I’m so excited to be hosting my first ever bookish event! I’m also a little nervous. The love and feedback I’ve gotten from the online bookish community has already been great. Let’s be honest, though, putting on a social media event can be scary. The thoughts in the back of my mind have been “is anyone going to read or interact with this content? Will my followers enjoy any of this? What am I doing? Ahh!!” I have to keep reminding myself that 1) my followers said that they would like this event and 2) I am focused on creating content that I personally have always wanted to see! I have loved Madeline Miller’s books for a long time, and I want to share the love that I and other people have for them!
Anyway, welcome to Madeline Miller Week! Her books, The Song of Achilles and Circe, are nothing short of essential literature, and they deserve to be discussed and celebrated.
I got the idea for Madeline Miller Week when talking to fellow Miller lover and all around book aficionado Dana. She and I have different views on what the best Miller book is, and we have had many in-depth discussions about her work. I thought that it would be great to bring those discussions to a platform like Ristra Reads and Recs, and have my corner of the internet acknowledge the work that Miller is doing with Greek mythology. Dana has agreed to write a guest blog, and explain why one of Miller’s books in particular is her favorite! Check back tomorrow to read her post! I will be sharing my own thoughts and opinions on Friday, the 28th.
Madeline Miller Week runs from August 22 to August 29. It kicked off yesterday with some polls and questions, which asked people to talk about why they love Miller’s writing, and which of her protagonists they would prefer to meet. I will continue to do polls throughout the week, and share the interesting answers that I’ve received! I will also be posting longer form content and reviews to this site that all relate to Miller, as well as some fun new content that I’m super excited about! It is also a goal of mine to use this event to highlight diverse mythologies from all around the world.
If you’re not following me on Instagram or Twitter, my handle is @jalovesbooks, or you can follow along with the week’s events with the hashtag I’ve created for the event, which is #MadelineMillerWeek.
My ultimate goals for this event are twofold. First, I want my subscribers to have fun reading and engaging with Madeline Miller Week content and 2) I want to learn more about hosting events.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful week!