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Review: The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Reviews for The Night Circus ranged from the breathless to the middling  to the damning, but popular opinion leans towards the breathless. “Beautiful!” “Magical!” “Like watching a movie!”

For me, this doesn’t bode well. I tend to look down on books that are “too” popular (book snob, remember?) and when I DO believe the hype, I’m often let down. I tried to go into The Night Circus without expectation, but I did buy into the idea that this would be a heavy-on-imagery, light-on-plot kind of book; and that was just fine, after reading a book that was very heavy (literally.) I looked forward to losing myself in a Victorian romance. Continue reading

Reading Roundup: January 2013

No, there was no roundup for December. Here it is: I was reading Infinite Jest. The end. Since then, things have been a little more varied. Here’s what up in my reading world.

Books Read

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morganstein, borrowed from Cait at The Angry Vegan. Review coming soon. Preview: Meh.
  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green, a gift from Ambur at Burning Impossibly Bright. Review coming soon. Preview: Loved it. And, holy literary allusions, Batman!

Books ObtainedMagic of Saida

  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, another gift from Ambur, at The Edmonton Book Bloggers Christmas party!
  • The Magic of Saida by M.G. Vassanji, courtesy of Brie at Eat Books.
  • Belinda’s Rings by Corinna Chong, courtesy of @mattbowes at NeWest Press
  • The Paradise Engine by Rebecca Campbell (Advance Reader Copy), also courtesy of NeWest Press

Books I Want to Read

  • Beloved by Toni Morrison, because of this review by Rob Delaney
  • Away by Jane Urquhart, because it’s part of Canada Reads
  • The Midwife by Jennifer Worth because of this review on LindyLit
  • Rosina, The Midwife by Jessica Kluthe, because she’s a local author and tweep AND I love a good multi-generational saga.
  • The Winter King by Bernard Cornwall because of this review on The Book-A-Week Project (which is updated, finally, yay!)
  • Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese because it’s part of Canada Reads
  • Dad Says He Saw You At The Mall by Ken Sparling. Can’t remember where I came across it but it sounds so weird that I must find out more.

Bloggy Updates

So, in case you missed it up in “Books Obtained,” Edmonton’s NeWest Press sent me two books to review. Now, I know this is par for the course for many book bloggers, but this is the first time I’ve received review copies of anything, and, the first time I’ve received mail address to “Reading in Bed.” I’m a legit book blogger now!


I’ve got just under two week until I’m back to work, and the kids are in daycare now, so I’m hoping to plug away at the blog a bit more than usual till then. Apparently I will NOT be able to blog at work because my review of Sleeping Beauty got reading-in-bed.com flagged as porn. Probably for the best!

Lastly, I must give a shout out to Twitter Grammar Nerds @vgrabia, @andrewhorton, and @islandniles who helped me figure out that “roundup” in the post title is one word. It looks wrong to me, but, who am I to argue with strangers on Twitter?