I recently finished reading my second book of the year, Circe by Madeline Miller.
Why did I read this book? I was sucked in by the HYPE!
What is the book about? It’s a modern telling of the goddess (witch) Circe, her childhood, life, drama and struggles, set in Ancient Greek times, tying in myths, gods, mortals, Odysseus, Hermes, the Minotaur and more.
It touches on themes of bullying, rape, revenge, navigating through life with a dysfunctional but powerful family.
What did I think? It’s such a fantastic story!
I knew very little about Greek Mythology, but I still found it easy to read.
I really liked that, while it’s based on an ancient story, Circe is presented as a contemporary character in a modern narrative.
Reading this book has inspired me to read Homer’s The Odyssey next (which I’m actually halfway through and loving!) and now I’m even more impressed with Miller’s creativity and fresh take.
It totally deserves all the hype it’s been getting!