Well, after you read this post, anyway.
Lately, I've amped up my book-devouring level to Grand Wizard Reader 13 or something and have been tearing through so many books the plots are beginning to swim around in my head.
But this book, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern has absolutely captivated me with it's beautiful (and sometimes a little brutal) magic. I've read other books? What other books?
(Taken from the author's site)
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.Not only does Ms. Morgenstern weave a mystical, magical story full of villains, heroes and star-crossed lovers, she does it in such a way that you become part of the story. Celia Bowen--an illusionist caught in a challenge she never wanted--is not only intelligent and kind, she's strong and independent.
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, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
For a monochromatic setting such as The Night Circus, the writing is incredibly descriptive, painting the wonders of the circus in such a way that you can practically smell the popcorn and caramel.
Forget Barnum & Bailey's. The Night Circus would have been my circus of choice, chock full of secrets and mystery and magic. And love.
Though its colors may be black and white, there is much to be seen at The Night Circus.
Check out the trailer for the book:
Oh, and speaking of trailers, I just found out that The Night Circus is going to be made into a movie!! I almost crapped my pants in excitement (reviewers always say stuff like this, right?).
However, it's apparently going to be made by Summit. Any opinions on that?
Anyway, if there is one book you should read this year (besides Daughter of Smoke & Bone) it's this one!!