Oh man. Okay, how do I explain my fascination with ancient Egypt? Can it even BE explained? It comes from my love of history, my love of mystery, the whole Victorian explorer thing I’m also obsessed with. Plus, y’know, it’s just FUN! And my interest in ancient Egypt led to me interest in other ancient societies as well (which may have influenced me into changing my major to medieval studies), so that’s nice.
Anyway, I actually have more non-fiction books about ancient Egypt than I do fiction, but they’re mostly the boring type that has some nice photos (I have one about reading hieroglyphs that SHOULD be interesting but it’s not really). Here’s some of my favorite fiction books about or set in or related in some way to ancient Egypt:
- The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (1966). Probably the book that made me interested in ancient Egypt in the first place! The Egypt part isn’t as important as the other parts, really, but I didn’t realize that when I was a kid and fixated on Mysterious Rites.
- Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. LaFevers (2007). Mummies and museums and curses. Huzzah! [my review]
- The Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters (1975-current). Sort of like the definitive Victorian-lady-in-Egypt series? But way more entertaining than how I just described it.
- The Buried Pyramid by Jane Lindskold (2005). Starts off like a Victorian adventure novel, eventually turns into a fantasy with ancient Egyptian stuff. [my review]
Do you like books involving ancient Egypt? Which ones are your favorites?
Thanks to Once Upon a Bookshelf for the list-y inspiration!