After waiting ages and ages for my number to come up on the library hold list, I was finally rewarded last week with my chance to read Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. My book club is talking about it next week, and its been ages since I actually wanted to read one of the books that the club has picked, so I’m glad that this time I’ll be participating. Two random things happened just before I started to read this book:
1) I put my name down on every library list I came across — local, county, ebook, etc. After waiting for months, I got alerts from two different libraries on the same night; and 2) I’ve been catching up on Netflix instant TV while all of the shows I watch are on Summer vacation, and randomly watched the Torchwood episode about the traveling Night Circus on the same day I started to read the book. Coincidence? Luck?
Anyway, as I seem to be one of the last people in the Cannonball universe to read this book, I don’t really feel the need to get too into detail here. I really enjoyed the story of the mysterious, magical circus and the people who ran it and lived it. The writing was fresh and beautiful, a real treat.
I loved how the descriptions of the circus — the colors (or lack of color), the smells, the sounds — almost came to life in my mind as I was reading. I wanted to eat caramel popcorn (and, oh! those mysterious cinnamon treats sounded pretty good, too!) and drink hot apple cider while I was reading.
My one criticism, which isn’t much of one, is that I didn’t love the scene where Celia and Marco talk to Bailey and explain the future of the circus to him. All I could think about was the end of Willy Wonka, where Mr Wonka talks to Charlie in the Great Glass Elevator, and gives him his magical factory. I found it slightly distracting, but it didn’t change the fact that I was happy and excited for Bailey’s new life.