Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Erin Morgenstern is being talked about a lot these days thanks to her debut novel, The Night Circus.  Before the book was released to the general public, the book blogosphere and beyond was buzzing with excitement and praise.  After the hardcover hit bookstore shelves, the love has only continued to grow, frequently appearing on the top of many bestseller lists.  With all this chatter and the kindness of one of my bookish friends, I had to dive into Morgenstern's world!

What is it about this world that is so popular?  I could talk about the writing that you could so easily get lost in.  I could praise the characters, so complex and intriguing, you want to continue turning the pages to dive more into their worlds.  I could explore the world created by a team of imaginative individuals and only decked in black and white.  I could go on and on about many things, but I have no intention to.  I only plan to tell you about this story that is so intricately woven and mysterious that it initially leaves you confused, yet wanting more.  You do not know why you want more, but by the time the fog begins to clear, you have become so invested that your devotion takes you to the final pages until the story comes to its bitter sweet end.  You find yourself relating to the obsessed followers (known as reveurs), remembering your favorite scenes from this special circus . . . and maybe considering throwing in a bit of signature red to feel more at home.

In short, The Night Circus is an intriguing enigma, filled with characters and magic that bring out unknown desires in the reader.  Morgenstern is being talked about for good reason.  She has created a world you want to get lost in, even if you are not even sure what draws you into it.  She is not one to just watch; she is one that needs to be read . . . NOW!

For those who have experienced the magic of The Night Circus, what tent or exhibit would you visit first?


  1. I love love love the Nigth Circus. I am about 1/3 of the way in. I would like to be a rêveur, please. ;)

  2. I've read a couple of blog reviews of this book - it certainly sounds intriguing!

  3. Everyone keeps raving about this. I think I've only seen one or two reviews that weren't going gaga over this book.

  4. I;m hoping to read this one next month. Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. West Virginia Red ... Have you finished it yet? I want to know what you think of the ending (without spoilers to those that have not yet read it, of course)!!

    Tracy ... It is! I like that it is so different from what I have read before!

    Jenners ... I wouldn't say its my favorite of the year, but I would definitely recommend it!

    carolsnotebook ... Can't wait to hear what you think when you get to it!

  6. I have this one sitting on my coffee table right now. I think December is going to be my ARC catch-up month and even though I didn't get it for review, I think I will pretend I did and squeeze it in anyway!

  7. Kristen M. ... I look forward to hearing what you think of this one!


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