Hello fellow book readers!
How was the weekend for everyone? Today has been the first day off both of my jobs in about three weeks so needless to say I have enjoyed every second of this day (still in my pajamas). It was on my list to start reading a new book today but instead I just cleaned because I figured that I need to accept my role as an adult and get things done that are important besides being lazy and reading.
This book review is actually a little late. I read this back in May. After school ended I went to Chicago to spend a week with my best friend. The best part of our friendship is that we can sit on the couch opposite each other and read entire books in one day without speaking to each other. If you don’t enjoy that sort of friendship…well…then you are wrong.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (512 pages)
An enchanted circus arrives and disappears without warning in towns. It opens at night and there are exhibit upon exhibit that townsfolk find difficult to leave. Many people visit each night, always experiencing something new and beautiful. But, within the circus itself, two people are there to compete against each other. What happens when you don’t know who the competition is and how will each person handle the truth once they learn the others identity?
I read the back cover of this book more times than I care to explain. The downfall that came for me in this book is that the back description doesn’t happen for… a very long time. For me, that somewhat ruined the entire point of the book. The beginning was difficult for me to get in to as the characters had little backstory and it continued jumping between characters I hadn’t yet figured out and then also in different time frames. While this was easier to look back on and understand as the story came to a central point it was just difficult in the beginning.
The part I enjoyed the absolute most was the descriptions of the circus. The details she puts into her circus make it feel alive and something of a spectacle if it were to ever exist in the real world. Even something as little as the description of the clock on the front was beautifully written. The character’s I enjoyed the most were Celia and the twins, Poppet and Widget. The other main character, Marco, left an almost bitter taste in my mouth but I can’t really explain why. He was very plain and that was boring in comparison to Celia’s thoughts and feelings.
Lastly, the ending was just OK. I felt as if it was almost rushed to conclude itself and when I was done I actually said out loud to my best friend, “Well. That was disappointing.” Regardless, it was mostly beautifully written and most of the characters were interesting enough to keep me reading.
Did anyone else read this? What were your thoughts?