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Greekin’ Out: Greek Mythology Reads

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I’ve been a fan of Greek Mythology ever since I first read Percy Jackson in sixth grade and my obsession has only grown with time. I love everything Greek Myth, be it books or short stories or tv shows or movies or fanfics or.. you get it. Hades and Persephone are my absolute FAVORITE and I find that a lot of my ships follow their relationship dynamic.

So with this in mind, I decided to do a round up of my favorite mythological books! Obviously, if you haven’t read any Percy Jackson, I’d recommend those, because Rick Riordan is amazing and there’s so much content there (Heroes of Olympus and Magnus Chase are great, too! Trials of Apollo also, though I’m still mad about that *thing* that happened in The Burning Maze…) but here are some other great Greek Myth reads!

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THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller

A retelling that more closely explores the relationship between one of the greatest Greek heroes, Achilles, and his companion Patroclus, told from Patroclus’ POV. It starts out when they were younger and moves throughout the events of the Trojan War.

This book will BREAK YOU, like it broke me. It is SO beautifully devastating yet it’s still a book I would re-read again and again!

CIRCE by Madeline Miller

Another great retelling by Miller, who is now The Queen of Greek Myth Novels. This one follows the goddess/enchantress Circe and her adventures after being exiled, including run-ins with Hermes, Odysseus and Athena.

I will literally read anything Madeline Miller ever writes at this point. This book was one of my favorite books of 2018, and I love it SO MUCH. I never really knew too much about Circe but this book gives so much detail about her and the myth surrounding her that I absolutely ADORE her now. It also includes a nice spin on the ending that I really enjoy.

ANTIGODDESS (THE GODDESS WAR trilogy) by Kendare Blake

A modern Greek Myth series! Woop woop! The Greek Gods are slowly dying out in gruesome ways, but Athena isn’t gonna go down without a battle plan. Along with Hermes, she sets out to reawaken the mythological powers within modern day humans like Cassandra, Odysseus and Achilles to save the gods before they all die out.

Small disclaimer for this series is that I HATED Cassandra, who’s the main human character. However, I liked Athena and Hermes so much that my love for them and a couple other gods won over my hatred for her. This series has a really satisfying ending, too!

HERE, THE WORLD ENTIRE by Anwen Kya Hayward

A short novella told from Medusa’s POV (I mean, I can just stop there, right? MEDUSA!) that retells her myth and her relationship with punk ass bitch Perseus.

I actually discovered Anwen through her tumblr, Mythology Mondays, where she HILARIOUSLY recaps various Greek Myths in pretty modern ways. So when she announced this little book I ordered it and was so, so pleased with it! It’s a super quick read but it’s heartbreakingly great and definitively put me into the Medusa Fan Club. She’s also writing a couple other retellings that I’m super excited about! 

Please comment any others I missed or if you have already enjoyed any of these! I’m always on the lookout for new myth retellings 🙂

11 thoughts on “Greekin’ Out: Greek Mythology Reads

  1. AH I love mythology! My little classics major heart got so excited when I saw the name of this post! I’d highly recommend Galatea by Madeline Miller, its a short story retelling of Pygmalion from the point of view of Galatea and its absolutely amazing.

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    1. Ahhh yay! I actually thought about minoring in classics for a bit so that’s so cool that you majored in it! And yes I’ve seen Galatea but I think I had trouble finding a physical copy. I’ll look into buying it on kindle! 🙂 Thanks!

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  2. I love this post so much Kaylee!! I got in to Greek mythology after reading PJO too and I’m always on the look out for more books based on it. I read both Circe and TSOA last year and ahh they’re so BEAUTIFUL❤️ TSOA is such a masterpiece!

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