The Night Circus

The Night Circus
By Erin Morgenstern

Genre: Historical Fiction (ish. In that it takes place in the early 1900s but it’s not a huge factor in the story)

How I discovered this book: Someone reccomended it. I forget who, but I owe you a hug.

Rate: (Scale from 1-10):
Quality of writing:10
Characters: 10
Plot: 10

Summary:
From Amazon: “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 Rêves, and it is only open at night.”

Just from that you want to read it, right?!? The circus is not a circus in the same way we think of one. There’s a room full of clouds you can climb around, a room of smells connected to memories, a grand beautiful clock, and a magician. Who is not what she seems.

The circus is a backdrop for a magicians game. But the players don’t know each other or the rules. Once they figure it out, you find yourself rooting for an outcome that can’t happen. But you’re given an ending that is every bit as beautiful as you want.

It becomes a lavish world full of love, magic, and circus attractions that you want to see.

Reasons I enjoyed or disliked:
Sigh. This one was very beautiful.
The prose is beautiful. The characters are rich. The language is lovely. You don’t want it to end but you want it to….
In short you want to live in this world and help Celia and Marco.
This has become a book that I will always reccomended when people ask.

Sigh.

Yay or Nay?
YAY. Sigh. YAY

Company of Liars

Company of Liars
By: Karen Maitland

Genre: Historical Fiction

How I discovered this book: Goodreads. (I luv Goodreads.)

Rate: (Scale from 1-10):
Quality of writing: 9
Characters: 10
Plot: 9

Summary: Stolen from Goodreads (Guys, I read this in January. I needed help remembering the summary.)
“The year is 1348. The Black Plague grips the country. In a world ruled by faith and fear, nine desperate strangers, brought together by chance, attempt to outrun the certain death that is running inexorably toward them.
Each member of this motley company has a story to tell. From Camelot, the relic-seller who will become the group’s leader, to Cygnus, the one-armed storyteller . . . from the strange, silent child called Narigorm to a painter and his pregnant wife, each has a secret. None is what they seem. And one among them conceals the darkest secret of all—propelling these liars to a destiny they never saw coming.”

Basically it tells the Canterbury Tales. But by the people it was happening to.

Reasons I enjoyed or disliked:
I really liked the convention of retelling the Canterbury Tales. The way the author wove the stories together was interesting. Everything is what it seems and not…. She is also able to capture the idea of magic being a real, everyday thing in the 1300s but also able to explain the reasons for the everyday occurrences.

Yay or Nay?
YAY. Fair warning, it’s dense. But good. If you like historical fiction, you’ll like this. Also the character of Narigorm is pretty fantastic.

April, May And June books

Here’s the rest. So far. April was a good reading month.

April Books:
15. The Phantom Toolbooth by Norton Juster YAY

16. Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich YAY

17. The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood * YAYAYAYAYAY (seriously. This one should be required reading once everyone turns 18. Or earlier.)

18. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter * YAY

19. The Law of Angles by Cassandra Clark YAY

20. The Space Between by Diana Gabaldon YAY

21. A Parliament of Spies: A Mystery (Abbess Hildegard of Meaux)by Cassandra Clark NAY

22. The Red Velvet Turnshoe (Abbess Hildegard of Meaux) by Cassandra Clark EH. YAY AND NAY

23. My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares DOUBLE YAY

May Books:
24. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman YAY

25. Where’d you go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple YAY

26. The Chase: A Novel (Fox and O’Hare) by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg YAY

27. Lets Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris YAY

June Books:
28. A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (Author) YAY

29. A Series of Unfortunate Events #3: The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket YAY

30. A Series of Unfortunate Events #4: The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket YAY.

So. I read a bunch in April.

Full confession: I’m reding the Series of Unfortunate Events because 1. It’s really good and 2. It will get my numbers up really quickly. 😉 but seriously they’re very good.

I have two long train rides tomorrow, so I’ll write some reviews then. Keep your eyes peeled.

Here we go….

So. This year I’ve challenged myself to read 100 books.

So. Everyone (on Facebook at least) wants to know the good and bad books I’ve read.

So. Here’s where I’m going to list them. I’m going to try and do a small book report on each one. I’m going to use a format based on a great book my friend Anya gave me, The Book Lover’s Journal.

I’m planning to end each review with a Yay or Nay rating system, but if you guys think of something better, I’ll use it.

Soooooo, here we go……