I recently flew through The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E Pearson but now I feel a bit stuck. I’m trying to put my thoughts into words to write you some reviews but in the meantime..
Here are the three books I started reading in the past month or so:
- The Beauty of Darkness – Mary E. Pearson
The third and final book in the Remnant Chronicles. I read the first two books super fast and loved them. They’re so addictive. I’m taking my time with the last one because honestly? I don’t want it to end…
- The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire.
Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the rêveurs – the dreamers. At the heart of the story is the tangled relationship between two young magicians, Celia, the enchanter’s daughter, and Marco, the sorcerer’s apprentice. At the behest of their shadowy masters, they find themselves locked in a deadly contest, forced to test the very limits of the imagination, and of their love…
A reread for me. This book has been one of my favorites for years and I’m happy to revisit Le Cirque des Rêves. It’s a great autumn/winter read and I’m loving it more than ever.
- Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
At the heart of Catch-22 resides the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war.
His problem is Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempts to excuse himself from the perilous missions that he’s committed to flying, he’s trapped by the Great Loyalty Oath Crusade, the bureaucratic rule from which the book takes its title: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes the necessary formal request to be relieved of such missions, the very act of making the request proves that he’s sane and therefore, ineligible to be relieved.
I’m only about 40 pages into this one but it’s already hilarious. The subject matter, however, is not. This book takes place at the end of WW II on a small island and I can tell that it’s going to be a heavy one. It’s a massive book too, 519 pages, so I’m not going to finish it anytime soon.
Have you read any of these books?
Did you like them?