Top 5 Saturday: Books Inspired by Mythology

We’re back with another Top 5 Saturday! I might’ve missed last week’s topic but I will come back to it at some point πŸ™‚ Just in case you don’t know Top 5 Saturday is a weekly meme created by Mandy @ Devouring Books and it’s where we list the top five books (they can be books on your TBR, favourite books, books you loved/hated) based on the week’s topic. You can see the upcoming schedule at the end of my post πŸ™‚ This week’s topic is: books inspired by mythology!

I have to be honest and say that while I know of many of the popular myths, specifically Greek and Norse, I don’t really know them in great detail. But Mythology is a topic that has always sparked my interest and I’m always up for getting my hands on more books inspired by myths! I have quite a few on my TBR that I’m hoping to read sometime in the… near future? *so many books, so little time*

I adore these Big Ideas Simply Explained books! I randomly found The Mythology Book when I was actually looking for The Literature Book but the shiny gold cover held me captive. Obviously, I left the bookstore with it in tow! This is a ‘coffee table’ book that I’d happily flip through over time.

I recently added Odd and the Frost Giants to my physical shelves when I went on a mini-Gaiman-book-buying spree towards the end of last year. It’s a fairly short MG read inspired by the Norse mythology that Gaiman frequently incorporates into his stories. It looks like it’ll be a fun read 😍

I’ve had the Mythos audiobook downloaded for a while now, and while I love learning more about the Greek gods, 99% of the reason I downloaded it is because it’s narrated by Stephen Fry. There’s something about his voice that’s so soothing and makes me feel like everything’s going to be alright πŸ˜‚

Okay, but can we talk about the beauty that is the cover of Gods of Jade and Shadow?! As if that wasn’t enough of a selling point for me, but the blurb sounded too good to pass up. I haven’t read many books with Mexican folklore but I’m definitely keen to learn more about the Mayan gods!

I came across Gods Behaving Badly when doing a random search for this prompt and it sounds pretty interesting! Gods working day jobs living in modern day London? Sign me up!

Upcoming Schedule:

  • 02 Feb 2020: Dystopian books
  • 08 Feb 2020: Mental Illness
  • 15 Feb 2020: Books about Mermaids
  • 22 Feb 2020: Books about spies
  • 29 Feb 2020: Books inspired by mythology

Do you like reading books about spies? Let me know below if you have any favourites or recommendations!

18 thoughts on “Top 5 Saturday: Books Inspired by Mythology

  1. Oooooh another opportunity for me to have an unpopular opinion πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ I hated mythos sooooo much! And I’m such a Greek mythology geek …but I couldn’t get on board with the narrative style. It felt very uninspired to me and a bit on the preachy side πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ

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