But Alexa, you could say. You just posted your October TBR! And you’d be right. But then I realised that in November, Foxes and Fairytales is doing a Greek mythology-themed monthly readathon. Now, I’m obsessed with Greek mythology and I love monthly readathons, so in November I’ll put aside my structured TBR for a month and try to get a bingo on this challenge instead.
Now, the books you read don’t actually have to be mythology-related as long as they fit the prompts, but there is one Greek mythology ARC that I’ve been putting off for months (despite being super excited for it). It comes out in November, so this will be the perfect time to finally read it.
Outrun the Wind is the one book that I definitely want to read in November, and I’ll consider the month a fail if I don’t. Seriously. It could fit several squares, so I’ll see where it can help me most to get a bingo.
Otherwise, my tentative goal for this challenge is to get at least one bingo, but I already have trouble juggling school, work and activism/social life (yes… those things are basically the same for me and it’s probably not ideal), so it will be a miracle if I manage to do that.
Which doesn’t stop me for picking a book for every category. And wow, there are a lot of categories.
(Note: some of these books are on my October TBR as well. If I actually manage to read them in October, then I’ll pick something else for the bingo.)
Zeus. King of the Gods. God of the Sky. Read a book at least 400 pages long.
This could be Crooked Kingdom (536 pages), but also Lisey’s Story (667 pages), my Hungarian copy of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (560 pages), The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (512 pages), The Tenderness of Wolves (532 pages) or Jane Eyre (507)… but also The Amulet of Samarkand (476), Watership Down (474), Uprooted (465), We Are The Ants (455)… and a bunch of others. Damn, I have way too many long books on my TBR.
Hera. Queen of the Gods. Goddess of Marriage, Mothers and Families. Read a book about royalty.
Does nobility count? Probably not. This could technically be the re-read of my the Star Wars trilogy (New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), as well as Moving Target, because Leia. Also, King Arthur and Her Knights: Enthroned | Enchanted | Embittered, which would even be mythology-related, kind of. And a female King Arthur? Sign me up! Also, Of Fire and Stars, which I was really excited about when I bought it and still haven’t read.
Hebe. Goddess of Eternal Youth. Read a Middle Grade or Young Adult book.
I don’t own most of the middle grade books on my TBR, and I can’t afford new books really, so this will have to be YA. Again, The Lady’s Guide would work, as would my Hungarian re-read of Every Heart a Doorway, Mask of Shadows, Daughter of the Buring City, and many more. Although I also have an ARC of Dear Earthling!
Poseidon. God of the Sea. Read a book which features the sea – mermaids, pirates, surfers etc.
Sea Foam and Silence by Lynn E. O’Connacht would work for this. As would Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag which I’ve been meaning to re-read. Given to the Sea is another one, and The Girl from Everywhere.
Hermes. God of Travellers and Thieves. Read a book set in a country not your own.
Pretty much nothing on my TBR is set in Hungary, so this is basically a free choice.
Aphrodite. Goddess of Love and Beauty. Read a book with a beautiful cover.
Again, many options, but maybe Pink Slip, An Enchantment of Ravens, Everything Leads to You, Keeping Long Island… And Outrun the Wind, of course.
The Hydra. Multiheaded Serpent. Read a book with more than one POV.
Hm. Crooked Kingdom is the only one I can think of, but it’s pretty long… I’ll need to see if I can find something else for this one, but it’s difficult to tell from looking if something has multiple POV. I wonder if an anthology would count for this? In that case, I could read Humans Wanted or How to Live on Other Planets.
Iris. Goddess of the Rainbow. Read a book with your favourite colour on the cover or in the title.
That would be either gold/yellow, or purple. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was entirely a cover-buy for me, like, last year, so this might be a good excuse to read it finally.
Ancient Greece. Read a book set in the past.
I really, really should read Leányrablás Budapesten already. It’s historical fiction mystery set in Hungary and I just haven’t really been feeling it. (Also, Outrun the Wind could work for this category.)
Hestia. Goddess of the Hearth. Read the first book in a series.
This could be The Amulet of Samarkand, Scythe, City of Strife, or Rosemary and Rue. As well as a bunch of others. Maybe First Flight, since it’s pretty short?
Dionysus. God of Wine. Celebrate this year by reading a 2018 release.
I’m running out of 2018 ARCs, but I still have The Trans Generation, Dear Earthling, and Hazards of Time Travel left. As well as Life Within Parole Volume 2, but I want to get to that one in October.
Achilles and Patroclus. Read a book with an LGBT+ protagonist.
Another easy one with many opportunities! Maybe Mask of Shadows, Pink Slip, Keeping Long Island, or something similar.
Homer. Read a retelling (of a myth, fairy tale, classic novel etc.)
Sea Foam and Silence is a retelling of The Little Mermaid, and King Arthur and Her Knights is also a retelling of the Arthur myths. Plus, I recently downloaded a free copy of Bellamy and the Brute from Amazon, so there’s that.
Hephaestus. God of Fire and Smiths. Read a book with a disabled character.
I’ve been meaning to read Run by Kodi Keplinger.
Ares. God of War. Read a book with a compelling antagonist or a written from the villain’s POV.
Uprooted sounds like it has a compelling antagonist, although it’s difficult to tell from blurb only. Or is the Dragon not the antagonist at all? I could also read Friend Request by Laura Marshall… I’ll return to this category later.
Echidna. Mother of Monsters. Read a book about monsters – dragons, zombies, serial killers etc.
I have several dragon books, for example First Flight. I’m pretty sure A Daughter of Smoke and Bone has demons somewhere? I also have Zombies vs Unicorns by Holly Black and I have no idea what it’s about.
Herakles. Read a popular book (define ‘popular’ as you wish).
Good Omens is a book a lot of people recommend to me, and I still haven’t read it. Oops? The Nowhere Girls was also pretty popular when it came out.
Gaia. Primordial Earth Goddess. Read a book which was published at least 5 years ago.
This could be Pride and Prejudice, Death on the Nile, Equal Rites, or The Nemesis Cell.
Artemis. Goddess of the Moon and the Hunt. Read a book with an animal on the cover or in the title.
I really should get around to reading Watership Down…
Athena. Goddess of Wisdom, Strategy and Crafts. Read a book that’s not the first in the series.
Hopefully my copy of Akata Warrior will arrive before November.
Persephone. Goddess of the Underworld and Springtime. Read a book which is less than 200 pages.
My Writing Professor, Drive by J.L. Gaynor and Deadline by Stephanie Ann are all under 200 pages.
Apollo. God of Prophesy, Plague and Poetry. Read a collection of poetry or short stories.
I few short story anthologies I have are Zombies vs Unicorns, Humans Wanted, or How To Live On Other Planets.
Hades. God of the Underworld and Riches. Read a book which you got for free (library, from a friend, ARC, Kindle offer etc.)
I might borrow something from the library for this prompt, but I also have tons of books I got for free on Kindle deals. Summer Swim by Mia Archer, for example. But Keeping Long Island as well.
Demeter. Goddess of Agriculture. Read a book with a nature word in the title – e.g. leaf, wind, flower etc.
The Violet Hill Series is 3 novellas that are about 200 pages together, so they might be a good pick.
Okay, that was pretty long. Are you participating? How many squares do you think I’ll complete, honestly?