The #MeetYourMythTaker readathon ran by @MythTakeReads was one of my favourite readathons last year — I had great fun making and building up my character and her story. This year I’m really excited to dig into the #PathOrPantheon round, based on five mythological pantheons and five themed paths.
I’ve actually got a fair bit of time off work in July, so I’ve decided to be a bit ambitious with my TBR. It’s been a while since I’ve managed more than 20 books in a month, but I have done it before, so why not try? If nothing else, it’ll give me a big pile of possibilities to pick from.
So, here we go! I’ve chosen tackle the Greek Pantheon prompts and the Paths of the Home, the Underworld, and War.
Athena: a book set in a city – Window on the Square by Phyllis A. Whitney
Aphrodite: a book featuring romance – Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell
Ares: a dark story – Lying With Lions by Annabel Fielding
Hades: first book in a series – Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1) by Patricia C. Wrede
Hestia: fire on the cover/in the title – Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle #1) by Diana Wynne Jones. [I’ve been meaning to read more of this author’s books since I read Charmed Life last year. I was going to do one a month and have read exactly… none. I love this Ghibli film, so I’m looking forward to seeing how they’re different. I’ll rewatch the movie too most likely (Cause any excuse, right?).]
PATH OF THE HOME
Hestia: fire on the cover/in the title – Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (Bright Smoke, Cold Fire #1) by Rosamund Hodge [I’ve had the hardback on my shelves for years now, so I’m looking forward to trying this Romeo and Juliet retelling. I think Hodge’s writing style will really suit the story.]
Frigg: a book featuring family – Six Crimson Cranes (Six Crimson Cranes, #1) by Elizabeth Lim
Bastet: a book with a young female main character – The Misadventures of an Amateur Naturalist by Ceinwen Langley
Kōjin: a book featuring food/cooking – Arsenic for Tea (Wells & Wong, #2) by Robin Stevens
Oba: a book featuring water – Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1) by Elizabeth Peters [I read this one years and years ago but never continued with the series. I’d like to give it another go, but need to refresh my memory.]
PATH OF THE UNDERWORLD
Hades: first book in a series – This Eternity of Masks and Shadows by Karsten Knight
Hel: a book with two perspectives – Little Thieves by Margaret Owen [I was a bit stumped here, since I’m not actually sure which books on my shelves have a dual POV, so I’m counting this one. It’s about two characters that switch places, and does a ‘telling the true story from the villains perspective’ thing so…]
Osiris: a book with a green cover – Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1) by Juliet Marillier
Izanami: a book set on an island – This Eternity of Masks and Shadows by Karsten Knight
Olorun: main character creates something – The Truth by Terry Prachett
PATH OF WAR
Ares: a dark story – The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison
Montu: a book featuring a battle – To be honest, I’ll probably pick this nearer the time, I’ve got a bunch of fantasy novels and I’ll bet a bunch of them have battles. I’m currently thinking Nine Goblins or White Trash Warlock could count, but I’ll check and decide for sure later.
Hachiman: a book featuring archery – Hawksmaid by Kathryn Lasky
Ogun: metal object on cover/metallic cover – The Final Tap (Living History Museum, #2) by Amanda Flower
POWER: steal a prompt from another team to replace one. I’ll be replacing the Tyr prompt with one from the Path of Wisdom.
Odin: a book with a morally grey character – Unequal Affections by Lara S. Ormiston [Morally grey might be stretching it a bit far, but from the sounds of it, both Lizzie and Darcy are a little more complicated in this retelling so I think it’ll count.]