After spending an insane amount of time dissecting the mechanics of Greek Tragedy and absorbing knowledge on Greek Mythology for one of my essays in the first semester of my first academic year, I’m more than excited about the existence of this tag because hey, I’m not one who doesn’t adore myths, legends and folklore…!
Anyway, this tag was created by Jasmine over at Flip That Page and it was originally named ‘Bookish Survey: Greek Mythology Style!’. However, since it’s going around as the ‘Greek Mythology Book Tag’ now, I’m going to stick with that instead.
Without further delay…
ZEUS (JUPITER): GOD OF THE SKY AND THUNDER/KING OF THE GODS
Favorite book (choose your own category!)
Favourite book, favourite song, favourite this, favourite that. Always, always a difficult question to answer, but for this, I’ll pick Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers.
To be fair, I don’t recall what this book is about, but I do remember that there was this huge crash of emotions that assaulted me while I read it. I remember being very frustrated and heartbroken, and I remember feeling emotionally drained by the time I was done. If you haven’t read this book, and if you loved All The Rage or simply books that deal with the idea of telling the truth which no one believes, pick this up when you can. I think it’s worth it.
POSEIDON (NEPTUNE): GOD OF THE SEAS AND EARTHQUAKES
Book that drowned you in feels
Well dang, I just used one of the perfect books for this as an answer earlier, but never fear! For a reader who cries as easily as I, has at least read several more which drowned me in feels.
Anyway, I know I’ve answered a bunch of bookish tags using Night Road already, but a good book just simply has to be read by as many as possible, no? After all, it’s not easy to forget a book that makes you cry in public and even with everyone looking at you weirdly, you still can’t put the book down because dang, “WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?! NO NO NO NO, THEY NEED TO BE HAPPY, DANGNABBIT!!!”
HADES (PLUTO): GOD OF THE UNDERWORLD
Favorite book with a dark/ominous plot
I know, yet another book/manga that has been named in previous bookish tags, but really, what can get darker than Tokyo Ghoul? What’s darker than a man turned monster? A man desperate to keep his humanity intact while it continuous to be ebbed away on a daily basis? What’s darker than cannibalism (or some form of it) when human flesh is the only thing that you can feed on and your only other (less-fulfilling) option is coffee?
So yes, dark/ominous plot indeed for this series, and I love it so, so much.
HERA (JUNO): GODDESS OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
Cutest fictional couple
Oh goodness, this is definitely asking for canon couples, right? Well, tough question because I’m certain that by now, the majority of you know that I mostly ship non-canon ships, no? Urk.
But okay, cutest fictional couple, cutest fictional couple…I want to answer Cherik (like people, their ‘beach divorce, tentative truce and reconciliation’?!?), but I guess I’ll go with the canon Romione, because hey, no offense to Hinny, but Ron and Hermione are pretty much the Star of ‘Will They or Wont They?’ in nearly the entire Harry Potter series. I’m certain I’m not the only one screaming “WILL YOU JUST KISS ALREADY?!” when it came to them.
ATHENA (MINERVA): GODDESS OF WISDOM, HANDICRAFT AND STRATEGIC WARFARE
Series with the best world-building
Series aren’t really my thing because the effort needed to keep up with them is just something that’s been escaping me for a few years now, hence why I prefer to wait for the whole thing to end before even thinking about diving into them. Still, I guess a series with the best world-building that I’m aware of so far would be The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. My Linguistics lecturer finds the languages created by Tolkien, an inspiring feat, whereas a bunch of my classmates found the entire world incredibly fascinating. I can’t comment much on my side since I’ve yet to read it due to the fact that enormous amounts of descriptions simply aren’t my thing either.
APHRODITE (VENUS): GODDESS OF LOVE AND BEAUTY
Most beautiful cover on a 2016 release
I’m still in awe about how this book could completely blind me from its flaws (it really felt like it was Poppy taken the form of the book in my hands!) until I actually removed myself from its world. Not that blindsiding me is one of the most toughest thing to do in the world or something like that, but anyway, you have to admit that the cover is one of the most beautiful among all the other books released in 2016. It’s just so…so pretty in this simplistic yet not simplistic manner!
(Also, review of this book can be found here.)
ARES (MARS): GOD OF WAR AND BLOODSHED
Most violent book you’ve ever read
The Death Sculptor is the fourth installment in the Robert Hunter series by Chris Carter, and yes, each book has it’s own violent crimes attributed to some really insane fictional criminals that I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. However, out of all of them in the series, it’s this book that’s easily one of the most violent novel I’ve ever read. I don’t know if I’m spoiling too much but (AVERT YOUR EYES IF YOU HATE SPOILERS OF ANY DEGREE) the criminal in this book creates sculptures out of the body parts of the victims (hence the title) and the message of each sculpture can only be found when you shine a light source towards it in a certain direction. Yeah, violent and morbid.
HEPHAESTUS (VULCAN): GOD OF BLACKSMITHS AND FIRE
Scorching hot swoon worthy character
CAN WE JUST TAKE A MOMENT AND APPRECIATE THE PERFECTION THAT IS WADE WINSTON WILSON?!
No, I’m not exclusively talking about Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool, but the Deadpool of the comic verse(s) as well. What can I say? I like my men with a touch of something special. Plus, he’s super good at making pancakes, has a (dark) sense of humor and is delightfully good in breaking fourth walls.
(I’m 90% pulling your leg here, the other 10% is adamant that Deadpool is the perfect imperfection.)
ARTEMIS (DIANA): GODDESS OF THE HUNT AND VIRGINITY
Favorite Kick-Ass Heroine
Since my standards for what constitutes to a ‘Kick-Ass Heroine’ are pretty damn high, there has yet to be a one from novels that has a hold on my fan girl side. In fact, the amount of BAMF heroines that have me wrapped around their finger can be counted by one mere hand, and one of those five fingers is reserved for no, not Hunger Game‘s Katniss Everdeen or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo‘s Lisbeth Salander, but Natasha Romanova, a.k.a. Black Widow. There’s something awe-inspiring from a woman who’s a ‘glue’ (she’s got her fingers in a lot of pies, and has also tried a variety of them) of sorts in the Marvel Universe.
PHOEBUS APOLLO (APOLLO): GOD OF LIGHT AND HEALING
Sequel book that redeemed its series
Errr…remember when I said that series aren’t really my thing moments ago? Yeah, so I actually have no book for this one. Sorry.
HERMES (MERCURY): MESSENGER GOD OF THIEVES AND COMMERCE
Book with the best message
It’s not the best message per se, since plays like Endgame is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea. Nevertheless, this play sure has one that forcefully pulled my head out of the sand and unceremoniously dropped me into a freezing lake of reality-checks. After all, how often does one get a message so blunt yet also hidden in a place so bizarre and rather cruel?
(For those who are curious but wish not to read this, this play deals with the problem of finding meaning in a world full of suffering—a problem that is still very relevant in today’s world.)
HESTIA (VESTA): GODDESS OF THE HEARTH AND HOME
Book with the most relatable story
Surprise, surprise, none for me! I mean, I’m sure that there’s a book or two out there that’s completely relatable to me, but at this point of life? Zip, nada, none. Every book with a Chinese heroine that I’ve read so far is 100% not relatable at all, and every other book with a ‘normal’ heroine has failed to click enough with me too…
And no, sorry but I’ve failed to feel any remote interest in forming connections with Cath from Fangirl as well. Please don’t feel inclined to hurt me for this, urk.
DEMETER (CERES): GODDESS OF FERTILITY AND AGRICULTURE
Favorite bookish setting
Before I discovered the wonderful world of Harry Potter, my most favourite bookish setting was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (I mean, yeah, it’s still among my favourites but not really my Number 1 anymore at this time) because come on, it’s Wonderland! Wonderland, where the nonsensical is logical and the logical is nonsensical!
…Yeah, I was one of those people who are incredibly obsessed with this story, up until the point where some of my earlier writings included different retellings of it.
DIONYSUS (BACCHUS): GOD OF WINE AND CELEBRATION
2016 release you are most anticipating
Since more than half of 2016 is already gone, a lot of my highly anticipated releases have already been released (though, maybe not already in my hands), but one of those that have yet to be published would be Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter. Though, I admit that neither Vassa nor the plot are the ones that have drawn me to this book, but rather, Erg, the “tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning” (Goodreads). It’s been a while since I’ve read anything that includes characters like Erg!
That’s all folks!
Have you done this tag before? What do you think? Comment below because I’d love to know!
Also, thanks for reading and I tag anyone who wants to do this tag ♥