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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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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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Circe | Madeline Miller
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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
Circe | Madeline Miller
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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

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hissingpotatoes
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“I looked down at my body, bare in the fire‘s light, and tried to imagine it written over with its history: my palm with its lightning streak, my hand missing its fingers, the thousand cuts from my witch-work, the gristled furrows of my father‘s fire, the skin of my face like some half-melted taper. And those were only the things that had left marks. […] I was a golden witch, who had no past at all.“

The scars motif is wonderfully crafted.

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hissingpotatoes
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep. #NEWTsReadathon2019

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hissingpotatoes
Circe | Madeline Miller
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This was how mortals found fame, I thought. Through practice and diligence, tending their skills like gardens until they glowed beneath the sun. But gods are born of ichor and nectar, their excellences already bursting from their fingertips. So they find their fame by proving what they can mar: destroying cities, starting wars, breeding plagues and monsters. All that smoke and savor rising so delicately from our altars. It leaves only ash behind.

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hissingpotatoes
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This is the grief that makes our kind choose to be stones and trees rather than flesh. #NEWTsReadathon2019

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hissingpotatoes
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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.”

FORESHADOWING
#NEWTsReadathon2019

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hissingpotatoes
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Once when I was young I asked what mortals looked like. My father said, “You may say they are shaped like us, but only as the worm is shaped like the whale.” #NEWTsReadathon2019

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
Circe | Madeline Miller
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I don‘t know if we‘ve got any #saltlakecity Littens, but I got so excited when Facebook shared this!

#slc #slclitsy

ImperfectCJ Hmm... I used to live in SLC and have been trying to decide when to take my next trip back. October is looking appealing suddenly. :-) 1w
chaoticgoodhufflepuff @ImperfectCJ I may be biased, but that sounds like a great idea! 😉 1w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Jari-chan Looking forward to reading this! 1w
Brandon_Lee_Hayes A co-worker of mine was on a 2-3 month waitlist for this at our local library. It must be pretty good! 1w
Myhusbandhatesreading A GREAT book!! I loved the audio version. 1w
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OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚💫 1w
Sbk89 Quick and easy read. Pretty good. 1w
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BookishMum92
Circe | Madeline Miller
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I absolutely loved this book, not only because I love reading about Olympians and Titans I have always been curious about the story of Circe. All around fantastic book and it will probably be one I will try to get anyone I meet to read because they just absolutely have to it is that good. 😊

rkeo I was floored by this book. So good. 5d
BookishMum92 @rkeo have you read her other book The Song of Achilles? 5d
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VanessaCW
Circe | Madeline Miller
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For an average sized book, Circe makes epic reading! I found it very interesting but confusing at the same time, trying to remember who all the various gods/mortals were. Glad I was reading it on my Kindle as I could look up info easily. It took me quite a time to read it!
4⭐️

Lucy_Anywhere I liked Circe, but I loved Song of Achilles even more 2w
VanessaCW Song of Achilles is on my TBR pile! 😊 2w
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BookishMum92
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Going to give this book a go since i‘m getting nowhere with my other book. Hopefully it‘s good but then it is being turned into a tv series so that‘s a good sign.

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rather_be_reading
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I know many of you loved Circe! Did you guys see this?!

WhatWouldJaneDo I'm excited! I feel like this will make a great show, I can't wait to hear who they cast. It's a pretty episodic story so it seems like a great fit for TV. 3w
i-am-papercrane OH MY GOSH!!! Welp, gonna have to keep HBO now! 3w
Sargar114 Guess I‘ll have to bump this one up on my to read list 😂🤣😂🤣 3w
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TsundokuAleax I am excited but fear how badly they could miss the mark on this. 3w
rather_be_reading @i-am-papercrane haha yep!! 2w
mnmamabear I don't have HBO, but I really really enjoyed the book! 2w
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Margot0817
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Circe was a seriously awesome book with a bad ass main character. I really love Greek mythology and this book touched on so many characters and kept it exciting. However, I'm not sure why, maybe it's a personal issue, but I did not understand the ending at all and I felt like I was just left hanging there. If anyone has read this, can you please explain it to me? Thanks!

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LeticiaToraci
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Completely enjoying the #Audiobook! This deserves its Goodreads prize too.

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jhod
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Klaxon alert!!!

sudi Yay!!! So excited for this one 😃🙌 3w
Meeko93 Oh man that's exciting 😍💜😍💜 3w
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r2wend2
Circe | Madeline Miller
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A great interpretation of the life of the goddess Circe and the lives of those she touched.

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ImperfectCJ
Circe | Madeline Miller
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1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Road to Unfreedom, The Odyssey, Thinking Fast and Slow.

2. Circe by Madeline Miller.

3. Making faces with my three-week-old niece. I'd forgotten how amazing it is to watch babies discover the world.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Kempfme
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Just learned that I don‘t like mythology.

Suet624 :)))
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Wildly_Bookish
Circe | Madeline Miller
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was Greek Mythology as I've never read it before. I would love to read more narratives from the perspective of gods/goddesses/demigods.

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Pussayregime
Circe | Madeline Miller
Mehso-so

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Wildly_Bookish
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Myhusbandhatesreading I absolutely loved Circe!! And also The Song of Achilles. I did them both as audible book and the narrations were great!! 1mo
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Wildly_Bookish
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"You can teach a viper to eat from your hands, but you cannot take away how much it likes to bite."

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Wildly_Bookish
Circe | Madeline Miller
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About to start this. My library pile is getting higher than I'd like it to be. Part of me is not a fan of reading on a deadline, and part of me gets a thrill from it. I also have to start and finish the book for my "Everything But Self-Help Book Club". But I'm a month ahead in the reading for my local library book club. I hope the positive reviews for Circe hold true.

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TheJessWall
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Almost 16 hours, and I‘ve finished my third book. “Circe” was rich and complex... I found myself irritated with her as much as I rooted for her.

I‘m trying to decide if I should start book number four or make it an early night? #24in48 #readathon

Suet624 3 books! Good for you! 1mo
Megabooks Fantastic! 1mo
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Hoopiefoot
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Baked a tomato pie while listening to this book on audio. I am not a big mythology fan but I‘m really enjoying this book.

10.5 hours into #24in48 and I‘m pausing for a dinner break.

I_Like_Big_Books I really enjoyed that audiobook! And that looks delicious 😋 1mo
24in48 Co-host @kerry just finished this one! (Also, YUM!) 1mo
Hooked_on_books That looks yummy! 😋 1mo
Reggie I loved this book. I still think about it at times a whole year and many books later. 1mo
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Hoopiefoot
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Some audiobook listening while I try to cool down from the sweatiest of sweaty runs. 🥵
#24in48

24in48 So. Hot. 1mo
KathyWheeler I love your shoes! 1mo
Hoopiefoot @KathyWheeler Thanks! They‘re super comfy 😀 1mo
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Rachel_nyc
Circe | Madeline Miller
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1. Most recent is tagged. 2. Don‘t make me choose! 3. Sunset. (I‘m not a morning person) 4. Flight and accommodations for a Paris trip. 5. Probably 4th. I had a total “girl crush” on my teacher. #fryayintro @howjessreads

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Susanita
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1. Tagged
2. If forced to choose, I‘ll pick crunchy.
3. Sunrise
4. Cruise
5. Third grade. After that things got weird and annoying.
#friyayintro

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Meglet
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Not everything I wanted it to be, but I don‘t really know what I wanted it to be. It was well-told, and did help to lock in some mythology, which is part of what I hoped for. I found it a bit slow, and at times it seemed to go on forever. (Part of being immortal?) The ambiguous ending didn‘t bother me, because by then I was ambivalent about what happened to Circe. The audio narrator was PHENOMENAL though. Highly recommend that at least.

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Eos462
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I was so bored. The writing is nice, but nothing happens.

Circe is a dull, she is more or less a spoiled rich girl that no one wants to deal with, so they stick her on an island, that should be like a mythology chick version of the land of Misfit Toys, but instead its meek abused lady island. She beds just about every dude that comes to her home. Cool...I guess? Nothing fun happens. Even when she falls in love its not compelling or interesting.

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bewareofwords
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Finally finished this book tonight. I was so impressed with this book. The writing style is breathtaking, the story was intriguing, and Circe‘a transformation was inspiring. For whatever reason it felt long at times, but I really enjoyed it! An excellent read.

IvoryLunatic I could never make up my mind about whether I wanted to read this but if you say the writing is beautiful, then I will add it to my list now. I want to try to focus on more books that have beautiful writing - not just interesting subjects - so hopefully I will learn some better skills as well. 1mo
bewareofwords @IvoryLunatic I think that‘s a great goal! It makes a huge difference when a book is written beautifully. I really did love the author‘s voice, so I would recommend it for you! 1mo
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wanderlustywriter
Circe | Madeline Miller
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This was AMAZING. Believe the hype. ALL THE STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

sprainedbrain YES! 🙌🏻 1mo
writerlibrarian So true. 😀😀⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1mo
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Underqueen
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This was beautifully written and really delivered the feeling of Circe. It only doesn't get five stars because The Song of Achilles is my all time favourite and this didn't effect me as emotionally, but even still that felt in fitting with the immortal witch main character.
⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Gnora
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Yay! One down, tons more to go! Planning to try to play catch up on some of these during the #24in48 next weekend.

#BotM #BacklogBuster #somanybooks #24in48TBR

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SheilaChew
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I put my #audible on hold for 90 days, but not before I spent all my credits! Which one to listen to first? Such a great problem to have!

TheEllieMo On the basis that a) it‘s a beautiful story and b) Juliet Stevenson is so wonderful, she could make a telephone directory sound fascinating, my choice would be Once Upon A River (I may be biased, though, as I live less than 30 miles from the source of the river in question) 1mo
Laughterhp I‘ve heard Daisy Jones is great on audio (I haven‘t read or listened to it though). I really liked Circe, I just don‘t know how it is on audio!! 1mo
sprainedbrain I haven‘t read the first one, but I absolutely loved all of the others! You can‘t go wrong. 😁 1mo
SamaraBear I read Circe by audiobook and thought it was great! The others sound good, too. 1mo
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bewareofwords
Circe | Madeline Miller
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🛏 I‘m almost finished with the baby‘s nursery! I made lots of progress this week, which is satisfying.
✈️ I love going to new places and seeing different states/countries.
🍰 Can I pick both??? I have a huge sweet tooth, haha. If I had to pick one right now, then strawberry shortcake.
📖 It‘s always nice to have my husband home for a few days, and I‘m hoping to get some reading done.
👍🏽 Will do!

@howjessreads #friyayintro

Dragonfairykats Nursery pics? I love seeing other's creativity! 1mo
bewareofwords @Dragonfairykats Yes, I think I‘ll post some soon!! 🤗 1mo
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Heideschrampf
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Nice to have finished this tale of #exile on an island. I can totally understand why this mythical #autobiography got hyped ao much: ir is awesome! It's a unique retwlling of a classical saga while still exciting and surprising. Somehow Miller was able to make a goddess/nymph witch on a lonely island into an extremely relatable protagonist meditating on womanhood and mankind. A must read.

wanderinglynn That‘s a great photo! 1mo
sprainedbrain I thought the narrator was excellent on that book! 1mo
Heideschrampf @sprainedbrain yes! Perdita Weeks did an awesome job! 1mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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This was a good retelling/twist on the story of Circe. I‘m a big fan of Greek mythology so this was my wheelhouse. The writing was great and the story was engaging. There were times when it was slow going but they were few and far between. I love a book with a strong female MC even if she doesn‘t start out that way. I also loved the no apologies woman that Circe becomes by the end of the book. Highly recommend. 👍🏼

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Sweetkokoro
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Day 10 #orangeandblack
Playing catch up in my own photo challenge haha. But here is my pick for Orange and Black. I still have yet to read this book, but I do look forward to it.
#colormepretty

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nordicscarab
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Much more emotional than TSoA, didn't grip me as much but i think its because it dealt with some heavier themes. Still an amazing read and beautifully written.

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thebeercolonel
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From the first five pages alone,you just know that Miller's written a work of beauty ,wit and heartbreak with much to say on a woman's place in a world ran by men ,grief,heartbreak and existence itself. Even better than The Song of Achilles .

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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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.”

#Orangeandblack #ColorMePretty

I haven‘t read The Mars Room yet! And I‘m so happy to own Milk and Honey 🧡🖤🧡🖤

AlaMich Circe...*sigh* I loved that book! 1mo
BookBabe Milk and Honey is powerful, I have that one too 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AlaMich me too 🖤🧡 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BookBabe I‘ve read a little bit of it and I agree 🖤🧡 1mo
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Rachel_nyc
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I‘m always nervous to read a hyped book but this absolutely lived up to expectations! I was hooked from the beginning through to the final page. I don‘t remember a whole lot from my Greek mythology course but this has me wanting to revisit The Odyssey among others. I was sad for it to end but excited that I still have The Song of Achilles to read. #ATY2019

BarbaraBB Great review! 1mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Thanks! And thanks for encouraging me to read this one sooner rather than later! 1mo
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