I’d love to write a full length highly entertaining post for you, but at this very moment the only thing I can think about is going to bed so I can continue reading this book.


Which is exactly what I’m going to do right now.

It’s currently 4:15 p.m. by the way.




The Night Circus


Go to the store and buy it. Better yet … download it to your iPad or Kindle. You’ll miss out on the feel of an actual book but it’ll be faster that way.

Go. NOW.

Have a good weekend. Details about what this year’s Big Spring Project is on Monday morning!


  1. Terri says:

    I loved it, thank you for the recommendation :)

  2. Paula says:

    I just downloaded it from my local library ebooks. I was surprised it was available. Can’t wait to start it after the book I’m currently reading. Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. Anna says:

    Karen. You are my new best friend. I bought the book on a whim the day you published this entry,and didn’t get to start reading right away. It was a slow start, I was almost disappointed… And the Something Happened. I just finished it and tomorrow, I am going to buy copies for everyone I know. Or, you know, my brother.

  4. Adrienne says:

    I am listening to the audiobook and it is very well done. The writing is so descriptive and it makes me want to throw a black and white circus party.

    Seems like the end has a polarizing effect…my favorite kind. ;)

    Hoping you will write that full length post/review sometime soon now that it’s probably safe to assume you’ve finished reading…?

  5. Janet says:

    I LOVED the Snow Child!!

  6. Naomi says:

    I guess it’s not for everybody.

  7. Naomi says:

    Once I started reading the Night Circus, I couldn’t put it down, which meant I got to bed at some stupid hour. Worth it, though. If you liked The Night Circus,you might want to try The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey. It was the runner up for this year’s Pulitzer Prize, takes the same sort of magic realism as The Night Circus but applies it to 1920s Alaska. I reviewed it on the blog in January.( ) Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is another fun read in the magic realism genre, up for a bunch of nominations right now and reviewed here: (

    • Karen says:

      Naomi – I actually read The Snow Child didn’t enjoy it all that much. Finally around 3/4s of the way through I started to but it didn’t grab me like The Night Circus did. ~ karen!

  8. Dee G says:

    Next on your list: “Rules of Civility”…

  9. sera says:

    Ok Karen, I discarded the book I was reading and started this one. Sadly, it was already 11:30 pm and I fell asleep promptly. But those first few pages have started well…

  10. Pam says:

    The audiobook was absolutely mesmerizing.

  11. myria kludy says:

    Oh My Goodness. Right? I finished it like three nights ago.. could not sleep until it was done. So. Frickin’. Good!

    • Karen says:

      I probably have one more night of reading left. Which is both exciting and horrifying at the same time. ~ karen

  12. Emma says:

    Enjoy the book – I loved it!

  13. Read it, loved it, will read again!

  14. Maggie says:

    I am so glad to hear how much you love this book! I chose is as my book club book and no one else liked it! I LOVED it!

  15. Kipley Herr says:

    I listened to the audio book. Think about Vincent Price as the narrator.

  16. Linda S says:

    It is good to read that some of your followers are finding this recommended book at their public libraries. When I finish the three books on my nightstand, and return them to the library, I will request this book for my next read. To tell the truth, I wish winter would linger on for another month or so, just because it is so fun to go to bed early (nothing else to do) and snuggle in the covers with a great book. Glad I’m not the only one who actually does this late in the afternoon.

  17. Valerie says:

    If you enjoyed this book you would be fascinated by The Devil in the White City by Eric Larsen…..another one of my favourites.

  18. Melody says:

    The public library in Lexington, KY has chosen it for their One Book One Lexington book reading project. I’m getting ready to start it, too!

  19. Corry says:

    How bizarre. I’m currently reading this book! I just met you for the first time at the grocery store and now we’re reading the same book… maybe I will buy chickens?

  20. Kathy T. says:

    Agree totally! Great book!

  21. Joanna says:

    Just finished and looking forward to retreading again!!! Excellent stuff!

  22. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Anything that can get you in bed at 4:15 in the afternoon must be damn good..Besides the Fella that is..Sounds great..I mean the book..

  23. Lauren says:

    SUCH a good book! It was my favorite of 2012 I think.

    I downloaded it on my kindle, and I plan on buying a hard copy.

    I tend to only download the trashy or kid books on my kindle. I love the feel of a real book, and the look of a library full of books in my house.

  24. Inga says:

    My all-time favourite book!!! I envy anyone reading it for the first time.

  25. Feral Turtle says:

    Have to put this on my list of books to read. Busy reading the sequel to The Rising; City of The Dead…by Brian Keene. Looking forward to your big spring project. All we have to look forward to is more snow. LOL Have a great weekend.

  26. Barbara says:

    Checked it out from my local library a few months ago, read, loved it, returned it.

  27. Nicki Woo says:

    Geez. You know I’m screwed right?

    I’ve got to finish Beautiful Redemption.
    Then hurry on to The Host because its in theatres and it won’t be long, and its no good to read a book that’s out in film if you’ve watched it first.

    Then my kid just got asigned 2 new books in the 6th grade (my new years res. was to read every book she’s reading in school – bad idea)

    AND now YOU. . .author of my new favorite blog is telling me to read this book. Of which you go to bed at 4 pm just to read it sooner.

    Geez. I repeat. Geez.
    I’ve got a lot of reading to do.
    And I can’t wait:) Thanks for the rec.

    • Karen says:

      Nicki – I read The Amityville Horror in Grade 6, LOL. Wow. Bad idea. Of course that wasn’t exactly a school assigned book. ;) ~ karen!

      • Laura Bee says:

        As bad as me reading “Cujo” when I was 11 or 12. Terrifying. (AND we had a friend with a St. Bernard!)

  28. Shirley says:

    Karen, if you’re experiencing the same nasty ice storm as I am down here in Southern Ontario (strong winds, falling branches, house lights flickering on and off, all the while praying the winds and pack ice change direction and the last line holds on our floating dock), I would suggest you immediately stop whatever you’re doing and go straight back to your linen-covered bed with that magical book. It really is the sensible and only thing to do.

  29. Lynn B says:

    That book has been on my “to read” list for at least a year! I guess it’s time to read or get off the pot!

  30. Brenda says:

    Well, with a recommendation like that, who could resist. And, yes, I just now purchased it on Amazon and had it “whispernetted” to my Kindle. I’m at work and can’t start reading until I’m done…..oh, who am I kidding….Chapter 1….

  31. Alicia says:

    I LOVE that book! I read it a year or so ago and was enthralled!

  32. Deet says:

    Yes, M’am! Read it, loved it, reviewed it. It was optioned for a movie but I haven’t heard anything about that lately.

  33. Wendy says:

    I loved this book too, Karen! I practically read it cover to cover – couldn’t put it down last summer – and I can’t wait to read it again!

  34. Diane says:

    Gonna be a movie! The film rights have been optioned by Summit Entertainment! WOOT! Sounds like an awesome book based on the reviews.

  35. Laura Bee says:

    I will have to beg, borrow or steal it.

    • Laura Bee says:

      Took it back to the library tonight. Thank you! Really loved it – I still have images spinning in my head. Beautiful.
      I read in the comments there will be a movie – I sure hope Tim Burton is involved.

  36. Julia says:

    Agreed! Read it last year, a little bit fantastical, a little bit historical…

  37. Jackie Macdougall says:

    I loved it, I read it several months ago. Enjoy!

  38. Claire says:

    It’s already sitting on my shelf, but I haven’t had time to read it.

  39. Sarah says:

    I read this when it first came out. Totally engrossing, finished it in a day, and I really want to go to this circus!

  40. Jrn says:

    Read your post and bought the book in less than 5 minutes. Nothing substitutes for the feel of a real book which is why I collect vintage books and magazines.

    But my Baby Boomer eyes disagree and so I now use the adjustable font iPad (sigh) for reading.

    I will say, though, that reading magazines is cool on an iPad. Quite a different experience to read a recipe compared to reading it and THEN watch a video of the recipe creator demonstrating hw to create it…or getting a behind the scenes interview with a celeb or a decorator, etc.

  41. Erin says:

    I wanted to love this book, but sadly I did not. In the beginning I found it hard to put down and by the end I found it hard to finish. The book is filled with gorgeous imagery and descriptive prose, but I found the plot to be too slow.

    I do share your love of Lonesome Dove though, it is one of the best books I have ever read!

    • Sandy B says:

      I agree. Started out engrossed and then had a hard time finishing. Imagery was great but character develope not so much.

      • Lauren says:

        I felt the absolute opposite! It took me a while to get into it, and then I couldn’t stop! It was amazing. I loved the ending.

  42. Gina S. says:

    Agree! It was a great read….

  43. Amie Mason says:

    Done! Thanks for the recommendation!

  44. Ana says:

    I’ve had high hopes for this book, but for me it was just okay.

  45. I couldn’t agree more. I read it months ago on my Kindle but just earlier today I found a first edition online and had to have it. The most engaging book I’ve read in years.

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