Must Read Myth Retellings - A Baker's Dozen

We love mythology for a variety of reasons. We appreciate the grounding that mythology provides for us as we navigate a changing world.  We love the larger than life characters. We love the local flavor of Greek or Roman or Scandinavian or Slavic or Chinese mythology full of familiar and unfamilar dieties.  But for me, the reason that I love mythology is the sheer act of the storytelling itself.  Whether reading the stories or having someone read them to me (love for this), a good mythological retelling is big and bold and incites my imagination.  The creative ability to reshape the "standard" myth to reflect new facets of characters or differing perspectives pulled out of the myth's roots always marvels me.  And the WOW! factor that comes from the belated realization "that there is a myth grounded in this story" always brings me joy!

Looking for some contemporary myth retellings to spice up your TBR pile?  Here are a few to get you started:

The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (Middle Eastern)

The Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen (West African)

This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron (Ancient Greek)

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katharine Arden (Russian)

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao (Chinese and Japanese)

A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes (Ancient Greek)

Lore Olympus, Vol. by Rachel Smythe (Ancient Greek)

The Witch's Heart Genevieve Gornichec (Scandinavian)

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (Ancient Greek)

The Porpoise by Mark Haddon (Ancient Greek)

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (European)

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Mesoamerican)

Neon Gods (Dark Olympus #1) by Katee Robert (Ancient Greek)