Title: Mythos

Author: Stephen Fry

Pages: 416 Pages

Publisher: Chronicle Books

The Blurb

Mythos is a modern collection of Greek myths, stylishly retold by legendary writer, actor, and comedian Stephen Fry. Fry transforms the adventures of Zeus and the Olympians into emotionally resonant and deeply funny stories, without losing any of their original wonder.

This stunning book features classical artwork inspired by the myths, as well as learned notes from the author.

  • Each adventure is infused with Fry’s distinctive wit, voice, and writing style
    • Connoisseurs of the Greek myths will appreciate this fresh-yet-reverential interpretation, while newcomers will feel welcome
    • Retellings brim with humour and emotion and offer rich cultural context

Celebrating the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of the Greek myths, Mythos breathes life into ancient tales—from Pandora’s box to Prometheus’s fire.

The Review

I have often thought about how much fun it would be to holiday in Stephen Fry’s brain. It just seems like a pink squidgy museum of information. Couple that with my interest in Greek Mythology and you have one happy reader.

In his book, Mythos, Fry tells the stories from ancient Greece. He does this is such a classic Fry style that you cannot help but be entertained and informed. The stories are coupled with tales from his own life or little interjections of his own opinion that colour the book in a marvellously entertaining way.

One thing I will say is that if you read Mythos then I would recommend taking your time with it. Don’t plough through it or the stories will all seem to blend into one and you begin to lose the message behind them. If I was to read Mythos again I would use it more as a palette cleanser between other books.

Mythos by Stephen Fry is available now.

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Title: Bibliophile – An Illustrated Miscellany

Author: Jane Mount

Pages: 224 Pages

Publisher: Chronicle Books

The Blurb

Searching for perfect book lovers gifts? Rejoice! Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany, is a love letter to all things bookish. Author Jane Mount brings literary people, places, and things to life through her signature and vibrant illustrations. It’s a must-have for every book collection, and makes a wonderful literary gift for book lovers, writers, and more.

Readers of Jane Mount’s Bibliophile will delight in:

  • Touring the world’s most beautiful bookstores
  • Testing their knowledge of the written word with quizzes
  • Finding their next great read in lovingly curated stacks of books
  • Sampling the most famous fictional meals
  • Peeking inside the workspaces of their favorite authors

A source of endless inspiration, literary facts and recommendations: Bibliophile is pure bookish joy and sure to enchant book clubbers, English majors, poetry devotees, aspiring writers, and any and all who identify as book lovers.

If you have read or own: I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life; The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, and Civilization; or How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines; then you will want to read and own Jane Mount’s Bibliophile.


The Review

For my 35th birthday I bought myself a gift. I bought myself Bibliophile by Jane Mount. I saw it, I weighed up the pros and cons of spending a fair bit of money on a book and I decided that yes, I deserve the book, it’s my birthday and you cannot take the money with you. All of this was a fruitless action because the moment I saw Bibliophile I knew it would be mine.

Bibliophile is made up of gorgeous illustrations, lists, shops to visit, bookish history and the all powerful cover design. You get so much from this book – including another load to add to your TBR pile.

I have read a lot of books about books and Bibliophile has to be one of my favourites. It is so tactile and beautifully put together. It is an absolute treat.

Go on, treat yourself. You deserve it!

Bibliophile – An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount is available now.

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Title: I’d Rather Be Reading

Author: Guinevere De La Mere

Pages: 96 Pages

Publisher: Chronicle Books

The Blurb

For anyone who’d rather be reading than doing just about anything else, this ebook is the ultimate must-have. In this visual ode to all things bookish, readers will get lost in page after page of beautiful contemporary art, photography, and illustrations depicting the pleasures of books. Artwork from the likes of Jane Mount, Lisa Congdon, Julia Rothman, and Sophie Blackall is interwoven with text from essayist Maura Kelly, bestselling author Gretchen Rubin, and award-winning author and independent bookstore owner Ann Patchett. Rounded out with poems, quotations, and aphorisms celebrating the joys of reading, this lovingly curated compendium is a love letter to all things literary, and the perfect thing for bookworms everywhere.


The Review

I’d Rather Be Reading is pretty much my life motto. It applies to nearly every situation and I will quite happily use it as an excuse to not have to do something that I won’t want to do. I’d Rather Be Reading as a book concept put me face to page with like minded people who shared their love of books and the stories surrounding how that love grew.

It is such a simple idea but it was beautifully executed and the accompanying artwork is stunning. I’d Rather Be Reading is a little small to be considered a coffee table book but it is definitely a book to be kept close at hand to dip into when possible.

I’d Rather Be Reading by Guinevere De La Mere is available now.

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