children, but they're definitely a great intro into the Greek mythology world if you've never read anything about it. Most well-known stories are covered in one way or another and it helps to introduce you to the big 13 and their roles on Olympus.

Mythos by Stephen Fry

Now, this is a large book, and I totally recommend listening to the audiobook as not only do you get to listen to Stephen Fry's wonderful voice but it also helps to learn the pronunciation of some of the weirder spelt characters. While there's not every single myth in here it does go into a lot of the well-known stories and also some of the lesser known ones that I'd never heard of before. If you're going to read any of these recommendations and want to learn the most, I say go with this one - you'll learn so much!

The Fall of Icarus by Ovid

This tiny little book (58 pages) would seem like a great start into the stories of Greek mythology however as it's by Ovid it's rather strenuous to read so it's actually easier to get through if you know some of the stories beforehand. The Fall of Icarus story is actually only about 3 pages long and the rest of the book is about several other stories as well. While I say it's not the best place to start it's definitely a better start over Ovid's main 723-page novel Metamorphoses which I do want to read at some point.

The rest of Rick Riordan's novels

Once you've finished the five Percy Jackson novels then there's a whole world of other Rick Riordan novels based around the same world. I think at least 11 others. I've only gotten through two of these currently but I do plan on reading them all and then moving onto his other books outside of the PJ world.

Next: Circe by Madeline Miller

I can't tell you how good this one is but it sounds great. This is at the top of my to be read pile and I'm really excited to start it. As the title suggests it's a retelling of the story of Circe, daughter of Helios, and her power of witchcraft. It definitely sounds more of a fictional narrative compared to the 'fact friendly' stories of Stephen Fry and Ovid.

Have you read any not covered here? Let me know, I'm always on the hunt for more!

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