The Night Circus: book review

First: I should know better than to post late at night when I’m tired. I’m a little too whiny when I do that. My near-term pregnant sister posted a comment about how her back hurts, too, and now I don’t feel quite so bad for myself. As I said to her: pregnant trumps whiny.

And now, for the book review:

The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think this is one of my favorites of all of the books that I read this year.

It was a tiny bit slow to start, but once I was in, I couldn’t stop.

Mom said that she was a little confused, but I felt like that was on purpose — I was reading it in a Nook, and occasionally wished that I was actually reading a paper copy, so that I could turn the page back and check which year the current chapter was set in.

I loved that there was a lot of beautiful description, but at the same time, there was a lot left to your imagination. Just enough was described about how things worked in this world to satisfy me.

And the characters! I think I was a little bit in love with all of them, even the ones that weren’t quite so nice.

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This book clocks in at number 103 for the year — my goal was 100! My original goal was that all 100 be new-to-me, but I ended up rereading a couple of books, but either way: I made it!

Towards the end of the year, here, I went for quantity — I actually put a book aside because I figured that in the time it took me to read one 800 page book, I could read four 200 page books…

Since I am able to look back at the books I read in 2011, and what I rated them, I’m thinking about a wrap-up post of some sort. I have some other stuff I have to do first, so we’ll see what actually comes of that plan.

In 2012, I think I’ll stick with the same quantity for my goal, but I’m going to challenge myself to post more reviews, rather than just marking a book read and giving it the appropriate number of stars. I’m also thinking about challenging myself to read some more of the Classics, rather than mostly contemporary stuff.

That’s the plan, anyway.

How about you, read any Good Books lately?


  1. Deb Hardman says:

    Thanks for the hint. It sounds like my kind of reading. I like light fantasy. The world is too full of reality. It’s nice to escape into a good book. I’m always looking for more!

  2. Mom says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed this. There were really some magical and beautiful word pictures in this one. I want to read it again. We’ll have to get your sister to read it.

  3. floribunda says:

    Suzanne, thanks for turning me on to Goodreads this year! I love the concept, and I’ve added a bunch of books to my wish-list after seeing my friends enjoy them… this will be one of them.

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