DON’T MISS THIS BOOK!!
Good morning, Book Journey friends!
I am honored to be your substitute host today while Sheila is spreading her joy across the globe. I had the pleasure of meeting Sheila in May 2010 at the Book Expo America in New York. She is just as lovely in person as I hoped she would be, and we hit it off right away!! I’m not only a friend and fellow book blogger, I’m also a loyal reader of Book Journey, so I figured I could stop by and we could keep one another company in Sheila’s absence.
Photographic proof! This is from BEA 2010. With all the time we spent together this past May, I don’t have a photo of the two of us…Sheila? Do you have one??
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the Alison from Alison’s Book Marks. I have a little book blog on the other side of the Internets where I chat about an eclectic mix of books. Any book that is being read in my house is discussed on my blog – right now, The Man is working on KILLING LINCOLN; the 6 year old is tackling his first “real book”, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID; the 9 year old, is reading HOLES by Louis Sachar; and I am currently reading HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET. I am blessed with a reading family!!
There is one book I read this year that I can’t stop talking about with my book friends – THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday; Hardcover; 400 pgs.; September 13, 2011: 978-0385534635).
I would send you over to read my review of the book, but I think Sheila’s review was much better. Not only do I feel this is the best book I have read all year, but it has also earned a place on my Book Shelf of Fame, where I place my all-time favorites like THE BOOK THIEF, EAST OF EDEN, THE HELP, SARAH’S KEY, and HARRY POTTER.
I went into this book knowing very little. In fact, I didn’t even read the blurb on the back cover. All I was told was that there was magic and mystery, all wrapped up in a cast of characters one will not soon forget. It did not take me long to get sucked into the mystery of the Circus, which is a character in and of itself.
I read quite a bit, as you might imagine, and always looking forward to the next great book, but this is one of the few books that I can’t wait to read again and again. The next time I experience this book will probably be listening to the audio, by Jim Dale (of Harry Potter audio fame!) There are all these wonderful little details that I can’t wait to experience all over again. There was a reason for everything – the color of a dress, the shape of a tree, the taste of a dessert. This book was an all-sensory experience!
THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern is a special book. I hope you read it this winter, and be sure to come back and chat with us when you do!
*Note from Sheila: Alison ROCKS! She is a lot of fun and I enjoy her blog and her friendship. Her review of Night Circus is awesome and it is linked here so check it out… and Alison, you asked if I had a picture of us from BEA 2011…. I do: