Themed Reads: A Mythological TBR

There’s something about September that makes me want to dive into myths, folklore, and all things woodsy and weird. Maybe it’s back-to-school season and that compulsion to learn something new and interesting, which never seems to go away no matter how many years pass since my own school days. Maybe it’s the slow approach of wild autumn nights and everything they bring with them – crunchy leaves, woodsmoke, Halloween costume shopping, steaming brews of hot cider… Either way, I’m pausing in front of my folklore books more and more often these days. Here are three I’m hoping to get into this fall.

The Greek Myths, by Robert Graves – This one has been on my Classics Club TBR for years; it’s time to get to it! I love Greek mythology and can’t wait to read Graves’ classic compilation. Bonus for the Rick Riordan introduction. I’ve been avoiding this because it’s sooooooo long (and I need a break from doorstoppers after Chesapeake, TBH, so it probably won’t come around on deck until later in the fall) but my eye is on this one.

Treasury of Folklore: Woodlands and Forests, by Dee Dee Chutney and Willow Winsham – This pretty volume (in person, the yellow is a metallic gold – gorgeous) caught my eye a few months ago, along with its sister volume, Treasury of Folklore: Seas and Rivers, which is still wending its way to me as of this post. But that’s okay, because the Woodlands and Forests version looks more autumnal in spirit, and it’s waiting on my shelf.

The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns & Fairies, by Robert Kirk – I got this slim little volume for Christmas a couple of years ago, and it’s so short there’s really no excuse for my not having picked it up yet. (Plus it was featured on The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room!) I don’t know much about it, other than that it is a collection of wild stories about woodland folk. Very September! I’m going to get to this one soon; I’m committing.

Do you crave mythology and lore at the beginning of the school year? Any recommendations for me?

2 thoughts on “Themed Reads: A Mythological TBR

    • It wasn’t really my jam as a kid either, and I didn’t take the “Greek Myths” class my high school offered. I just got more interested as an adult. Excited to explore these!

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