Thank you to Cristina of My Tiny Obsessions for tagging me for the Greek Mythology Book Tag. Let’s get started…
ZEUS (JUPITER): GOD OF THE SKY AND THUNDER / KING OF THE GODS
Favorite book (choose your own category!)
Always a hard category, there are SO many books to choose from, so I’m going to limit myself to books that I’ve read this year. Even doing that there’s no way I can settle for just one so I’ll go for The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, Uprooted by Naomi Novik and Fellside by M. R. Carey.
POSEIDON (NEPTUNE): GOD OF THE SEAS AND EARTHQUAKES
Book that drowned you in feels
The latter books of The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. When the lead characters met their various fates I was a mess. I had no idea whether that really was the end, and saying goodbye to them after a whole series read virtually back to back was NOT GOOD, but in the best possible way.
HADES (PLUTO): GOD OF THE UNDERWORLD
Favorite book with a dark / ominous plot
Fellside by M. R. Carey was pretty dark, and a really good read.
HERA (JUNO): GODDESS OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
Cutest fictional couple
Claire and Jamie Fraser from the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon. Thrown together by circumstance and necessity their relationship becomes genuine. They’re both such strong characters and would go to great lengths to protect each other.
ATHENA (MINERVA): GODDESS OF WISDOM, HANDICRAFT AND STRATEGIC WARFARE
Series with the best world-building
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. I LOVE Westeros and the descriptions of all the different regions. I’m not a fan of hot weather, but Dorne sounds absolutely amazing in those books. I think my favourite location would be Winterfell where it’s colder. Winter is coming, after all!
APHRODITE (VENUS): GODDESS OF LOVE AND BEAUTY
Most beautiful cover on a 2016 release
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. I love the patterns and colours.
I also really like the cover on the paperback version of Uprooted by Naomi Novik too.
ARES (MARS): GOD OF WAR AND BLOODSHED
Most violent book you’ve ever read
I may need a little help here in picking out which book this happened in, but the battle scene and the death of the Red Viper in A Song of Ice and Fire was quite violent, made worse by the fact that I really liked the character and wanted to read more about him.
HEPHAESTUS (VULCAN): GOD OF BLACKSMITHS AND FIRE
Scorching hot swoon worthy character
Just one? Don’t limit me to just one.
The Dragon from Uprooted (I hoped him and Agnieszka would get together from the moment early on they collided on the stairway).
And Jamie Fraser from Outlander.
I also liked John Rookwood AKA The Fireman from Joe Hill’s book. (And it just occurred to me that this one actually is scorching hot; he can control the fire that should in theory burn him alive, and creates all manner of trickery from the flames).
ARTEMIS (DIANA): GODDESS OF THE HUNT AND VIRGINITY
Favorite Kick-Ass Heroine
Lisbeth Salander from the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson.
PHOEBUS APOLLO (APOLLO): GOD OF LIGHT AND HEALING
Sequel book that redeemed its series
Redeemed its series is taking it a bit far, because the whole Bill Hodges trilogy by Stephen King was really good, but I think I ended up with a greater appreciation of the characters and the team once I’d reached the end of End of Watch, which was so good it made me want to go right back to the beginning of Mr. Mercedes and start the trilogy all over again.
HERMES (MERCURY): MESSENGER GOD OF THIEVES AND COMMERCE
Book with the best message
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith usually delivers some wisdom in a very readable way. I really must start reading Precious and Grace soon.
HESTIA (VESTA): GODDESS OF THE HEARTH AND HOME
Book with the most relatable story
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. The characters in that story seemed so real, especially Cath.
DEMETER (CERES): GODDESS OF FERTILITY AND AGRICULTURE
Favorite bookish setting
Le Cirque des Rêves from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it were a real place?
DIONYSUS (BACCHUS): GOD OF WINE AND CELEBRATION
2016 release you are most anticipating
As the year is almost over I’m going to do this looking back on the books I was eagerly awaiting…
Fellside by M. R. Carey. I loved The Girl with all the Gifts and wanted to see what the author wrote next.
The other two books I must mention are The Fireman by Joe Hill and End of Watch by Stephen King. I added both of those to my TBR list months before they were published.
I enjoyed writing that tag. As always, if you’ve made it to the end of this post and haven’t already done this tag, feel free to join in.