All about Books
This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words.”
First of all, I added this quote because I can relate to it on several levels. There are many books I’ve read where I feel as though this has happened to me. These books are the ones that I can always be relied upon to talk about and are the most meaningful to me. Such as Harry Potter, Narnia and others within YA. Secondly, as a writer, I would hope that one day someone could say same the same about me and what I’ve written. The thought makes me that bit more determined to get published one day.
Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Part of a trilogy: No, it’s a standalone
Original publication date: 13th September 2011 (Paperback Edition)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (Read July 2017)
Onto the review. I’d heard about this book for so long, struggled to find it anywhere and then managed to but it last year. I really wish I hadn’t let it sit on my TBR pile for these months, but at least I can finally say I’ve read it after so long.
This is the newer UK cover, which I have and think it suits the book really well.
I loved this. There were a few things I didn’t like, but no book is perfect. However, The Night Circus is quite close. It is magical, mystical and pulls you in. I read 300 pages in one day, I just couldn’t turn them fast enough.
It begins with the author speaking directly to the reader, which I’ve not found too much and immediately made me intrigued as to what was going on. At various times throughout, this style is displayed to make it seem as though the reader is visiting the circus too, another element that makes you wonder what is real and what is fantasy.
The main story begins in the past and watches the two main characters, Celia and Marco, grow up. I took an immediate dislike to Celia’s father, in that he never really cared about her, was so focused on the challenge, and was just outright awful to her. I was glad that she seemed to be able to break away from him.
Other main characters I really loved, such as the twins, Poppet and Widget. Bailey was pretty special to me, and I also enjoyed Friedrick’s character.
The circus itself seemed so fascinating. Everything was described in so much detail and seemed so colourful, despite the actual lack of colour they preferred. I could definitely see myself there.
I loved all of the references to Shakespeare and Merlin/Arthurian Legend, as well as Norse Mythology. Even better, most of the characters loved reading and did a lot of it. A few of them had so many books, they had no room on their shelves for them. Books were literally in every corner that could be found.
Ahem. That sounds…familiar…
Overall, I would recommend this book. A solid 5 stars.
Thanks for reading this post. All the best.