#mythothon: Greek Mythology Suggestions


If you’re interested in joining me for #mythothon and haven’t checked out the announcement, all the details about the prompts and prizes are in this post.

For this readathon, the books you choose DO NOT need to be mythology related to count, they just need to fit the prompt. I wanted to keep #mythothon as accessible – and fun — as possible, so I didn’t want to make reading a lot of similar or heavy books a must. 

However, I know a lot of you might want to go that extra mile and use as many books inspired by actual Greek mythology as possible. This is by no means a comprehensive list, just a selection I’ve either read and enjoyed or that I’ve heard really good things about. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments, and remember to post your TBRs so we can all cheer each other on when the readathon starts on November 1st.


‘Non-Fiction’ and Primers

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton

The Complete World of Greek Mythology by Richard Buxton

Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold by Stephen Fry

Bulfinch’s Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch

Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology by Cory O’Brien

The Medusa Reader by Marjorie Garber

Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore by Bettany Hughes



The Library of Greek Mythology by Apollodorus

Medea by Euripides

Alcestis by Euripides

Theogony by Hesiod

The Iliad by Homer

The Odyssey by Homer

Antigone by Sophocles


‘Traditional’ Retellings

Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare

Troilus and Criseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

Alcestis by Katharine Beutner

Tamer of Horses by Amalia Carosella

Achilles by Elizabeth Cook

The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer

The Memoirs of Helen of Troy by Amanda Elyot

Nobody’s Princess Series by Esther M. Friesner (starts with Nobody’s Princess)

Numinous World by Jo Graham (starts with Black Ships)

Troy Series by David Gemmell (starts with Lord of the Silver Bow)

Golden Apple Trilogy by Emily Hauser (starts with For The Most Beautiful)

Seeds Trilogy by M.M. Kin

Odysseus: The Oath: Book One by Valerio Massimo Manfredi

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Galatea by Madeline Miller

Olympians Series by George O’Connor (starts with Zeus: King of the Gods)

The King Must Die by Mary Renault

Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi

Cassandra: A Novel and Four Essays by Christa Wolf



Stories which step a little further from the source material, changing the setting, genre or time-period (for example, modern day)

Daughters of Zeus Series by Kaitlin Bevis (starts with Persephone)

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

Abandon Series by Meg Cabot (start with Abandon)

Goddess Test Series by Aimee Carter (start with The Goddess Test)

Goddess Summoning Series by P.C. Cast (starts with Goddess of the Sea)

Medusa Girls Series by Tera Lynn Childs (start with Sweet Venom)

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Who Let the Gods Out? Series by Maz Evans (starts with Who Let the Gods Out?)

The Goddess Girl Series by Joan Hubb and Suzanne Williams (starts with Athena the Brain)

Pegasus Series by Kate O’Hearn (starts with The Flame of Olympus)

Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan (starts with The Lightning Thief)

Ilium Series by Dan Simmons (starts with Ilium)

The Darkest Summer by Rebecca J. Greenwood

3 thoughts on “#mythothon: Greek Mythology Suggestions”

      1. That’s okay – I love them too and I added several of these to my TBR 😀 Although I try to avoid very cliché-sounding YA hetero stories and one or two seemed like it might be in that category.

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