40 Essential Books Inspired by Greek Mythology to read now

After so many years of wanting to read Circe by Madeline Miller and not doing it, I finally did! I convinced a friend and fellow reader to get into the book with me! The concept of Circe being a witch, the myth, and also my friend’s knowledge of the topic made this the perfect book for us!

We will have ready some book club questions to share with you all, there is also the need to keep on reading more books like this! As a mood reader, I tend to fall into the rabbit hole of reading about the same books, stories, authors, and categories, so if you are like me, you will find that this is the perfect list to know everything you need about Greek Mythology!

Let’s first get into more history and factual knowledge on the myths and the heroes!

Mythos by Stephen Fry

Let’s retake the most famous Greek Myths being retold by the great and only Stephen Fry, actor, narrator, and writer! Stories from Pandora’s Box, Prometheus, and the Olympus gods! This is perfect to get into the deeps of the myth for your following reads. Also, keep in mind that he narrates the audiobook himself, so imagine the experience.

Heroes by Stephen Fry

Stephen went hard with his retelling of Greek Myths. Stories from Perseus, Jason, Atalanta, Theseus, and Heracles! The grandeur, the thrills, the unabashed hubris! The perfect collection to get yourself and your kids into the love of Greek Mythology! Again, he narrates the audiobook.

Troy by Stephen Fry

The end of the myth! The end of the trilogy! One of the longest and biggest wars in the world. The epic battle is retold full of drama, humor, and vivid emotion. Experience the grandeur of the hero Achilles and Odysseus, and other significant characters like Hector, Helen, and the reason why this war promised to destroy them all.

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton

Edith Hamilton’s mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture—the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present.

Now, some fiction

Circe by Madeline Miller

The story of one of the first and most powerful witches. A story of pain, treason, and abuse. With unforgettably characters, poetic language, and suspense, a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

A captivating retelling of The Iliad, a tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart. Achilles and Patroclus star this modern tragic story and how war came to destroy them both. Through a whole life, Achilles and Patroclus built themselves and each other, just to have a tragic foretold ending.

Galatea by Madeline Miller

In ancient Greece, a skilled marble sculptor was blessed by a goddess who gave his masterpiece—the most beautiful woman the town had ever seen—the gift of life. After marrying her, he expects Galatea to please him, obedient and humbly personified. But she has desires of her own and yearns for independence.

Queens of Themiscyra by Hannah Lynn

In ancient Themiscyra, Hippolyte rules as Queen of the Amazons. Feared throughout Greece, the Amazon’s skills on the battlefield are unrivalled, but war threatens their shores.

A story of sisters, mothers, lovers, and warriors.

Athena’s Child by Hannah Lynn

Medusa and Perseus soon become pawns of spiteful and selfish gods. Faced with the repercussions of Athena’s wrath Medusa has no choice but to flee and hide. But can she do so without becoming the monster they say she is?

Revel in this powerful retelling of one of mythologies’ most extraordinary tales today—a tale of injustice, violence, and misunderstood characters that were victims of the gods.

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

One of most famous ancient Greek myths, Theseus and the Minotaur. Nephew of Circe! A mesmerizing retelling from the woman at the heart of it all. The one that helped them free the Minotaur, the one that risked it all for Theseus.

A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

A gorgeous retelling of the Trojan War from the perspectives of the many women involved in its causes and consequences. A woman’s epic powerfully imbued with new life, A Thousand Ships puts the women, girls, and goddesses at the center of the Western world’s great tale ever told.

For many centuries, women have been forgotten during this myths, and Natalie Haynes gives them all a voice.

Elektra by Jennifer Saint

A spellbinding reimagining of the story of Elektra, one of Greek mythology’s most infamous heroines. When Clytemnestra marries Agamemnon, she ignores the insidious whispers about his family line. But when, on the eve of the Trojan War, Agamemnon betrays Clytemnestra in the most unimaginable way.

Elektra wants only for her beloved father to return home from war. But can she escape her family’s bloody history, or is her destiny bound by violence, too?

The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes

Jocasta is just fifteen when she is told that she must marry the King of Thebes, an old man she has never met. – see all that is wrong with these myths? –

Ismene is the same age when she is attacked in the palace she calls home. With the turn of these two events, a tragedy is set in motion. But not as you know it.

Pandora’s Jar by Natalie Haynes

Pandora’s Jar brings nuance and care to the millennia-old myths and legends and asks the question: Why are we so quick to villainize these women in the first place—and so eager to accept the stories we’ve been told?

Love how all these novels, written by women, have one goal: redeem the women that men for centuries have seen as monsters and villains! Talking about blaming the victims.

The Silence of the Girl by Pat Barker

No one knows it yet, but there are just ten weeks to go until the Fall of Troy… war again! What is it with the Greeks and war? Well… it is the same war…

This is the start of The Iliad. The next ten weeks will be a story of male power, male ego, and male violence. But what of the women? – EXACTLY! WHAT ABOUT THE WOMEN? – The thousands of female slaves in the soldiers’ camp – in the laundry, at the loom, laying out the dead? Briseis is one of their numbers – and she will be our witness to history.

Ithaca by Claire North

No one man is strong enough to claim Odysseus’ empty throne—not yet. But everyone waits for the balance of power to tip, and Penelope knows that any choice she makes could plunge Ithaca into a bloody civil war.

Only through cunning, wit, and her trusted circle of maids, can she maintain the tenuous peace needed for the kingdom to survive.

Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes

Classicist and comedian Natalie Haynes turn our understanding of this legendary myth on its head, bringing empathy and nuance to one of the earliest stories in which a woman—injured by a powerful manis blamed, punished, and monstered for the assault.

Delving into the origins of this mythic tale, Haynes revitalizes and reconstructs Medusa’s story with her passion and fierce wit, offering a timely retelling of this classic myth that speaks to us today.

The Shadow of Perseus by Claire Heywood

As Perseus becomes increasingly obsessed with the promise of his own destiny, his heroic journey casts a shadow of violence and destruction across all three women’s lives. But even as he tries to silence them, the women may find that reclaiming their voices is their only hope for lifting themselves into a better future.

Atalanta by Jennifer Saint

When Princess Atalanta is born. Raised by a mother bear under the protective eye of the goddess Artemis, Atalanta grows up wild and free, with just one condition: if she marries, Artemis warns, it will be her undoing. – the origin of the Artemis hunters! –

When Artemis offers her the chance to fight in her name alongside the Argonauts, Atalanta seizes it, and she proves herself equal to the men she fights alongside. Can Atalanta carve out her own legendary place in a world of men, while staying true to her heart?

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.

Daughters of Sparta by Claire Heywood

For millennia, men have told the legend of the woman whose face launched a thousand ships—but now it’s time to hear her side of the story.

Daughters of Sparta is a tale of secrets, love, and tragedy from the women behind mythology’s most devastating war, the infamous Helen and her sister Klytemnestra.

The Women of Troy by Pat Barker

Largely unnoticed by her captors, the one time Trojan queen Briseis, formerly Achilles’s slave, now belonging to his companion Alcimus, quietly takes in these developments. She forges alliances when she can, with Priam’s aged wife the defiant Hecuba and with the disgraced soothsayer Calchas, all the while shrewdly seeking her path to revenge.

Psyche and Eros by Luna McNamara

In this utterly transporting reimagining of Greek mythology, the god of desire is cursed to fall for a spirited young mortal woman, but if she looks upon his face they will be parted forever—an epic adventure and love story for the ages.

A joyous and subversive tale of gods, monsters, and the human heart and soul, the senses while exploring notions of trust, sacrifice, and what it truly means to be a hero. With unforgettably vivid characters, spellbinding prose, and delicious tension, Luna McNamara has crafted a shimmering and propulsive debut novel about a love so strong it defies the will of Olympus.

Clytemnestra by Costanza Casati

A blazing novel set in the world of Ancient Greece, this is a thrilling tale of power and prophecies, of hatred, love, and of an unforgettable Queen who fiercely dealt out death to those who wronged her.

As for queens, they are either hated or forgotten. She already knows which option suits her best…

Neon Gods by Katee Robert

He was supposed to be a myth. But from the moment I crossed the River Styx and fell under his dark spell…he was, quite simply, mine.

A scorchingly hot modern retelling of Hades and Persephone that’s as sinful as it is sweet.

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  1. Pamela Avatar

    We are officially best friends! I’m obsessed with Greek mythology, and your blog post has just added a bazillion books to my TBR.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Caesar H. Avatar

      Well… mine is also full and these are the books that I want on physical 😂😂 they are like comfort reading 🥹🥹🥹 myth nerds besties 👯‍♂️!!


      1. Pamela Avatar

        I live that myth-nerd-besties!

        I don’t do many physical books, except my author gifts. But my kindle has grown by leaps and bounds since I started The Picky Bookworm and joined book Twitter. I figure I’ll leave it in my will to someone. Have a contest to see who wins my kindle account when I’m gone lol

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      2. Caesar H. Avatar

        The final giveaway 😂😂😂 I honestly enjoy kindle books a lot ! But I also enjoy my physical books 😦


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