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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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Alicepondpoe
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It's been a while. A lot going on these holiday times. But I'm taking a little time to read Circe. And it's a wonderful book to take time out with. For some reason in my minds eye, I imagine Circe to look like a young Bea Arthur, an unconventional beauty, a voice like grit, smoky bourbon, and cigar smoke. A tall wonderous woman. A woman who, at her pinnacle, could open you wide with just one look.

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Matilda
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If you‘re an audiobook listener I have really been loving Libro.fm and this deal is ridiculous if like me you treat yourself when you treat others: https://libro.fm/membership/new

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Taulara
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Great book!!

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IuliaCG
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Among the gods there are a few who have the gift of prophecy, the ability to peer into the murk and glimpse what fates will come. Not everything may be foreseen.Most gods and mortals have lives that are tied to nothing; they tangle and wend now here, now there, according to no set plan. But then there are those who wear their destinies like nooses, whose lives run straight as planks, however they try to twist. It is these that our prophets may see

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Honeybeegirl
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A lovely #litsylove #winterswap gift!!! I am excited to have some time to read!! Thank you @Slajaunie

Slajaunie You are very welcome! I hope you like the tote! 😄 1w
Jee_HookedOnBookz Love the tote! 😍 😍 1w
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lis_s
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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.” .. [🌞]

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3mma
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9/12 📚 Really enjoyed this book, read rapidly. Had a basic knowledge of the characters/mythology etc beforehand (and not just from DuckTales 😂) but not enough to spoil the plot. ⭐️ 9/10

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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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What an excellent combination of all mythology.
A tale spun of pure gold.

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OhBOOOOK
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“We lit no tapers. The room was dark and warm from the day‘s heat. Shadows draped the bed. No frogs sounded, no birds called.

It was as if we had found the still heart of the universe.

Nothing moved except for us.”

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uwak
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absolutely delightful 😍 Miller nails it with another great retelling, this time painting notorious witch Circe in a more sympathetic light. I especially enjoyed the last 4th of the book or so, focusing on the events following the Odyssey, and highlighting Circe's relationships with Telomachus and Penelope. an excellent read, and I'm excited for whatever Miller puts out next 📚

#fantasy #greekmythology

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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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Got an hour of reading in before work
A good start to #24B4Monday #Readathon
Now to go try be productive with this story going round in my head...😑

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behudd
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was one of the most beautifully written books. The language is almost poetic, but it is still accessible as a “popular fiction” novel. Hearing the myths retold from Circe‘s point of view was really interesting, & I‘m excited to discuss this at (my first ever!) book club on Wednesday. I mostly listened to the audiobook, and it was fantastic. Highly recommend this one.

TheBookKeepers Excellent review! I felt the same way!!!! 3w
behudd @TheBookKeepers thanks! I definitely enjoyed it! 3w
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uwak
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after getting side tracked for weeks, I can finally start my next #nightstand book. The Song of Achilles was one of my favorite books from my glut of summer reads so I'm excited for this 😁

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Texreader
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Shhh. It‘s a birthday present for my daughter (ok, she picked it out).

Tamra Best gifts! 3w
Texreader @Tamra Absolutely! 3w
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Katiedabookworm
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I loved this book. I‘ve read Greek mythology before, so I knew about Circe and how she was depicted, but this paints her in a completely new light. It was incredibly uplifting to see her go from a meek child to a powerful woman, and her human qualities set her apart from every other character, which made this book even more enjoyable. I‘m really glad I read this, and I‘d definitely recommend for when you need a little girl power in your life.

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Trace
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Not a big Greek mythology guy but this was entertaining and the protagonist is an intense character.

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TheLibrarian
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Saw the wonderful Madeline Miller tonight. She gave a great talk and had a book signing afterwards.

#PittsburghArts&Lectures

jillrhudy Woooow! 4w
Bookzombie Cool! 4w
cariashley 🙌🙌🙌 4w
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CoverToCoverGirl Awesome! 4w
vumblereads Nice! 4w
guinsgirlreads Oooh I missed this one! 😝 Nice! 4w
TheLibrarian @guinsgirlreads I was wondering if you were attending. Do you plan on going to any of the others? And I also just found out that Laura Lippman will be here in April for the Mt. Lebanon Public Library Speaker Series! 4w
guinsgirlreads @TheLibrarian I know! I saw Amy Stewart at My Lebanon library a coupe of months ago! I plan on attending Laura Lippman! I haven‘t heard of any others yet- you?! 4w
TheLibrarian @guinsgirlreads I'm thinking about attending the Laura Lippman one. I never knew that the Mt. Lebanon library did these types of events. For the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Big 10 series, I'm planning on seeing Carmen Maria Machado, Tommy Orange, Esi Edugyan, and Michael Ondaatje. 4w
guinsgirlreads @TheLibrarian Oh wow! I‘ll have to look that series up! 4w
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Rissreads
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I obviously love Greek mythology because I loved this tale of the goddess Circe. I liked this book almost as much as Song of Achilles. So that's 2 out of 2 for Madeline Miller. I can't wait to see what she writes next.

vumblereads I‘ve read Circe a while back and it‘s still one of my favorites! Seeing this picture made me want to reread it again! 4w
CoffeeNBooks Gorgeous cat! 😺 4w
Rissreads @CoffeeNBooks This is Crookshanks and she is a good mate. 😊 4w
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Reggie I loved this book so much. 4w
UwannaPublishme 😻😻😻 4w
Rissreads @reggie Have you read The Song of Achilles? That book ripped my heart out! I like your new profile picture. 4w
Reggie @Rissreads thank you! Yes I have and I loved that one but for some reason and I feel like I‘m betraying my people, lol, but Circe is my favorite out of the two. I can‘t wait until she writes a new one and I would totally be over the moon if it was about Persephone, Hades, and Dameter. 4w
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Anna.VanTrapp
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You have to be in the mood for good, bizarre, fantasy storytelling. I loved learning more about Greek mythology. The main character is an underdog with relatable human emotions. The writing/storytelling is really fantastic. I give it four 1/2 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨#botm

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OhBOOOOK
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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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OhBOOOOK
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“Day upon patient day, you must throw out your errors and begin again. So why did I not mind? Why did none of us mind?”

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Hooked_on_books
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I recently gave my aunt a gift subscription to Libro, a great audiobook service that benefits indie bookstores. As a thank you, they gave me a free copy of Circe, BUT I have no interest in this book. First come, first served, I will pass it along to whomever wants it. The link should work anywhere in the world. All you need is the libro app on your device to download it. You DO NOT need a libro membership.

Cinfhen You‘re the kindest!!! I‘m passing but just wanted to give you a shout out 🥰 1mo
Cinfhen BTW: we still on for JW?? I‘m ready to go when you are!!! 1mo
Linsy You‘re so sweet! I‘d love to listen, if you‘re still looking for someone! 1mo
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Hooked_on_books @Linsy She‘s all yours! Just email me at hollybarker13 at yahoo and I‘ll send you the link. 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Yeah, I‘m in! I can start it now since I just finished my brick today. 1mo
Linsy @Hooked_on_books Just emailed. Thank you!!! I‘m excited 😁 (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen Great!! I‘ll bust it out later today 🤗heading to Jerusalem soon to visit a relative. 1mo
Linsy Just got it. Thank you!!! I‘m definitely bumping this up my TBR now. 🧡🧡🧡 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Linsy You‘re welcome! I love the convenience of audiobooks. 1mo
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AppuNthebooks
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What a phenomenal book! Circe‘s story is retold at the same ‘relentless‘ pace of human life that she admires so much. The writing is delicious! I especially love that of many of Circe‘s struggles, motherhood tops the list. Goddess or not, being a mother is a special kinda test. A thoroughly intoxicating read! #Magnificent #Odysseus #MythologyToldWell

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ILoveReading28
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As a lover of Greek mythology this book is hands down amazing. This is the second book that I have read by Madeline Miller (The Song of Achilles being the first). That being said I liked this one even more. Circe is a strong and fierce character who grows to know who she is and her true power through other the novel 👍🏾

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JMEdwards
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What an amazing talk by Madeline Miller at the Loft in Minneapolis! I am inspired🤗

MrBook Niiiice! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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Salaphina
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While it wasn‘t as satisfying or soul wrenching for me as the Song of Achilles, Circe is still an amazing book. Written in a way that keeps your attention despite the thousands of years that it spans, giving a full story to the life of one of the most interesting figures in Mythology. Loved it, definitely recommend it!

SamAnne Just finished this and loved it. Ordered Achilles on Thriftbooks! 1mo
Salaphina @SamAnne I hope you like Achilles just as much! That book changed my life! 😹 1mo
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LazyLibrary
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I need to talk about Circe. It‘s beautifully written, without a doubt. But at 60% I‘m struggling a bit. I like Greek Mythology & I‘m familiar with the stories, but I quickly realized that I had to be in the mood for the topic to even pick Circe up. To quit such a well-written book seems totally wrong, but I‘m a little bored.#circe #botm

MeganAnn I felt the same way. It‘s beautifully written, but I never felt a strong urge to keep reading or to pick it up again once I put it down. It took forever to finish it and the ending didn‘t change my opinion of the book in any way. If you aren‘t feeling it, move on... or put it aside and come back at a later date when your mood fits. If you know a bit about the mythology, I feel like you could pick it up again months later and not be lost.🤷‍♀️ 1mo
mrsthilkey That stinks, sounds like it just wasn't the right time. That happens to me occasionally, and I will save it for a later time. 1mo
LazyLibrary @MeganAnn glad to hear it‘s not just me. I think I am going to quit for now! 1mo
LazyLibrary @mrsthilkey I‘m thinking that‘s what happened, but not sure if there will ever be a right time 😂 but it got best book of 2018 for botm! I felt left out! 1mo
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rabbitprincess
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This was an utterly beautiful retelling of the Circe story. It hit all the right notes for me and I'm glad I picked it up. It will be interesting to revisit Greek myths with this perspective -- next I think I'll try Emily Wilson's new translation of The Odyssey!

charl08 I loved this too: I'm usually not do keen on myths and retellings, but this grabbed me from the first few pages. Much like 1mo
rabbitprincess @charl08 That's on my list too! Glad you liked it 😊 1mo
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SamAnne
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I seem to have lost any Circe-appropriate photos so I will post a photo of my border collie watching over my hen ladies as they enjoy time out of the coop. But wow. What an amazing novel. I‘m on a slow reread of the Greek and Roman classics and Miller‘s novel brings the timeless themes and existential questions to life. Looking forward to reading Achille‘s Heel.

Leftcoastzen Love this photo!lovely hen ladies & pooch. 1mo
Mishu94 I‘m really confused about reading this book! There are so many mixed reviews :( 1mo
Mishu94 Should I go for it? Is it really good? 1mo
SamAnne @mishu94 i I loved it. Discussing it at my book club tonight. I love the greek and roman myths. I should read some of the less glowing reviews to see what others think. 1mo
Mishu94 @SamAnne i might end up giving it a try then! 😁 1mo
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suvata
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7 Days of 5-star reads #5StarBooks October 28, 2019 - Day 7 #bookstagram

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OhBOOOOK
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“That is the one thing gods and mortals share. When we are young, we think ourselves the first to have each feeling in the world.”

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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It‘s time y‘all! 🎉📚🎉

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janeycanuck
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What a witch, indeed.

#fallisbooked

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this cover 🖤🧡 1mo
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nichollinlove
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I think it's important to either like mythology or be open to liking mythology to enjoy this book. I like it more than I thought I did.

Circe is so very human despite being a nymph goddess. In her faults, mistakes, weaknesses, guilt and gluttony. Also human in her capacity to love, share compassion, wit and inner strength. She could be grit and power when brought to task. I loved her story and felt she got the ending she most deserved.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

SamAnne Reading right now and loving the story, writing and Circe. 2mo
nichollinlove @SamAnne I hope you love the end as much as I did! 2mo
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OhBOOOOK
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Having just read Madeline Miller‘s ‘The Song of Achilles‘, I look forward to reading ‘Circe‘. Miller‘s modern and progressive approach to retelling classic stories of Greek mythology is really refreshing.

Image: Circe, Wright Barker, 1889.

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Rissreads What a gorgeous picture! 1mo
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!🙂 2w
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IuliaCG
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Plunging into this one tonight 🧡

cjk 😍 2mo
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ImperfectCJ
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1. Circe seems appropriate here.
2. Bare feet (unless I'm somewhere with scorpions, in which case, hard-soled slippers).
3. Not counting airplane travel, probably ~10,000 feet while hiking near Salt Lake City.
4. American cheese. *shudder*
5. Not likely.

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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BookishGirl06
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A decorative #pumpkin still counts right ? Gonna try this again. I am reading so many books right now lol. #fallisbooked (very fitting for my life atm XD)

kamoorephoto That‘s a gorgeous copy of Circe!! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this cover 🖤🧡 2mo
OriginalCyn620 Yes! Decorative pumpkins count! 🎃 2mo
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RachelO
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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 2mo
Lindy Soap opera is a good description. I loved this audiobook too. 2mo
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SamAnne
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Starting this on this October lake day!

Avidreader25 LOVED this one! 2mo
nelehelen So gooood 2mo
Latrelwhite Adding to my TBR list 2mo
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bookshapedheart
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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
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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
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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! 2mo
bookandcat @wen4blu yes it was too funny! I loved her talk. Wish I had known you were there I would have said hi! 😁 2mo
wen4blu I know! I didn‘t think to scroll through Litsy until I got home. Maybe next year! 2mo
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wen4blu
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At the Morristown Festival of Books waiting for Madeline Miller, inside a neo-gothic church.

Linsy Ooh, jealous! ✨ 2mo
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megzlynn
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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
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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.