Best Books About Mythology

Whether on mythology in general or particular branches, what are the best books you have read on the subject?
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4.48 avg rating — 271,301 ratings
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3.42 avg rating — 181,262 ratings
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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 Herondale (new)

Lucy Herondale 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".


message 14: by Antoine (new)

Antoine Hi Tima, I see that you are mad about the Goddess Summoning series not being there. Tell me when you find it.Antoine


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