Circe

I loved Circe.

I saw the beautiful cover all over Instagram, and heard all about the pricing snafu on a Book Riot podcast, so I ordered it in my Book of the Month box. Typically, a book about mythology is not in my wheelhouse, but maybe I need to change my tune. Or, maybe I am just a big Madeline Miller fan.

This book is follows the life of Circe, daughter of a god and a nypmh. Her father is Helios, god of the sun. She is her parent’s first child, and is considered strange from the beginning of her life. She is dedicated to her father as a child, but also has a will of her own. You are introduced to many of the Greek gods and mythological characters, but their power and the lure of their stories does not overpower the story of Circe.

I spent most of my time with this book outside, enjoying the spring/early summer weather and a drink. It was hard to put this book down, and I couldn’t wait to get back to it each time.

Pick this one up if you haven’t!

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

This morning I finished Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard. I live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a place where you can still get lost in the woods and lose cell phone reception. I love walking out through the woods, just like Dillard, and I thought this book would be about her adventures, but I was presently surprised.

Dillard does not just talk about her adventures in the woods, however. What I appreciated about Pilgrim at Tinker Creek was the details. Dillard’s stories about sitting on a bridge for 40 minutes to watch a muskrat, or thinking about the atoms in the tail of a goldfish. She appreciates all of the small pieces that make up her love of Tinker Creek. The best way I can describe this book is like a prayer to the mystery of the world.

Happy reading!