Circe by Madeline Miller (♦♦♦♦)

Granddaughter of Oceanus, daughter of Titan Helios and sea nymph Perseid, Circe was different from the start. While her siblings discovered their unique gifts very early on and gained their independence—either by claiming their inheritance, like Perses and Aëstes, or by marriage to a wealthy demigod, like Pasiphäe—, Circe remained among her family in the halls of the gods. Her love for young fisherman Glaucus changed everything. Circe used a potion to transform Glaucus into a worthy suitor. Glaucus, seeing his station changed, fell in love with one Circe’s cousins, a sea nymph named Scylla. Out of jealousy, Circe put a potion on Scylla’s bath and, unintendedly, transformed her into a monster. Circe’s confession forced Helios to go to see Zeus, for witchcraft is something that gods fear can tip the balance of power. Zeus declared an eternal banishment for Circe from the halls of the gods to the island of Aiaia.

Exile was not easy but, as Circe learned, it had its advantages; being away f…

It’s Kind of a Funny Story (♦♦♦♦)

Sixteen year-old Craig is feeling depressed and overwhelmed by his daily routines and decides to seek mental health help at the nearby hospital. He argues a good case with an attending physician and gets admitted to the psych ward for a minimum of five days. However, soon after entering the ward, he realizes there are people there with more serious mental issues. In a span of four days, Craig makes friends, inspires fellow patients, creates works of art, and finally realizes that his life goals up to that point are society induced and not something he wants to do.

I didn’t know what to expect from this movie, but I laughed out loud a lot. Despite making light of mental problems, it gives the audience some perspective; sometimes we are immersed in issues that we consider are bigger than anything and are more than we can handle, yet there are people with problems that are difficult to overcome.

I enjoyed all the performances in this movie, but particularly Keir Gilchrist as Craig, Emma Roberts as Noelle, and Zach Galifianakis as Bobbie.