Greek Mythology | Book Tag
I was an Ancient Studies student in University, so naturally I have a deep fondness for Greek mythology. I did end up altering the tag for this, since the original tag titles were rather lengthy, or had to do with the year the author originally posted the tag. I also ended up cutting the tag in half, since the second half of it had to do with the characters from Percy Jackson, but I've only read one book so...
Here we go!
ZEUS: FAVOURITE BOOK
Yeah...there's no way I can answer this. I may not have a lot of books that are 4.5-stars and above, but that doesn't mean I have a clear favourite. I think I should just leave this question alone...
POSEIDON: BOOK THAT DROWNED YOU IN FEELS
Hmm, finding one that I haven't mentioned already is hard, so I am just going to go with one I mentioned several times already. Castle Swimmer was just a job to read, even if I am sad that it isn't finished.
HADES: FAVOURITE BOOK WITH A DARK/OMINOUS PLOT
I like to read a good horror or mystery thriller book more often than not, so I have read my fair share of dark plots. As for one I really enjoyed, I will go with Distant Sky. It is a webtoon that genuinely terrified me at moments. A boy wakes up in sheer darkness with dead bodies around him. If that doesn't grab your attention right away I don't know what will.
HERA: CUTEST FICTIONAL COUPLE
First one that comes to mind, Nick and Charlie from Heartstopper. It is rare to come across a relationship as healthy as theirs is. While they each have their struggles in the series, they communicate which each other, which is a blessing. It is a bit ridiculous the amount of romances in book that develop due to miscommunication. It is one of my most hated tropes ever, so to get a romance so wholesome and healthy as theirs, it deserves this spot.
ATHENA: SERIES WITH THE BEST WORLD-BUILDING
Without question, Lord of the Rings. I know that this isn't the most digestible series ever due to the writing style, but it is the fantasy series for a reason. Just the series by itself is impressive, but I find the efforts of the extensive world-building Tolkien did really shines in The Silmarillion. We get an entire history of Middle Earth in it, which is an impressive feat.
APHRODITE: MOST BEAUTIFUL COVER ON A 2022 RELEASE
I would go with A Magic Steeped in Poison since it is my favourite one, but I have already talked about it several times so I will go with another book. The Poison Season has a cover done by Charlie Bowater, who is my favourite cover artist. I would honestly read any book that has a cover done by her.
ARES: MOST VIOLENT BOOK YOU'VE EVER READ
I haven't read too many books that are over the top violent, but it would depend on the content. In terms of fighting I am not usually fazed, but it is a different story when it is physical or sexual violence. I tend to stay away from books like the ones written by Karin Slaughter, since I would prefer not to read about that.
I could go with something written by Junji Ito, since his manga usually have over the top gory content, but I think I want to go with The Poppy War. I chose this book because of how real it is. The author did not sugar coat the realities of war and, as such, the reader has to sit through some horrible scenarios.
HEPHAESTUS: SCORCHING HOT SWOON WORTHY CHARACTER
Like the next question, what always comes to mind are anime/manga characters, because they just have straight up good characters you can't help but love. I am going to go with a character from a series I just finished reading - Jinwoo from Solo Leveling.
I finally read this manhwa, and boy was he ever swoon worthy. The amount of panels in it where I had to stop and go 'wow, he's so pretty' were ridiculous. This series also focuses mainly on him, so you get to stare at his pretty face for pretty much the entire time.
ARTEMIS: FAVOURITE KICK-ASS HEROINE
If you know me, you know that I rarely like characters in books, especially female ones, so finding one I do like is a bit hard. Honestly, anime/manga characters are the first to come to mind, because they have no shortage of badass female characters. Characters like Mereoleona from Black Clover and Maki from Jujutsu Kaisen are some of my favourites.
Even going way back, there are characters like Yoruichi from Bleach. Another honorable mention goes to Violet Evergarden who is one of my favourite female characters ever.
APOLLO: SEQUEL BOOK THAT REDEEMED THE SERIES
The Obelisk Gate, the second book in the Broken Earth Trilogy. While I wouldn't say it redeemed the series per se, it was my favourite entry in the series.
HESTIA: BOOK WITH THE MOST RELATABLE STORY
Oof, I don't think not once have I ever read a book and related to it. It is the nature of wanting to read book far removed from reality. Even the fictional books I have nothing to compare to.
DEMETER: FAVOURITE BOOKISH SETTING
A couple of books come to mind, and all of the are similar. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson, the Hell's Library series by A.J. Hackwith, and The Quantum Curators and the Fabergé Egg by Eva St. John all appeal to me. Honestly, give me a big fantasy library or a museum, and I am good to go.
DIONYSUS: MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE
I have probably already answered this...but my most anticipated release, that has been officially announced at least, is Curse of Shadows. Crown of Bones was an unexpected, and underrated, gem for me, and I really hope this book hits the same stride.