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…

The Silence of the Lambs (♦♦♦♦♦)

This movie is an Anthony Hopkins’ masterpiece for which he won an Oscar in the Best Actor category. In it he stars as Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist with cannibalistic instincts. Young FBI trainee Clarice Starling, Jodie Foster also in an Academy Award winning role, is summoned by her superiors to go to prison to pick Lecter’s brain regarding a case of young women’s corpses with missing patches of skin. The FBI has labeled this killer as Buffalo Bill, a former patient of Lecter. But Starling doesn’t know what she gets herself into, or better yet, she doesn’t have any choice for she isn’t the one running the show. Lecter kills and goes free while the clock is ticking to find the next victim before it’s too late.

Creepy but so worth it!