The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is such a new book that I'm pretty sure most people haven't even heard of it yet. The only reason I'm currently reading it is because Erin Morgenstern gave a NaNoWriMo pep talk that I read. When she said her book made use of a circus, I was immediately hooked. But the book is so much more than just a circus. The book is magic and illusion and wonder and hyperelegance and unbearable beauty. It's truly one of the most amazing books I have come across in a long time.
Summary, from Morgenstern's website: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.
Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Recommending this book is only one reason I make this post - the other reason is I recently created a community for it, called thenightcircus, and I would love to find other LJ members who have read and enjoyed this book. Join if that's you!