the demigod reading list

I’ve been rereading all the Percy Jackson books in advance of the Disney+ TV show.  It’s been such a treat to dive back into this world that brought me so much joy and adventure when I was younger!  I even made a whole podcast episode about my imaginary best friend Annabeth Chase (listen here).

Today, I’m recommending books based on who your godly parent would be if you were a demigod.  If you don’t know who your godly parent would be, click here to take a quiz and find out.  I’m a strong Demeter because I own a ridiculous amount of plants.

Here is the demigod reading list:

Zeus: The Power by Naomi Alderman
As a child of Zeus, you’ll resonate with The Power.  Overnight, women gain the ability to wield electricity, flipping the patriarchy on its head.  What happens in a world where women have the upper hand?

Poseidon: Beach Read by Emily Henry
If you love the ocean and are looking for a funny, chill read, Beach Read a great pick.  Two authors, both with crippling writer’s block, decide to write a book in the other’s genre.  This book takes place in a small lake town and just feels like summer.

Hades: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Something dark and spooky for all you Children of Hades.  Mexican Gothic is about Noemí, who rushes to a mysterious manor called High Place to rescue her from a vague sense of danger.  As she extends her stay at High Place, she starts to uncover its violent, chilling past.

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Ares: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
If you’re looking for a story about heroes living under a brutal empire, An Ember in the Ashes is for you.  Main characters Laia and Elias work to undo the heartless regime that’s upended their lives.

Aphrodite: One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
As the original lovers of love, you’ll enjoy this novel about a plus-size model who becomes the next star of a Bachelorette-like show.  Bea, the main character, is only in it for the free press and subversion of body standards on reality TV, but finds herself tempted by the possibility of a happy-ever-after.

Artemis: Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Barton
Anyone see the irony here?  Nonetheless, if you feel a kinship with Artemis, the eternal maiden, you might like Cinderella is Dead.  This Cinderella retelling takes place 200 years after the original fairy tale.  Prince Charming’s heir isn’t so kind, and it’s up to Sophia to end his reign.

Apollo: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Aside from the title literally revolving around the sun, which is Apollo’s domain, this book is perfect for children of Apollo.  The Sun is Also a Star takes place over 24 hours as main characters Natasha and Daniel adventure around New York City before Natasha’s family is at risk of being deported.

Demeter: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Children of Demeter are all about the appreciation of the natural world; there’s no better book for y’all than Where the Crawdads Sing.  This novel follows the turbulent life of Kya, the Swamp Girl.  In addition to a gripping plot and dynamic characters, this story is rich with descriptions of the flora and fauna of the NC Outer Banks.

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Athena: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
As a skilled strategist, you’ll love a book that’s all about outsmarting the enemy.  Two best friends crash-land in Nazi France during World War II and the one who survives has a choice: reveal her mission or die.

Hephaestus: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
If you love mechanics and learning how things work, I highly recommend Illuminae.  This book about an intergalactic war features lots of advanced technology, engaging graphics, and enemies who are closer than they seem.

Dionysus: Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
If you, like Dionysus, enjoy a good time, check out Sweetbitter.  Young and naïve Tess plunges into the New York restaurant scene that is equal parts glitzy and grimy.  There’s plenty of turmoil and the occasional less-than-legal substance.

Hermes: Heist Society by Ally Carter
Children of Hermes are notorious thieves, so what better recommendation than a book about stealing a priceless painting?  This crew of talented teenage art thieves have one week to steal a priceless work of art or one of their own faces the price.

What would you add to the demigod reading list?  Who’s your godly parent?

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