So we’ve all heard of great stories such as the Harry Potter series, The Hobbit, Da Vinci's code, and many more. But before these stories graced our minds, there were tales of mythological creatures that gave the mind unforgettable adventures.

That’s right; before the advent of J.K. Rowling, Dan Brown, Brandon Sanderson, and their many hits, some authors told tales of gods and mythical creatures. Yes, the very gods you hear and fantasize about have their tales printed in paperbacks.

From Norse and Greek gods to tales of African gods that graced the skies before man habited earth, there’s a mythical story for you to catch up with. However, if you don't know where to start your mythological adventures, here are the 10 best mythology books to give you a head start.

What Some Outstanding Classic Mythology Books?

The Odyssey of Homer, by Homer (7th Century BC)

Can you talk about mythology without mentioning Odyssey? (the simple answer is no by the way). To start this list, we have a classic tale about the events after the Trojan war. This book, in particular, follows the story of Odyssey as he heads back home to reclaim his Kingdom.

And it’s not just his vast kingdom he’s after, his family is also a reason for his journey back home. But with Odyssey gone during the war, how do you think his wife, Penelope, and son, Telemachus, have fared in his absence? Find out this and more in Richmond Lattimore’s account of The Odyssey.

Tales of Japan: Traditional Stories of Monsters and Magic

Most times, when we purchase a book, we get treated to a single epic story. But you know what’s better than reading a single thrilling story? Reading multiple thrilling stories in one book. Luckily for us, our second book on this list delivers just that.

Tales of Japan is a collection of the 15 most exciting traditional tales ancient Japan has to offer. From stories about headless goblins to faceless monsters, do expect increased excitement levels as you flip through the pages of this classic.

Celtic Tales

Still on mythology books that give readers multiple stories to enjoy. This next book transports you to Europe to embark on an adventure across the realms of ancient Celtic. And as you read each fantasy, you’re absorbed into a new world filled with wild quests, love tales, and mythical creatures.

With 16 tales translated and transcribed for your easy reading, there’s more than enough to keep your excitement levels high. Some of the stories to look forward to include Master and Man, The Soul Cages, The Witch of Lok Island, and many more

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, by Edith Hamilton

Just like its title suggests, this mythology book offers you timeless tales of gods and heroes that guarantee long-lived mental euphoria. Discover as this book brings to life tales of long-forgotten Roman and Norse mythology.

It’s a modern rendition of the classics that paved the way for the development of western culture. What happened during the Trojan war? What’s the connection between Cupid and Psyche? All these and more can be discovered in the pages of this thrilling paperback.

Tales Of Norse Mythology, by Helen A. Gruber

Fans of Norse mythology can stop searching for a book made for them now; this one is for you.

Through the ink of Helen Guerber, this book brings to life the many gods, goddesses, giants, dwarves, warriors, monsters, and many more who shaped the Viking era. It’s time to get in touch with how these Norse mythical creatures lived; from their triumphs to tragic falls, everything you need is right here.

Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt, by Geraldine Pinch

We take a trip to Africa and the stories that are treasured there. And what better place to search for precious tales than the land of the Great Pyramids and Mummies?

As we all know, modern Egypt has its share of fascinating parts and treasures but what about its ancient history? It’s time to treat your imagination to wonders of Egyptian myth. From its development from the Nile to lifetime curses to stories of the sun god, it’s time to take a trip back and educate yourself on what Egypt is really about.

The Illustrated Mahabharata: The Definitive Guide to India’s Greatest Epic

How do you think India reached its current great status? What are the events that have shaped the Indian landscape into the big name it is today? Learn the answers through the illustrated guide to India’s greatest epic.

With 18 chapters, there are enough stories to help understand the 3,000-year journey that has brought India to this point. Hundreds of images showcase the art behind this epic. All in all, it's a book that offers the uniqueness that mythology is all about.

American Indian Myths And Legends

What’s the best way to fully understand the mythical background of Native America? Well, with American Indian Myths and Legends, the answer lies in over 160 tales across 80 tribal groups.

Through this book, readers enjoy stories of creation, love, war, animals that graced the planes, tricksters that molded their wit, and even the end of the world. Go back in time with this book’s black-and-white illustration of Native American classics.

African Mythology: Captivating Myths of Gods, Goddesses, and Legendary Creatures of Africa (Legends and Gods of Africa), by Matt Clayton

We all love stories of our African neighbors and their ancient past. So, if you’re looking for the best mythology books to treat yourself to these stories, look no further. Ancient goddesses, legendary heroes, and mythical creatures; what more could you ask for?

With 54 countries, Africa isn’t short of rich culture and history. As expected, there are thousands of cultures to discover and different spheres of life to explore. Find out those cultures that have their origins in ancient Africa as well as those accepted from other continents.

The Mythology Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

And to wrap up this list of the 10 best mythology books, we have a book where all the mythical stories you can think of are wrapped in. We’re talking 80 of the greatest myths and folklores to ever brace our imaginations.

Take a trip through time in this exciting bible of mythological books. From creation stories to hero folklores to tales of Norse and Greek gods, the mythology book is the mental candy your mind’s been craving.


There can never be too many mythological stories to treat yourself to. And there’s no better way to truly get enthralled in ancient history than through the pages of a book. So, what mythology book are you reading today?

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