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 Bling Ring (♦♦♦)

Nicki, Sam, Chloe, Rebecca and Marc are part of a group obsessed with celebrities' lifestyles, so much so that they begin breaking into celebrities' houses to steal property. After many successful break-ins, police finally get leads when celebrities post security videos and ask for help from anyone who may know about the crimes.

The Bling Ring, directed by Sofia Coppola, is a constant fashion show virtually from the moment it starts, but little else. It is possibly the shallowest cinematic parade I have ever watched; in spite of that it is mindless fun: the clothes and jewelry are fabulous, and the shoes and bags are to die for.

If you walk into the movie theater with high expectations you may be hugely disappointed. As I said, The Bling Ring is mindless fun but no more than that. Enjoy it for what it is and forget about it as soon as you walk out, as I did.