I thought I would spend my first “book report” sharing some of my absolute favorite books. I’m a slow reader, so sharing books in real time is going to be a bit sporadic.
Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen // This book was magic. I have read every book I could get my hands on by this author, and they are all delightful. She definitely has a formula, but it works. (Small town, main character struggling to realize something about herself, unlikely love, and a nice amount of magic.) This one is by far my favorite. The family, their stories, their tree. Completely recommended to anyone who can get into a little magic. It’s wispy and beautiful and full of love and amazing storytelling.
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett // I’ve heard some people could not get into this because of the spelled out dialects. I did not have a problem with it. I loved the characters. The storytelling was beautiful. The setting was sometimes heartbreaking. But I loved these characters. And the way the author creates the scenes. I read this before the movie came out. And I know that ship has long sailed, but it’s definitely the way to go.
The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger // I kind of hated this movie. So thank goodness I made myself read this book first, too. The book wasn’t awkward like I struggled with in the movie, and unlike the movie, I never doubted the love story between the main characters. Time travel is a fiery subject that a few of my friends abhor. But if that’s not you, I love how the story gets woven together, but the flow felt absolutely right.
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern // Oh, this book. This book… I fell into a miserable little funk when I finished reading this because I knew I couldn’t be part of the world Erin created any longer. That sounds so melodramatic. But sadly, it’s true. It took me over 50 pages to care about the story or want to keep reading. Another one that, like Garden Spells, I totally recommend to anyone that isn’t put off by a little frivolity. It’s totally magical and descriptive and a winding love story. The description does it no justice, so if you’re in the market to be swept up into a story + check out of real life for a little while, just do it. You’ll want to wear black + white for a year and run away to this circus.
Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen // I guess I have a thing for the circus? The two on my list feel so far apart, I’m just going to go for it. Such sad characters in the beginning, and set against such a sad backdrop. But such a nice story. I hate to say beautiful again… but I guess I just did. I fell for all of the characters. Charming, entertaining, exciting, and well-written. Also, if anyone has any suggestions for other great novels set in the circus, please lay them on me.