i have so many hades and persephone feels

wearefallensouls said to quoted-books: Hi, can you recommend any non-romantic (at least not main plot) books that have someting to do with history or mythology. (Sorry if I accidentally send this twice)

It didn’t come up twice and even if it had- no worries at all! It is interesting to me to see how many mythology based books to feature romance. I guess, romance was featured quite a bit in the original stories too. I have to admit that I have read A LOT of Persephone/Hades type spin-offs so I can’t really say anything either haha, but here are some that do not feature romance as a main vehicle for the plot to continue! Hope these help!

Also, I wasn’t sure which age group to pick from so it’s kind of all over the place. If I picked too many ones considering in the JUV/YA category, just let me know, and likewise with Adults! I didn’t put Rick Riorden’s series on there because I feel like it’s pretty well-known at this point but that’s a series to consider too.

1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

“I believe that mankind’s destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it’s aerodynamically impossible for a bumble bee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there’s a cat in a box somewhere who’s alive and dead at the same time (although if they don’t ever open the box to feed it it’ll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself.”

2. Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr- categorized as JUV but I enjoyed it!

3. Metamorphosisby Ovid

“Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.” 

4. The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”

5. The Once and Future King by T.H. White

“The bravest people are the ones who don’t mind looking like cowards.”

6. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

“All of us are lonely at some point or another, no matter how any people surround us. And then, we meet someone who seems to understand. She smiles, and for a moment the loneliness disappears.”

I just realized I totally focused more on mythology than history- so let me know if you want some more purely historical novels too! J

Thanks for the question! Happy reading!

Lauren