The Year In Books – February 2015

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Already mid-February and only now am I posting my February read?  Sheesh…

I only read in bits and spurts last month so it took me forever to read a most enjoyable book.  Kind of sounds oxymoronic, doesn’t it?  Well, it is what it is!  I basically read before bed so a chapter or three per night does not make for a fast read, no matter how good a book is!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern was suggested to me by my niece, Jennifer.  And a good suggestion it was!  As I was reading the story, the description of the circus and the people involved in its creation I could not help wishing it were a possibility in real life!

Imagine a circus that appears suddenly, is set up without your knowing it and is only open from sunset to sunrise.  The whole set-up is black and white: from the performers to the tents to the rest of the décor.  After a few nights (it is never really specified just how long it stays in one area), it disappears.  This circus is particularly magical as all the acts are real and not mere illusions.

Two magicians have each taken a student under their wing to teach them all they know.  What the students don’t realise is they are part of a challenge.  They don’t even know what it is nor who their opponent is until they fall in love with each other.

I shall not say more as to say too much is to ruin it for others!  I truly enjoyed it.

My February choice was also suggested (and the book supplied) by said niece.   We have been bonding lately (which is simply marvellous) and it’s nice to be able to discuss a book with a fellow reader.   We’ve yet to fully discuss The Night Circus but we will!  American Gods is my choice this month because for some reason, every where I look, I see the name Neil Gaiman!  He must be a “go-to” writer, lately.  A number of his books are on many of my Goodreads friends’ lists.  I see his name everywhere I turn.  I’ve no idea what it’s about and no one has told me a thing so let’s see where this takes me!

The Year in Books : January 2015

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A new year, a new slew of books!

Having had a most difficult December, it took me ages to read what should have taken a few days at most.  We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler was a read that kept me interested despite the happenings.  And talk about increasing one’s vocabulary!  Thank goodness I was reading it on my iPad so that, at a touch of the screen, I could get the definition of some of them.  Stupid iPad, if the word was followed by a ~ stuck to it, I could not adjust, therefore, get no definition.  Drove me nuts and may just drive me towards a real Kindle…

I cannot properly describe this book without giving away very important information but let us just say that there is a sad story behind the, what seems at first, frivolous, beginning.  The phrase that struck me most was, when asked about her day, Rosemary is told to “start in the middle”.  She tells the story by starting from the middle, then goes to the end of the beginning, then the beginning of the end until we get all the pieces to the full story.   Thank you for suggesting it, Safia!  You were right, I truly did enjoy it!

My second read was supposed to be the Martha Beck one: Finding Your Way in a Wild New World and I will continue picking it up and reading a chapter here and there when the mood strikes.  It didn’t last month.

So, without further ado, this month’s choice was suggested to me by my niece, Jennifer, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  The circus arrives one day without any advance notice, opens only for one night after sundown and disappears the next day.  It is called “Le Cirque des Rêves”  (Circus of Dreams) and is a unique experience.  So looking forward to getting more into it!  So far, so good!