Been absent on Litsy for the past week & a half because I‘ve been off at this AMAZING conference on Homer and mythology in Greece, hosted by the amazing Madeline Miller. I am SO blessed to have gotten to know her and have her take interest in my own book (series) that, like “Song of Achilles” & “Circe” is of a genre called “Mythical Realism”. As both a writer & Classicist, I am so honored to know Ms.Miller & have her in my life. She IS a goddess❤️
Wow - where do I even begin?? The purity of the narrator, the innocence of his friendships, the epic, larger-than-life scenes and exploits on the Ancient Greek canvas...glad to see I wasn‘t the only one crying hot, heavy tears by the end. My favorite book of 2019 so far.
Only on chapter 5 and the quality of her writing is such I‘ve decided I‘ll follow Miller wherever she goes. 😁
My August reads. My favorites were: The Song of Achilles, Daisy Jones and the Six, It Ends With Us, Winter Garden, Verity, Stepsister, Without Merit, and An American Marriage.
I did not like The Graphic Novel of A Wrinkle in Time.
Second Time Around was just blah.
The Guest Book, I DNF.
And Percy Jackson was good, for an 8 year old.
#augustreads #monthlyreads #mbc
I‘m fine. My heart is broken, but I‘m fine.
This book was lovely. I‘m not super into the Trojan War as a setting or topic, but this was beautifully told, a personal story of Patroclus and Achilles woven into a legend. I‘m super excited to talk about it at Book Club tomorrow!
Ok, Miller is definitely going onto my must read author list from now on! Not only did I love the story, she manages to write compelling stories about greek myths, but makes them unputdownable with almost lyrical story telling. She made me look at this old story in a completely new way, and made me want to reread the Iliad again, plus this book made me ugly cry like I haven‘t over a book for years. What more could you ask for?
This book had me falling in love with Achilles and Patroclus both. It's an easy read, and although I already knew the tragedy I would be facing, I had hope. Until the very last page. And even then, I still got the happy ending I craved. I have always viewed Achilles in a negative light, but this book showed me a kind, gentle, and honorable side to the hero. Patroclus was just a name, a filler character with no depth, until I read this book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I will never leave him. It will be this, always, for as long as he will let me.
If I had had words to speak such a thing, I would have. But there were none that seemed big enough for it, to hold that swelling truth.
As if he had heard me, he reached for my hand. I did not need to look; his fingers were etched into my memory, slender and petal-veined, strong and quick and never wrong.
“Patroclus,” he said. He was always better with words than I.”
Alright, so I don‘t have any library books on the go. If I don‘t have a time restriction I‘m pretty bad at being disciplined. 🤞🤞have had this one on my TBR for a while.
It‘s official, people. I am head over heels in love with Madeline Miller. Song of Achilles was beautiful, unconventional, romantic, bloody, heartbreaking, and full of mythical magic. Saying I loved this book doesn‘t even describe the way I feel. I mean, how do I even read again after this? 😂😂
After Circe, expected to adore it. Adored it. I‘m reading my Litsy stack, so if I‘m leaving only raving reviews, it‘s your fault! Miller makes the Iliad and Greek myths sing and glow and brings familiar characters to arresting life. She brilliantly chooses a less legendary character, Patroclus, for a first-person narrator. He loves Achilles and Achilles loves him. We knew that. But how much? #classics #mythology #trojanwar #readingthestack
“And perhaps it is the greater grief, after all, to be left on earth, when another is gone, do you think?”
In the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless heavy dusk. Their hands meet and light spills in a flood like a hundred golden urns pouring out of the sun. - M. Miller
This was a beautiful love story between Achilles and the exiled prince, Patroclus; a love story that did an excellent job painting the multi-layered human side of the demi-God Achilles. We see him through Patroclus' eyes for all he was: complicated and flawed, and worthy and capable of the greatest love. Regardless of how many times you've read Homer's original, you'll be pleasantly surprised, and emotionally destroyed, by this rendition.
Found at our library book sale! 🙌🏻
Saw everyone posting their #Top6Reads so far for the year and decided to join in! This was so hard to narrow down to 6!
I guess that‘s a good thing and means I‘ve read a lot of good books this year so far!
Eating that is probably not a good idea at 1am but I have had a crappy day, and I can‘t sleep, so...
Also, this book is reminding me of how much I used to love Greek literature. I hope to reread The Iliad someday. #currentread
I‘ve always been a fan of world mythologies, so I may be biased, but this was so good. I had always been told the story as though Patroclus and Achilles were cousins who loved each other “like brothers”, but this is a much more true and convincing narrative of their relationship. A perfect book for Pride 🌈
This is harder than I thought😅! But think I'm almost caught up now 😌
Here are some #BlueBooks for #30JuneBooks Some of them are my favorites and some are in my #TBR pile in my room. But none of them has an #UglyCover I'm afraid 😅
Do you see any of your favorite book? Or any on your next TBR too?
#Classics #JaneAusten #StephenKing #Shadowhunter #JaneEyre
#booknerd #bibliophile #readinglife #bookwormsproblem
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.
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!!