The majority of the members attending the meeting had a very positive report to give on The Night Circus. Getting lost in the fantasy and being swept along with the romance of the circus was a common theme. The discussion moved onto how the book had even affected peoples dreams.
I did enjoy the book on the whole, but think my expectations were raised a little too high and was waiting for a big bang at the end of the book. I thoroughly appreciated the imagination of the author though and was mesmerised by the descriptions of the circus. Cara – 3.5/5
Here’s what the other members had to say:
Enchanting fairy tale that I really enjoyed. Well worth a read. Rhona – 4/5
This is my favourite of the books we’ve read so far. I really enjoyed exploring the circus world. I felt there was an interesting spiritual aspect that added an unexpected depth. Kate – 4/5
This was absolutely enchanting! I got completely and beautifully lost in this book. A wonderful read. Deb – 5/5
A very enchanting book, the story is slow and gentle at first but does keep you hooked throughout. A mysterious read. Morven-4/5
Didn’t manage to finish-not sure I will. Not my sort of book – struggled with the fantasy. Helen
Loved it! So mesmerising and enchanting. Didn’t ‘read too much into it’ – perhaps because I hadn’t realised it was a book club choice. Felt almost bereft after I finished it and wondering what I could pick up next! Jen-5/5
Our next read(s) for the 21st November are the choice of The House of Silkby Anthony Horowitz, which is a new Sherlock Holmes novel and The Last Lectureby Randy Pausch. Members are invited to choose one or the other, but of course you can read both. The Last Lecture-Achieving your Childhood Dreams is a non-fiction book and the original lecture that it is based around can be viewed on You Tube here. Morven told us about this inspirational story and it is very moving. So if you don’t have chance to read the book, you can cheat and watch the live lecture.
Cathy Gibson will be leading the November book group and Sue Morris the January group. Anyone wishing to lead future group sessions, please shout.