Sunday, October 23, 2011

Review The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern 5/5

Title: The Night Circus

Author:  Erin Morgenstern

Pages: 387

Why I Read This Book: Well, to be honest the cover made me curious then I started seeing it reviewed on some blogs and I put it on my TBR list and then wandered by the Jim Dale Audiobook  at the library. We usually don’t get new releases that fast so I was pretty excited!

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis From Goodreads:
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.

My Review/Opinion:
 Reading the pages (or in my case listening to the pages) of The Night Circus was like falling into the most comfortable cozy bed and snuggling in. It had me from the start and I instantly was reminded of J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter. The wonderful turns of phrase and pace were so pleasantly similar that for awhile I thought I WAS reading Rowling. Honestly, I thought this might have been a pen name and had to do some research just to make sure.

And all the more respect to Erin for being able to create a world so boldly as The Night Circus. It is simply the most enchanting place to come along in such a long time. I loved all the characters and ached for them and the circumstances they came into as well.

The style jumped between two moving time frames that crept closer together as the story progressed and I had a little bit of a hard time with the time frame jumps. Especially listening to it. But I got the hang of it. And I have always enjoyed multi-viewpoint stories.

The circus itself made me want so much for it to be real I wanted to wake up one day and hear rumors of black and white tents appearing outside of town. I had favorite tents, I wanted to hear about each and every one! I wanted to spend time in them I wanted to watch the most incredible clock every turn hour after hour. I wanted to run with Widget and Poppet and Marco. 

I say I ‘read’ this, but I was indeed listening to it read by Jim Dale. Jim is amazing and may be why I was so struck by the similarity with Rowling since he is who read Harry Potter as well.  I absolutely adored listening to him and hearing his take on voices and emphasis. I couldn’t imagine anyone else could do such a magical job!

All in all, if you’ve missed the experience of discovering a magical world for the first time and the need to to find out all about it as fast as possible, The Night Circus IS that experience. It WILL be one of those books you put in everyone’s hands and which you’ll wish you could read again for the first time to recapture that feeling of delighted discovery. You'll feel this book for years to come.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Top Ten 'shallow reasons' Tuesday

Today's Top Ten Tuesday Topic :

 Our friends over at The Broke and the Bookish have asked us this week:
Top Ten Books That Whose Titles Or Covers Made Me Buy It (or at least read is my case)

Going to try to make this post as quickly as I can. Although I haven't purchased all of these yet, I certainly would! There are so many books that catch my eye with attractive or intriguing covers and quirky or lyrical are my tops

Books I've already read...

The Help - Kathryn Stocket. Great colors, beautiful layout, meaningful arrangement of birds. From the first moment I saw it I knew I'd lover it.

The Night Circus - Erin Margenstern
I'm going to review this very soon, just have to find enough glowing adjectives so I can TRULY convey how much I loved this...all the curlie ques got me! and the stark black, white and red.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - Barbara Kingsolver.  The cover had me with that adorable handful of what ever that is! This was my introduction to Ms. Kingsolver. I could go read it again tomorrow!

The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield - Can any self respecting bibliophile resist this cover???

The Cabinet of Curiosities - Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child - The cover is interesting but it was the title that made me...welll...curious!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows - with a title like that wouldn't you just Have to know?

The Cat Who books.... - Lilian Jackson Braun - another title that got me...but I'm a cat person so anything with 'cat' in the title catches my eye

Some that have been wooing me that I haven't gotten around to yet are:

A Thousand Acres - Jane Smiley - Title again... because I was writing a story with the same title...rats.

The Cookbook Collector - Allegra Goodman - BOTH!! Such a beautiful cover...the title just SCREAMS to me!

And finally...the cutest cover ever!

A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson - I want to own a copy just for that fuzzywuzzy face!!

Running a day behind by the time I got this finished. Schucks but better late than never!

Can't wait to read yours, I'm sure you'll remind of some I missed!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Forgive my absence

I haven't posted for a few days because we are very close to leaving the hospital....FOREVER!!! I am very much thinking she will be discharged tomorrow. That will be one very amazing!

A triumph of Faith, Love, Perseverance, Science, and Heart.

We will have to come back in a week and get a bone marrow check to see if she is still in remission, but all indications are that she should be and she has beat this!

Now her precious life can go on.

All our lives can go on! :)

So, is anyone who opens a bricks and mortar bookstore in this day, age, and climate totally crazy? or does it take someone who's used to fighting the odds? >:)

Just an idea and curiosity...a thought...or maybe a dream.