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CIRCE (#1 New York Times bestseller)
CIRCE (#1 New York Times bestseller) | Madeline Miller
#1 New York Times Bestseller " A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story, Circe manages to be both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right." --- Alexandra Alter, New York Times 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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Ladyval05
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This was available on my library‘s Libby account, so I‘m back to Circe. I made it through 66% of the audiobook when the loan for it expired. I‘m hoping that by changing the format it will make the book more enjoyable for me. I have loved Greek mythology since I was a little girl, and I kept seeing great reviews for this book. Sadly, I was kind of underwhelmed with the audiobook, but I have a hard time staying focused on them.

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kimo1
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- p. 152, "Circe", Madeline Miller

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Mitch
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Loved this book - chuckled to see Circe ‘drugging‘ Odysseus as he visits her on his route home. So many stories I actually understood from reading Miller!

kspenmoll I loved it too! 3d
Scochrane26 There‘s so many books that reference mythology. I wish I had reviewed the mythology I learned in elementary school before I read the Percy Jackson series. Circe taught me a lot, so now I catch more references when I read books (like in Neverwhere, there‘s a Minotaur/labyrinth scene). 3d
Mitch @Scochrane26 I didn‘t learn anything about the myths in school but I‘m enjoying visiting them as an adult! 3d
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Anna from Gustine I've read it and now my book club will be reading it this summer. So curious about what they will say. Really want to read The Song of Achilles too! :-)
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Mitch @Anna from Gustine it‘s brilliant! 3d
Scochrane26 @Mitch In my area of the US, kids usually learn a little about mythology at the end of 5th grade. I think I learned it around that year, too. I remember having a book about it that I liked but don‘t think it covered everything. Of course, we had to read the Odyssey in hs (I had to read it again in college). 3d
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kimo1
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I haven't had uninterrupted time to read in a long time. So that has been my morning, between a nap and some pool time. If only I could do this forever 🌞

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SanjanaGhosh
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This book is a story about how a goddess came about to be the most powerful witch in mythology, the real truth about Gods and the softer sides of the popular villains!

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mollyrotondo
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I absolutely loved this book! Greek mythology is somewhat of a blind spot for me, but this book weaved the Greek myths and author Madeline Miller‘s reimagining of Circe‘s story so amazing well. I loved how Odysseus‘s story mirrored a soldier‘s struggle with PTSD and the need for war. And Circe is such a relatable female protagonist. I support my local libraries and borrowed Circe from the Alfred H. Baumann Library in Woodland Park, NJ

canbku I loved it too! 2d
mollyrotondo @canbku I really want to read Song of Achilles soon. Have you read that one? 2d
canbku @mollyrotondo no, but i should. Circe was tough for me because it was summer and i probably missed half of the stuff i wanted to look up. Now that it's winter and i have no excuses for tough reads :) 2d
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mollyrotondo @canbku haha totally understand. There are some books that I say that I‘m going to focus and take it slow and really dive into the culture/history/source material, but then just fly through the book and don‘t take any extra time with it like I planned lol 2d
canbku Same Same 😊 2d
Nute Nice review! 1d
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keys_on_fire
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To me, this exchange between Circe and Telemachus sums up the whole book.

I‘m pretty bummed that I couldn‘t get into this more. I really like mythology, but had a hard time connecting to Circe. I think it might simply be a case of reading a good book at the wrong time in my life. There is a good tale here, written in a very accessible style. I just won‘t be adding this to my re-read list.

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mollyrotondo
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“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.”

ozma.of.oz Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚🎉 7d
mollyrotondo Thank you @ozma.of.oz I‘m learning the ropes lol 7d
ozma.of.oz @RaimeyGallant has put together an excellent introductory guide! https://raimeygallant.com/2017/10/31/litsytips/ 7d
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mollyrotondo @ozma.of.oz wow these was very helpful. I will probably be referring to this breakdown a lot. Thank you! 7d
mollyrotondo @RaimeyGallant thank you! And this tip guide is amazing! 7d
RaimeyGallant Thanks for saying that. Twas a group effort. :) 7d
diovival Welcome to Litsy! 6d
mollyrotondo @diovival thank you! 6d
wanderinglynn Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 6d
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 1d
mollyrotondo @Nute thank you! Everyone seems super nice! I‘m looking forward to chatting with you! 1d
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳 19h
mollyrotondo @Eggs thank you! 19h
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ONH
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I feel like this book has been trending for 2 years or something— finally cracking it open! 🏛⚡️🥀 Haven‘t read anything in the vein of Greek mythology since my assigned reading in college so this is a refreshing change 🤪 The plot is good and I want to know what happens to Circe (really rooting for her here!) but that‘s the only thing keeping me on board. I don‘t find anything about the prose/writing style particularly brilliant or unique 🙇🏻‍♀️

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BookishlyPleasant
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Circe is a complex character with a depth that I didnt think would be possible, given her background. While it started slow, I really enjoyed the direction the story took. I felt connected to the characters and could imagine the events so vividly! I am really hoping that the author will do more books like this, maybe with some of the other characters from Greek Mythology? All in all, wonderful book. #Popsugar2020 "Published in your birthday month"

LiteraryinLititz I‘ve heard rave reviews about 1w
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BookishlyPleasant
Circe | Madeline Miller

Almost finished with the audiobook for this one :) So far, I am loving it!

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darksofya
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It was just what I hope for. Years after reading Song of Achilles, one of my favourite books, Madeline Miller delivered the same amazing mythological journey.

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Kayla.Adriena
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I loved it of course. Circe gave me hope and even in her weakest moments I did not see her as a monster as she saw herself. It's difficult for me to imagine them making this into a tv series ...hopefully they'll use "unknown actors." I actually enjoyed Song of Achilles slightly more but I do not remember it getting as much attention as this book did.

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kabenth
Circe | Madeline Miller

I would say, some people are like constellations that only touch the earth for a season.

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kimo1
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Obviously the most important part of packing for a trip. Hoping to catch up on some long overdue reading while down in Palm Springs 😎🌴

AJBowers I agree 😍💕🙌🏻 2w
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GondorGirl
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Madeline Miller author talk in Ann Arbor! Ahhhhhh! 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

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kabenth
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I love that new book feeling 😍 Excited to dive into my fourth book of the year!!

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JB_Reads
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Jari-chan
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Panpan

Unpopular opinion ahead: While everyone seems to love this book, I didn't. I was bored by Circe from the start. I just don't know why everyone's so crazy about her. But maybe my mistake was reading the German translation. As we know, translations can kill a book (the German edition sure killed Station Eleven) and maybe that's what happend here as well.

keys_on_fire I‘m struggling to finish it. While I enjoy mythology, this is just not a relatable character for me. 7d
Jari-chan @keys_on_fire I'm somewhat happy to hear that I'm not the only one struggling with this book. 5d
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SiriGuruDevSingh
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Day 1: Date Night—Favorite Setting (my own personal island would be lovely!😂🤣)

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty ❤️❤️ 3w
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ChloeTallis
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Quite possibly the best book I have ever read. I absolutely loved this. Circe is the powerful, fearless and incredibly visible female character that sometimes as a woman you need to come across and learn something from. Beautifully written, so much rich content and magic in a relatively short read. Just amazing - will stay with me for a long time. And I WILL be going to Greece in Summer, I‘ve decided! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Airykah13
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January wrap-up ☺️. I almost finished my re-read of Voyager but fell asleep with 30 pages left so I‘ll include that in my February wrap-up. My favorite was Circe and least favorite was The Starless Sea.

Nute Fantastic reading accomplishment! How was The Tenant? 3w
Airykah13 @Nute I liked it! Since it was translated some of the dialogue was a tad off but the storyline was good. Lots of suspense. The author said the rest of the series will be translated too 3w
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KarenUK
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#bookreport @Cinfhen

Quality over quantity this week!

Loved ‘Circe‘.... her writing is beautiful, she brings these ancient myths to life,and Circe is a badass!

Re-read ‘Three Women‘ for a book club this week, a book which led to a great discussion with my group of awesome women, who always amaze me with their frankness, their thoughtfulness and their bravery to share so openly.

Just started Stella and so far loving it... 💕

Cinfhen I can only imagine the thoughtful discussion Three Women must have generated🧡 quality reads🙌🏻 3w
BarbaraBB I wasn‘t a fan of Three Women. Where did you stand in the discussion? Looking forward to Stella too. 3w
KarenUK @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB I really liked it, but I get that it‘s totally a ‘marmite‘ book (love it or hate it!). We had such a wonderful discussion where we ended up talking about so many personal and relatable issues. I always try and pick books specifically thinking about the kind of discussion the book will generate.... our group loves to go deep and personal! 3w
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KarenUK
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Loved this so much! I really enjoy Miller‘s gorgeously descriptive writing, her take on Greek Mythology, and the way she makes these ancient tales and characters come to life. ‘Circe‘ tells the story of the exiled daughter of god Helios, bringing her to life in all her complexities -her power and vengefulness, her compassion, and her will to survive. I truly hope this author writes more stories of these heroes and heroines...I‘ll be first in line.

squirrelbrain I loved this one too! ❤️ 3w
BarbaraBB Me too of course 👯‍♀️😃 3w
Lindy I look forward to more from Miller too. 😊 3w
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aperi
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aperi Hey @Megabooks , does this count towards reading Europe? 3w
Megabooks It‘s either if the author is European or if the book is set in a European country, so I think yes. @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle 3w
BarbaraBB Sure, this one is set in Greece so you can use it for #ReadingEurope2020 😃 3w
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aperi @BarbaraBB -thank you! Will update my progress on that list too! 🤩 3w
Librarybelle Thanks, @Megabooks and @BarbaraBB ! So glad you‘re joining us for #ReadingEurope2020 , @aperi ! 3w
aperi @Librarybelle - Reading Europe sounds so much fun! Do you happen to have a list of suggestions for this prompt? If so please do tag me in that post! Thank you 😊 3w
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caitlynmhastert
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January 2020 - Book 9/52

#popsugarreadingchallenge

Prompt: Meant to read in 2019

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Jb2003
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Another good audiobook. I really enjoyed listening to Circe and I love this version of the world of the Greek gods. #ReadingEurope #Greece @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle

Librarybelle Good choice! 3w
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ygritte13
Circe | Madeline Miller
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What an emotional rollercoaster. I don‘t cry very often while reading books, but Circe made me cry hard through the first half. Circe is about finding your place, making mistakes, acceptance, and finding conviction.

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charlotteamber
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Mehso-so

Got this book for Christmas and really really wanted to love it. The way it was written was beautiful but I think maybe stories based on Greek mythology just aren't for me! Personally found it too slow paced and too many short encounters with characters that made the relationships hard to invest in. I did enjoy the first few chapters and final few chapters the most though.
⭐⭐⭐

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KarenUK
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#bookreport @Cinfhen

-read a wonderful short story by the lovely @valeriegeary 🐠
- Sourdough was just OK for me, which was disappointing, as I thought I was going to LOVE it .... but at least it‘s inspired me to try to bake sourdough..🥖
- 2 great new cookbooks to help me up my ‘sauce‘ game! 🍽

-Currently listening to Circe and liking it so far.... 🎧

Cinfhen I really disliked this one by the author so I didn‘t even bother with sourdough which I heard was the “better” book 4w
KarenUK @Cinfhen Good to know 👍.... I know I won‘t read that one now.... 4w
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kricheal
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I cannot say enough about how beautiful this book is. She captures everything of what is means to be a woman, our insecurities, our triumphs, our complexities and so much more. I know I'll be thinking about this for days to come. #3 #2020

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needleminding
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🏺💦💦💦

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needleminding
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Yup. 😐🙃

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aperi
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Onto to my second read of the year!

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needleminding
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Three years following Lyra's birth, our cat is starting to forgive me. 😆

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needleminding
Circe | Madeline Miller
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"... always at the point of overflow..." Such a painfully recognizable passage.

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needleminding
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Started this yesterday. Already love it. 🖤

Tamra In for a treat! 1mo
Tanisha_A Nice photograph! This book is on my list. 😍 1mo
needleminding @Tamra I can tell already 😍✨ 1mo
needleminding @Tanisha_A Thanks! It would be hard not to take a nice photograph of this book. I love the cover. 1mo
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shejustlovesbooks
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Circe is a female goddess who lives by her own rules and I loved that. If someone pisses her off, she‘s using her witchcraft to take care of them. If she needs to protect a loved one, she‘s walking the ocean floor to do that. She‘s pretty awesome!

Check out my full review on 1/25/20 at https://shejustlovesbooks.com/

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lucymariaturner
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I really enjoyed this! Wasn‘t entirely sure what to expect going into it, but a thoroughly enjoyable read!

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KarenUK
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

Starting 3 new ones this week, including bookclub books and reading challenges.....
Hoping to squeeze in time to read in my busy work week ahead! 🤞🤞🤞😊📚🎧

Cinfhen Looks like a promising week☺️ 1mo
Cathythoughts Print 👍🏻 Kindle 👍🏻Audio👍🏻I like the way you‘d thinking 1mo
KarenUK @Cathythoughts Books for any occasion! 😊👍 1mo
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BookAlongBlog
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5/5🌟Circe is the daughter of Helios (god of the sun) she never felt like she belonged in the land of the gods. She ends up getting exiled to eternity on a deserted island. We then get to see an evolution of her character. Her path crosses with several mythological figures and mortals, including Odysseus. She is great character with a lot of depth, feminist, strong but flawed also. Millers use of language is stunning. Highly Reccomend!

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JenlovesJT47
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I put off reading this for awhile because of all the hype — I have a 50% success rate with hyped books! 😆 But I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. The story of Circe kept me interested the whole time, and as someone who is definitely not an expert on Greek mythology, it has piqued my interest to learn more. A well-written epic story that did not disappoint. 4⭐️

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britt_brooke Hyped up books usually let me down, too. Glad you liked this one! I did, too. 😁 1mo
JenlovesJT47 @britt_brooke awesome! And glad I‘m not the only one who has that problem! 😁🤗 1mo
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shejustlovesbooks
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I'm #currentlyreading Circe by Madeline Miller. Have you read this? I'm not terribly invested yet...

TheKidUpstairs I love your mug! 1mo
shejustlovesbooks Thank you!! It's one of my favorites!! 1mo
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GondorGirl
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TheBookHippie One of my favorite books! 1mo
GondorGirl @TheBookHippie OMW I just finished it and I'm totally in love! 1mo
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GondorGirl
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Airykah13
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I've always enjoyed Greek mythology so I was excited to read this book. I'm happy to say it didn't disappoint. The story was interesting and I had a hard time putting the book down. I enjoyed how the author intertwined popular Greek myths within Circe's story. I look forward to reading Madeline Miller's other book, Song of Achilles, real soon.

CBee I will read anything Madeline Miller writes. Lifelong Greek mythology nerd over here 😁😂 1mo
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GondorGirl
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I'm pretty sure audiobooks are the only reason I ever get projects done around the house. 😂😂😂 Today I'm organizing the closet while listening to 'Circe'. Madeline Miller is going to be in Ann Arbor in a few weeks and I'm really excited to listen to her author talk.

Tamra I did that except it was the movie The Two Popes the other day on my phone. 😆 Great film! I got interrupted though and haven‘t finished the closet. 1mo
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Citra182
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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.

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loiserin
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Definitely embarrassed to say that I've been reading this book for probably over two months by now. Life keeps getting in the way and of course I forgot to take it on holiday with me over Christmas and New Year so I had a panic at the airport and bought The Familiars, which I have very mixed feelings about. So far I love Circe though, Madeline Miller is definitely one of my favourite authors and this book isn't falling short of my expectations.

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SusanLee
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I‘m surprised I actually enjoyed this book a lot! I was initially reluctant as it‘s wordy and kinda slow. Surprisingly I‘ve enjoyed every single word, reading it slowly, devouring every adventure until the end. Even when I was tempted to flip to the end but I managed to preserve and enjoy every single page. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Singout I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it too. It was really interesting to see how Circe's story, which I didn't know, ties into those I do (vaguely) know: Scylla, Jason, Prometheus, Odysseus. The mother/son dynamic, and tension between safety versus freedom was really intriguing and well done.
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