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Circe
Circe | Madeline Miller
"This is as close as you will ever come to entering the world of mythology as a participant. Stunning, touching, and unique."--Margaret George, author of The Confessions of Young Nero In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus. But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love. With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world.
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Mehso-so

I love a good witch goddess story just as much as the next reader, but this one just left me flat. #Unpopularopinion I know. But I didn‘t like Circe, thought the story only plodded along, and struggled to finish this one. Made me sad, b/c I loved The Song of Achilles with my whole heart.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022
#booked2022 #mythretelling #pantone2022 #coralrose

Emily92Bibliophile Have you read this one yet? A good Witch story now
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Emily92Bibliophile I have heard good things and bought it on ebook sale recently! Thanks. 💕 now
Ruthiella I totally agree with you! I loved The Song of Achilles but though Circe was boring. Oh well. now
Cinfhen It took me awhile to get into this book and in the end I liked it / but not nearly as much as Song of Achilles now
Cinfhen @Emily92Bibliophile your book sounds GREAT!! And I see I‘ve already stacked it 🤩 now
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Phelangies
Circe | Madeline Miller
Mehso-so

This book is one if those books I am glad to have read. An avid Greek Mythology fan, I was pleased to read about the heroes of old. Daedalus was my favorite character in the book. After Odysseus (the Iliad has been out for centuries, so if you have not read it by now, I don‘t know what to tell you) left, I was bored. Can‘t say I recommend, can‘t say not to read it. It was…okay.

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Bookreader0074
Circe | Madeline Miller
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It was a good book. It had a slow build up in my opinion, but the pacing made sense to me after I got more into the book. This story had a lot of character development and I feel like the pacing of the story helped me relate to Circe. I had never given her much thought other than as a side character and I enjoyed that many of the big names in Greek mythology appeared as side characters in her story. The ending was amazing and worth the build up.

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VeraNyx
Circe | Madeline Miller
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This was a little better than so-so but not quite a favorite. I don't understand the hype this book had. I started off really slow. It's a little interesting that she followed the Hermes line in all her love interests.. I enjoyed the dark monsters like the minotaur and Scylla. Then it slowed down once circe had a child and then the climax was pretty anticlimactic for me.

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LaraS
Circe | Madeline Miller
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The great bookish problem every time you start a new reading challenge....how to choose when my first book fits perfectly with two beautiful picture prompts? #AestheticallyMatched 😁

Clwojick It could count for both, if you‘re okay with doubling up! 2w
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GodsLioness
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Greek Myths have been a life long fascination and I‘m glad there are authors telling the women‘s stories.

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TheatreSpaz
Circe | Madeline Miller
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This was such a breath of fresh air. I wasn't sure what kind of book this was gong to be but I knew I was interested in reading about ancient Greece. Miller wrote a beautiful character exploration in which Circe, with us along for the ride, takes a thousand years to figure out who she is and what she wants. She too often allows others to influence her and the reader gets to watch as she grows and learns about herself and the world.

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TheatreSpaz
Circe | Madeline Miller

I was able to get in 7 hours of reading yesterday!! I start school next week so I'm feeling the pressure to get everything in order. I only need 4 more hours to reach my goal! Right now I'm at 16 total in 3 days. #20in4

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Mccall0113
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Very late to the Circe party.

ChaoticMissAdventures Welcome! Hope you enjoy the ride. 3w
sprainedbrain Better late than never! 😉 3w
RebL Never too late for the Circe party! 🎉 3w
bookaholic1 I still need to read this one, hope you like it 3w
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Tgbsfk
Circe | Madeline Miller
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New book excitement 🤗

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unreal
Circe | Madeline Miller
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I read so many great reviews of this so I thought I might be going in with my expectations too high but it did not disappoint. The portrayal of the goddess Circe is so heartbreakingly human and her development throughout is incredible. I really liked seeing the world and some of the Greek myths through Circe's eyes. It was an engaging perspective and I liked the way that not only did she affect the events, the events clearing affected her.

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BookBelle84
Circe | Madeline Miller
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This was amazing and I can't wait for her next novel. #12booksof2021 #April #2021 #bestof2021 @Andrew65

Andrew65 A very popular book. 4w
Librarianaut I couldn‘t put that one down… 4w
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reading_rainbow
Circe | Madeline Miller
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When I tell you I screamed!!! Madeline Miller is putting her Tempest book on hold and has started writing a novel based on PERSEPHONE!!!! She is the only one I will trust with her story I swear guys I manifested this into existence😭😭 I am constantly on the hunt for Persephone/Hades retellings and they always suck and lack the depth and feels I crave and just like, I know Madeline is gonna do this right 😭😭😭 I am so happy rn!!

sprainedbrain I share your sentiments! So excited about this! 1mo
CBee OH MY GOD this is the most amazing news 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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Mandycolesings
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Oh my God I died and went to AIAIA. Everything about this book ! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. Circe is one of the best female protagonist to come along in a good long while. I wanted to know every character , every story . I love this book MADLY . It gave the reader everything they wanted. I was invested every step of the way and a perfect ending to her jounery to self. Finally a writer who doesnt't insult the intelligence of the reader.

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AbigailJaneBlog
Circe | Madeline Miller
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An amazing #NYWD2022 list from @majkia . I'm particularly looking forward to Circe and The Wizards Guide to Defensive Baking 😍 Massive thanks to @monalyisha for organising 🥰

monalyisha I listened to Circe on audio & I loved it. I‘ve been meaning to read Song of Achilles for well over a year now. 🙈 I hope you have a great reading month! 2mo
monalyisha @majkia I hope you have a wonderful month, too! 2mo
AbigailJaneBlog @monalyisha yess both of these have been on my TBR for a while so I'm looking forward to it 😍 2mo
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ambrosiasalad
Circe | Madeline Miller
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The only mythology book I have ever read that made me feel a closeness to the characters and events, which is refreshing considering the genre overall strikes me as an absurd and aloof mess. This book also encapsulates women and empowerment beautifully; soft and nurturing, yet powerful and brutal when necessary

Cheries_Ghost excellent review!!! thank you amber 2mo
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thewallflower0707
Circe | Madeline Miller
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It‘s the time for rereading two of my old favourites!
1) #TheSongofAchilles
I have to admit I didn‘t love it as much as the 1st time 😱.

2) #Circe
I liked it a lot more than the 1st, maybe b/c I‘m 3 years older? Back then, the ending disappointed me, now, I find it very peaceful.

#madelinemiller

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ambrosiasalad
Circe | Madeline Miller

“It is a common saying that women are delicate creatures, flowers, eggs, anything that may be crushed in a moment's carelessness. If I had ever believed it, I no longer did.”

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ambrosiasalad
Circe | Madeline Miller

“But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me.”

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Susanita
Circe | Madeline Miller
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One of my favorites! #orange #gratefulharvest

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this cover 🧡🖤 2mo
Eggs 🧡🍊🧡 2mo
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Bibliotekate
Circe | Madeline Miller
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A damn near perfect book.

Mandycolesings I am so happy I read this book. 2mo
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Brimful
Circe | Madeline Miller
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This was exactly the right book to read now in the witchy time of year. A modern and feminist take on an old story which is compellingly written It is a wonderful celebration of what it is to be human. Loved it!

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Brimful
Circe | Madeline Miller
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I thought once that gods are the opposite of death; but I see now that they are more dead than anything, for they are unchanging and can hold nothing in their hands

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Honeybeebooks
Circe | Madeline Miller
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🌟🌟🌟🌟 Circe is a a goddess but her shrill voice and lack of power makes her the target of neglect and abuse. After turning a mortal into a human and a nymph into a monster she is exiled to Aeaea. Throughout her long immortal life, Circe is a pivotal figure in many well-known myths from Homer's Odyssey. Circe is a goddess but she is all too human as she strives to write her own story albeit one filled with pain, bravery and self-realization.

miaelisabet Lovely review! 3mo
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Brimful
Circe | Madeline Miller

For a hundred generations,I had walked the world drowsy and dull, idle and at my ease. I left no prints. I did no deeds. Even those who had loved me a little did not care to stay. Then I learned I could bend the world to my will, as a bow is bent for an arrow. I would have done that toil a thousand times to keep some such power in my hands. I thought this is how Zeus felt when he first lifted the thunderbolt.

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peanutnine
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Amazing storytelling! Circe is involved in so many Greek myths that it was interesting to see her entire life tale and dive into her character.
This is my book club's pick for the month and I can't wait to hear everyone's thoughts.
Also book 3 read for #OutstandingOctober @Andrew65 ☺️

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3mo
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Morr_Books
Circe | Madeline Miller
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I meant to post this a week ago. (Sorry) Thank you so much for the #bookmail and other goodies, @Mynameisacolour !!! This really cheered me up after a rough September. Hopefully I'll get to read this soon. Thank you thank you thank you!!!

AmyG Such a wonderful book! 3mo
Mynameisacolour You're very welcome! 🤍 3mo
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peanutnine
Circe | Madeline Miller
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"Those who fight against prophecy only draw it more tightly around their throats."
I've always loved this aspect about fates in Greek mythology.

GondorGirl This book was SO good! 3mo
peanutnine @GondorGirl I love it so far! Miller is such an intricate storyteller 3mo
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living_for_literature
Circe | Madeline Miller
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I really liked the character development of Circe. She starts out as a shy little girl who wants to please everyone, desperate for approval. Later, she becomes hardened and bitter, hating everyone. As Circe learns, both these ways of living are not viable for a good life.
The writing style flowed well, almost poetically. The book, in my opinion, started out slow, but I later was enthralled in the story.

BkClubCare The audiobook is well done, too 3mo
living_for_literature I saw the audiobook also won an award! 3mo
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angelamarie1029
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Had read so many great reviews for this one so I had to check it out! It did not disappoint!

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hissingpotatoes
Circe | Madeline Miller
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But I liked it, as if his words were a secret. A thing that looked like a stone, but inside was a seed.
[…]
I was nothing, a stone.

#QuotsyOCT21 day 6: stone

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GatheringBooks
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Victoriahoperose
Circe | Madeline Miller
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This book was beautifully written. It really brought mythology to life and it was done in such an interesting and entertaining way. I did think it got a bit slow toward the end and it started to get hard to keep up with the characters, but overall, I really liked this. I think this is a book that anyone could love. Well written and a unique take on different myths.

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underground_bks
Circe | Madeline Miller
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This retelling of the myth of Circe, best known for turning men into pigs and bedding the Greek hero Odysseus, is complex, gorgeous, and as enchanting as it is enriching, touching on subjects of feminism and empowerment, generational trauma and healing, redemption and overcoming the shame of past transgressions. Madeline Miller has rightly won all the laurels she‘s received. Song of Achilles and Circe are must reads.

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BookNAround
Circe | Madeline Miller
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About to start this one as it‘s one of my book club picks for this month. Such interesting lighting on the foil parts of the cover.

CBee Ohhhh this was so good 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
kspenmoll This was really good! 4mo
Palimpsest Loved this one! 4mo
peanutnine Ooo this is my bookclub's pick for October! 4mo
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Ast_Arslan
Circe | Madeline Miller
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it. Some will be old, some will be new - don't judge me, I have a lot of books.

Day 143th

Join the fun if you want!

#tbrpile

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anxious_bibliophile
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Onto Miller's 2nd book..but while I finish ASoA, let me revisit Circe..

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GatheringBooks
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majkia
Circe | Madeline Miller

Compelling, beautifully written. Complex story of Circe, her magic, her island, her life.

#doublespin #TheAromaofBooks

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ncsufoxes
Circe | Madeline Miller
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My sad August #bookspinbingo board, one book read for the month. It was a super busy month with lots of appointments for kids & getting ready for school. Two of my kids started back in the middle of August (other one doesn‘t start till after Labor Day). I forgot how exhausting it is driving kids back & forth to school & everything in between. It‘s been a big adjustment & I‘m still working on my schedule. Hopefully next month will be better.

Julsmarshall You got one 😄 And back to school is hard, especially this year! 5mo
ncsufoxes @Julsmarshall back to school is normally exhausting but after being home for 18 months we forgot what it‘s like to get out the door every day. I forgot how exhausting it is driving everyone back & forth. It‘s been an adjustment 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Some months it's just a challenge to keep your head above water!!! Still great progress getting a book checked off & hopefully you are able to find your new groove in September!!! 5mo
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TheSpineView
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Eggs Perfect 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choice! 🧡🖤🧡🖤 5mo
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SusanLee
Circe | Madeline Miller
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The prompt #destiny reminded me of this awesome novel that set my love for Greek mythology #conflictedworlds @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs 🧡😌🖤 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this cover 🖤🧡 5mo
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Cazxxx
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Got this as a skip the line title from the library and only have the loan for 7 days, hopefully I can finish it as I‘ve been dying to read this one for ages 🤞🏻

reading_rainbow Really enjoyed this one! 5mo
Cazxxx @reading_rainbow I have high hopes for this one 😊 5mo
SamAnne Loved this one. Reading her Song of Achilles next month. 5mo
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Cazxxx @SamAnne If I enjoy this one I‘ll certainly read song of Achilles too 5mo
perfectsinner Loved this book. Song of Achilles was even better for me. I ugly cried 5mo
Cazxxx @perfectsinner that one is on my tbr too 5mo
perfectsinner @Cazxxx happy reading! 5mo
Cazxxx @perfectsinner thanks, enjoying it so far! 5mo
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Anoukeboek
Circe | Madeline Miller
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It is not hard for books to give me feelings, but to give me ALL the feelings? Circe is the woman all the stories should be written about. I thank Madeline Miller to finally give Circe her voice. We don't want stories to be told by the biggest shouter or fighter. We want Circe, with her herbs and her island. There should be more of her in a lot of people. Maybe with this book, we start to rewrite the way we see our historybooks.

GondorGirl This was so good! 🧡🧡 5mo
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Aylandra
Circe | Madeline Miller
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*read using the Libby app*
I quite enjoyed this one.
I've got a weak spot for anything based on mythology, and this fit in quite nicely.
Well worth a read for people interested in feel myths, although if you know any myths already you'll recognise the references made in the book, but you'll still be pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns of the book.

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violabrain
Circe | Madeline Miller
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I absolutely loved this book! Song of Achilles broke my heart and I didn‘t know if this book would live up to my expectations after that one, but it absolutely did. I can‘t wait for whatever her next book is!

SamAnne Loved this one and planning to read Song of Achilles next month! 5mo
violabrain @SamAnne Enjoy it! I read it three or four years ago at this point and I still think about it often.❤️ 5mo
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Nessavamusic
Circe | Madeline Miller
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1. Both! I love myths and legends!
2. Either Ireland or Greece
3. There are so many but I do adore the tagged.
#sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz Irish myths are so fascinating! Thank you for sharing! 5mo
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jordanjamie11
Circe | Madeline Miller
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But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me.