I’m a huge fan of books that take you to a faraway place – an escape that brings you into an entirely different world. For me, books that spark my imagination, that bring something magical to life, are what pique my interest most. This was entirely the case for Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
An excerpt from the book: “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.
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. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.”
This excerpt doesn’t do it justice though. The tents they create are little worlds that pique each of the senses. Morgenstern’s generous descriptives are so powerful that you feel as though you are peering through these tents, exploring the worlds that were created, as well as eavesdropping on conversations with the masterminds.
It was one of the hardest books to put down. I highly recommend it – especially if you’re like me and you need reading material for hour-long cardio sessions 🙂