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Song of Achilles
Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
Achilles, "the best of all the Greeks," son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the gods' wrath. They are trained by the centaur Chiron in the arts of war and medicine, but when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the heroes of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the cruel Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice."
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BriannaT
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After Circe, I had high expectations for this one - they were met! When I read bits of the Iliad for school, I was taught that Patroclus was Achilles‘ cousin and they loved “like brothers.” Even though it‘s fiction, that little change made through prejudice suppresses more than just the characters. This book reminds the reader what the relationship truly was, and it stands as a testament that all love is beautiful.

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4thhouseontheleft
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Wow!! Thank you @ruskigurl16 for an incredible #mysterymessageswap gift! I‘m so excited about the books, and love the postcards from Russia! And holy stickers! You really filled the journal (which is so cute - did you know I 💜 sloths?) with so many things! Thank you for everything!!

gradcat I love that bracelet! ♥️ 3d
ruskigurl16 I am so glad that you loved everything!! ❤️😍 3d
4thhouseontheleft @ruskigurl16 I 💜💜 everything!! Since I brought the box with me in vacay, I plan on using the tea immediately! You put together an amazing package and I am so grateful! 2d
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tpixie @4thhouseontheleft @ruskigurl16 lovely bookish treats!! ♥️🥳📚 2d
ruskigurl16 @4thhouseontheleft yay!! This makes me really, really happy to hear. I had a fabulous time putting it together. The chocolate is local from PA, BTW. So you got both sides of me and themed on travel, which (as you are on vacation) I thought was appropriate. 😊 2d
4thhouseontheleft @ruskigurl16 I grew up on Gertrude Hawk chocolates, so it was a pleasant surprise! I‘m originally from PA. 😃 2d
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Moll
Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller

'Her hair was as sleek as it always was, and her dress as beautiful, but there was something about her that seemed wild, as if an invisible wind whipped around her'.

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Moll
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'Her face was like quicksilver, always racing to something new'.

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Moll
Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller

'Her voice was bright and almost childishly loud, startling after the dullness of the hall. She had a tipped-up nose, and a sharp face, like a fox. She was pretty, and knew it'.

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arlenefinnigan
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#ReadHarder challenge 13: a book of mythology

sprainedbrain One of my very favorite books! 😍 1w
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Bird
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Just let me catch my breath first.. what a read! #TheSongofAchilles #CelebratePrideMonth #MadelineMiller

sprainedbrain This is one of my all-time favorites! ❤️ 1w
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Moll
Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller

'“What are you thinking about?“ [...] “Nothing“, I said. It was untrue. I guess it always is'.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌺 1w
Moll Thanks!😊 1w
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Moll
Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller

'To a goddess the few decades of human life were barely even an inconvenience'.

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Moll
Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller

'Her black hair was loose down her back and her skin shone luminous and impossibly pale, as if it drank light from the moon'.

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Moll
Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller

'Gods and mortals never mixed happily in our stories'.

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Moll
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'But is it not a sort of genius to cut always to the heart?'

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Moll
Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller

'The sound was pure and sweet as water, bright as lemons'.

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Moll
Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller

'I had been dreaming myself a fish, silvered by sun as it leaped from the sea. The waves dissolved, became amphorae and grain sacks again'.

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Moll
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'Rumours were the only coin the boys had to trade in'.

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Moll
Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller

'I could have told him more, of the dreams that left me bleary and bloodshot, the almost-screams that scraped my throat as I swallowed them down. The way the stars turned and turned through the night above my unsleeping eyes'.

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Moll
Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller

'Juggling was a trick of low mummers and beggars, but he made it something else, a living pattern painted on the air'

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Moll
Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller

'The keen edge of my envy was like flint, a spark away from fire'.

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Moll
The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller

tw: graphic imagery, death

'Sometimes he turned and showed the hole in his head, where the soft mass of his brain hung loose'.

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Starfire29
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If you are a fan of Greek metrology you will definitely enjoy this book. Such great storytelling and character growth. The setting is perfect in the time that Helen was taken from Troy. The story is full of love, sacrifice and non stop action. I would highly recommend.

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DarcysMom
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BooknerdsLife
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Just a small rainbow stack of #LGBTQ books for #PrideMonth
I've read all but one book from this stack and love them all especially the diversity & gender fluid characters in them. Personally I'll read any books, doesn't matter if it's labeled #YA or not, doesn't make any difference to me. The term YA is fairly new. It's very nice & important to see more diversity characters in books, both young &adult
#LGBTQbooks #LoveOzYA #booknerd #RainbowBooks

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Augustdana
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In an ideal world this stack would be what I read this summer when schools out. Day four #riotgrams stacks

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DarcysMom
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great book! 💖📖💖 2w
BooknerdsLife Love this one on audio too! 💕 2w
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DarcysMom
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Miles for May: 102.71
Miles year to date: 556.84
#audiowalk
On track for #2019kmin2019
#overdrive
#LitsyWalkers

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DarcysMom
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Finally I am able to start this book. I am so excited. (The reward for completing by own-set challenge).

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DarcysMom
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FantasyChick
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Almost done! It took a looong time to find this one and I lucked out that the author was on my TBR. I love mythology and this spin on Achilles and Patroclus was great. A little wordy but the author did a great job.I have to admit though, I totally pictured a young Brad Pitt through the whole book 😂😍

✅ an author who shares your birthday

Now to find...a picture book? 🤔

#MayMadness #MayScavengerHunt @TheReadingMermaid @Clwojick @RadicalReader

Clwojick Flora and the Flamingo ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 3w
AnansiGirl The Arrival is a good picture book. 3w
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DarcysMom
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It was a very fruitful walk today! 🤑
#audiowalk
#2019kmin2019
#105MileMay
#overdrive
#LitsyWalkers

Bookwormjillk Nice! 3w
Leftcoastzen My uncle used to take walks in shopping mall parking lots in hopes of finding money.He did often. 3w
whatshesreadingnow 👏🏻🙌🏻😁 3w
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Moll
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Started reading for fun again after finals! I like to read a fiction and a non-fiction at the same time so starting with a book that @Emilymdxn got me and a self-help type one🙌 Reading in a lush bath😊

Theaelizabet Welcome to Litsy! 3w
Moll @Theaelizabet thank you!!📚💖 3w
Ericalambbrown Welcome! Hope you enjoy it here as much as I do! 😊📚🙏🏻 3w
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Moll @Ericalambbrown thank you! I hope so too!!🙌 3w
Samplergal Welcome to Litsy! 3w
Moll @Samplergal 😍😍 thank you! 3w
wanderinglynn Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 And congrats on finishing your degree. 🎉 3w
Moll @wanderinglynn thank u x2!!!🙌💖 3w
KathyWheeler Reading for fun after I finished my lit degree was just complete bliss! Enjoy it, and welcome to Litsy. 3w
Soubhiville Hi @moll! Welcome! 3w
Moll @KathyWheeler I'm so excited😍 ty! 3w
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RaimeyGallant Welcome! 3w
Moll @RaimeyGallant ty!!😍 3w
Moll @CoffeeNBooks thank you!!💖 3w
Geeklet Welcome to Litsy! I hope you like it here! 3w
TheLibrarian Welcome to Litsy! 3w
audraelizabeth Welcome to litsy! Your tbr will never recover in the best way. 3w
saresmoore Lovely! I devoured this book. Your non-fic looks interesting, too. 3w
Moll @Geeklet thank you! Me too!! 3w
Moll @TheLibrarian thank you! 3w
Moll @audraelizabeth haha, thank you! 3w
Moll @saresmoore Ooo so glad to hear you enjoyed it!! Thank you! 3w
audraelizabeth Your welcome 3w
Weaponxgirl Welcome to Litsy 😊 3w
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great book! Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 2w
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DarcysMom
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sprainedbrain ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3w
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Starfire29
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Messiejessie
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A tragic, well known story, told in a lovely way from a different perspective.
I really enjoyed hearing this story from the perspective of Patroclus. He was the heart behind the hero.

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GretchenMaune
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🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡/5

This was quite different from the books I usually read, but I loved it. The writing style was not great, but I feel like the plot made up for it. It was heartbreaking and well put together. Definitely gonna end up re-reading this in the future.

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fleeting
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What did I read? An insanely protracted doomed love story between a bumbling idiot and an angry golden-haired beautiful boy, who has a mother that's a cross between Maleficent and an Asian female ghost who keeps baring her teeth. Next time, pls don't use a writer's creds (degree in Latin Greek etc) to feature a book that's supposed to be a "retelling" of an epic. Nope. This is fanfiction, at best. Sorry to those who loved this one ? Don't hate me

DivineDiana An honest review is always welcome. Still on my TBR! 4w
fleeting @DivineDiana would still recommend as a fast read to pass the time! It's not a bail, just quite disappointing. 😕 4w
tpixie lol this could be added to the #BadSummary that i saw this am 4w
fleeting @tpixie huh, didn't know that was a thing! Haha this is rather fitting for that, indeed! 4w
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fleeting
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A bit apprehensive because of all the hype. Just at the beginning and I'm not a fan of the way of narration. 😕

BarbaraBB Great pic though 😇 4w
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BooksMcD
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Unfortunately there isn't enough here to justify an entire book. Frazer Douglas is an excellent narrator for the audiobook, but in the end I didn't care and wanted it to be over. Torn between a historical fiction about Achilles or a strong romance novel, this book should've leaned more in either direction. Toeing the line between those was safe, boring, and a bit money-grabbing. Using both genres reaches more buyers, but the book is worse for it.

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Bookworm83
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Thoroughly enjoyed seeing Madeline Miller tonight! Her presentation makes me want to read all the epics. At the very least, I want to revisit The Iliad before diving into The Song of Achilles.

dragondrool Even the Epic Which Shall Not Be Named? 😏 1mo
Bookworm83 @dragondrool 😂😂😂 1mo
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BookClaw
Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller

I just purchased this audiobook today. So, no picture to share. It was recommended in a business type facebook group so I'm going to categorize this as “self-care“ ...sometimes we just need an escape.

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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#UnpopularOpinion after all the hype, I didn't end up loving this! I enjoyed the first half and the buildup in Patroclus and Achilles' relationship but after that the characterization started to fall a bit flat. I felt like there was a huge gap in Achilles' arc and I would've loved to see more of the changes he was going through and their impact on his relationship, and Thetis seemed like a total cartoon to me.

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GretchenMaune
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batsy
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To each other they remain eternally #youngandbeautiful 💔

Painting on vase of Achilles tending to an injured Patroclus ca. 500 BC.

#MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

LeahBergen I still need to read this one! 1mo
BarbaraBB Great choice! 1mo
Cinfhen Loved this book 1mo
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Centique Gods this one made me weep 😭 1mo
rwmg @Centique I was expecting it to and was most disconcerted when it didn't 1mo
readordierachel 💙💙 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @Centique @readordierachel I wasn't as taken with the book as I expected to be, but the depiction of their relationship really got to me 💔 1mo
rohit-sawant Really need to get to this one soon. 1mo
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madamereadsalot1
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April wrap-up. 7 books and not a bad one in the bunch.

2 ebooks, 1 print, and 4 audiobooks.
(Of those 4, I've read 3 before.)

#aprilwrapup

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great reads!! 📖💖 2mo
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sammisho
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The hype for this book was well deserved! What a tale! This may be the best book I have read so far in 2019.
#readingwomen A myth retelling

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I enjoyed this graceful, but strong perspective on the Achilles story. Rather than focus on the likely hero, Miller chooses to make our narrator the man by his side, Patroclus. He‘s no warrior. Instead, he‘s truly a gentle, caring soul caught in the midst of war and turmoil. They are Greek heroes, for sure.

Full review www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019
#readingwomen #mythretelljng

4thhouseontheleft Great review! I hope you‘re enjoying your trip! 😘 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft Yes, it‘s been great! I just had this *one last* review left from pre-trip reading! 😘 (edited) 2mo
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Ash.on.the.line
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Happy Easter littens! I am so tired and on the verge of a reading slump! I think I‘m gonna take a slight social media break (I‘ll still be on here sometimes just not checking as often). 💜
also this pic made me laugh!! 😂
📸 x SparkNotes via twitter

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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#friyayintro @howjessreads

1. Down to (gasp!) 1 book during our travels, as my reading time will be limited.
2. Final prep for our flight to Paris on Sunday evening—I may not be here much but please follow me on IG if you want pictures. (@barbarasearles)
3. Yes, quite a lot actually.
4. The only possible novel in my head revolves around Inger, my great-great-great grandmother who arrived on the 1st ship of Norwegians to the US in 1825.
5. 👊🏻

merelybookish Bon voyage!! 🥖🥐🧀🍷 2mo
Velvetfur I've just followed you on Insta, you'll see me listed as vikkivelvetfur in your followers 😊 I wish you a smashing trip, I love Paris so I'll look forward to seeing your pics from there! I really like your little bit of family history in this post, too 😊 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Velvetfur Thanks for the follow on IG. I look forward to being connected there too, V. We are so excited about the trip! And thanks for the 👍🏻 on Inger. 🙂 2mo
Rachel_nyc I‘m a sucker for Paris pics so I just followed you in IG. 2mo
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Heystad
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This book was the epitome of a beautiful tragedy. You will love the characters and the story. A great pre or post Circe read!

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sammisho
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I had a little procedure done this morning, and the anesthesia has left me so sleepy. So I am spending the rest of the day with a new book,eating Popsicles, and enjoying the sunshine.

Soubhiville Feel better! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hope you feel better soon ❤️ 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Feel better soon!! 2mo
GypsyKat I hope you feel better soon! 2mo
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