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I’ll Be Reading “The Night Circus” this Weekend. What About You?

September 2, 2011

It’s a long holiday weekend, and to many of us, that means more time to delve into that stack of books that’s been sitting neglected on our bedside table (or piling up on our eReaders!) I know what I’ll be reading this weekend…a book that has been one of the most buzzed about here at Random House that I can remember in years: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Sadly, you can’t get your hands on it for another two weeks (unless you were the lucky recipient of an advanced reader’s copy), but I promise you that it is worth your wait! If you prefer to listen to books, the audiobook will be read by acclaimed narrator Jim Dale of Harry Potter fame, which promises to give the gorgeous story another dimension of magic altogether.

I started the book last night and am only halfway through, but I am totally riveted- the illusionists, the early 20th century era, the shimmering night circus and its members, love, destiny, danger and more combine in this lush, romantic, dark tale. Even the book’s design is stunning, with black and white end papers and chapter breaks that perfectly capture the mood of the circus itself. This is a book you won’t want to put down, and I truly believe it will be universally beloved by adults and teen readers. If you need more convincing, visit here to see countless raves by indie booksellers and book lovers across the country, or see what some of our fellow Random House sales folk had to say:

From Michele:

What a gorgeous book. Reminds me of the dark worlds that Ray Bradbury so lovingly created. A must for any former, or current, goth kids (do we ever really grow out of it?). Rich and beautiful.

From Wade:

The book is an enchanting mix of Susanna Clarke and Tim Burton.  A circus I desperately want to join!

From Joe:

Started it this past weekend, and was up until 2am Monday morning to finish it. Really incredible story – Morgenstern’s writing is as magical and atmospheric as the circus at the center of the novel.

If I manage to finish this book, which I may just do tomorrow, I am looking forward to starting Chomp, the latest middle grade novel from Carl Hiaasen, which will be out in spring 2012 (don’t worry, we’ll have advanced copies to give out to a lucky reader sometime soon!)

What’s on your stack this weekend? We’d love to hear what you can’t wait to read! Have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see you back here after the holiday.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 2, 2011 8:28 am

    I wish I had time to read this right now. I’m reading Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan for my book club.

  2. Amber permalink
    September 2, 2011 12:18 pm

    I love the cover of this book. I may have to add this to my list of reading. I read a few books while in Palm Springs, but since being home haven’t had time to read that much. My current read is a collection of short stories called, This Is Not Your City by Caitlin Horrocks. I’ve only made it through the first story so far, but so far very good.

  3. September 2, 2011 2:22 pm

    I started reading today The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugenia Kim. Thus far is a fabulously written book set in the early 20th century in Korea. The flow of words read like a poem.
    The Night Circus sounds great!

  4. September 4, 2011 5:53 pm

    I loved it so much! I hope you enjoy it as much also!!!

    • Erin permalink
      September 8, 2011 11:10 am

      I finished it and I really did love it- the author gives such a wonderful sense of place. Highly recommend.

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