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Books to read if you love mythology

More and more books are being published with mythological themes, and we’re loving all of them. They bring something new and exciting to the Fantasy genre and at The Bookery we had to make a list of our favorite titles for you to read!

1. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This book is based on Mayan mythology and it is whimsical and exciting as all of the Mayan myths. This book is set in Mexico in the 1920s and it follows the story of a girl, Cassiopeia, who works as the family maid. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she finds a locked chest in her grandfather’s room and sets free the Mayan god of death, Hun-Kame. Hun-Kame was imprisoned by his own brother and he sets out to reclaim his throne. Enlisting Cassiopeia to help him, the two of them set out on a quest. There’s love, there’s revenge and everything you could wish for in a book. Definitely a must-read.

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2. Circe by Madeline Miller

When looking for books about mythology, Circe always comes up. It may seem overrated, but the truth is that this book is a masterpiece. Madeline Miller is a rockstar when writing about greek myths. This novel is about the mythological character of Circe, who is the daughter of the Titan and god of the sun, Helios. The complexity of Circe’s character is what makes this book such a standout. She’s a very powerful witch that has done terrible things, yet she’s so heart-achingly human. She’s lonely, she longs to be accepted and loved. It is a beautiful book and we recommend it wholeheartly.

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3. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman

This one is actually a compilation of various stories written by bestselling authors. It explores East and South Asia mythology and folklore. This book is beautiful because it is filled with short stories that explore various themes, from star-crossed lovers to battle of wits and meddling immortals. It is different from any other book and it brings a true appreciation towards Asian culture.

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4. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is a genius when it comes to writing fantasy books. In this book, Gaiman explores the Norse myths and stays true to their essence. He brings a novelistic arc into the stories of every god in the Norse pantheon. It’s modern and an exciting retelling of the tales, ending with the final destiny of the gods, Ragnarok. It is an exciting way of learning about Norse mythology and a must-read for those mythology enthusiasts.

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5. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

We all know Rick Riordan and his amazing books based on Greek and Roman mythology. What many don’t know, is that the author of the Percy Jackson series has an imprint with Disney-Hyperion Books. Rick Riordan himself edits books written by other authors that write about mythology. This is how we came to discover Roshani Chokshi and her amazing books. Aru Shah and The End of Time is based on Hindu mythology. It’s beautifully written, filled with humor, action, and amazing characters. The best part is that this one is a book series! Definitely worth reading.

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