Suggested Reading

The Canongate Myth Series

Title, Author (Mythological characters)

  1. A Short History of Myth, Karen Armstrong
  2. The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (Penelope, Odysseus)
  3. Weight by Jeanette Winterson (Atlas and Herculean)
  4. The Helmet of Horror by Victor Pelevin (Thesus, the Minotaur)
  5. Lion’s Honey by David Grossman (Samson)
  6. Dream Angus by Alexander McCall Smith (Aengus)
  7. Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith (Iphis)
  8. Binu and the Great Wall by Su Tong (Meng Jiang)
  9. Where Three Roads Meet by Salley Vickers (Oedipus, Tiresias)
  10. Baba Yaga Laid an Egg by Dubravka Ugrešić (Baba Yaga)
  11. The Myth of Izanagi and Izanami by Natsuo Kirino (Izanagi, Izanami)
  12. Orphans of Eldorado by Milton Hatoum
  13. The Hurricane Party by Klas Ostergren
  14. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman
  15. Untitled by A.S. Byatt (Ragnarok) – expected to be published in November 2010

Other books on Myth

  1. Ransom by David Malouf (Priam, king of Troy; Achilles)
  2. a novel by C.S. Lewis, ’till we have faces’ retelling the myth of cupid and psyche
  3. Journey to the West – The Monkey God Myth
  4. Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw (Pygmalion myth)
  5. Galatea 2.0 by Richard Powers (Pygmalion myth)
  6. The Sandman by E.T.A. Hoffmann (Pygmalion myth)
  7. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
  8. Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C. S. Lewis
  9. Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli
  10. Song of the Magdalene by Donna Jo Napoli
  11. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  12. Ecstasia by Francesca Lia Block
  13. Quiver by Stephanie Spinner
  14. The Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur by Victor Pelevin
  15. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  16. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
  17. Waiting for Odysseus by Clemence McLaren
  18. Inside the Walls of Troy: A Novel of the Women Who Lived the Trojan War by Clemence McLaren
  19. Aphrodite’s Blessings by Clemence McLaren
  20. Goddess of Yesterday (Bank Street College of Education Josette Frank Award) by Caroline B. Cooney
  21. Achilles: A Novel by Elizabeth Cook
  22. Lost in the Labyrinth by Patrice Kindl
  23. The Dawn Palace by H. M. Hoover
  24. Troy by Adele Geras
  25. Daughter of Troy: A Magnificent Saga of Courage, Betrayal, Devotion, and Destiny by Sarah B. Franklin
  26. Pharaoh’s Daughter: A Novel of Ancient Egypt by Julius Lester
  27. Psyche in a Dress by Francesca Lia Block
  28. The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman
  29. The Adventures of Amir Hamza by Lakhnavi and Bilgrami
  30. American Born Chinese by Gene Yang
  31. Ice Land by Betsy Tobin
  32. The Arthurian Cycle
  33. Stardust (Neil Gaiman)

Non-fiction on Mythology

  1. Mythology for Dummies by Christopher W. Blackwell and Amy Hackney Blackwell
  2. The Library of Greek Mythology (Oxford World’s Classics) by Apollodorus and Robin Hard
  3. Greek Myths and Legends (Usborne Myths & Legends) by Anna Claybourne and Rodney Matthews
  4. The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology (Penguin Classics) by Jesse L Byock
  5. Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Helen Morales
  6. Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt by Geraldine Pinch
  7. ‘a catechism of mythology’ by william darlington (1832)
  8. t.p. wiseman’s “remus: a roman myth”
  9. Native American Myths by Neil Morris
  10. Mythology by Edith Hamilton
  11. Handbooks of World Mythology series (Oxford University Press) by various
  12. From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and their Tellers by Marina Warner

Other useful links:

Mythology in our Modern Society
Comprehensive online dictionary on all things dearling with Ancient Greece
Greek Mythology Family Trees (simplified)
The Complete Family Tree of Greek Mythology
The Guardian Greek Myths Series
The Canongate Myth Series
Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology
Roman Myths
An Etymological Dictionary of Classical Mythology


10 responses to “Suggested Reading

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  3. Betsy Tobin’s Ice Land is a modern retelling of Norse mythology, focused on Freya. Also, a question, will the Arturian cycle count as “myths” for this challenge?

  4. For more recommended books, surely some Neil Gaiman books fall in this category? e.g. The Sandman series, Stardust.

    The winners for Mythopoeic Awards might be of help too:

  5. I found another link for books about mythology, Princeton’s Mythos/Bollingen Series, at

    • Hi Connolly, this is a great source of mythology books, fiction and non-fiction alike. Big Thanks! I’ll add them into the list.

  6. I would love to cover books on Indian – Hindu mythology in this challenge. Would that count too? What about other Asian mythologies like that of China, etc. Your list seems quite Western-centric.

    • Those definitely count, Sandhya! My knowledge of myths is embarrassingly Western-centric so the list represents that, but I’d love hear some suggestions for Eastern and other myth reading! If you have some, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list 🙂

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