October 13, 2014

Revisiting The Night Circus

Well I thought it was time to re-read one of the best books that has ever ever ever come into my life. I've been wanting to read it again for over a year now, but I was afraid! I was worried that a 2nd reading would sully the out-of-body experience I had reading it the first time.

Happily, I was wrong. It's BETTER this time around. The first time I read 'The Night Circus', I was in such a frenzy of what-happens-next, that I pretty much tore through it and I tried to slow myself down, but I just couldn't. And certain aspects of the story were a bit confusing to me, but instead of taking my time to fully digest what was happening, I just could NOT stop my bullet train hurtle to the end of this book.


Now I can control myself. I know what's going to happen (although I'm surprised at how many many details I totally forgot - I think I read this 3 years ago?), and I can just slowly enjoy myself.

I wrote a post on the book right after it came out and right after I read it, and it was before I knew how to cull pictures for clarity or make a collage in Picmonkey, so the resolution of the pictures I freely lifted from my Night Circus Pinterest board aren't really the best for displaying here on the blog. But they give you a VIBE and a general idea of what the mood of the book is all about, for those of you (are you insane??? go now and read it!) who might haven't read it yet. (seriously, is that even possible???)


 Oh and if you didn't fancy this book WITH ALL OF YOUR BEING, just keep on walking, I don't want to know. 'Cuz that would be a friendship-ender right there. Let me just continue on in ignorance, if that's the case.

I'm not going to summarize the plot again, because honestly, the less said the better. Bottom line: a magical circus that only appears at night, and which serves as the arena for two magicians to engage in a competition of illusion....to the death. And the catch? They love each other desperately.

It's one of the few wholly perfect book reading experiences I've ever had. Oh - pay attention to the dates in the chapter titles -- I didn't really the first time around and that led to some confusion on my part.

If you're looking for the perfect fall book, you found it! I'm not even remotely fooling. Save it for when you have some time, because you won't be able to focus on anything else until you're done.

9 comments:

  1. This is the only book I wish I hadn't gone to the author reading before I started the book. She had such an off-putting, smug way about her and I could NOT get her voice out of my head. I have a signed copy I use as Halloween decorations now!! :P

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    1. it DOES make for excellent Halloween deco! that's unfortunate about the author reading, although if I had written this book myself......well I'm pretty sure I'd be the most smug %$$#@ on the planet. I'd high-5 myself every day in the mirror and give myself an extra dose of high-5 when I went to sleep. tee hee :)

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  2. I should re-read this someday. When my mother visited and stayed the week between the girls' dance recital and Mother's Day, she read my copies of both The Night Circus and The Museum of Extraordinary Things, so in a way, I got to relive them vicariously through her, as she wanted to discuss them, of course! :)

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    1. what's blowing me away as I read, is realizing how many tiny details I totally had forgotten about! Like the Midnight Dinners. Like the clock. :)

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    1. i carried it everywhere during the first reading, including every trip to the bathroom. also, there's no such thing as TMI, no matter what my husband says :)

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  4. Dear Melissa,

    I have never doubted for one second that you and could be the very best of friends. This book has lured me in so many ways. Each time I spot it in a bookshop I pick it up, stroke it, linger a long while and then I put it back, foolishly. You see, I know this is the PERFECT book for me - illusion is one of my passions in my seventeenth-century research, yes REALLY! - but I am almost afraid that it will fall short of my high dreamer's expectaitons.

    I'm off the England next week for both my parents' birthdays and this time, I promise, I will purchase THAT book and let you know what I think and feel.

    Stephanie xx

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    1. Miss Stephanie, I had sky high expectations for this one before I read it the first time, and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest. In fact, it was better than I had imagined! It really and truly is one of my favorite books that I've ever read. You will LOVE it, and if you don't, I'll send you a present.

      Hey other random people - don't write me and say you didn't like the book and ask for a present. That offer is only for Stephanie! #legaldisclaimer

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