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    Reading year 2018

    Overall, I’ve had a very good reading year again. My Bookstagram has a list of my favourites from 2018, some of my plans for 2019, as well as musings on the year gone by. Check it out at @booksinboston. https://www.instagram.com/p/BrsJ3rKn4Jr Some statistics Number of books read – 107 Female authors – 48 Male authors – 31 (I read multiple books by some, but only counted them once.) New authors – 55 Rereads – 10 Audiobooks – 4/5 (many of my HP rereads were a combination of Stephen Fry’s audio versions and the actual books) https://www.instagram.com/p/Brkkbu2Hvdj

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    Circe – Madeline Miller (Review)

    “When I was born, the word for what I was did not exist.” Thus we are introduced to yellow-eyed Circe, daughter of the Titan of the Sun, Helios and the nymph Perse, named for her similarity to a hawk. From the beginning, this first born is different and never made to forget her seeming lack of any sort of useful skill as compared to the siblings that follow – Pasiphae, Perses, and Aeetes. Until she discovers the hidden powers flowing through her veins and makes a terrible choice that gets her permanently exiled to the island of Aiaia in the…

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    The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller (book review)

    This is what I wrote on my book Instagram in early February 2017, a few minutes after finishing Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles –  “Usually, before I start reading a book, I will do a bit of research about it online. For this one, however, I didn’t. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because Therese (@dreamsinslowmo) had recommended it so wholeheartedly. Maybe it’s because I thought I already knew what it was about. About Achilles and the Trojan war. And it was about that. But it was also so much more. I’ve just turned the last page and I’m…

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