Sweet Book Hangover

In a protest against boring textbook reading, I thrust all library science related texts to one side and did some REAL reading. During a library visit with the kiddies I spotted two books that I had previously placed on hold and never made it the branch to pick up:

Two powerful stories that could not possibly be more different from each other.

The Night Circus is very difficult to sum up. Calling it a love story seems ludicrous when the story contains so much more. But, saying that it is about magic without mentioning love seems dishonest and misleading. Little Bee is also a sort of love story. Though giving a potential reader that information alone would lead them to a great shock. Both stories are equally about loss, hopelessness and hope.

I read into the small hours with both books, which led to that hangover like feeling each morning. I couldn’t help it. I absolutely craved to know what would happen next. The writing in both stories, though very (very) different in each, is so very beautiful. Descriptive but not unnecessarily so. Musical while staying true to the story each one is striving to tell. Emotional. Clear. And unique, too.

I have to say that both began strong but seemed to lose me a bit towards the end. Maybe I was expecting too much after becoming so emotionally invested in (and damn curious about) the outcomes. I am planning to reread them both. Which is my favorite thing to do when a book challenges me or makes me fall in love with it. I prefer to know very little about a book before I read, so I will not give true summaries here in case any of you feel the same. I do heartily recommend them both.

The Night Circus to escape this world and Little Bee to wake up to it.

Have you read anything good lately? Have you read either of these beauties?

13 thoughts on “Sweet Book Hangover

  1. i’ve read night circus. But I didn’t like it. It was paced to slow for my taste. Too much emphasis on details that it kinda got boring. But then again that is just my opinion :)

    • I can definitely see why you, and lots of others over on Goodreads, would feel that way. I was in the mood for that kind of pacing. If not, I think i might have become bored, too.

      • Hehe.. ok.. If the writer paced it a little bit faster, i would have enjoyed it because i liked the way he wrote like different persons moving at the same time.

  2. I listened to The Night Circus (I listen to lots of books while working/ commuting) on my supervisor’s suggestion. I really enjoyed it, very different, not as dark as Harry Potter but still containing magic. I could see where the pacing might become torture to read.

    • I found it pretty dark in some places…
      I can’t listen to books, my attention wonders. I have been thinking that listening to something that I’ve already read might be fun and good practice.

  3. I’ll have to check these out–the last book I read was The Time In Between, about a seamstress living in Morocco and Madrid during the Spanish Civil War and World War II. It was an English translation of a best-selling Spanish book….makes me wish I knew Spanish!

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