The Greek Gods Book Tag

So apparently at this point I’ve started finding book tags that sound pretty cool and re-doing them, because I just went to try two book tags (The Never Have I Ever and My Life In Books tags), and when I was putting the tags in my post, those popped up as already having been tagged. So I went and searched my archives and surprise, I have already done them, just years ago. But since there are still plenty of book tags out there that I haven’t done, I kept searching until I found something new to do.

This week’s book tag was found on Autumnfire Pages and is from Reading Every Night! It’s interesting because I just finished both the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series and the Heroes of Olympus series, and the choice of gods/goddesses is very different than what I thought I’d find. I would have thought you’d go with the Twelve Olympic gods, but we’ve got several minor gods in here (and we’ve ignored several of the Big Bads – so if I get struck by lightning, know it’s not my fault).

ZEUS: KING OF THE GODS – YOUR FAVORITE BOOK

If you were to have asked me this several years ago, my answer would have been The Book Thief, because that book stayed at the top of my favorites list for years and years. Now, though? I think I’d like to put The Thirty Names of Night at the top of the list, right underneath A Deadly Education. I know I’ve been harping on those two books these past few months, but it’s been so long since I’ve found a book that made me go YES, ABSOLUTELY YES! I’ve read so many books that have been touted as being “the next ____” or something along those lines, and each and every one of them were just a sad copy of the original storyline, with nothing new added to them. These are something new and fresh (at least to me), and I just want to scream about them from every single rooftop.

HERA: QUEEN OF THE GODS – A BADASS FEMALE CHARACTER

I liked Vasilisa in The Bear and the Nightingale. She loses a bit of her fire in a later book due to the inevitable man, but her first book is fantastic. She beats her book’s villain on her own, and she stands up to her wicked stepmother. It’s one of the books that got me out of my reading slump in 2020.

JANUS: GOD OF BEGINNINGS – YOUR FAVORITE DEBUTS

If you had asked me this a few weeks ago, I’m not sure what I would have answered. I’ve never really thought about debut novels before (or if I have, then it’s usually along the lines of This is the same thing that’s been released a hundred times before, just with a different setting). However, I recently read The Map of Salt & Stars (FIF/review to come in April, sorry!), and I’m going to say that as a debut novel, this is by and far my favorite.

ATHENA: GODDESS OF WISDOM – YOUR FAVORITE NON-FICITON BOOK

I had to read The Secret History of Wonder Woman for a book I took on comics several years ago, and it sits on my bookshelf (in all of its lovely star-spangled glory) and I re-read it every few years because it’s a ton of fun and I love the history behind it. Wonder Woman has become my favorite DC super hero, and I loved her 2016 movie. I haven’t watched the newest Wonder Woman movie yet, but I’ve heard some disappointing things about it.

APHRODITE: GODDESS OF LOVE – A BOOK YOU ADORE AND RECOMMEND EVERYONE READ

I want to recommend Jenny Lawson’s books to everyone, but I know that the style of humor isn’t going to be everybody’s favorite. So I’d also recommend A Deadly Education to those who like dark academia books, and maybe Endurance to those who like non-fiction books.

HADES: GOD OF THE UNDERWORLD – AN EVIL BOOK YOU WISH DIDN’T EXIST

Can I say Ulysses by James Joyce here? I think this is the only book in grad school that I actually significantly struggled to get through, even with the gigantic secondary book that she also assigned to us. It’s one of those books that I want to get rid of, but also mount on my wall so people know I read it and defeated it.

POSEIDON: GOD OF THE SEA & EARTHQUAKES – A BEAUTIFUL AND GROUND BREAKING BOOK

I would have called A Map of Salt & Stars or The Thirty Names of Night beautiful and ground-breaking to me, because I had never read anything like them before. Queer fiction has never been on my radar, and it should be. I should be reading more diverse authors, but I keep reaching towards the same white people over and over again. I’m hoping that 2021 is the year I break free of my old and comfortable ruts and try something new.

APOLLO: GOD OF THE ARTS – A BEAUTIFUL BOOK COVER

I hate to put Follow Me To Ground in this slot, but it’s the most beautiful book cover of the books I’ve read this year (at least so far). It’s unfortunate that the contents of the book are so disappointing. I had such high hopes for this book and all of them ended up being dashed.

HYPNOS: GOD OF SLEEP – A BOOK SO BORING YOU ALMOST FELL ASLEEP

We could put Ulysses in this slot as well, but I think it’s probably better served by The Swallowed Man. It felt too much like To the Lighthouse, where nothing really happens. A few people have described it as being like Frankenstein, but I actually enjoyed that book. I read The Swallowed Man because it was short and because it was my book club pick, but I don’t think I’d read it again.

HERMES: MESSENGER OF THE GODS – A BOOK YOU SPED THROUGH

I finished all of the Heroes of Olympus books in about four days, once I actually got my hands on the series. In fact, almost all of the books that I read back in January were completed in a day (if not in just over a day). I read twenty-three books in January, and took a few days off. So you do the math.

Well that was fun! I feel like you may be able to tell when I scheduled this post by what books I’m currently harping on. (As a spoiler, I wrote this post on February 1, 2021. It’s scheduled for March 4, 2021. I’m trying to get ahead so that when I do eventually burn out and go back to being depressed, at least I’ve got some content to keep the blog going!)

As always, if you loved reading this tag, consider yourself tagged! Do it and tag me (and remember to link back to the original creator) so I can see your answers, too!

And as always, keep reading.

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