December 21, 2017

A Circus for Dreamers • The Night Circus

You know when you've been meaning to read a novel for ages but kept putting it off until you were in the right mood/it was the right time/the season was the perfect background for the story? That's what happened to me with The Night Circus. I was interested in this story from the moment I first glimpsed that striking cover, but I never got around to actually reading it (even after I purchased it secondhand on one of my visits to Book Barn up in Connecticut)... until this year. 

It will probably surprise none of you to hear that I really liked The Night Circus. I had suspicions that I would feel that way before I even cracked it open, but it was still a pleasant discovery to find out that I was right. This is a story of magic and mayhem, centered around a traveling circus with the most fantastical attractions and the magical duel between two young magicians. 

If I'm being completely honest (which I always strive to be on this little blog of mine), The Night Circus was very much a slow burn love affair for me. I didn't love it by the end of the first chapter, or even the end of the tenth. But before I knew it, any reservations I had were swept away. It wasn't a particular moment or line that moved me to be 100% invested. It was just something that crept up on me and took me completely by surprise, which is always a wonderful thing to experience when you read! While I wouldn't consider them among my favorites, I cared about Celia, Marco and their circle of family and friends. I yearned to know what would happen next, and was emotionally invested in the outcome of this tale. It came together slowly (in a fashion similar to Station Eleven), but I found the payoff was worth it.

The Night Circus is a lovely piece of fiction. It's a love story and a magical, immersive experience all at once, and I'm so glad I finally decided to read it this year!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Publisher: Doubleday | Publication Date: September 13, 2011
Source: Paperback purchased at Book Barn

Before 2017 ends, Hannah & I wanted to make sure to try and catch up on posting all our reviews for our little challenge. As we usually do, we're answering a couple of questions pertaining to this specific challenge.

1) How long has this book been on your TBR? I've owned the actual novel for more or less a year now, but I added the novel to my Goodreads shelf nearly two years ago.

2) Where were you when you bought this book? I did mention it up in my review, but I was with friends visiting Book Barn in Connecticut. It's an amazing used bookstore that Alyssa got me hooked on, and I love it!

3) Do you typically buy books when traveling? I generally tend not to buy books I haven't read before when I'm on trips, since I do bring enough of my own. However, I do buy collectible editions of the first Harry Potter, fairytales or Throne of Glass when I can.


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