Friday, September 20, 2019

My Top 5 Mythology Retellings of 2019 (So Far)

The other day I realized I've been reading a lot of mythology retellings this year so I decided to make a blog post about it and show you my five favorites. ♥




Heroes by Stephen Fry
This is a companion book to Mythos (from 2017). I highly enjoyed these hilarious retellings of the Greek heroes.

Song of Sacrifice by Janell Rhiannon
This is the first book in the Homeric Chronicles, which is a retelling of the Iliad by Homer written in multiple POVs. This was actually a reread because the book got relaunched and I enjoyed it even more the second time around.


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
This book is also a retelling of the Iliad but it's written in the POV of Patroclus. I read this book pretty recently and of course it was superb. It was sad but a very good read. I loved the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus.

Circe by Madeline Miller
This was another amazing retelling by Madeline Miller and I honestly enjoyed it more than The Song of Achilles (but both are amazing of course!). Circe is mostly known for her part in the Odyssey so it was amazing to read a whole book about her.

This is yet another Iliad retelling. Have I even read anything else at all? Anyway, this is my favorite mythology retelling of the year. At least so far. This book follows Briseis and how she went from being a queen to being Achilles' prize. It's not a happy book. It deals with a lot of tough subjects but I thought it was amazingly written. 
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How about you? Do you have any favorite mythology retellings? Have you read any of the ones above? Let me know in the comment section!


12 comments:

  1. Mythology was my fave subject in school <3 I studied Greek and Latin, myths were a huge part of my studies, so you can imagine how fascinated I am about everything related to it. The books you listed? I'm gonna check them all! :D

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  2. Yay! They're all amazing. Especially Circe and The Silence of the Girls. But I recommend them all, obviously. ♥

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  3. I'll put them at the top of the list, then ;)

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  4. I am so hit and miss with mythology retellings -- I genuinely have not liked one I've read thus far, so I am always looking out for good recs from bloggers. So thank you -- particualrly the Stephen Fry one. I didn't realise there was humour to it too!

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  5. I have the Fry ones on my wishlist, and I hope to get to them really soon. I am happy you enjoyed them! :)

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  6. I love a great retelling of mythology!

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  7. Circe is one that I keep hearing about. I should definitely make sure to give it a try one of these days. Thanks for sharing these!

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  8. Mythology retellings always have the best covers - I love all of these! I put myself on the wait list for Circe, and I'm also planning on reading The Silence of the Girls this year, too!

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  9. Loved both of the Madeline Miller books! I have Mythos, Janell Rhiannon's Book AND also the Silence of The Girls so I shall be reading them all eventually hehe :3

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  10. I desperately need to read Madeline Miller!!

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  11. Thank you for sharing this list! I do enjoy a bit of mythology occasionally, so I might check these ones out.

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  12. 'm dying to get to Madeline's The Song of Achilles and Circe. Glad to here you found them superb and amazing! I saw The Silence of the Girls on Bookoutlet and had to exercise a lot of restrain not to buy it LOL

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