Exclusive Books is always my store of choice if I have some time to kill at a mall, and every single time I’m overwhelmed at the abundance of knowledge that exists in books, just waiting to be absorbed. You can open your mind to a million different things- all from the comfort of your couch!
I usually read more when I’m travelling just because I like passing time on the plane and if we’re in some far flung place there isn’t always TV. During our trip to Mozambique, I was hooked on the Night Circus. I finished it in a few days and didn’t give much thought to it after, but in retrospect it is actually one of the most beautifully written novels I’ve read to date.
Firstly, if you buy the hardcover, the actual book is so cool. The cover is black and the pages are rimmed with red- this just helps you get into the “mood” of the book.
The Night Circus is a fantasy novel about a mystical circus that is only open from sunrise to sunset. The circus has no set schedule, appearing without warning and leaving without notice. It is no normal circus and features wonders such as a blooming garden made all of ice and a vertical cloud maze where patrons who get lost simply step off and float gently to the floor. All of the circus’ attractions are described in great detail, and you almost feel as though you are there yourself.
As with all good novels, there is a “twist”. Behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose of this competition. They have no idea about the “competition” as well as the fact that there has to be a winner. But- they fall in love, a deep 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 hang in the balance.
The Night Circus takes you into a completely different world, one where anything is possible. I got so involved in the love story and the “challenge” and was hooked on the book from start to finish.
You can buy the Night Circus for only R112 from Kalahari (and there’s currently free delivery until the end of December).
I’d really recommend it :)—> http://www.kalahari.com/books/The-Night-Circus/632/45307517.aspx