Tuesday, May 24, 2016

4T Olio--A Book I've Enjoyed

Recently a local librarian mentioned a book that made her ignore her Thanksgiving turkey. I'm all about books that are so gripping they make me forget about daily life, so I asked her for the title. This was my introduction to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

I used to read more literary books when I was younger. It takes a certain amount of time and concentration I don't usually have these rushed days.

But there are a few books that transcend the literary to become ripping good reads. This is one.
Why did I enjoy it?
  • Lots of interwoven story lines.
  • Interesting food and drink.
  • Interesting, almost exotic characters. 
  • Magic!
  • Kittens!
  • A fantastic love story.

I wasn't sure at the beginning of the book if it was going to be too esoteric for the mood I was in--and I may have skipped the introduction--but within a few pages I was hooked. I did skim a couple pages in the middle, but again, that was life hounding me rather than the story lagging.

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

The Night Circus is available for Kindle and Nook as well as many other formats at many other retailers. Erin Morgenstern's website is here.

Frankly, doing book reports as a child was grueling. I just wanted to read the story, to experience the adventure and the emotion. But I do want to share my favorites with you. Hope you enjoyed this glimpse into a book I've enjoyed!

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