Ah, the time is finally here for Classics Retold month! We’ve been preparing ever since April to read our classics and post all of the retellings and September is finally upon us!
I just wanted to create a post to sort of introduce what I’ve actually read so far since my plans have changed somewhat significantly!
Just as a reminder, all-in-all, there are five different blogs co-hosting this event which focuses on reading a specific classic along with various retellings/spin-offs. We would love if you would join in for Classics Retold and there’s still plenty of time to sign up! Here are all of the categories and there are still tons of open spots:
- Alison at The Cheap Reader will be hosting CHILDREN’S CLASSICS
- Alyssa at Books Take You Places will be hosting ANCIENT, MEDIEVAL, AND RENAISSANCE LIT
- Charlene at Bookish Whimsy will be hosting GOTHIC & 19TH CENTURY LIT
- Wendy at Excellent Library will be hosting AMERICAN & MISC LIT
- And I will be hosting MYTHOLOGY
My specific selection for mythology is EGYPTIAN MYTHOLOGY and I’ve had a great time and a hard time with it. Some of the adaptations are great and others I really struggled with. Here’s a quick recap of what’s to come in September!
My first choice was THE CHAOS OF STARS by Kiersten White. This was the most obvious and exciting upcoming read but… I got about a quarter of the way through and was REALLY struggling with the main character. I didn’t like the way the gods were portrayed or the story line and it just clearly was not the adaptation for me. The first book I actually picked up was THE RED PYRAMID which is the first book in The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan. I was a little nervous for it because it’s more middle grade than YA, but Rick Riordan did a fantastic job with the myths, legends, and incorporating them into a modern story. I actually think I may continue the series, although they’re quite hefty books! We’ll see how it goes. I attempted a younger MG book, THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS by R.L. LaFevers. I loved Grace Mercy & Dark Triumph but I did not do well with her middle grade. It was younger than The Kane Chonicles but that wasn’t necessarily the problem… I felt like the action wasn’t going anywhere and I quickly became bored. I also read A CLOCKWORK SCARAB which is a mash up of Holmes & Stoker (their relatives) but the main plot revolved around Sekhment and Egyptian mytholgy, artifacts, and traditions. I actually finished it just recently and enjoyed it. Still had a few issues overall, but it was an enjoyable story!
MOVIES & TV SHOWS
I still have to watch The Mummy and The Mummy II (have to.. haha. I’ve seen the multiple times) but don’t worry. They’re on my DVR now thanks to TNT.
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK : Still want to rewatch Raiders because come on… Indiana Jones.
So that’s it so far! Looking forward to the official posts and I can’t wait to see what my other mythology ladies have in store for us!
- Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl
- Katie @ The Polished Page-Turner
- Candice @ The Grown-Up YA
- Kristina @ Gone Pecan
- Krystal @ Between The Lines
- Amanda @ Late Nights With Good Books
- Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide
- Claire @ Bitches With Books
- Molly @ Wrapped Up In Books
- Dana @ Little Lovely Books
8 thoughts on “It’s Classics Retold Month!”
So yeah… I’m SUPER excited about this but uh… am still reading The Iliad. I’ve been reading since May and am only like 17% done with it!
That being said, I’m excited to share my OTHER reads! 🙂
I’m excited to read everyone else’s posts!
I really can’t think of many books that fit the theme, but my favorite take on Egyptian mythology is Stargate. It actually draws on a few different mythologies over the course of the franchise, but the original movie and most of the SG-1 series are based on the Egyptian gods.
BAH. Can you believe I have not read ONE of my Persephone books yet? I am such a flake!
I’m excited, though!
I am so excited for the blogs in your category! I am doing the Wonderful Wizard of Oz!!
I love this idea for a blog tour! I can’t wait to follow and see what you ladies come up with and all the comparisons through popular culture. 🙂
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