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A THOUSAND SHIPS ⚓️⛵️🗡️🐎⠀
Greek mythology as you’ve never read it before. A Thousand Ships tells the story of the Trojan War through the eyes of the women affected by it. From queens to sisters to princesses to wives, each woman has their own story to tell. ⠀
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After devouring Circe and The Song of Achilles earlier in the year, I was getting another geek mythology craving! It was between A Thousand Ships and The Silence of the Girls, and after some bookstagram research I settled on the former. Read what I thought in my review of A Thousand Ships on my blog which you can find here:⠀
earthtosarahblog.com/a-thousand-ships-review or link in bio 🌍 😉 ⠀
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Have you read many greek mythology stories? Which ones are your favourites?⠀
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A THOUSAND SHIPS ⚓️⛵️🗡️🐎⠀ Greek mythology as you’ve never read it before. A Thousand Ships tells the story of the Trojan War through the eyes of the women affected by it. From queens to sisters to princesses to wives, each woman has their own story to tell. ⠀ ⠀ After devouring Circe and The Song of Achilles earlier in the year, I was getting another geek mythology craving! It was between A Thousand Ships and The Silence of the Girls, and after some bookstagram research I settled on the former. Read what I thought in my review of A Thousand Ships on my blog which you can find here:⠀ earthtosarahblog.com/a-thousand-ships-review or link in bio 🌍 😉 ⠀ ⠀ Have you read many greek mythology stories? Which ones are your favourites?⠀ ⠀ #athousandships #nataliehaynes #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookstagram #bookrec #bookrecommendation #bookrecommendations #bookoftheday #bookphoto #bookblog #bookblogger #bookbloggersofinstagram #bookstagrammer #greekmythology #greekmyth #circe #booksofig #booksofinstagram #bookcover #beautifulbook #bookish #bookishpost #bookfeature #alwaysreading #readersofinstagram #historicalfiction #ancientgreece #mythologybook #mythretelling
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A year ago B.B. (before bookstagram 😉), I was reading Circe by the pool and loving the prose. Even though I have a stack of library books waiting for me, I think I'm going to pick up The Song of Achilles this weekend. I haven't been reading much and nothing has captured my interest. This book has been on my list and I think Madeline Miller's writing is exactly what I need!
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~cute, but sweaty~ A year ago B.B. (before bookstagram 😉), I was reading Circe by the pool and loving the prose. Even though I have a stack of library books waiting for me, I think I'm going to pick up The Song of Achilles this weekend. I haven't been reading much and nothing has captured my interest. This book has been on my list and I think Madeline Miller's writing is exactly what I need! . . What's your fashion style?? I love timeless basics that will last a while with a few trendy pieces thrown in!
Belated #bookjunkietrials #tbr - needed a couple from the library. ☆Crimson Peaks: Chamber of Secrets ✔
☆Queendom Stone: The Princess Bride #currentlyreading
☆Forgotten Forests: Ptolemy's Gate
☆Weeping Falls: Song of Achilles
☆Bookie Grail: Stardust

Also, the last 2 will complete my #owlsmagicalreadathon2019

#outlaw #julyreads #readathon #bookcollection #bookstagram #igbooks #igreads #bookphotography #bookish #booknerd #fantasy #fantasyfiction #adultfantasy #yafantasy #childrensbooks #harrypotter #theprincessbride #stardust #songofachilles #mythretelling #illustratedharrypotter #chamberofsecrets #libraryhaul #books #reading #currentlyreading
Belated #bookjunkietrials #tbr - needed a couple from the library. ☆Crimson Peaks: Chamber of Secrets ✔ ☆Queendom Stone: The Princess Bride #currentlyreading ☆Forgotten Forests: Ptolemy's Gate ☆Weeping Falls: Song of Achilles ☆Bookie Grail: Stardust Also, the last 2 will complete my #owlsmagicalreadathon2019 #outlaw #julyreads #readathon #bookcollection #bookstagram #igbooks #igreads #bookphotography #bookish #booknerd #fantasy #fantasyfiction #adultfantasy #yafantasy #childrensbooks #harrypotter #theprincessbride #stardust #songofachilles #mythretelling #illustratedharrypotter #chamberofsecrets #libraryhaul #books #reading #currentlyreading
"I hated serving drinks at dinner, though of course it didn't matter to Achilles whether I hated it or not and, curiously, it soon stopped mattering to me. This is what free people never understand. A slave isn't a person who's being treated as a thing. A slave is a thing, as much in her own estimation as in anybody else's." Pat Barker : The Silence of the Girls
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This is a retelling of Illiad told from the perspective of Briseis. She was once a queen of one of Troy's nearby kingdoms. When her kingdom was sacked by the Greek army she becomes a concubine to Achilles, who murdered her brothers and husband. This follows her time and experiences in the Greek camp outside of Troy as war rages on.
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Reading about the outcomes of war from a woman's perspective is deeply lacking overall in literature so I was really excited to read this. Ultimately I did enjoy it. Pat Barker is a great story teller and never let the reader forget that Briseis is a slave, that her choices aren't free, and yet she still has it better than 99% of the women that were captured. Most of the chapters were told from her perspective but later in the book there were also chapters from the perspective of Achilles and other men. Here is my gripe about the book; I could have done without any chapters from the perspective of a man. This is supposed to be the story of the women of the camp. Why not share from the perspective of other slave women in worse circumstances, what about from the perspective of a woman inside Troy? There are countless women's stories that could have been told. I would still recommend this to anyone who has been enjoying mythology retellings. Please keep in mind that there are countless trigger warnings for abuse against women throughout this book.
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▶ Question: Have you ever read a book to compare it to a previously read book? I read this as a #buddyread with @whatellisreadnext and both of us wanted to read this in order to compare it to Song of Achilles.
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#greekmyth #patbarker #thesilenceofthegirls #mythretelling #retelling #Illiad #bookreview #booksharks #Achilles #briseis #Patroclus #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #BuffaloBookworm
"I hated serving drinks at dinner, though of course it didn't matter to Achilles whether I hated it or not and, curiously, it soon stopped mattering to me. This is what free people never understand. A slave isn't a person who's being treated as a thing. A slave is a thing, as much in her own estimation as in anybody else's." Pat Barker : The Silence of the Girls ▪ ▶ Plot: This is a retelling of Illiad told from the perspective of Briseis. She was once a queen of one of Troy's nearby kingdoms. When her kingdom was sacked by the Greek army she becomes a concubine to Achilles, who murdered her brothers and husband. This follows her time and experiences in the Greek camp outside of Troy as war rages on. ▪ ▶ Review: Reading about the outcomes of war from a woman's perspective is deeply lacking overall in literature so I was really excited to read this. Ultimately I did enjoy it. Pat Barker is a great story teller and never let the reader forget that Briseis is a slave, that her choices aren't free, and yet she still has it better than 99% of the women that were captured. Most of the chapters were told from her perspective but later in the book there were also chapters from the perspective of Achilles and other men. Here is my gripe about the book; I could have done without any chapters from the perspective of a man. This is supposed to be the story of the women of the camp. Why not share from the perspective of other slave women in worse circumstances, what about from the perspective of a woman inside Troy? There are countless women's stories that could have been told. I would still recommend this to anyone who has been enjoying mythology retellings. Please keep in mind that there are countless trigger warnings for abuse against women throughout this book. ▪ ▶ Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ▪ ▶ Question: Have you ever read a book to compare it to a previously read book? I read this as a #buddyread with @whatellisreadnext and both of us wanted to read this in order to compare it to Song of Achilles. ▪ #greekmyth #patbarker #thesilenceofthegirls #mythretelling #retelling #Illiad #bookreview #booksharks #Achilles #briseis #Patroclus #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #BuffaloBookworm
Are you a fan of readathons? ✨ I feel like I have quite a few readathon related updates! It’s funny because I didn’t used to like them, and now I LOVE them! So much so...
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I’m co-hosting a readathon with @beigepages as part of #mythtakereads!! I have a whole video announcement to explain bingo board challenges, point scoring systems and the lot, so head to the link in my bio for that! 🙌🏻 we’re both so so excited about this, so please do join us if you can! In August I’m also planning on taking part in the FemmeFanTale readathon hosted by @jeansthoughts and @jill.scott.9 too, so I’m super excited to build a TBR from all the prompts both from ours and theirs! .
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As for the readathon I’m taking part in NOW, I’m about to finish my FIFTH book for @the.book.junkie.trials! I’ve been reading so quickly lately and I’m THRILLED. Let’s hope the momentum keeps up for August! .
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Are you taking part in any readathons at the minute? Are you planning to take part in any for August? Let me know! .
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#bookstagram #mythtakereads #mythtakereadathon #femmefantale #thebookjunkietrials #readathon #books #booktube #booktuber #bookblog #bookblogger #bookish #bookworm #reader #reading #mythretelling #circe #madelinemiller
Are you a fan of readathons? ✨ I feel like I have quite a few readathon related updates! It’s funny because I didn’t used to like them, and now I LOVE them! So much so... . . I’m co-hosting a readathon with @beigepages as part of #mythtakereads!! I have a whole video announcement to explain bingo board challenges, point scoring systems and the lot, so head to the link in my bio for that! 🙌🏻 we’re both so so excited about this, so please do join us if you can! In August I’m also planning on taking part in the FemmeFanTale readathon hosted by @jeansthoughts and @jill.scott.9 too, so I’m super excited to build a TBR from all the prompts both from ours and theirs! . . As for the readathon I’m taking part in NOW, I’m about to finish my FIFTH book for @the.book.junkie.trials! I’ve been reading so quickly lately and I’m THRILLED. Let’s hope the momentum keeps up for August! . . Are you taking part in any readathons at the minute? Are you planning to take part in any for August? Let me know! . . #bookstagram #mythtakereads #mythtakereadathon #femmefantale #thebookjunkietrials #readathon #books #booktube #booktuber #bookblog #bookblogger #bookish #bookworm #reader #reading #mythretelling #circe #madelinemiller
What a great twist on the classic Greek myth of Oedipus, a serious tragedy. “Everything Under” explores the complex and haunting dimensions of trauma that surround Gretel and her mother Sarah, who have lived vagabond-ish lives. The novel is rich with language and foreshadowing, with lots of dots to be connected while reading. It took me a while to catch onto the plot, but then I was hooked to the end! 4/5.
What a great twist on the classic Greek myth of Oedipus, a serious tragedy. “Everything Under” explores the complex and haunting dimensions of trauma that surround Gretel and her mother Sarah, who have lived vagabond-ish lives. The novel is rich with language and foreshadowing, with lots of dots to be connected while reading. It took me a while to catch onto the plot, but then I was hooked to the end! 4/5.
I love a good myth retelling! What are your favourites? #mythretelling #athousandships #greekmythretelling #bookworm #bibliophile #bookstagram #readallthebooks #coverlove #beautifulbooks
Lately, I've been on a bit of a Greek mythology kick, and I just finished rereading #theiliad, my favourite ancient epic, so I decided to join #mythtakereads hosted by @afrolicthroughfiction and @beigepages ☺️ The theme for July is Greek mythology, and I'm looking forward to reading HELEN OF TROY by Margaret George. It's a retelling of the Trojan War from the point of view of Helen. She is commonly held to be the reason for the war, so it will be interesting to experience the story as narrated by her. (Based on the back cover, I don't think George has gone with anything even close to my personal interpretation of Helen as a a character, but I'm hoping to enjoy the novel all the same!)
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Are you planning on reading a Greek myth retelling this month?
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📖 Helen of Troy (2006) by Margaret George
📖 Ilias (~750-650 BCE) by Homeros, translated by Otto Manninen
Lately, I've been on a bit of a Greek mythology kick, and I just finished rereading #theiliad, my favourite ancient epic, so I decided to join #mythtakereads hosted by @afrolicthroughfiction and @beigepages ☺️ The theme for July is Greek mythology, and I'm looking forward to reading HELEN OF TROY by Margaret George. It's a retelling of the Trojan War from the point of view of Helen. She is commonly held to be the reason for the war, so it will be interesting to experience the story as narrated by her. (Based on the back cover, I don't think George has gone with anything even close to my personal interpretation of Helen as a a character, but I'm hoping to enjoy the novel all the same!) . Are you planning on reading a Greek myth retelling this month? . 📖 Helen of Troy (2006) by Margaret George 📖 Ilias (~750-650 BCE) by Homeros, translated by Otto Manninen
Circe 🌟
I'm about to start a new book for July.
I would never have said I would be interested in reading any fantasy, mythology, retellings etc but something about this book has been drawing me to it! I've gone to pick it up a number of times but never committed until I stumbled across @afrolicthroughfiction and #MythTakeReads I think now is the perfect time to give it a go!
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#circe #madelinemiller #mythtakereads #bloomsbury #helios #titans #gods #greek #mythology #greekmythology #powerful #whitchcraft #odysseus #island #banished #mythretelling #bookofthemonth #bookish #whatimreading #tbr #greekmythretelling #bestseller #god #nymphs #olympian #minos #athena #crete
Circe 🌟 I'm about to start a new book for July. I would never have said I would be interested in reading any fantasy, mythology, retellings etc but something about this book has been drawing me to it! I've gone to pick it up a number of times but never committed until I stumbled across @afrolicthroughfiction and #MythTakeReads I think now is the perfect time to give it a go! . . . . . . . . #circe #madelinemiller #mythtakereads #bloomsbury #helios #titans #gods #greek #mythology #greekmythology #powerful #whitchcraft #odysseus #island #banished #mythretelling #bookofthemonth #bookish #whatimreading #tbr #greekmythretelling #bestseller #god #nymphs #olympian #minos #athena #crete
I still couldn’t upload the full comic because the image limit was 10, but here is the fullest preview of #CityOfMedusa which I could upload on Instagram. /// 🏺⚔️🏺⚔️/// #medusa #mythretelling #greekmythology #webcomic #comic #comicpreview #digitalart #webtoon #myths #greekmyth #greekmyths #perseus #athena #zeus
I still couldn’t upload the full comic because the image limit was 10, but here is the fullest preview of #CityOfMedusa which I could upload on Instagram. /// 🏺⚔️🏺⚔️/// #medusa #mythretelling #greekmythology #webcomic #comic #comicpreview #digitalart #webtoon #myths #greekmyth #greekmyths #perseus #athena #zeus
I am ALL about books that give voices to the silenced women of Classics, especially the Trojan War. So, when I spotted this beauty by #nataliehaynes yesterday, I just HAD to buy it and am ready to dig in!
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Books giving voices to the silenced women of Greek myths & Epics, such and this one and my other faves my @madeline.e.miller , remind me that my WIP, “Glaukopis”, is something that serves a greater purpose than simply me writing a story. It’s giving a voice to a female of the Myths & Trojan Cycle who deserves her own song, other than the ones sung of the male heroes wherein she is reduced to nothing more than a plot device to help male heroes achieve their glory and a symbol of the values of a highly patriarchal state. To let these silenced women speak, is to give a voice to women nowadays and in generations to come.
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#athousandships #MadelineMiller #trojanwar #theiliad #theodyssey #emilywilson #classicalretelling #mythretelling #feministretelling #feministfiction #greekmythology #greekmyths #femaleauthors #womenwritingfiction #amwriting #amreading #bookstagram #booknerdigans #writerscommunity #writersofinstagram #campnanowrimo #writers #author #authors #authorsofinstagram #bookstagram
I am ALL about books that give voices to the silenced women of Classics, especially the Trojan War. So, when I spotted this beauty by #nataliehaynes yesterday, I just HAD to buy it and am ready to dig in! • • • Books giving voices to the silenced women of Greek myths & Epics, such and this one and my other faves my @madeline.e.miller , remind me that my WIP, “Glaukopis”, is something that serves a greater purpose than simply me writing a story. It’s giving a voice to a female of the Myths & Trojan Cycle who deserves her own song, other than the ones sung of the male heroes wherein she is reduced to nothing more than a plot device to help male heroes achieve their glory and a symbol of the values of a highly patriarchal state. To let these silenced women speak, is to give a voice to women nowadays and in generations to come. • • • #athousandships #MadelineMiller #trojanwar #theiliad #theodyssey #emilywilson #classicalretelling #mythretelling #feministretelling #feministfiction #greekmythology #greekmyths #femaleauthors #womenwritingfiction #amwriting #amreading #bookstagram #booknerdigans #writerscommunity #writersofinstagram #campnanowrimo #writers #author #authors #authorsofinstagram #bookstagram
Have you read Circe? Or - like me - do you fancy a reread? 👀

Our July book of the month for #mythtakereads is Circe! Which means, of course, the theme for July is Greek mythology 🙌🏻 you KNOW I’m excited about this! As well as rereading Circe, I’m going to be reading The Children of Jocasta (Oedipus and Antigone retelling) and The Lost Books of the Odyssey (The Odyssey retelling), and I cannot WAIT! .
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If you don’t fancy reading Circe with us, please do still feel free to join us with a book of your choice! Just use the hashtag #mythtakereads for anything fantasy retelling based ☺️ we don’t want our book club to become a pressure at all, so read a retelling of your own choice, don’t worry about sticking to our time frames, and just enjoy reading! It’s all we’re here for 💚✨. If you like Greek Mythology at all, stay tuned because we *might* just have a vague plan for another twitter chat sometime soon...😉.
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#bookstagram #circe #madelinemiller #greekmyth #greekmythretelling #mythretelling #theodyssey #bookish #bookworm #bookclub #bookofthemonth #reader #bookblog #bookblogger #booktube #booktuber #tbr #reread
Have you read Circe? Or - like me - do you fancy a reread? 👀 Our July book of the month for #mythtakereads is Circe! Which means, of course, the theme for July is Greek mythology 🙌🏻 you KNOW I’m excited about this! As well as rereading Circe, I’m going to be reading The Children of Jocasta (Oedipus and Antigone retelling) and The Lost Books of the Odyssey (The Odyssey retelling), and I cannot WAIT! . . If you don’t fancy reading Circe with us, please do still feel free to join us with a book of your choice! Just use the hashtag #mythtakereads for anything fantasy retelling based ☺️ we don’t want our book club to become a pressure at all, so read a retelling of your own choice, don’t worry about sticking to our time frames, and just enjoy reading! It’s all we’re here for 💚✨. If you like Greek Mythology at all, stay tuned because we *might* just have a vague plan for another twitter chat sometime soon...😉. . #bookstagram #circe #madelinemiller #greekmyth #greekmythretelling #mythretelling #theodyssey #bookish #bookworm #bookclub #bookofthemonth #reader #bookblog #bookblogger #booktube #booktuber #tbr #reread
Naamah by Sarah Blake // this book explores themes of motherhood, faith, and femininity as a retelling of Noah’s Ark from the POV of Noah’s Wife, Naamah. Although the plot is interesting and this is a super quick read, it failed to capture my heart. I did however enjoy the poetic dream sequences and the descriptions of the every day slog of caring for 2 of each animal on earth. ...
#bookstgram #littlebookreviews #mythretelling #readingwomenchallenge #readingchallenge2019 #2019readingchallenge #books #reading
Naamah by Sarah Blake // this book explores themes of motherhood, faith, and femininity as a retelling of Noah’s Ark from the POV of Noah’s Wife, Naamah. Although the plot is interesting and this is a super quick read, it failed to capture my heart. I did however enjoy the poetic dream sequences and the descriptions of the every day slog of caring for 2 of each animal on earth. ... #bookstgram #littlebookreviews #mythretelling #readingwomenchallenge #readingchallenge2019 #2019readingchallenge #books #reading
Minulý týden jsem se tady zmiňovala o Circe od Madeline Miller, teď tady mám The Song of Achilles od stejné autorky.
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Četla jsem jí horzně dlouho, ale zhruba v polovině se něco zlomilo a já se od příběhu Achilla a jeho milého Patrocla nemohla odtrhnout.
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Madeline Miller je královnou retellingů,  The Song of Achilles i Circe jsou naprosté skvosty jak z příběhového, tak z literárního hlediska. Obě moc doporučuji!
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#retelling #myths #greekmythology #mythretelling #books #bookstagram #booksellerofprague #knihy #vicecasunacteni #vicecasunaknihy #lgbt #lgbtlit #pride
Minulý týden jsem se tady zmiňovala o Circe od Madeline Miller, teď tady mám The Song of Achilles od stejné autorky. · Četla jsem jí horzně dlouho, ale zhruba v polovině se něco zlomilo a já se od příběhu Achilla a jeho milého Patrocla nemohla odtrhnout. · Madeline Miller je královnou retellingů, The Song of Achilles i Circe jsou naprosté skvosty jak z příběhového, tak z literárního hlediska. Obě moc doporučuji! · #retelling #myths #greekmythology #mythretelling #books #bookstagram #booksellerofprague #knihy #vicecasunacteni #vicecasunaknihy #lgbt #lgbtlit #pride
He'd become an object of... I was going to say pity and terror. But he never inspired pity – and he certainly didn't feel it. Terror, yes. I wasn't the only one to feel that. Automedon and Alcimus, who loved him and would've have helped him if they could, even they were afraid. But they were trapped as he was in a never-ending cycle of hatred and revenge. And if they couldn't free themselves from it, with all the advantages they had, what hope was there for me?
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4/5. Barker retells The Iliad from Briseis's point of view. She gives a voice to the women of fallen Trojan cities, who were thrust into the Greek camp as slaves. Their pain and desperation is palpable, almost tangible to the reader. I can't wait to read more of Barker's work.
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#bookstagram #bookworm #booklover #bookish #bibliophile #book #books #hardback #reading #currentlyreading #fiction #historicalfiction #mythretelling #classics #feminism #mythology #greek #womensprizeforfiction #thesilenceofthegirls #patbarker #bookphoto #booksofig #igbooks #vsco #london #darkacademia
He'd become an object of... I was going to say pity and terror. But he never inspired pity – and he certainly didn't feel it. Terror, yes. I wasn't the only one to feel that. Automedon and Alcimus, who loved him and would've have helped him if they could, even they were afraid. But they were trapped as he was in a never-ending cycle of hatred and revenge. And if they couldn't free themselves from it, with all the advantages they had, what hope was there for me? - The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker . . 4/5. Barker retells The Iliad from Briseis's point of view. She gives a voice to the women of fallen Trojan cities, who were thrust into the Greek camp as slaves. Their pain and desperation is palpable, almost tangible to the reader. I can't wait to read more of Barker's work. . . . #bookstagram #bookworm #booklover #bookish #bibliophile #book #books #hardback #reading #currentlyreading #fiction #historicalfiction #mythretelling #classics #feminism #mythology #greek #womensprizeforfiction #thesilenceofthegirls #patbarker #bookphoto #booksofig #igbooks #vsco #london #darkacademia
Gods of Jade & Shadow 
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A Mayan mythological fairy tale adventure set in jazz age 1920s Mexico. Featuring strange beings, familial disapproval and death gods.

Thank you to @netgalley & @quercusbooks Jo Fletcher books for the review copy. Full review coming soon.

#godsofjadeandshadow #netgalley #netgalleyuk #silviamorenogarcia #quercusbooks #adultfantasy #sff #mythretelling #fairytale #fantasy #yafantasy #bookreview  #bookstagram #bookish #igbooks #igreads #bibliophile #read #junereads #book #mayanmythology #mexicanfiction #historicalfiction #historicalfantasy #booknerd #mexicanfolklore #julybooks #summerreads
Gods of Jade & Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia A Mayan mythological fairy tale adventure set in jazz age 1920s Mexico. Featuring strange beings, familial disapproval and death gods. Thank you to @netgalley & @quercusbooks Jo Fletcher books for the review copy. Full review coming soon. #godsofjadeandshadow #netgalley #netgalleyuk #silviamorenogarcia #quercusbooks #adultfantasy #sff #mythretelling #fairytale #fantasy #yafantasy #bookreview #bookstagram #bookish #igbooks #igreads #bibliophile #read #junereads #book #mayanmythology #mexicanfiction #historicalfiction #historicalfantasy #booknerd #mexicanfolklore #julybooks #summerreads
I’m #currentlyreading - well, rereading - The City of Brass, and I appear to be stuck in a weird loop of desperately wanting to read but then also stopping after every chapter and just ~ taking it in ~ 🤦🏻‍♀️ WHY?! I’m determined to spend some time now actually READING, but I’m so in the mood for this book! And what better than a good book, a warm drink and a snack beside? 🙌🏻.
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This is our Myth-Take book of the month for June, the theme being Middle Eastern mythology retellings- you can join us at any point though, not just this month! I’ll be reading The Kingdom of Copper next month too so I’ll defo still be talking about them both for awhile to come 🙌🏻.
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Do you reread books often? I don’t - though I think I have done more in the past 6-7 months than ever before 🤔
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I’m #currentlyreading - well, rereading - The City of Brass, and I appear to be stuck in a weird loop of desperately wanting to read but then also stopping after every chapter and just ~ taking it in ~ 🤦🏻‍♀️ WHY?! I’m determined to spend some time now actually READING, but I’m so in the mood for this book! And what better than a good book, a warm drink and a snack beside? 🙌🏻. . This is our Myth-Take book of the month for June, the theme being Middle Eastern mythology retellings- you can join us at any point though, not just this month! I’ll be reading The Kingdom of Copper next month too so I’ll defo still be talking about them both for awhile to come 🙌🏻. . Do you reread books often? I don’t - though I think I have done more in the past 6-7 months than ever before 🤔 . . #bookstagram #bookish #books #reading #thecityofbrass #cityofbrass #daevabadtrilogy #thekingdomofcopper #kingdomofcopper #sachakraborty #mythtakereads #mythology #mythretelling
Book no.23
Anyone who knows me will know that I love Robin Hood and have a slight obsession with his legend. I’ve read quite a few retellings and Sherwood did not disappoint 🌿
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I loved the feminist twist @meaganspooner spun and how the original characters came into play in this version but with new depth and complexity making them seem more real and human. I loved every beautiful woven word and once again find myself longing to be a part of the legend running through Sherwood Forest. Long live Robin Hood 🏹
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Thank you @harper360uk for sending me my copy 💚
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Book no.23 Anyone who knows me will know that I love Robin Hood and have a slight obsession with his legend. I’ve read quite a few retellings and Sherwood did not disappoint 🌿 . . I loved the feminist twist @meaganspooner spun and how the original characters came into play in this version but with new depth and complexity making them seem more real and human. I loved every beautiful woven word and once again find myself longing to be a part of the legend running through Sherwood Forest. Long live Robin Hood 🏹 . . Thank you @harper360uk for sending me my copy 💚 . . #HannahsBookPile #Sherwood #RobinHood #LongLiveRobinHood #Legend #ReadingChallenge #GoodReads #bookstagram #bookworm #bookblog #lovebooks #lovetoread #igreads #readingismysuperpower #SherwoodForest #MerryMen #RobinHoodIsMyFave #mythretelling #HarperCollins #Bookseller
you know when you pick up a book you really don’t know if you’ll like and then it ends up being a new fave?? yeah, daughter of the forest🌿
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And thus began my own “Odyssey” some  three days ago, in which I turned 30 lines of Homer into nearly 3000 words because Athena & Telemachus decided to take their sweet time getting off the boat in Pylos. •
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And thus began my own “Odyssey” some three days ago, in which I turned 30 lines of Homer into nearly 3000 words because Athena & Telemachus decided to take their sweet time getting off the boat in Pylos. • • • Both are currently in character jail. (Well, ‘on probation’ because I need them for most scenes). • • • #amwriting #amwritingya #amwritingfantasy #theodyssey #theilliad #greekclassics #greekmythology #greekgods #athena #telemachus #odysseus #mythretelling #mythology #writerscommunity #writerproblems #writersofinstagram #writer #writers #writerslife #writersofig #campnanowrimo #nanowrimo #author #authors #authorsofig #authorsofinstagram #bookstagram #books #booknerd #booknerdigan
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XO Orpheus is an anthology full of myth retellings. It includes Greek mythology, biblical retellings and many other myths from different cultures.
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I was really looking forward to this book. I mean, I’m a classics major why wouldn’t I want to read a myth retelling anthology? However, I struggled to get through this. Some of the stories were good, but some either went over my head or just weren’t interesting. The original myths themselves are fascinating, but having them take place in a modern world wasn’t what I was looking for. I might pick up the fairy tale retellings one, but not for awhile.
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🌼Review🌼 ⠀⠀ XO Orpheus is an anthology full of myth retellings. It includes Greek mythology, biblical retellings and many other myths from different cultures. ⠀⠀ I was really looking forward to this book. I mean, I’m a classics major why wouldn’t I want to read a myth retelling anthology? However, I struggled to get through this. Some of the stories were good, but some either went over my head or just weren’t interesting. The original myths themselves are fascinating, but having them take place in a modern world wasn’t what I was looking for. I might pick up the fairy tale retellings one, but not for awhile. ⠀⠀ ⭐️⭐️/5 • • #xoorpheus #myth #mythretelling #anthology #books #bookaddict #bibliophile #booksbooksbooks #booksofig #bookworm #bookreview
What's your favourite myth retelling?

I love this myth renaissance we're living in + was very keen to read #TheSilenceOfTheGirls by #PatBarker after hearing generally amazing things.

I will preface my thoughts with the fact that I finished Silence of the Girls in 1 day, so I obviously enjoyed it somewhat! I was fully on-board at the beginning, when Briseis really drills home how different her take on Achilles is to those that view him as a great warrior who is quick + strong + a great guy (#ladsladslads). I found Barker's writing quite visceral + she portrays the brutality of war + the effect on women *very* well. I did however feel the women in this were a bit too passive - Briseis starts quite bold I thought, but she loses that quality throughout. Maybe this is a comment on war? I also really liked the circularity of the narrative + how the book ends.

This was sold to me as a feminist retelling, so I was expecting it all to be from Briseis' perspective. When halfway through we get some of the chapters told from the perspective of Achilles, I was a bit puzzled - this wasn't what I was here for! My main problem with this was that I've read Achilles' perspective in #SongofAchilles + so seeing it done again + enjoying it less wrong-footed me a bit. I guess it's to show the humanity of everyone involved, but in the parts told from Achilles' point of view, I was just reminded so much of my enjoyment of SOA that I wanted to pick that up + read that again instead!

Overall, Silence of the Girls was a very mixed bag for me. I get what it was trying to do, but in the end it didn't quite accomplish it for me. If you've read it, I would love to hear what you thought!
What's your favourite myth retelling? I love this myth renaissance we're living in + was very keen to read #TheSilenceOfTheGirls by #PatBarker after hearing generally amazing things. I will preface my thoughts with the fact that I finished Silence of the Girls in 1 day, so I obviously enjoyed it somewhat! I was fully on-board at the beginning, when Briseis really drills home how different her take on Achilles is to those that view him as a great warrior who is quick + strong + a great guy (#ladsladslads). I found Barker's writing quite visceral + she portrays the brutality of war + the effect on women *very* well. I did however feel the women in this were a bit too passive - Briseis starts quite bold I thought, but she loses that quality throughout. Maybe this is a comment on war? I also really liked the circularity of the narrative + how the book ends. This was sold to me as a feminist retelling, so I was expecting it all to be from Briseis' perspective. When halfway through we get some of the chapters told from the perspective of Achilles, I was a bit puzzled - this wasn't what I was here for! My main problem with this was that I've read Achilles' perspective in #SongofAchilles + so seeing it done again + enjoying it less wrong-footed me a bit. I guess it's to show the humanity of everyone involved, but in the parts told from Achilles' point of view, I was just reminded so much of my enjoyment of SOA that I wanted to pick that up + read that again instead! Overall, Silence of the Girls was a very mixed bag for me. I get what it was trying to do, but in the end it didn't quite accomplish it for me. If you've read it, I would love to hear what you thought!
Lately I’ve been having some fun playing around with “if my characters had social media”. This one is fun for everyone, because Burrito!Achilles is life. Who doesn’t love Achilles?! (Well, other than Hector, Paris, Apollo...er, nevermind). •
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Lately I’ve been having some fun playing around with “if my characters had social media”. This one is fun for everyone, because Burrito!Achilles is life. Who doesn’t love Achilles?! (Well, other than Hector, Paris, Apollo...er, nevermind). • • • #achilles #patrochilles #songofachilles #patroclus #patroclusxachilles #theilliad #theodyssey #trojanwar #greekmythology #mythology #amwriting #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #writer #writers #mythretelling #mythicfiction #author #authors #womenwritingfiction #books #bookstagram #booknerdigans
Circe por Madeline Miller

Este libro es una reinterpretación de los mitos e historias alrededor de la diosa hechicera griega Circe, llena de magia, dolor y fuerza.

Es una historia conmovedora, la autora le da voz a la hechicera para contar su historia desde otro ángulo, vemos como lucha para hallar un lugar entre los dioses y los mortales, encontrándose continuamente con la injusticia y la crueldad, poniendo a prueba sus capacidades, miedos y fuerza interior.

Creo que es una novela inspiradora, abre tu mente al mundo antiguo, a la fantasía y a la posición de la mujer en la sociedad.

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Circe por Madeline Miller Este libro es una reinterpretación de los mitos e historias alrededor de la diosa hechicera griega Circe, llena de magia, dolor y fuerza. Es una historia conmovedora, la autora le da voz a la hechicera para contar su historia desde otro ángulo, vemos como lucha para hallar un lugar entre los dioses y los mortales, encontrándose continuamente con la injusticia y la crueldad, poniendo a prueba sus capacidades, miedos y fuerza interior. Creo que es una novela inspiradora, abre tu mente al mundo antiguo, a la fantasía y a la posición de la mujer en la sociedad. #bookstagram #circe #mythretelling #bookreview #reading
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
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I think I am falling in love with Greek mythology. I have read The Song of Achilles. This is my second book on Greek Mythology, and I liked it. Coincidentally, this one also has Achilles as main character, the story said from a woman's PoV. The main narrator is Briseis, the slave of Achilles.
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When men are always known all over the world, as heros even if all they seem to do is fight, the women in their lives are given very less significance. They are either the cause of fighting or not known at all. Here, Briseis PoV says about those unseen lives of women who are raped and taken as slaves or prizes for heros of the war. Women are treated as mere properties - taken forcefully, gifted as prizes and treated badly. They live under constant terror of losing their family, live through the war and the aftermath, unless they are pregnant and killed as they might give birth to future threats.
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Some of them face their harsh realities and learn to live their life, seducing the best man they can get and carrying their babies. Some live constantly praying for the downfall of their enemies which are now their masters. From childhood, they are silenced by their families and then by their masters.
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I liked how the silent side which is that if the females is exposed in this book. It was slow paced and sad. This retelling indeed made me feel more closer to Achilles and Patroclus. As always I found it hard to difficult to recollect the names of the characters. 😅 .
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The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker . Another gem from the women's prize shortlist. . I think I am falling in love with Greek mythology. I have read The Song of Achilles. This is my second book on Greek Mythology, and I liked it. Coincidentally, this one also has Achilles as main character, the story said from a woman's PoV. The main narrator is Briseis, the slave of Achilles. . When men are always known all over the world, as heros even if all they seem to do is fight, the women in their lives are given very less significance. They are either the cause of fighting or not known at all. Here, Briseis PoV says about those unseen lives of women who are raped and taken as slaves or prizes for heros of the war. Women are treated as mere properties - taken forcefully, gifted as prizes and treated badly. They live under constant terror of losing their family, live through the war and the aftermath, unless they are pregnant and killed as they might give birth to future threats. . Some of them face their harsh realities and learn to live their life, seducing the best man they can get and carrying their babies. Some live constantly praying for the downfall of their enemies which are now their masters. From childhood, they are silenced by their families and then by their masters. . I liked how the silent side which is that if the females is exposed in this book. It was slow paced and sad. This retelling indeed made me feel more closer to Achilles and Patroclus. As always I found it hard to difficult to recollect the names of the characters. 😅 . . . . . #booksnmusicreviews 4/5 . . . . . #greekmythology #achilles #patroclus #briseis #womensprizeshortlist #womensprize #thesilenceofthegirls #mythretelling #patbarker #lgbtq #pridemonth #bookworm #books #bookreviewer #bookblogger #amreading #troy #bookreview #bookstagram
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🌼Currently Reading🌼 ⠀⠀ XO Orpheus ⠀⠀ I’m so excited to be finally reading this one! It’s an anthology full of myth retellings and includes some amazing authors like Madeline Miller. ⠀⠀ I’m a little over 100 pages into it and have enjoyed most of the stories I’ve read so far. ⠀⠀ Have you read this book? • • #book #anthology #retelling #mythretelling #bookstagram #bibliophile #bookaddict #bookishlove #booksofig #booknerd #bookworm #currentlyreading #madelinemiller #xoorpheus
Me: “This scene is going to be a big fight and super emotional.” Telemachus: *checkmates Athena two paragraphs in*
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Me: “This scene is going to be a big fight and super emotional.” Telemachus: *checkmates Athena two paragraphs in* • • • Anyone else have characters that just won’t listen to them? I swear, sometimes I think the characters are just going to write it for me. 😂 • • • Also, this is SUPER rough. I’m currently playing with if I want to write it in 1st person Present or Past tense. (Pros & cons to both). • • • #amwriting #amwritingya #amwritingfantasy #greekmythology #theodyssey #athena #telemachus #mythretelling #writer #write #writerproblems #writersofinstagram #writerslife #nanowrimo #campnanowrimo #writerscommunity #writersofig #author #authors #womenwriters #womenwritersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #bookstagram #bookexcerpt
FINALLY!!! Pestilence is coming... #pestilence #fourhorsemen #fourhorsewomen #kindlebooks
FINALLY!!! Pestilence is coming... #pestilence #fourhorsemen #fourhorsewomen #kindlebooks
I haven’t read any of the books on this year’s @womensprize shortlist so can’t join in any of the discussion about which is going to win. I have, however, recently read last year’s winner, Home Fire.  I was hooked in from the first page immediately with a Muslim woman going through an interrogation at an airport. The book is a retelling of Antigone, a myth that I do not know. This didn’t hamper my reading at all but I think it may have added something to the ending if I’d known the myth. I’m not sure on this aspect though and guess I won’t know unless I find out about Antigone!
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I really enjoy stories told from different viewpoints and this was no exception. I especially liked the chapter from the brother’s point of view. The author made clear just how vulnerable people who are recruited into terrorism are and how easily they can be won over. It was a heartbreaking story of a family with timely and relevant comments on Islamophobia, racism, love and loyalty. It was a gripping story, uncomfortable at times and made me think deeply.
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I have no idea who will win the Women’s Prize this year but I know that Kamila Shamsie was a brilliant winner last year.
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I haven’t read any of the books on this year’s @womensprize shortlist so can’t join in any of the discussion about which is going to win. I have, however, recently read last year’s winner, Home Fire. I was hooked in from the first page immediately with a Muslim woman going through an interrogation at an airport. The book is a retelling of Antigone, a myth that I do not know. This didn’t hamper my reading at all but I think it may have added something to the ending if I’d known the myth. I’m not sure on this aspect though and guess I won’t know unless I find out about Antigone! 🔥 I really enjoy stories told from different viewpoints and this was no exception. I especially liked the chapter from the brother’s point of view. The author made clear just how vulnerable people who are recruited into terrorism are and how easily they can be won over. It was a heartbreaking story of a family with timely and relevant comments on Islamophobia, racism, love and loyalty. It was a gripping story, uncomfortable at times and made me think deeply. 🔥 I have no idea who will win the Women’s Prize this year but I know that Kamila Shamsie was a brilliant winner last year. 🔥 #homefire #kamilashamsie #womensprize #womensprizewinner #womensprizeforfiction #womensprizewednesday #bookstagram #femalewriters #femaleauthors #womenwriters #igreads #igbooks #bookobsessed #ilovereading #ilovebooks #readingwomenchallenge #readingwomen #mythretelling #booklover #bookcover #manbookerlonglist #bookreview
Ok. Two days late on this challenge, but HAD to do it! Little secret, (major secret because it shows what a huge dork I am 😂), but I originally based the dynamic between Athena & Telemachus, (as well as some of their personality quirks), off Rapunzel & Flynn/Eugene. Yes, years of classical scholarship inspired my WIP, but I LOVE DISNEY. 😝
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Ok. Two days late on this challenge, but HAD to do it! Little secret, (major secret because it shows what a huge dork I am 😂), but I originally based the dynamic between Athena & Telemachus, (as well as some of their personality quirks), off Rapunzel & Flynn/Eugene. Yes, years of classical scholarship inspired my WIP, but I LOVE DISNEY. 😝 • • • There’s also a lot of Aladdin & Jasmine in there too, but Tele’s snark-o-meter is at 100% in a lot of scenes. He also keeps stealing something EVERY SCENE. Didn’t realize that until I edited a few chapters. Must be due to him being BFFs with Hermes and the great grandson of a famous thief. Athena, meanwhile, is just glad to be off Olympus, but feels bad about lying to Zeus. As of yet, she’s not smacked Tele in the head with a frying pan, but she probably should. 🤣 • • • #whatanovelread #writingchallenge #amwriting #greekmythology #theodyssey #athena #telemachus #writer #writerscommunity #writersofinstagram #writers #amwritingya #yafantasy #mythretelling #writersofig #bookstagram #womenwriters #author #authors #authorsofig #authorsofinstagram #authorssupportingauthors
The time has come to admit I am totally obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology. I studied Classics at university and even before that the first novel I wrote when I was about thirteen was set in ancient Rome (64 AD to be exact). My first published novel is a loose retelling of the Persephone myth. So I was really excited for A Thousand Ships, especially after the slight disappointment with The Silence of the Girls not fulfilling its feminist intentions. However, as much as I wanted to love this book I didn't. There were so many perspectives that I didn't connect with any of the characters. Some of them were dead by the end of their short chapters. 
What this book did do was give a good overview of the effects of the Trojan war on the women. It also gave voice to so many silent characters. All the different narratives gave me a Game of Thrones vibe which I love and actually if you're a fan then give this a go. I loved the intention and it did make me think a lot about how the majority of mythology is all about men. Despite the author's intentions she still fell into the trap of a female character retelling a man's story ie Penelope telling a summary of The Odyssey. It makes me wonder if we can retell these male myths with a feminist slant effectively without providing this background. I think we can but then again I haven't tried. 
What are you reading at the moment?

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The time has come to admit I am totally obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology. I studied Classics at university and even before that the first novel I wrote when I was about thirteen was set in ancient Rome (64 AD to be exact). My first published novel is a loose retelling of the Persephone myth. So I was really excited for A Thousand Ships, especially after the slight disappointment with The Silence of the Girls not fulfilling its feminist intentions. However, as much as I wanted to love this book I didn't. There were so many perspectives that I didn't connect with any of the characters. Some of them were dead by the end of their short chapters. What this book did do was give a good overview of the effects of the Trojan war on the women. It also gave voice to so many silent characters. All the different narratives gave me a Game of Thrones vibe which I love and actually if you're a fan then give this a go. I loved the intention and it did make me think a lot about how the majority of mythology is all about men. Despite the author's intentions she still fell into the trap of a female character retelling a man's story ie Penelope telling a summary of The Odyssey. It makes me wonder if we can retell these male myths with a feminist slant effectively without providing this background. I think we can but then again I haven't tried. What are you reading at the moment? #greekmythology #mythretelling #trojanwar #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #authorsofinstagram #bookcommunity #writinginspiration #writinglife #writingcommunity #writerofinstagram #booksinthewild #bookgram
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Another Ancient Greek myth re-telling on the Women’s Prize shortlist but not the sweet and enchanting tale like that woven by Madeline Miller in Circe and The Song of Achilles. Achilles is here but he is not the romantic hero. This is a frank and brutal account of life of the Troy women enslaved by the Greek heroes as told by Briseis, Achilles’ slave/lover. -

The perspective of the Troy women is novel. The prose is stark. Briseis’ tale is stark with no flourish. The violence of the times hits you and there is nowhere to escape from it. Not an easy or a comfortable read. -

But then... we get past the first part and suddenly start reading chapters from Achilles’ perspective. Those are not as well developed as Briseis’ chapters. Achilles’ voice doesn’t feel as authentic. This is a shame. I would love to understand his point of view. He seems vulnerable when Briseis describes him. His relationship with his mother or Patroclus remains largely unexplored... the depth of Achilles’ feelings never properly understood. -

I understand why Pat Barker included Achilles’ tale in her book. There is simply not enough of a story in Briseis’ chapters alone. And I was really looking forward to discovering more about Achilles and his inner world. Contrasting the feelings of the captor (Achilles) and his slave (Briseis). Finding out that Achilles himself remained enslaved to Agamemnon, to the Gods, to his fate... But I didn’t get any of this from The Silence of the Girls. I felt that failing to explore Achilles was a missed opportunity for this book. Hence it was not a perfect read for me. A good one but not one I felt was deserving of its place in the shortlist... PS: the book does expect a good general knowledge of your Greek myth and the Odyssey. I had to google quite a few characters’ names to understand who they are.  A little cheat sheet at the beginning or end of the book would have helped... -

PPS: I read this in Greece mostly sitting on the stones looking out to the sea and imagining Achilles and Briseis swimming in the same sea.
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker - #nest_womensprize2019 - Another Ancient Greek myth re-telling on the Women’s Prize shortlist but not the sweet and enchanting tale like that woven by Madeline Miller in Circe and The Song of Achilles. Achilles is here but he is not the romantic hero. This is a frank and brutal account of life of the Troy women enslaved by the Greek heroes as told by Briseis, Achilles’ slave/lover. - The perspective of the Troy women is novel. The prose is stark. Briseis’ tale is stark with no flourish. The violence of the times hits you and there is nowhere to escape from it. Not an easy or a comfortable read. - But then... we get past the first part and suddenly start reading chapters from Achilles’ perspective. Those are not as well developed as Briseis’ chapters. Achilles’ voice doesn’t feel as authentic. This is a shame. I would love to understand his point of view. He seems vulnerable when Briseis describes him. His relationship with his mother or Patroclus remains largely unexplored... the depth of Achilles’ feelings never properly understood. - I understand why Pat Barker included Achilles’ tale in her book. There is simply not enough of a story in Briseis’ chapters alone. And I was really looking forward to discovering more about Achilles and his inner world. Contrasting the feelings of the captor (Achilles) and his slave (Briseis). Finding out that Achilles himself remained enslaved to Agamemnon, to the Gods, to his fate... But I didn’t get any of this from The Silence of the Girls. I felt that failing to explore Achilles was a missed opportunity for this book. Hence it was not a perfect read for me. A good one but not one I felt was deserving of its place in the shortlist... PS: the book does expect a good general knowledge of your Greek myth and the Odyssey. I had to google quite a few characters’ names to understand who they are. A little cheat sheet at the beginning or end of the book would have helped... - PPS: I read this in Greece mostly sitting on the stones looking out to the sea and imagining Achilles and Briseis swimming in the same sea.
Seriously getting into my Greek myth retellings. This cover is so dreamy it doesn't need a filter 😍
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Seriously getting into my Greek myth retellings. This cover is so dreamy it doesn't need a filter 😍 . . . #becomingaclassicist #classics #greekmythology #myth #mythretelling #everythingunder #daisyjohnson ##debut #book #books #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #flowers #flowergram #amreading #manbookerprize
Excited to finally get to Circe, the last of the Women's Prize shortlist I've not read. Got to be up there with one of the most beautiful books I own 😍📘
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Excited to finally get to Circe, the last of the Women's Prize shortlist I've not read. Got to be up there with one of the most beautiful books I own 😍📘 . . . #ihavehighhopesforthisone #circe #madelinemiller #mythretelling #myth #greekmythology #womensprizeshortlist #womensprize2019 #womensprizeforfiction #beautifulbooks #bookstagram #book #books #amreading #read #reads #reading #bookworm #bookprize #bookobsessed
Do you like mythology, folk tales and fairytales? I’m a big fan of them, here’s some of the collections I own. I really want to read some of these in their entirety, I’ve only ever read a few stories here and there. I especially want to read the Grimm brothers fairytale collection and the Norse myths. I’d love any recommendations for myth/fairytale collections I should check out and any retellings too 😊(also btw please excuse the crazy glare on my glasses 😂)
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On the topic of myths I’ve started watching @afrolicthroughfiction videos and I’ve come across #mythtakereads and I’m keen to read along each month (or at least note them down for when I’m on my summer uni break!) .
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Do you like mythology, folk tales and fairytales? I’m a big fan of them, here’s some of the collections I own. I really want to read some of these in their entirety, I’ve only ever read a few stories here and there. I especially want to read the Grimm brothers fairytale collection and the Norse myths. I’d love any recommendations for myth/fairytale collections I should check out and any retellings too 😊(also btw please excuse the crazy glare on my glasses 😂) ————————————————— On the topic of myths I’ve started watching @afrolicthroughfiction videos and I’ve come across #mythtakereads and I’m keen to read along each month (or at least note them down for when I’m on my summer uni break!) . . . . . . . . . . #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #aussiereaders #aussiebookstagrammer #bookstack #reader #alwaysreading #mythology #mythologycollection #myth #norsemythology #thepenguinbookofnorsemyths #grimmbrothers #grimmfairytales #arthurianromances #hanschristiananderson #fairytales #folkloreandfairytales #mythsandlegends #fairytaleretelling #mythretelling #shelfie #retelling #retellings #bookrec #bookrecommendations #penguinclassics
📚 LIBRARY HAUL 📚
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As soon as I'd finished reading (and loving) A Thousand Ships earlier this month I reserved these two beauties at my library
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I've heard a lot of good things about The Silence of the Girls, and Children of Jocasta is by Natalie Haynes who wrote A Thousand Ships so I'm sure I'll love this one by her too
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I also love these covers, they're so beautiful and look even more beautiful in this morning sunshine 😍
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I'm not 100% sure I'll get chance to read both of these before I have to return them to the library but I'll try my best! All of my reservations tend to come in at once 🤦🏻
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What's your favourite retelling? Mythological or otherwise!
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📚 LIBRARY HAUL 📚 . . . As soon as I'd finished reading (and loving) A Thousand Ships earlier this month I reserved these two beauties at my library . . . I've heard a lot of good things about The Silence of the Girls, and Children of Jocasta is by Natalie Haynes who wrote A Thousand Ships so I'm sure I'll love this one by her too . . . I also love these covers, they're so beautiful and look even more beautiful in this morning sunshine 😍 . . . I'm not 100% sure I'll get chance to read both of these before I have to return them to the library but I'll try my best! All of my reservations tend to come in at once 🤦🏻 . . . What's your favourite retelling? Mythological or otherwise! . . . #bookstagram #bookstagramuk #bookstagramnewbie #readersofinstagram #readersofig #bookcover #coverlove #nofilter #childrenofjocasta #thesilenceofthegirls #greekmythology #mythretelling
It has beautiful these past few days at my house and we got our first taste of summer. I love being outside and using our new patio set. It is the perfect place to curl up with a book and enjoy the sunshine and breeze. Have you been able to enjoy the spring weather? 🌷🌈🌼
#circe #madelinemiller #bookstagram #books #hardcoverbooks #mythretelling #historicalfiction #greekgods #currentlyreading #mybooks #outdoorbooks #reading #readingoutside
It has beautiful these past few days at my house and we got our first taste of summer. I love being outside and using our new patio set. It is the perfect place to curl up with a book and enjoy the sunshine and breeze. Have you been able to enjoy the spring weather? 🌷🌈🌼 #circe #madelinemiller #bookstagram #books #hardcoverbooks #mythretelling #historicalfiction #greekgods #currentlyreading #mybooks #outdoorbooks #reading #readingoutside
Sinoć pročitah ovaj triptih (o) Elpenoru, liku iz Odiseje koji nije bio "ni junak ni kukavica", koji je umro neopažen i bio sasvim smetnut s uma, zanemaren od svoje družine. (Nisu ni primetili da ga nema dok u Hadu nisu sreli njegovu sen.) Još razmišljam o tom nivou nebitnosti, i skroz razumem zašto mu je posvećena zbirka pesama. Ako se nečeg istinski bojim, to je da ću skončati kao Elpenor.
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#sašajelenković #draganbošković #elpenori #elpenor #odiseja #theodyssey  #mythology #greekmythology #circe #kirkinoostrvo #literature #postmodernart #mythretelling #retelling  #balkanbookstagram
Sinoć pročitah ovaj triptih (o) Elpenoru, liku iz Odiseje koji nije bio "ni junak ni kukavica", koji je umro neopažen i bio sasvim smetnut s uma, zanemaren od svoje družine. (Nisu ni primetili da ga nema dok u Hadu nisu sreli njegovu sen.) Još razmišljam o tom nivou nebitnosti, i skroz razumem zašto mu je posvećena zbirka pesama. Ako se nečeg istinski bojim, to je da ću skončati kao Elpenor. . . . . #sašajelenković #draganbošković #elpenori #elpenor #odiseja #theodyssey #mythology #greekmythology #circe #kirkinoostrvo #literature #postmodernart #mythretelling #retelling #balkanbookstagram
QotD: Did you recently read a novel that disappointed you too? Let off some steam!
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"Everything Under" got a lot of praise, online and in the real world, but sadly this hyped book really let me down. (hello, #blacksheepofbookstagram ). I admire how Johnson tried to tell the dramatic myth of Oedipus in a contemporary way, but her disjointed writing and shifting narrative kept the story frustratingly vague. .
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As this is a myth-retelling, I felt like Gretel, Sarah or Marcus never became more than their 'roles'. Nor was I able to care for the characters, or their troubles. And making Oedipus underage made the "sex with your mother part" very uncomfortable (more than it already is). .
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So although I love this trend of contemporary myth-retellings, I was glad to be finished with this book.
QotD: Did you recently read a novel that disappointed you too? Let off some steam! 💧 "Everything Under" got a lot of praise, online and in the real world, but sadly this hyped book really let me down. (hello, #blacksheepofbookstagram ). I admire how Johnson tried to tell the dramatic myth of Oedipus in a contemporary way, but her disjointed writing and shifting narrative kept the story frustratingly vague. . 💧 As this is a myth-retelling, I felt like Gretel, Sarah or Marcus never became more than their 'roles'. Nor was I able to care for the characters, or their troubles. And making Oedipus underage made the "sex with your mother part" very uncomfortable (more than it already is). . 💧 So although I love this trend of contemporary myth-retellings, I was glad to be finished with this book.
I really enjoyed this Women's Prize shortlisted novel, though it wasn't quite what I was expecting. The story is a retelling 
of Homer's The Iliad, focusing on the last days of the Trojan War from the perspective of Briesis, a former Queen who is enslaved by Achilles. I was excited for a retelling that gave voice to the women and girls who are largely ignored in the original myths, but I found that these voices are mostly used to talk about the men. While there are some wonderful moments of female strength and solidarity in the face of gruesome male oppression, this is largely the story of golden boy Achilles. But hey, it's a good story! And this book is a good read, but it probably wouldn't pass the Bechdel Test. 
#books #bookstagram #bookreview #minireview #fiction #womensprize #greekmythology #mythretelling
I really enjoyed this Women's Prize shortlisted novel, though it wasn't quite what I was expecting. The story is a retelling of Homer's The Iliad, focusing on the last days of the Trojan War from the perspective of Briesis, a former Queen who is enslaved by Achilles. I was excited for a retelling that gave voice to the women and girls who are largely ignored in the original myths, but I found that these voices are mostly used to talk about the men. While there are some wonderful moments of female strength and solidarity in the face of gruesome male oppression, this is largely the story of golden boy Achilles. But hey, it's a good story! And this book is a good read, but it probably wouldn't pass the Bechdel Test. #books #bookstagram #bookreview #minireview #fiction #womensprize #greekmythology #mythretelling
My library book haul from yesterday 📚. Have you read any of these? and what did you think of them? I’m interested to finally get my hands on Daisy Jones & The Six, I’ve never read anything by the author but I’ve seen this book hyped so much recently on #bookstagram so I thought I’d give it a go. The whole music theme, set in the 70s thing really appeals to me. Save Me, Kurt Cobain is a title pick up, I’m suspicious of what the book will be like but the idea that it relates to Cobain and Nirvana intrigues me because I do love Nirvana. I could tell you why I got the other books too but I feel like nobody wants to know the thoughts behind why I got certain library books (unless you do?) but I think it’s pretty interesting when people say why the selected a certain book
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My library book haul from yesterday 📚. Have you read any of these? and what did you think of them? I’m interested to finally get my hands on Daisy Jones & The Six, I’ve never read anything by the author but I’ve seen this book hyped so much recently on #bookstagram so I thought I’d give it a go. The whole music theme, set in the 70s thing really appeals to me. Save Me, Kurt Cobain is a title pick up, I’m suspicious of what the book will be like but the idea that it relates to Cobain and Nirvana intrigues me because I do love Nirvana. I could tell you why I got the other books too but I feel like nobody wants to know the thoughts behind why I got certain library books (unless you do?) but I think it’s pretty interesting when people say why the selected a certain book . . . . . . . . . . . . #librarybook #libraryhaul #bookhaul #librarylove #daisyjonesandthesix #daisyjones #taylorjenkinsreid #thesongofachilles #madelinemiller #darkfever #karenmariemoning #savemekurtcobain #thenotsosubtleartofbeingafatgirl #tessholiday #bodypositivity #urbanfantasy #mythretelling #femaleauthors
Review & Thoughts 📖 Circe by Madeleine Miller 4.5/5 ⭐️
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Circe surprised me, on first impressions I found it hard to get into and adjust to the world so I ended up putting it down and reading something else but luckily I decided to give it another go because I ended up loving it so much! Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood the first time 🤷🏻‍♀️. The Ancient Greek setting is so interesting and Miller does a fantastic job of building up the setting and atmosphere. It’s such a magical book literally because there’s magic in it but also because it feels kind of ethereal. Circe is such an interesting and deep character, she has flaws and does not so good things. I ended up really liking her as a character, she’s independent and fights to be a strong women and takes no nonsense from piggish men (if you’ve read it you’ll know 😉). I’m not too familiar with Classical Greek myths, and what I do know is thanks to @jeansthoughts podcast and YouTube channel (she’s awesome so I totally recommend following her). But I generally I think women aren’t seen too positively in the stories and myths and I think it’s really great that Miller has written Circe a story and given her a voice. I loved it, I can’t believe I waited so long to read it and I’m for sure going to pick up The Song of Achilles soon! .
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Review & Thoughts 📖 Circe by Madeleine Miller 4.5/5 ⭐️ ————————————————— Circe surprised me, on first impressions I found it hard to get into and adjust to the world so I ended up putting it down and reading something else but luckily I decided to give it another go because I ended up loving it so much! Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood the first time 🤷🏻‍♀️. The Ancient Greek setting is so interesting and Miller does a fantastic job of building up the setting and atmosphere. It’s such a magical book literally because there’s magic in it but also because it feels kind of ethereal. Circe is such an interesting and deep character, she has flaws and does not so good things. I ended up really liking her as a character, she’s independent and fights to be a strong women and takes no nonsense from piggish men (if you’ve read it you’ll know 😉). I’m not too familiar with Classical Greek myths, and what I do know is thanks to @jeansthoughts podcast and YouTube channel (she’s awesome so I totally recommend following her). But I generally I think women aren’t seen too positively in the stories and myths and I think it’s really great that Miller has written Circe a story and given her a voice. I loved it, I can’t believe I waited so long to read it and I’m for sure going to pick up The Song of Achilles soon! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #recentlyread #bookreview #bookthoughts #circe #madelinemiller #madelinemillercirce #thesongofachilles #ancientgreekmythology #historicalfiction #mythretelling #readingwomenchallenge #readingwomen #femaleauthors #womensprize #womensprizeforfiction
Here's my (overly ambitious) May TBR. Focusing on the Women's Prize and my own reading goals. A video will be up soon when my internet decides to work (in about 8 hours it's only loaded a massive 21% 🙃) What are you reading this month?
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#firstworldproblems #slowinternetdoenotteachmepatience #toberead #tbr #TBR #maytbr #amreading #reading #reads #read #book #books #bigpileofbooks #bookstagram #womensprize #classics #phdreading #phd #bookish #bookworm #patbarker #circe #thesilenceofthegirls #mythretelling #myth #readinggoals
Here's my (overly ambitious) May TBR. Focusing on the Women's Prize and my own reading goals. A video will be up soon when my internet decides to work (in about 8 hours it's only loaded a massive 21% 🙃) What are you reading this month? . . . #firstworldproblems #slowinternetdoenotteachmepatience #toberead #tbr #TBR #maytbr #amreading #reading #reads #read #book #books #bigpileofbooks #bookstagram #womensprize #classics #phdreading #phd #bookish #bookworm #patbarker #circe #thesilenceofthegirls #mythretelling #myth #readinggoals
Daughter, lover, witch, mother. Circe. Another great read, and one that helped with my goal to learn more about Greek mythology this year.
Daughter, lover, witch, mother. Circe. Another great read, and one that helped with my goal to learn more about Greek mythology this year.
I got a bookstore voucher from my fiancee for my birthday. I spent it yesterday on two books, one of which is Circe! I love retellings of myths so I'm excited to get to this story! Have you read it?
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#circe #madelinemiller #tbr #birthdaygift #booksandtea #cupoftea #bookcover #bookishcouple #bookstagram #coupleswhoreadtogether #book #bookphoto #booklover #booklife #bookworm #bookdragon #bookaddict #igreads #igbooks #readersofig #bookish #bookishgirl #bookishfeatures #mythretelling #ancientgreece
I got a bookstore voucher from my fiancee for my birthday. I spent it yesterday on two books, one of which is Circe! I love retellings of myths so I'm excited to get to this story! Have you read it? . . . #circe #madelinemiller #tbr #birthdaygift #booksandtea #cupoftea #bookcover #bookishcouple #bookstagram #coupleswhoreadtogether #book #bookphoto #booklover #booklife #bookworm #bookdragon #bookaddict #igreads #igbooks #readersofig #bookish #bookishgirl #bookishfeatures #mythretelling #ancientgreece
This BEAUTIFUL paperback edition of The Silence of the Girls arrived yesterday and I can’t wait to dive in! 📚
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#whatvictoriaread #thesilenceofthegirls #patbarker #womensfictionprize #tbr #paperback #myth #mythretelling #booktuber #bookstagram
This BEAUTIFUL paperback edition of The Silence of the Girls arrived yesterday and I can’t wait to dive in! 📚 📚 📚 📚 #whatvictoriaread #thesilenceofthegirls #patbarker #womensfictionprize #tbr #paperback #myth #mythretelling #booktuber #bookstagram
Reposting @spunkyreads:
April TBR! If you’ve seen my post yesterday, which was essentially a mini recap of March and things I want to do in April, I spoke about how I’d like to focus my reading on myth retellings.
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Here are the books that I picked out from my shelf and I’m most excited to read. Apart from these I’ll only be reading the Women’s prize long listed books.
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A quick update on that, I read 10/16 books. I’m currently reading 2 more (Freshwater and American Marriage) and will read Lost Children Archive and Remembered later in the month. I attempted to read Ordinary People and decided not to read it unless it is shortlisted for the long list. Swan Song is another book I don’t own and is not available in my library, so likely won’t be able to read that just yet too. ~
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What is at the book you want to read the most in April?
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Reposting @spunkyreads: April TBR! If you’ve seen my post yesterday, which was essentially a mini recap of March and things I want to do in April, I spoke about how I’d like to focus my reading on myth retellings. ~ I expanded the scope of that too myth/fairy tale kind of books or simply books which feel magical to me. ~ Here are the books that I picked out from my shelf and I’m most excited to read. Apart from these I’ll only be reading the Women’s prize long listed books. ~ A quick update on that, I read 10/16 books. I’m currently reading 2 more (Freshwater and American Marriage) and will read Lost Children Archive and Remembered later in the month. I attempted to read Ordinary People and decided not to read it unless it is shortlisted for the long list. Swan Song is another book I don’t own and is not available in my library, so likely won’t be able to read that just yet too. ~ ~ What is at the book you want to read the most in April? . . . . . . . #fairytale #mythretelling #myths #apriltbr #newbooks #unitedbookstagram #bookstagramista #igbooks #readerforlife #worldliterature #lovetoread #newbook #readinglist #readingissexy #readingislife #bookishallure #becauseofreading #seekthesimplicity #bookishlife #bookishgirl #bookishpost #readingtime #booktime #goodbook #timetoread #booksbooksbooks #bookobsessed #booksandcoffee #readmorebooks #readersofinstagram
#EndgameBaeMay Day 1: Shuri & T’Challa - Favourtie siblings ⁣⠀
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#EndgameBaeMay Day 1: Shuri & T’Challa - Favourtie siblings ⁣⠀ •⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀ ⁣I love the relationship between Cassandra, her twin Eleni and their older brother, Hector. Gives me the warm and fuzzie feeling! • #qotd Who are you favourtie bookish siblings?⁣⠀ •⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀ •⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀ •⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀ #cassandra #kerrygreenwood #mythretelling #australianwriters #Bookstagram #bookstagrammer #readstagram #booksofinstagram #instabooks #igbooks #igreads #book #bookish #bookworm #bibliophile #booklover #booknerd #bookporn #booklove #bookaholic #bookaddict #bookphotography #reader #reading #aussiebookstagrammer⁣⠀⁣⠀
What book has been on your TBR list for far too long? Today im finally getting around to starting Circe by Madeline Miller after months and months of putting it off. Im not even sure why its taken me so long to crack this spine!
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#unreadshelfproject2019 #circe #madelinemiller #booksandcoffee #easterreading
What book has been on your TBR list for far too long? Today im finally getting around to starting Circe by Madeline Miller after months and months of putting it off. Im not even sure why its taken me so long to crack this spine! . . . #unreadshelfproject2019 #circe #madelinemiller #booksandcoffee #easterreading
The Song of Achellis by Madeline Miller #bookreview .
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This book was brilliant, in my opinion. It was such an emotional read for me! I couldn't put it down! Highly highly highly recommend! .
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The Song of Achellis is a retelling of Iliad which focuses on the story of Achellis and his close friend and lover Patroculus. I absolutely loved the way their relationships were portrayed in the book. To be honest I don't want to write much because I just don't want to give too much away. For me it was a story of growing  up, love, war, pride, forgiveness. I loved everything about this book and honestly couldn't recommend it enough! .
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The Song of Achellis by Madeline Miller #bookreview . . . 💛💛💛💛💛 5/5 stars! . . . This book was brilliant, in my opinion. It was such an emotional read for me! I couldn't put it down! Highly highly highly recommend! . . . The Song of Achellis is a retelling of Iliad which focuses on the story of Achellis and his close friend and lover Patroculus. I absolutely loved the way their relationships were portrayed in the book. To be honest I don't want to write much because I just don't want to give too much away. For me it was a story of growing up, love, war, pride, forgiveness. I loved everything about this book and honestly couldn't recommend it enough! . . . #whattoread #greatreads #bookstafeatures #prettybooks #bookphoto #bookhoarder #bookishbox #bookinsta #bookislife #bookishglee #bookishallure #readingspot #readingforfun #whattoreadnext #bookblogging #ireadbooks #booknerdproblems #booksbooksandmorebooks #bookishme #alwaysbooks #booktime #ancientgreece #myths #mythretelling #greece🇬🇷 #historicalfiction
‪Book no.12‬
A beautiful and strong retelling of the story of Penelope; painting a whole new light onto the silent, steadfast and loyal wife of Odysseus we know 🌼
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With Margaret Atwood’s exceptional storytelling Penelope is strong, clever and is ready to tell her side of the story. I loved the modern twist on this ancient text. Haunting, compassionate and dazzling 🏛
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‪Book no.12‬ A beautiful and strong retelling of the story of Penelope; painting a whole new light onto the silent, steadfast and loyal wife of Odysseus we know 🌼 . . With Margaret Atwood’s exceptional storytelling Penelope is strong, clever and is ready to tell her side of the story. I loved the modern twist on this ancient text. Haunting, compassionate and dazzling 🏛 ‪.‬ ‪.‬ ‪#HannahsBookPile #Penelopiad #Classics #GreekMythology #ClassicsGeek #Myths #TheOdyssey #mythretelling #ReadingChallenge #Bookworm #BookBlog #booklove #bookblogging #lovebooks #lovetoread
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“Great Achilles. Brilliant Achilles, shining Achilles, godlike Achilles... How the epithets pile up. We never called him any of those things; we called him ‘the butcher’.” - The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker •⁣⠀⁣⠀
Hands down my favorite opening paragraph to any book!⠀
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#BookQueensApr19 Day 15: Favourtie First Line •⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀ “Great Achilles. Brilliant Achilles, shining Achilles, godlike Achilles... How the epithets pile up. We never called him any of those things; we called him ‘the butcher’.” - The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker •⁣⠀⁣⠀ Hands down my favorite opening paragraph to any book!⠀ •⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀ •⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀ •⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀ #thesilenceofthegirls #PatBarker #mythretelling #literaryfiction #Bookstagram #bookstagrammer #readstagram #booksofinstagram #instabooks #igbooks #igreads #book #bookish #bookworm #bibliophile #booklover #booknerd #bookporn #booklove #bookaholic #bookaddict #bookphotography #reader #reading #aussiebookstagrammer⁣⠀
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Back on my witch shit with Circe 😍
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I absolutely adored the audiobook of this, I listened when it first came out, and am re-reading with the gorgeous new paperback edition
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Miller's writing has come so far since The Song of Achilles, this story is both lyrical and episodic, I came to care so deeply for Circe
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. Back on my witch shit with Circe 😍 . I absolutely adored the audiobook of this, I listened when it first came out, and am re-reading with the gorgeous new paperback edition . Miller's writing has come so far since The Song of Achilles, this story is both lyrical and episodic, I came to care so deeply for Circe . #bookstagramflatlay #bookgram #bookstagram #currentlyreading #circe #madelinemiller #thesongofachilles #mythology #mythretelling #ancientgreece #greekmyth #floral
Somehow, I don’t think Oreo quite understands what it means to be a reading buddy.. but he’s cute so imma let it pass.
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On another note, finally getting my act together and am reading books from my @bookriot #readharderchallenge2019 list. Sometimes it’s hard to focus on a TBR list when all the books look so good.
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Somehow, I don’t think Oreo quite understands what it means to be a reading buddy.. but he’s cute so imma let it pass. . .. . On another note, finally getting my act together and am reading books from my @bookriot #readharderchallenge2019 list. Sometimes it’s hard to focus on a TBR list when all the books look so good. . .. . .. ... .. . #amreading #songofachilles #madelinemiller #bookstagram #readingchallenge2019 #books #currentlyreading #bookish #reads #bibliophile #bookworm #reader #bookcommunity #bookdragon #instareads #readharder #librarybook #idratherbereading #librarian #mythretelling #mythology #readingbuddy #catsofinstagram #catstagram #kitten #adoptdontshop #oreocatcookiepuss
MYTHS // i am still at it with the retellings - craving myths, greek summers, ocean swims, figs and a little bit of magic.
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now that i have finally read #thesongofachilles by #madelinemiller i am ready to read #circe as well. i know that they do not have to be read one after the other, but it somehow felt right to me. i am so curious to see how her story will be told, since #circe is not that huge a part of #theodyssey ...
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i’ve also been in a witchy mood ever since ... last october, i suppose and so i am excited to properly make the acquaintance of a different sort of witch who does not curse #macbeth or flees from her #darkbatism (#thechillingadventuresofsabrina is coming back tonight 🌙)
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who is your favourite #witch ? real or imagined ? (my absolute favourite witches are @bibliothea and @librosetfeles technically 💫🖤 #orwitches )
MYTHS // i am still at it with the retellings - craving myths, greek summers, ocean swims, figs and a little bit of magic. // now that i have finally read #thesongofachilles by #madelinemiller i am ready to read #circe as well. i know that they do not have to be read one after the other, but it somehow felt right to me. i am so curious to see how her story will be told, since #circe is not that huge a part of #theodyssey ... // i’ve also been in a witchy mood ever since ... last october, i suppose and so i am excited to properly make the acquaintance of a different sort of witch who does not curse #macbeth or flees from her #darkbatism (#thechillingadventuresofsabrina is coming back tonight 🌙) // who is your favourite #witch ? real or imagined ? (my absolute favourite witches are @bibliothea and @librosetfeles technically 💫🖤 #orwitches )
AND HIS FACE WAS LIKE THE SUN // i handed in my term paper today and now i have about a week left before uni starts up again, so i’m visiting my parents (and contemplating which books to bring)
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i finished #thesongofachilles by #madelinemiller earlier this week (as usually, i’m late to the party) and let me tell you: i cried my eyes out. i really enjoyed the way she told the story, how human the demi god achilles became through her words. everyone knows how #theiliad ends obviously and even though i knew the things that would happen, i was still devastated at the end and even cried on the bus.
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i had a fun conversation with @bookwormmuse here on #bookstagram about the story and we came to the conclusion that we’d like a story on penelope, waiting for #odysseus and a follow-up to #theodyssee - about how he copes with being home etc. one can dream ✨
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how many tears did you cry reading #thesongofachilles ? millilitres, cups, buckets, oceans? 🌊
AND HIS FACE WAS LIKE THE SUN // i handed in my term paper today and now i have about a week left before uni starts up again, so i’m visiting my parents (and contemplating which books to bring) // i finished #thesongofachilles by #madelinemiller earlier this week (as usually, i’m late to the party) and let me tell you: i cried my eyes out. i really enjoyed the way she told the story, how human the demi god achilles became through her words. everyone knows how #theiliad ends obviously and even though i knew the things that would happen, i was still devastated at the end and even cried on the bus. // i had a fun conversation with @bookwormmuse here on #bookstagram about the story and we came to the conclusion that we’d like a story on penelope, waiting for #odysseus and a follow-up to #theodyssee - about how he copes with being home etc. one can dream ✨ // how many tears did you cry reading #thesongofachilles ? millilitres, cups, buckets, oceans? 🌊
~Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad:
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Finished reading  The Penelopiad. I am 'cuntstruck' to quote Lanthimos, moonstruck as well. Thought provoking, radical, feminist retelling of the Odyssey through Penelope's and the Twelve Hanged maids' eyes. 
The eyes of the usurped, raped, blamed, dispossessed.

An absolute must read.

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~Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5/5 stars. Finished reading The Penelopiad. I am 'cuntstruck' to quote Lanthimos, moonstruck as well. Thought provoking, radical, feminist retelling of the Odyssey through Penelope's and the Twelve Hanged maids' eyes. The eyes of the usurped, raped, blamed, dispossessed. An absolute must read. #margaretatwood#margaretattwood#penelopiad#odyssey#myth#mythretelling#mythretellings#femalewriterschallenge#femalewriter#feminism#feminist#femalenarrative#femaleempowerment#female#bookrecommendation#bookreviewer#bookreviews#goodreadschallenge#goodreading#goodreads#sunnyday#reading#readersofinstagram#moon#mooncult
April TBR! If you’ve seen my post yesterday, which was essentially a mini recap of March and things I want to do in April, I spoke about how I’d like to focus my reading on myth retellings.
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I expanded the scope of that too myth/fairy tale kind of books or simply books which feel magical to me. ~
Here are the books that I picked out from my shelf and I’m most excited to read. Apart from these I’ll only be reading the Women’s prize long listed books.
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A quick update on that, I read 10/16 books. I’m currently reading 2 more (Freshwater and American Marriage) and will read Lost Children Archive and Remembered later in the month. I attempted to read Ordinary People and decided not to read it unless it is shortlisted for the long list. Swan Song is another book I don’t own and is not available in my library, so likely won’t be able to read that just yet too. ~
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What is at the book you want to read the most in April?
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April TBR! If you’ve seen my post yesterday, which was essentially a mini recap of March and things I want to do in April, I spoke about how I’d like to focus my reading on myth retellings. ~ I expanded the scope of that too myth/fairy tale kind of books or simply books which feel magical to me. ~ Here are the books that I picked out from my shelf and I’m most excited to read. Apart from these I’ll only be reading the Women’s prize long listed books. ~ A quick update on that, I read 10/16 books. I’m currently reading 2 more (Freshwater and American Marriage) and will read Lost Children Archive and Remembered later in the month. I attempted to read Ordinary People and decided not to read it unless it is shortlisted for the long list. Swan Song is another book I don’t own and is not available in my library, so likely won’t be able to read that just yet too. ~ ~ What is at the book you want to read the most in April? . . . . . . . #fairytale #mythretelling #myths #apriltbr #newbooks #unitedbookstagram #bookstagramista #igbooks #readerforlife #worldliterature #lovetoread #newbook #readinglist #readingissexy #readingislife #bookishallure #becauseofreading #seekthesimplicity #bookishlife #bookishgirl #bookishpost #readingtime #booktime #goodbook #timetoread #booksbooksbooks #bookobsessed #booksandcoffee #readmorebooks #readersofinstagram
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ and that’s being generous. I didn’t really enjoy this book and was outright confused by it at times. 
This was my #botm pick from back in September and it probably would have remained unread for awhile longer if it weren’t for the fact that it happens to fulfill one of the #readingwomenchallenge prompts. I wouldn’t really recommend this to anyone, plus so many trigger warnings needed. 
#notallbooksaregood #readingwomen #thesilenceofthegirls #mythretelling #greekmyth
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ and that’s being generous. I didn’t really enjoy this book and was outright confused by it at times. This was my #botm pick from back in September and it probably would have remained unread for awhile longer if it weren’t for the fact that it happens to fulfill one of the #readingwomenchallenge prompts. I wouldn’t really recommend this to anyone, plus so many trigger warnings needed. #notallbooksaregood #readingwomen #thesilenceofthegirls #mythretelling #greekmyth
I’m about to recommend a poetry collection to you, but don’t stop reading! Trust me, this isn’t the intimidating, confusing poetry you had to read in high school.
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Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest explores the myth of Tiresias, who lives as both a man and a woman then became a blind prophet. The best thing is you don’t have to know anything about that when you start reading it because the first beautiful poem tells Tiresias’ story. This collection is a moving meditation on gender, power, and love. I was so absorbed, I didn’t even realise I was reading poetry. Highly recommended if you’re looking for more feminist reads and perfect for fans of Rupi Kaur.
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Thank you @lucythereader for recommending this to me 🌻 #unfinishedreviews
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{#ampersandapril19 | Targaryen: retellings}
I’m about to recommend a poetry collection to you, but don’t stop reading! Trust me, this isn’t the intimidating, confusing poetry you had to read in high school. . Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest explores the myth of Tiresias, who lives as both a man and a woman then became a blind prophet. The best thing is you don’t have to know anything about that when you start reading it because the first beautiful poem tells Tiresias’ story. This collection is a moving meditation on gender, power, and love. I was so absorbed, I didn’t even realise I was reading poetry. Highly recommended if you’re looking for more feminist reads and perfect for fans of Rupi Kaur. . Thank you @lucythereader for recommending this to me 🌻 #unfinishedreviews . {#ampersandapril19 | Targaryen: retellings}
The paperback edition of Circe by Madeline Miller is out today and it is stunning! 🏺
Circe was one of my favourite reads of 2018! Miller’s writing style is beautiful and I adore the way she is able to bring the new life into these mythological characters. She’s able to make the Gods seem relatable and human beneath their perfect looks and awesome power.
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There aren’t the many women is Greek Myth who have as much control over their own lives Circe does. I love that Miller took the time to tell her story! It was refreshing to see Circe as a woman doing what she can survive, rather than as the evil witch she commonly portrayed as. 🏺
If you want to read my full review head to my blog; link in bio!
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The paperback edition of Circe by Madeline Miller is out today and it is stunning! 🏺 Circe was one of my favourite reads of 2018! Miller’s writing style is beautiful and I adore the way she is able to bring the new life into these mythological characters. She’s able to make the Gods seem relatable and human beneath their perfect looks and awesome power. 🏺 There aren’t the many women is Greek Myth who have as much control over their own lives Circe does. I love that Miller took the time to tell her story! It was refreshing to see Circe as a woman doing what she can survive, rather than as the evil witch she commonly portrayed as. 🏺 If you want to read my full review head to my blog; link in bio! • • • #madelinemiller #circe #literaryfiction #mythretelling #bloomsburypublishing #bookspine #bookstagrammer #readstagram #booksofinstagram #bookstagram #instabooks #igbooks #igreads #book #books #bookish #bookworm #bibliophile #booklover #booknerd #bookporn #booklove #bookaholic #bookaddict #bookphotography #reader #reading #aussiebookstagrammer