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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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RachelO
Circe | Madeline Miller
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I‘ve been dipping in and out of this on audio for MONTHS, treating it more like an ongoing soap opera (just dropping in occasionally to see what the gods are up to) rather than a story that needed finishing. But I loved it. Miller‘s writing is quite stunning and the world she creates feels very real. I‘ll miss spending time on Circe‘s island. And I loved the ending!

rachelm This audiobook is amazing 1d
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SamAnne
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Starting this on this October lake day!

Avidreader25 LOVED this one! 1d
nelehelen So gooood 1d
Latrelwhite Adding to my TBR list 1d
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bookshapedheart
Circe | Madeline Miller
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The writing was beautiful and Miller‘s investigation into humanity through divinity was really enjoyable. The Greek myths take on interesting shape and form through the eyes of this unlikely deity.

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GinEyre22
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Doing a bookish thing!

MaGoose I need to go to this next year! 😍

Missed it this year because my mom's not well (I live with her and take care of her),

Did you enjoy it?
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bookandcat
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Seeing in incredible Madeline Miller (Circe, The Song of Achilles)

#morristownfestivalofbooks #mfob #mfob2019 #bookfestival #authortalk #mythology

wen4blu I was there! My favorite was talking about witches in a church, ha! 2d
bookandcat @wen4blu yes it was too funny! I loved her talk. Wish I had known you were there I would have said hi! 😁 2d
wen4blu I know! I didn‘t think to scroll through Litsy until I got home. Maybe next year! 1d
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wen4blu
Circe | Madeline Miller
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At the Morristown Festival of Books waiting for Madeline Miller, inside a neo-gothic church.

Linsy Ooh, jealous! ✨ 2d
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megzlynn
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Check out my new post about my favorite witchy reads on my blog. I am craving some good books about witches right now. I thought I would share some of my favorite witch stories.

https://readinginthewildwood.com/2019/10/11/the-best-witchy-books/

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cdreincarnate
Circe | Madeline Miller
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All the stars for this one. Miller is such a great writer that I need her to come out with another book ASAP.

The audiobook narrator does a great job, so I highly recommend listening to it if you can.

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Tashaawwrr
Circe | Madeline Miller
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I'm glad we got bookmarks for my grannies funeral. Means she is never far from me :)

Caroline2 That‘s such a lovely idea. 💖 4d
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JillR
Circe | Madeline Miller
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I couldn‘t resist a picture of this beautiful cover, but I am “pausing” my reading of this. I just can‘t get into it despite recognising it is a well told story. I don‘t think mythology is my thing. But all is not lost as I‘m hoping to read it with my mythology-expert 12 year old at some point... #raisingreaders

ephemeralwaltz What a beautiful edition, though! 1w
JillR @ephemeralwaltz it is very lovely 1w
Cathythoughts Oh dear 🤷🏻‍♀️. Will be fun with the mythology expert though 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1w
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Nikkionlyreads
Circe | Madeline Miller

A golden cage is still a cage. ~Daedalus.

This book is so so good.
#greekmythology #greek #mythology #madelinemiller #circe

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JillR
Circe | Madeline Miller
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When your boy is old enough to have bookish text chats with you whilst you‘re travelling home on the train😍. Then corrects your understanding of said book. I have to say mythology isn‘t really my thing (not long ago my family trapped me on a long car journey with the audiobook of Mythos and I can‘t say I enjoyed it...) I‘m a few chapters into this and really not sure whether to carry on. Would love to hear if you unexpectedly enjoyed Circe!

readingjedi I loved it but it does start slowly. 2w
Cathythoughts That is a brilliant chat with your son. ♥️.... I‘m not a fan of her books , but I would read Circe for sure just to have that great communication.... ✨ 2w
julesG Sorry, didn't enjoy it either. Not my cup of tea. And, because of your post, I'm going to approach Mythos pre-warned. Also haven't read 2w
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MrsMalaprop It‘s fair to say mythology is not my thing, but I chose Circe for book club this year because I thought I would benefit from having others to help me understand it 😂. I did end up really enjoying it. Hope you do too 😁. 2w
JillR @cathythoughts my feelings about this so far are somewhat Wolf Hall-ish 🤣. But I‘m wondering whether to put it to one side and read with Seth at some point as he can explain who everyone is haha 2w
JillR @julesG please don‘t avoid Mythos because of me - my husband and 12 and 8 year olds loved it! I didn‘t hate it, I‘m just not that into it. Maybe said 12 year olds Percy Jackson years put me off 😂 2w
JillR @readingjedi I‘ve seen a few people saying the same thing so I‘m wondering whether I need to give it more of a chance before I give up... Glad to hear you loved it :) 2w
Cathythoughts Yes! I‘m thinking Wolf-Hall ish too. I DNF .... maybe I can ask Seth a few questions if I ever go back there. 😁😂 (edited) 2w
JillR @MrsMalaprop good plan! I‘m toying whether to put it aside and read it together with Seth at some point... Might give it a few more chapters, glad to hear you ended up enjoying it :) 2w
JillR Haha yes @cathythoughts I‘m sure he‘d be happy at being a Litsy mythology reading guide! 2w
julesG I'll listen to the audiobook. Just because it's read by Stephen Fry 2w
ReadingDownUnder I loved it! Didn‘t know anything about mythology but loved that it‘s all about a female character‘s side of the story. 2w
ladyneverwhere Keep with it, it's a bit slow and even a little off putting at the beginning but it ends up being so very good! 1w
JillR Thanks @ladyneverwhere @readingdownunder - I‘m going to persevere for a little longer! 1w
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NotCool
Circe | Madeline Miller
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“I thought: I cannot bear this world a moment longer”.
“Then, child, make another.”

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i-am-papercrane
Circe | Madeline Miller
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For my #chillingphotochallenge, the Witch‘s Book of Self Care has quite a few #spells to try out! #fallisbooked — I promise my copy of Circe has an #orangecover, it‘s just the lighting! And the #ghost for the #screamathonphotochallenge was part of my Screamathon Swap from TheReadingMermaid, along with the Witch‘s Book of Self Care book!! Apparently I‘ve misplaced my TY Beanie Baby ghost...

#teamslaughter

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🧡 2w
4thhouseontheleft 👻💜🙌🏽 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love the cover of Circe!! 🖤🧡 2w
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AlysonCE
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Just finished reading circe❤

tpixie Lovely quote 2w
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bookishlyblessed
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Day 5: #7days7covers #covercrush Post a photo of a cover you love every day without comment, tag a new person each day: @vanslibanan

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Tashaawwrr
Circe | Madeline Miller
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So had a busy wee day. Work this morning, rushed to get my tattoo finished, came home. Had a nap. Got up, got dressed and then out for dinner and drinks :) now home in bed reading my book! Good start to a weekend!

rather_be_reading omg 😍😍😍 2w
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Julsmarshall
Circe | Madeline Miller
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#bookhaul from #Bookoutlet and #BarnesandNoble All but one on sale! I‘d better get reading!!!

Lynnsoprano Lots of great reading there! 2w
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Eva2
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Mehso-so

Sadly, I am in the ‘don‘t understand the hype‘ camp about this one. It was an ok read, but not one of my faves.

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Tashaawwrr
Circe | Madeline Miller
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I'm finally reading again guys!! :) Only a few chapters in. Have any of you read this yet?

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BookishGirl06
Circe | Madeline Miller
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I‘m gonna put this down for now. Not in mood and I feel like it‘s gonna put me in a slump. Feel guilty cause this is the 2nd time I‘ve put something on hold this month.

Ruthiella That‘s OK! Books don‘t expire!😀 (edited) 3w
Eva2 I am currently reading this and feel exactly the same way! I‘m finding myself re reading pages for things I think I‘ve missed to try and make sense of what I‘m reading. I can see she is trying to write it in the style of the Greek classics like Homer and Euripides, but it‘s just not working for me. 3w
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Rieltalk
Circe | Madeline Miller
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What an exhilarating journey this was! The author has an incredible way of painting interactions and framing the scenes, and making a story about divine beings and their goings-on seem so utterly believable. I found myself spending hours reading up on the many minor characters featured in the book, because unlike in most other retellings of the stories, here they mattered and are actually interesting. Looking forward to her next book!

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Rjcteacher
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Wisdom and magic and a strong woman narrating...myth and ideas and great characters.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 3w
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #litsywelcomewagon 3w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💕📖💕 2w
Readswithcoffee Welcome to Litsy 👍🏻📚📚📚👍🏻 2w
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 2w
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BookishGirl06
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Starting this tonight

lele1432 I love this cover 3w
AutumnRLS I like this cover best out of the ones I've seen. Definitely on my wish list. 3w
AmyG Such a wonderful book. Enjoy! (edited) 3w
ReadingDownUnder Loved this so much I‘ve already read it twice! 3w
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Samreamer
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Like being dropped right into the Odyssey & Hercules. So much fun! I‘ve always loved mythology, but it‘s not something I can easily just sit down and read. If you‘re the same, read this. It‘s the perfect happy medium.

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TheEllieMo
Circe | Madeline Miller
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day 4

Not played yet? Consider yourself tagged!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this one!! 🖤🧡 4w
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TheSpineView
Circe | Madeline Miller
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#covercrush #7days7covers Day 6

Have no idea who to tag. So I'll just say Hi to a few Littens. 🤗 @eggs @Texreader @4thhouseontheleft @OriginalCyn620 @eri.reads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 @Andrew65 @jb72 @Leftcoastzen @TheReadingMermaid @TK-421

Hope I have not forgotten anyone. Have a great Wednesday!

vkois88 Oh, I love this tag! Thank you picking me! I love this cover, it's so pretty! On my TBR... 4w
Sbk89 It‘s pretty good. Wouldn‘t read it again. 4w
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vkois88 Oh, good to know. I'll stick with checking it out from the library! 4w
4thhouseontheleft 👋👋👋 4w
Eggs 👋🏻 thanks for the tag 🏷 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you!!! 😘❤️ 4w
TheSpineView 😊 4w
Andrew65 Cover great, unfortunately disappointed in the book given all the hype, only so so for me. 4w
OriginalCyn620 I‘m gonna start playing tomorrow! 😊 4w
TheSpineView @Andrew65 I liked it but I know others didn't. Just one of those that can go either way. 4w
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Birdsong28
Circe | Madeline Miller
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BookwormM Oh man you just added to my TBR at that price I couldn‘t resist 4w
Cathythoughts Good price 👍🏻. I‘m not drawn to this one though 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4w
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thebluestocking
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Day 5 #7Days7Covers #CoverCrush

This one is even better in person.

If you haven‘t already, come play along!

cjk Loved, loved, loved this!💕📚😊 4w
IvoryLunatic I loved the narrator of the audiobook for this one. She is fantastic. 4w
Ruthiella I just saw a perfect condition of this at the library sale! Someone will be happy when the find that! 4w
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thebluestocking @cjk So good! 4w
thebluestocking @IvoryLunatic Ooh. That‘d be perfect for a reread. 4w
thebluestocking @Ruthiella That‘s an awesome find!! 4w
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MrsMalaprop
Circe | Madeline Miller
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 5

@LibrarianRyan care to have a go?

Caroline2 I was gonna choose this one too. Such a lovely cover! 😍 1mo
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IvoryLunatic
Circe | Madeline Miller
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I really enjoyed this book and am glad I listened to it despite of some of the bad reviews I saw beforehand. To me it was so much more than an island witch waiting for guys to sleep with. I loved listening to her transformation and the ending was perfect for me. And I highly recommend the audiobook because the narrator blew me away! I must find out what else she has narrated bc I could listen to her every day of my life. #circe #audiobook #library

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dariazeoli
Circe | Madeline Miller
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush

Day 1

Thanks for the tag, @Eyelit 👍🏻

Post 7 book covers that you love over 7 days, with no explanation.

Have you been tagged yet? If not, you‘re it! Join the fun!

Eyelit 🧡 both covers are gorgeous! 1mo
LeahBergen I can never decide which of these 2 covers I like more ... 🤔 1mo
dariazeoli @Eyelit @LeahBergen Right?! They did a great job with both editions 1mo
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JadeBethJ
Circe | Madeline Miller
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This was actually book of the month for one of my book groups on Facebook. I just didn‘t get it in time. Now all of my library books have come in at once but I‘m determined to get to some of them at least. So...very excited about this one. Heard good things about it and I‘ve always been a fan of mythology. Even took a course on it about a year ago.

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Jilly6183
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Pickpick

Now I know what all the hype was about, this was excellent.

TheBookKeepers Such a great book!! 1mo
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Avidreader25
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Last night I got a chance to see Madeleine Miller speak. She was incredible; so clever and engaging. I loved hearing about the research behind both of her books and her thoughts on women in Greek mythology. Her retellings give a voice to those who were cast in stereotypical roles. I can‘t wait to read what she writes next.

ruskigurl16 I would absolutely love to hear her speak! 😍 1mo
Avidreader25 @ruskigurl16 She was just so wonderful! Entertaining, so smart, and just fun! 1mo
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AllieLovesBooks
Circe | Madeline Miller
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What should I read next? 📔

Ruthiella I would go for The 7 & 1/2 Deaths. A mystery for Fall. 😀 1mo
Liatrek I loved Circe 😊 1mo
BookishMum92 Circe was fantastic, I loved it and highly recommend 1mo
Scash1114 7 ½! 1mo
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Reggie
Circe | Madeline Miller
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#covercrush #7coversin7days @jenniferw88 Thanks for the tag, @Tex2Flo and here are mine. The U.S. cover on the left and the U.K. cover on the right and both are lovely.

AmyG Agreed! 1mo
Tanisha_A Yep, beautiful! 😍 1mo
Tex2Flo The colors and graphics are arresting. Great choice. 1mo
Cinfhen Nice choice 🧡 1mo
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TaraTLK
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Oh wow. The audio for this is just excellent.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🖤🧡🖤 1mo
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IvoryLunatic
Circe | Madeline Miller
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I started the audiobook two days ago and love it! I don‘t know where the narrator is from but I could listen to her forever. I love her voice. #audiobook

SauerPatch I was pretty ambivalent about this book in and of itself, but I do remember enjoying the narrator. 😊 1mo
IvoryLunatic @SauerPatch I‘ve enjoyed it so far. She just got exiled and I‘ve heard some so-so reviews about her stay on the island so we‘ll see how that goes. But I‘m loving the narrator and once I‘m done with this book, I‘ll check if she has others. 1mo
Reggie I loved this book from last year. I still think about it sometimes. Hope you enjoy it! 1mo
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azulaco
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Definitely a slower read than I expected, but I am savoring it. It took awhile for me to get into it. I love classical civ and mythology, so I‘ve been looking forward to reading this one for awhile. Two-thirds done.

ItsAngel This was an amazing audiobook ❤️ 1mo
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vonnie862
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Loving my early birthday presents from the hubster 🤗. He knows me so well. #chigonaaf #janeaustensocks #earrings #books #ilovemyhusband

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samantha1027
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Mehso-so

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Although this book was beautifully written, I just struggled to get into it.  I felt that the pace was very slow, and it didn't hold my interest at times.  I used to love Greek mythology, but maybe my tastes have changed.  The pace does pick up about halfway through, but it still was a slow read for me.

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Rachel_nyc
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Congrats @Megabooks for the huge milestone! #25etsy My reading has been hit or miss this summer but the clear favorite was Circe. I worried it wouldn‘t live up to the hype but it exceeded expectations!

Megabooks That‘s awesome! Do you have to know a lot about mythology to enjoy it? Thanks for entering! 2mo
Rachel_nyc @Megabooks Nope. I remember very little from the one mythology course I took in school and I loved it! 2mo
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Brithomas17
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What better way to spend a few hours at treatment than reading, 📖 it‘s probably the quietest times I get away from my kids! 😂 Circe is getting better, still have a ways to go left 👍🏻

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cosmicbutton
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"The worst of my cowardice had been sweated out. In its place was a giddy spark. I will not be like a bird bred in a cage, I thought, too dull to fly even when the door stands open. I stepped into those woods and my life began."

The mythology is what initially drew me to this book but now it's the writing from Circe's perspective, as well as lines like the quote above that solidify my love.
I'm looking for more of this book, please. ???

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Brithomas17
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Reading “Circe” by Madeline Miller, and I definitely feel like I had some hyped up recommendations.... I‘m about half way through the book and really having a difficult time finishing. Miller is a phenomenal writer and has wonderful descriptions of her characters and the world they live in. It‘s about Circe from Greek Mythology, and maybe I‘m just not as interested in that as I thought. Hopefully it finishes strong 🤞🏻

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Romancegirl
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This is one of the best books I have read this year. I loved the characters, especially Circe, I loved the story of her life as a witch, the settings and plot were beautifully written and the ending was very satisfying.

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hissingpotatoes
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5/5⭐ Perfect for close examination. Motifs like stones, seeds, & scars pervade Circe's character arc but also other characters/themes. Miller brilliantly fills in gaps in myth to produce a lush world & multidimensional characters. The wordsmithing is drop-dead gorgeous. One readthrough is not enough to get everything out of it that Miller put in. The audio narrator could not have been more perfectly chosen or done a better job. #NEWTsReadathon2019

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Lauren890
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 I finally read this book and it was so good! So much happens but the book is overall well paced with a few slower parts. There were definitely times when I couldn‘t put this book down. Such a great story, wonderful imagery, and beautifully written. I‘ll definitely pick up what Madeline Miller writes next.

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hissingpotatoes
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But perhaps no parent can truly see their child. When we look we see only the mirror of our own faults. #NEWTsReadathon2019