Best Books About Mythology
Whether on mythology in general or particular branches, what are the best books you have read on the subject.
1 The Lightning Thief (Percy ...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 830,180 ratings
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2 The Last Olympian (Percy Ja...
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 326,886 ratings
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3 The Sea of Monsters (Percy ...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 359,736 ratings
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4 The Odyssey
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 566,296 ratings
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5 The Battle of the Labyrinth...
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 367,117 ratings
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6 The Titan's Curse (Percy Ja...
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 279,863 ratings
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7 Mythology
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 26,947 ratings
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8 American Gods (American God...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 305,811 ratings
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9 The Lost Hero (The Heroes o...
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 297,849 ratings
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10 The Son of Neptune (The Her...
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4.45 of 5 stars 4.45 avg rating — 205,112 ratings
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11 The Red Pyramid (Kane Chron...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 168,264 ratings
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12 The Iliad
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 190,421 ratings
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13 D'Aulaires' Book of Greek M...
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 9,618 ratings
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14 Switch! The Lost Kingdoms o...
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 313 ratings
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15 The Power of Myth
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 26,020 ratings
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16 The Mark of Athena (The Her...
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 133,881 ratings
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17 The Mystic Princesses and t...
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 60 ratings
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18 The Alchemyst (The Secrets ...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 85,023 ratings
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19 Bulfinch's Mythology
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 7,334 ratings
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20 Beowulf: A New Verse Transl...
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 138,646 ratings
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21 Metamorphoses
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 33,902 ratings
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22 The Once and Future King (T...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 67,336 ratings
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23 The Greek Myths
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 3,351 ratings
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24 Nobody's Princess (Nobody's...
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 9,326 ratings
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25 The Aeneid
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 62,298 ratings
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26 Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 40,259 ratings
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27 Verses of Athine: The Daugh...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 19 ratings
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28 The Epic of Gilgamesh
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 42,587 ratings
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29 The Norse Myths
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 3,148 ratings
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30 The Magician (The Secrets o...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 49,012 ratings
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31 Losing Beauty
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 100 ratings
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32 The Throne of Fire (Kane Ch...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 82,001 ratings
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33 D'Aulaires' Book of Norse M...
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 1,954 ratings
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34 Nobody's Prize (Nobody's Pr...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 4,764 ratings
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35 The Hero With a Thousand Faces
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 14,563 ratings
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36 The Prose Edda
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 5,052 ratings
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37 The Goddess Test (Goddess T...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 33,510 ratings
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38 The Serpent's Shadow (Kane ...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 52,619 ratings
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39 Fantasy Lover (Dark-Hunter ...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 53,910 ratings
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40 The Necromancer  (The Secre...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 37,027 ratings
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41 The Demigod Files
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 35,985 ratings
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42 Le Morte D'arthur
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 22,539 ratings
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43 The Sorceress (The Secrets ...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 38,970 ratings
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44 The Bhagavad Gita
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 28,937 ratings
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45 Greek Tragedy: Agamemnon, O...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 288 ratings
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46 The Poetic Edda
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 3,272 ratings
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47 Cleopatra's Secret: Keepers...
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48 The Song of Achilles
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 20,350 ratings
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49 Hounded (The Iron Druid Chr...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 35,227 ratings
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50 Percy Jackson & the Olympia...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 11,550 ratings
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51 The Golden Ass
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 6,336 ratings
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52 The House of Hades (The Her...
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4.54 of 5 stars 4.54 avg rating — 77,012 ratings
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53 Oh. My. Gods. (Oh. My. Gods...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 11,147 ratings
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54 Troy
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 2,914 ratings
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55 Dance with the Devil (Dark-...
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 44,455 ratings
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56 The Marriage of Cadmus and ...
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 939 ratings
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57 Mythologies
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 7,449 ratings
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58 Servant of the Gods
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 44 ratings
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59 Greek Gods and Heroes
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 445 ratings
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60 Call of the Kami
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4.7 of 5 stars 4.70 avg rating — 10 ratings
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61 Trickster Makes This World:...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 756 ratings
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62 The Mists of Avalon (Avalon...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 129,731 ratings
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63 Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilo...
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 2,984 ratings
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64 The Bacchae and Other Plays
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 2,195 ratings
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65 A Short History of Myth
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 2,544 ratings
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66 Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunte...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 47,489 ratings
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67 Theogony
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 1,532 ratings
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68 Acheron (Dark-Hunter, #8)
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4.59 of 5 stars 4.59 avg rating — 35,763 ratings
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69 The Keeper and the Rune Sto...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 60 ratings
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70 After Ilium
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4.78 of 5 stars 4.78 avg rating — 9 ratings
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71 The Penelopiad
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 16,672 ratings
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71 Persephone (Daughters of Ze...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 1,548 ratings
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73 The Archetypes and the Coll...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 2,551 ratings
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74 Gods Behaving Badly
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 8,845 ratings
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75 The Sacred and the Profane:...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 3,698 ratings
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76 Devil May Cry (Dark-Hunter,...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 24,967 ratings
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77 Athena the Brain (Goddess G...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 3,566 ratings
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78 The Greek Way
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 1,032 ratings
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79 The Shadow Thieves (Cronus ...
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 3,884 ratings
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79 Goddess Boot Camp (Oh. My. ...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 9,339 ratings
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81 Prometheus Bound and Other ...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 2,704 ratings
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82 Zephyr The West Wind (Chaos...
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83 The Keeper and the Alabaste...
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4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 21 ratings
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84 The Firebrand
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 6,735 ratings
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85 The Golden Bough: A Study i...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 869 ratings
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86 Mahabharata
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 1,196 ratings
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87 The Dream Hunter (Dream-Hun...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 28,791 ratings
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87 The Iron King (The Iron Fey...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 111,308 ratings
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89 Anansi Boys
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 111,809 ratings
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90 Fear the Darkness (Dark-Hun...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 8,599 ratings
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91 Aphrodite the Beauty (Godde...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 2,268 ratings
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92 Persephone the Phony (Godde...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 2,048 ratings
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93 Night Pleasures/Night Embrace
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 6,143 ratings
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94 Sins of the Night (Dark-Hun...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 23,387 ratings
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95 The Juniper Tree and Other ...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 283 ratings
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96 Unleash the Night (Were-Hun...
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 25,883 ratings
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97 Winter Fire
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 25 ratings
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98 Forged by Fate (Fate of the...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 149 ratings
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99 American Indian Myths and L...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 3,002 ratings
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100 Radiant Darkness
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message 1: by Derya (new)

Derya "Metamorphoses" for the win! =)


message 2: by Abby (new)

Abby Not that I hate The Hunger Games but how is it mythology? It's a AU of the history of North America not mythology


message 3: by Antoine (new)

Antoine I am a little disappointed to see so many novels in the list generally (though I like many of them), but I didn't explicitly exclude them, so I guess they are fair game. The problem with novels is some of the most mythic are the least mythological, if that makes any sense.


message 4: by Myles (new)

Myles I would never say they're "about" mythology, but The Hunger Games trilogy is built off of the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur, I put it on the list of books referencing mythology.

I don't recall a single in-text mention of Greek myth.

I don't think novels really belong on this list either, even if Percy Jackson may be some kid's first introduction to Greek mythology.


message 5: by Joan (new)

Joan Holub Scholastic's Mytholopedia series is a good resource. Light humor and all the basics are there.


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Joseph Campbell's The Power of Myth should definitely win this one. My second choice would be The Odyssy. Nothing beats a classic! :)


message 7: by Lauray24 (new)

Lauray24 Hunger Games isn't based on mythology.


message 8: by Lucy (new)

Lucy Why is that that people have to put The Hunger Games in almost every single list?
That book has nothing to do with mythology! -.-


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message 10: by Tima (new)

Tima I removed The Hunger Games, since it obviously is not a mythology book.

If you see any others, just point them out and I'll remove them :)


message 11: by Jocelyn (new)

Jocelyn Why is Hunger Games on so many lists?

Hell, I've even seen it on the romance list. HG is NOT romance. >.< It has romance, but it is not a romance book.

HG was inspired by mythology, but it is not based on mythology, nor does it tell the story of a myth, or otherwise incorporate myths in some way.


message 12: by Danielle (new)

Danielle why is the goddess summoning series not on here? if a book called "my boyfriend merlin" can be on here then the goddess summoning books deserve to be on here!


message 13: by Tima (new)

Tima Danielle wrote: "why is the goddess summoning series not on here? if a book called "my boyfriend merlin" can be on here then the goddess summoning books deserve to be on here!"

The lists are not pre-set up. You can add books at any time, that fit the subject of the list. Just go back to the top of the page, right hand side of the list, click the tab "add books to this list".


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