Thursday, April 11, 2013

Books I Love: 'The Night Circus'

In a strange turn of events, I've been feeling a little restless and uninspired with my reading lately.

I think there's been a lot going on in my personal and professional and writing life that I'm trying to figure out and that has transpired over to my reading habits. I've just been reading much slower and feeling a little less inclined to pick up books than usual. Which, honestly, is usually how I gauge that I'm feeling off-kilter. If I don't much feel like reading...something is definitely not right in my world.

So I just want to say that I am so grateful for having picked up The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It was the exact right book at the exact right time for me. I did read it slowly, but only because I wanted to linger in that world for...well, basically, forever.

Magical realism is one of my very favorite genres when it's done right and The Night Circus gets it awe-inspiringly right. It is filled with effortlessly gorgeous writing and a setting that just left me floored with its beauty. But the thing that always makes me swoon over this genre is all the nuggets of life truths slighted away beneath that glimmer of magic.

Like this one, for example: "You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift."

These words took up residence in my soul. I don't think they shall ever leave.


  1. Thanks for your blog post. I loved this book and
    I too love good magical realism.

    Wondering if you have any other book suggestions in that genre or not that are as wonderful. I'm trying to find something that really grabs me and am having a hard time finding one right now.
    Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

    1. HI Priscilla! Sure, some of my other favorite magical realism books are The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon; 100 Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera both by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; and Midnight's Children and The Moor's Last Sigh both by Salman Rushdie.

      Aspects of The Night Circus also reminded me of Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey, both of which I really enjoyed.

      If you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear them too!

  2. so attracted to the book cover!

  3. The narrative jumps around in time, and I found myself going back to check the dates on the chapters often in the beginning, but as the different threads began to merge on the timeline, the tension ratcheted, and I couldn't stop reading for anything.