Sunday Spent in Bed With…The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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With Circe being my most anticipated release for the month of April, I really wanted to read Madeline Miller’s debut novel, The Song of Achilles! I finally picked this book up, and I’m loving it so far.
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Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
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I adore mythology and retellings. The Song of Achilles stays true to the original Greek mythology while offering its own spin. It’s more romantic than I expected, but I don’t mind. I think there might be a little more action going forward, with both Achilles and Patroclus going to Troy.

I’m a little nervous to finish this book since I know how the story ends, and I’m not really in the mood to have my heart ripped out of my chest (stay tuned). I’m hoping to finish this at some point today!

Sunday Spent in Bed With…Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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It’s cold and rainy outside and I’m curled up in my warm bed with a cup of coffee, and the only way I would leave it is if my apartment were to suddenly catch on fire. Or if I wanted to get another cup of coffee.

I’ve heard so much about Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, so I decided to pick it up. I’m going on four (or maybe five?) days of reading this book now, which is a long time for me. Even with working two jobs, I’m usually able to finish a book in two to three days.

Laini Taylor’s writing is absolutely phenomenal. I feel like I could quote every single sentence of Strange the Dreamer, because everything is just so beautiful and her analogies and descriptions are flawless. You can’t help but care deeply for the characters, which really twists the knife when bad things happen to them. Also, the level of creativity is out of this world and I’m pretty sure that this author is a magician for being able to craft such a magical and unique story.

“He had loved the library, and had felt, as a boy, as though it had a kind of sentience, and perhaps loved him back. But even if it was just walls and a roof with papers inside, it had bewitched him, and drawn him in, and given him everything he needed to become himself.”

I don’t know why it’s taking me so long to read this one, because I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it. I had the same problem with Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone (which I never actually finished). It’s like, even though I love the story, I have no desire to actually keep reading it and have to force myself through the pages. It’s a paradox. I don’t understand it.

I’m hoping to finish Strange the Dreamer sometime this weekend! In the meantime, I’m just gonna act like a burrito in my heated blanket and ignore the world for awhile.

Sunday Spent in Bed With…The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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Don’t we all like to waste our Sundays curled up in bed with a good book? Maybe that’s just me. Honestly though, there’s no other way I’d rather spend a day off.

On a whim, I decided to buy a paperback copy of The Secret History by Donna Tartt from the Book Depository. The package arrived three days ago, and I immediately dove into it. I’ve seen this book everywhere, but I’ve never bothered to pick it up. Clearly, I’ve been missing out.

This book is a 600 page monster, and it’s taking me longer to read than most books typically do. I think this is partially because of Donna Tartt’s writing style, but also because I want to absorb every word. The story has a dark, haunting quality to it, and I can’t help but feel like there are clues on every page. I’ve been told that this story isn’t a whodunit, but rather a whydunit, since the murder is revealed in the very first chapter. The characters don’t seem very likable, and yet, you can’t help but like them anyway. I can’t wait to see how the story unfolds!

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I feel like this one may take me awhile, especially since I have a few Netgalley ARC’s to read and review in the meantime. For today, I have no obligation other than to snuggle up in bed and devour this world that Donna Tartt has created.