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Jan/Feb Book Club: Circe, by Madeline Miller

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message 1: by Gabriela (new)

Gabriela Silva | 28 comments Mod
Hello, fellow witches,

The book for the January/February discussion is Circe, by Madeline Miller. Here is the GoodReads info:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

There is a Discord group already discussing the first few chapters, but I thought to open a thread for those of us who don't use Discord for whatever reason. If you have already read the book, feel free to tell us your impressions and thoughts! If not, rest assured that the book is an amazingly breezy read, and generally super interesting. I started yesterday and am already like a third in!

Friendly reminder: don't shop at Amazon. It underpays authors and is generally evil for the planet. Visit your local bookshop if possible, and if not here are some writer-friendly links:

https://www.ebooks.com/en-gb/96032358...
https://www.waterstones.com/book/circ...
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/circ...

Happy reading!


message 2: by Latasha (last edited Jan 19, 2020 04:23PM) (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 32 comments i put it on hold on over drive...i'm #71 on 18 copies..lol. ok then, i'll find it another way.

edit- my library has it. i put it on reserve.


message 3: by Carly (new)

Carly (seullybwillikers) | 4 comments My IRL book club also just started this book. I am very excited!


message 4: by SA (new)

SA (schismarch) | 8 comments Thanks! Is there a link to the Discord? It would be nce to follow both discussions.


message 5: by Gabriela (new)

Gabriela Silva | 28 comments Mod
Carly wrote: "My IRL book club also just started this book. I am very excited!"

That's so cool! Let us know what insights they come up with :D


SA wrote: "Thanks! Is there a link to the Discord? It would be nce to follow both discussions."

Here it is!
https://discord.gg/yhsSyHk

The discussion has started on the first few chapters, but the chat will remain open for a couple months I think.


message 6: by SA (new)

SA (schismarch) | 8 comments Thank you!


message 7: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 32 comments i got the book and will start Monday.


message 8: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 32 comments Ok I began listening to this. I love it!! I want to go home and talk to my plants and create a herbal concoction. Circe is on the island now.


message 9: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 32 comments i am absolutely loving this book. i don't know many myths about Circe other than the one involving Odysseus. so being a podcast kinda girl, i went over to itunes to look for mythology. i found this!

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast...

it's Madeline Miller talking about Circe and i assume her book too! i'm downloading it now along with some others.
I'm listening to the audio book, read by Perdita Weeks. she is sooooo good! i highly recommend this version.


message 10: by SA (new)

SA (schismarch) | 8 comments I am four chapters in, really enjoying it so far.


message 11: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 32 comments circe.jpg


finished! I loved this book so much. i'd love to read or listen more like this if anyone knows of any.


message 12: by Carly (new)

Carly (seullybwillikers) | 4 comments I'm loving it so far. I'm about a third of the way through it. Just a heads up for all you michigan witches, Madeline Miller is speaking at the Ann Arbor public library next friday at 7:30p.


message 13: by June (new)

June (juiceko) | 1 comments Getting the book now, excited to start reading! I've heard good things about it.


message 14: by SA (new)

SA (schismarch) | 8 comments "Circe" was fantastic -- it's going to stick in my brain for a long while!


message 15: by Gabriela (new)

Gabriela Silva | 28 comments Mod
I'm glad people are enjoying it! Or have enjoyed it, hahahah.

So trying to keep it spoiler free, what do people think?

I think that the book has two great themes: power and empathy.

How do we come into power? And how does empathy temper that power?

Circe's life is marked by absolute powerlessness at its start, as well as a lack of empathy by everyone around her. Her encounter with Prometheus seems to teach her that it is possible for people to care, even to love, those who are "lesser" than them: Prometheus loves the humans enough to risk eternal punishment for it. Circe comes to a similar point, but of course through very different trials.

Do people here have any thoughts?


message 16: by Carly (new)

Carly (seullybwillikers) | 4 comments just finished the novel. I will need a few days to think it over for discussion. But wow, I am blown away. This story will stick with me


message 17: by Maria (new)

Maria  | 1 comments Gaby wrote: "I'm glad people are enjoying it! Or have enjoyed it, hahahah.

I agree that this book dealt with power, abuse of power and empathy. My favorite part was when she turned the sailors into pigs. I believe the author has a doctorate in philosophy and is currently a professor. What a wonderful class she must give. I picked up Circe at 8 pm and did not put down until I finished.
That's how freaking good it was. Thank you for starting this book club and for putting Circe up first. If you are a hard core fantasy fan, witches or women with super power are it! I'll try and help with a few titles and I'll make sure the authors are women. Let's start with NK Jemisin she has a degree in psychology, and is interested in systems of subjugation. Start with The Fifth Season.



message 18: by SA (new)

SA (schismarch) | 8 comments Gaby - I agree it was so arresting, it was hard to put down!

Miller's degree was in Classics, and she is/was a high school teacher of Latin & Greek. :)

Jemisin is fantastic.


message 19: by Dom (new)

Dom (enchantedbookgarden) Hi! I just found the book club via the Reddit forum. Are you all doing a new book now? I’d love to hop along with you all!


message 20: by Gabriela (new)

Gabriela Silva | 28 comments Mod
Minnie wrote: "Hi! I just found the book club via the Reddit forum. Are you all doing a new book now? I’d love to hop along with you all!"

Hi Minnie! We're technically still doing Circe until the end of February, so if you've read it or are a fast reader, you can jump in!

If not, we should be deciding on a new fiction book soon. The April/March non-fiction thread is up in the forum. You can vote for the new fiction book in this poll: https://tinyurl.com/txlvxhc

Finally, you can also join us in Discord if you fancied more chat :)
Discord room: https://discord.gg/Vate32


message 21: by Carefoot (new)

Carefoot | 1 comments I was reading this book anyway! About 80% left. What a wonderfully written book. I definitely plan to continue reading Miller's work.


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