book “review”: The Night Circus


I don’t believe in “must-read” book lists — or in book reviews, per se — but I do love to offer suggestions. This novel is one of many I’ve read and adored, and that (like all the others here) I’ve found to be particularly engrossing, magical, relaxing, and beautifully written. If you haven’t yet read this one but would like to add it to your to-be-read pile, you can purchase a copy at one of the links below.


Ready to get lost in an entirely original, magical tale?


The Night Circus is filled to the brim with mystery and magic and lush settings.


And there are even kittens.


Erin Morgenstern’s writing is, apparently, not everyone’s cup of tea. But if you, like me, are a visual person whose best thoughts and daydreams come to you as vivid movie reels, you may well adore this book as much as I do.


It’s so intensely visual — and the circus and its inhabitants are so *alive* — that it’s a magical place to get lost in for a few days.


And lest I forget to mention: in my opinion, the ending of this one was perfect. (For me, that’s always one of the keys to deciding how much I love a good book.)


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I’m Jennifer: reader of fiction, cat whisperer, nerdy introvert. Possessor of a vivid imagination, a massive streak of curiosity, and a love of puzzles. Firm believer in — and ready to help you discover — the health-and-happiness benefits of reading and quiet time, whether indoors or out; “everyday” mindfulness; gardening; and walks in nature. Artist, writer, and founder of the Read. Purr. Collective.