I first read The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern) just after it was published, and it was one of those books that I couldn’t put down until I’d read it all the way through. There is romance and drama and mystery, and it is so beautifully written. I’m struggling to sum up this book in just a paragraph, so I’ll simply give you this teaser to whet your appetite.
“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”
Markus Zuzak’s The Book Thief is set during World War 2. Narrated by Death, it follows the story of Liesel, a girl sent to live with a foster family. She learns to read with the help of her foster father, and begins stealing books, which she shares with her neighbours and the Jew hiding in her basement.
I’m a sucker for well-written historical fiction, and Liesel is an instantly likeable character. This is another book that went straight onto my “Read it again” list.
Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible is the story of a missionary family who move to the Belgian Congo in 1959. It’s told from the perspective of the mother and four daughters, and it’s an interesting look at human nature.
The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini) is one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read. It tells the story of Amir, son of a wealthy Afghan family, and his servant friend, Hassan. Set in Afghanistan, it covers a lot of the recent political history as well, which I found quite interesting.
The first time I read this book, I was sitting in an airport in Bangkok, tears streaming down my face. (If you haven’t yet read this book, don’t do it in a public place. There will be tears.)
Have you read any of these? What did you think?
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