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Circe

Circe by Madeline Miller is a novel about one of the Greek mythological character, Circe. Circe is a goddess and is also known as the witch of Aiaia. She was exiled to an island for converting her fellow nymph Scylla into a sea monster. She is also the famous witch who is mentioned in Odyssey. She was the lover of Odysseus and also had a son from him. This book is like an autobiography of Circe and covers her childhood, youth and the final years. I loved the motherhood experience of Circe. Being a new mother myself, I could understand the challenges of raising a newborn and her sacrifices for her child. I did not understand the hype around this book and felt that it was not worth reading. First of all, Circe is a minor character in Greek mythology, so I did not understand why I should spend my time reading 350 pages about her. While Madeline Miller’s narration is flawless, it would have been best used for other important Greek mythological characters. Rating: …

Dreamers

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales is a children’s picture book about immigrants. In this book, a mother and son cross a bridge and move from their home to a new country. They face several challenges such as not knowing the language and social norms of the new place. They discover a library and their love for books assimilates them in the new culture, and make them feel like they belong to that alien country. This story is inspired by the author’s personal life. Yuyi Morales and her son Kelly traveled from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico to El Paso, Texas, legally and unexpectedly had to settle down in the States. As a result, they missed their family, food, friends, job, and the ability to communicate – to understand and be understood. They discovered a local library, learned, read and spoke English and made the United States of America their new home. In the author’s own words, ‘Dreamers: we enter a new country carried by hopes and dreams, and carrying our own special gifts, to build a better future’. …