To be honest, I picked this off of my shelf because I figured that it was a fitting time to dive into a virus-based, apocalyptic narrative. Amid all this drama with Covid-19, this book was calling to me. I didn’t know what to expect from this book because I don’t typically find myself leaning toward plague narratives, but I figured that I would give this a try--and I’m glad that I did.
This was a random find for me. During one of my many forays through the bargain stacks at the bookstore, I found myself picking this book up off of the shelf. I have always loved a good mystery, and when this book was touted as a modern day Nancy Drew, I figured I would have to give it a try. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized why the author’s name, Sara Shepard, had seemed so familiar to me; I had never read the books, but I did watch the first few seasons of the television adaptation of Shepard’s series “Pretty Little Liars”. Now, this may be an unpopular opinion, but I was never really a huge fan of the show, so after I made this connection I was apprehensive to crack open this book.
I’m really not sure where to start with this one because I absolutely loved every minute of it! I have been a fan of Darcy Coates ever since I read her book “Craven Manor” last summer. There is just something about the way that she writes that can beautifully and so vividly pull you into the universe that she creates on the page. With Coates’ amazing ability to craft a story that sucks you in, I found myself unable to put this book down.
Taking a much deserved break from Greek mythology, I decided to dive into another passion of mine--Dolly Parton. The embodiment of southern charm, Dolly Parton has a career that has not only spanned decades, but she has also managed to seamlessly weave her name throughout all different genres of entertainment and popular culture: music, film, television, cooking, real estate, philanthropy, education, and so much more.
I’m beginning to think that my recent mythology kick is bordering on obsession. Of my most recent reads, at least four of them have been focused on Greek mythology, and my latest read fit quite nicely into that category as well. After reading Madeline Miller”s “The Song of Achilles,” I was aching to get my hands on another of her books. After digging around on Goodreads and making my way to the bookstore, I grabbed myself a copy of “Circe”--and I was not disappointed.
Thanks to the brilliant work of Madeline Miller, I’ve been able to add another novel to the long list of titles that helped to fuel my obsession with Greek mythology. I have always been obsessed with Greek mythology, and I have always enjoyed finding novels that take classic stories and view them through a different lens. In her debut novel, “The Song of Achilles”, Madeline Miller re examines the myths of the Trojan War from the point of view of Patroclus, a characters whose role has been shrouded by mystery and wavering opinion, but who is known for his place at the side of the great Greek hero, Achilles.