Book Review - Circe by Madeline Miller
My book club selected this book for the month of February. I had seen it floating around the book world but I hadn’t had the time to read it. I was intrigued by the story and that beautiful cover! I don’t have a lot of time for recreational reading (as opposed to the ones I’m committed to via authors and publicists) so I ended up listening to this one via audiobooks, which turned out to be a great way to read this one because I knew how to pronounce all the names during our discussion.
The book is about Circe, who in Greek mythology is a sorceress, the daughter of Helios, the sun god and Perse, an ocean nymph. It is told from her perspective and is beautifully performed by Perdita Weeks. It chronicles her life from birth and includes her love for a mortal, learning sorcery, being exiled to the island Aeaea, perfecting her sorcery skills, etc. The book is long and packs even more information into the pages than you can imagine.
My book club members had mixed thoughts on the book. Some absolutely loved it, others were so-so on it, I don’t think anyone outright hated it. I liked it, for the most part. I really enjoyed the beginning and the end, there was a part in the middle during her exile on Aeaea that I felt dragged on a bit. I think I enjoyed her interactions with others more than her isolation on the island. Despite that one lull, I am really glad I read it. My mom used to read me Greek mythology when I was young, but I haven’t read much on it since then. I enjoyed reading about those characters again (even if they more closely resemble high school teenagers than gods and rulers of kingdoms.)
I took these photos on a hike around the Grand Canyon. I went to Sedona, AZ for a week vacation with my family and we took a day trip to visit the Grand Canyon. My husband and I walked the Grand Canyon Rim Trail which was pretty much paved the whole way and very touristy. We had a hard time finding a spot to ourselves but if you walk far enough away from the visitor’s center the crowd starts to thin out. We saw amazing views and just sat there looking out into the vastness of the canyon. It is so hard to capture the sheer magnitude of the Grand Canyon in photos.