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The Circus Arrives Without Warning…

Night Circus

Anyone who’s ever talked books with me knows my favorite book is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  I read it just about every year (Truth be told, I usually listen to it because Jim Dale is the greatest audiobook narrator OF. ALL. TIME!).  Some of you may have even seen my review flash on your local library’s monitor (If you’re not looking at those monitors, you really should because there’s lots of great book reviews on them!)  Every reading is a different experience for me because I tend to focus on a different character than the last time I read it. With so many lush characters to chose from, there is no shortage of eccentric circus performers to fall in love with!

To my recollection, I’ve never been to a circus.  I’ve seen them in movies and I’ve read about them plenty.  Some scary, some magical, but always full of curious wonders.

So in honor of my favorite book, this month I’m taking you to the circus… through literature, of course!  So grab your popcorn and cotton candy, step right up, and enjoy the greatest show(s) on Earth!


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Two young magicians must battle in a game of wit and imagination, never knowing their rival. In the Cirque des Reves - the Circus of Dreams, these two fierce competitors are creating dreams and falling in love while fighting to the death. I’m giving you the link to the audiobook. Read by the same narrator as the Harry Potter series. Trust me, it’s worth a listen!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Sisters Scarlett and Tella are invited to participate in Caraval, an event part treasure hunt, part magical spectacle. However, when Tella is kidnapped and becomes part of the hunt, it is up to Scarlett to save her sister in this tale of love, loss, strategy, and sacrifice. This one is the new ‘IT” novel in YA. The first in a new series.

Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond

Two acrobatic families with a centuries old rivalry competing for the same prestigious circus position. What happens when members of those two families fall in love? If you thought this sounded a little like Romeo and Juliet, you’d be correct! This one is up for the 2017 Intermediate Sequoyah Award.

Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby

Portia has run away from the Home for Wayward Girls in search of freedom and adventure. Joining Mosco’s Traveling Wonder Show, she’s sure to stand out among the human curiosities. But Mister said he would find her wherever she goes. Has Portia finally escaped and will she be able to find her father? This one came out a few years ago and never quite received the attention it deserved. Definitely a fun adventure!

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

When Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show arrives in town, it’s sinister strangeness becomes the stuff of nightmares for two young boys. Read the book and check out the movie. Did you seriously think I would talk about circus books and leave off THIS classic novel!

And have you checked out our new service, Biblioboard yet?  It has all kinds of great indie works including books, audio, and images.  So stop by and check out these cool vintage circus images and works to get you in the mood!

Happy Reading!



Anna Todd

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Anna is a librarian at the Capitol Hill Library and has worked with the Metropolitan Library System since 2006. She earned her MLIS at the University of Oklahoma and a BA in English at the University of Central Oklahoma. Anna loves books (reading them and attempting to write them), movies, TV, ukuleles, and rainy days!

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