Standalone Sunday #6

Standalone Sunday was created by Megan @bookslayerReads, and I haven’t participated for three weeks because I suck. Anyways, this week’s standalone novel is…


Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Publication Date: May 24th, 2012
Genre: Fantasy; Historical; Romance

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern! This novel is actually one of my favourites, and I can’t believe I haven’t talked about it on my blog yet! I’m making this my Standalone Sunday novel this week because:

1. Morgenstern’s Writng: The main thing that have stayed with me about this novel over the years, is how beautifully it’s written. I just love it:

“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words […] Do not forget that… there are many kinds of magic, after all.”

2. Cast of Characters There are many characters and many POVs in this novel. I tend to get overwhelmed when there are too many characters in fiction because you have to remember all these names. But I really enjoyed it in this novel. We get numerous POVs (I’m sorry I can’t remember the exact number), and having all these voices was so interesting and entertaining. This novel also has really lovable characters too. My favourites are Celia and the twins!

3. Magic!: I LOVE the magical element in this novel. I personally think it’s has the perfect amount of magic – it’s a major component of the plot, but you’re not snowed under in the specifics or explanations of the magic to the point where it makes no sense, you know? There are really gorgeous magical scenes, too.

4. Romance: The romance in this novel is such a slow burn (over the course of years!). I also think that it doesn’t overshadow the whole novel, so people who aren’t a fan of romance may enjoy this too.

Have you read The Night Circus? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!


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17 thoughts on “Standalone Sunday #6

  1. I read this book about six years ago in Dutch, but I thinks it’s time to reread it in English, seeing as a lot of people are talking about this book. Great pick!

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  2. I read The Night Circus last summer, and I agree with everything you say. It is beautifully written and the magic is so mesmerizing! My imagination went wild creating the circus while I was reading. I love that it is a standalone novel but I really want to find more books like it.

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