Book Club Recap: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


Once we got our wine and snacks, our book club curled up next to the hostess’s fireplace to talk about The Night Circus. We all agreed: this book is outside what we would normally choose for ourselves, but it’s great. It’s full of magic, drama, and romance.

We first discussed which characters we thought were a waste of writing and which ones were most memorable. One of our favorite characters is Herr Friedrick Thiessen. He is an endearing, lovable character, and we all wanted him to be Celia’s father. Herr Thiessen is a special man.

The ladies and I also agreed that it would be great to have a real night circus, and in this day and age, it would be very unique. I don’t like the circus or the carnival (I think perhaps I watched Are You Afraid of the Dark and It too many times as a child), but a night circus would be amazing!

The Night Circus was a big hit for my book club, and we’d all recommend it.


The Night Circus

The Night Circus
written by Erin Morgenstern
published by Doubleday, 2011

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Check out Gina’s review and Chrissy’s review.

About the book – from Goodreads: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called “Le Cirque des Reves,” and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway–a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical 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, from the cast of extraordinary circus per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead

If you belong to a book group, please tell us about what you’re reading in the comments.

Has your book club read The Night Circus? What did they think?



  1. Gina, I loved this book when I read it back in 2013. And just this past Christmas break, I borrowed the audio book from my library and listened to it. It was narrated by Jim Dale who is amazing! I fell in love with the book all over again.

    Terri M., the Director
    Second Run Reviews

  2. Glad to hear it–I bought this one 2 yrs ago and it keeps moving around my TBR pile, just hasn’t made it to the top yet…but it’s getting closer!