This is a book I had to read twice. I literally finished it, then flipped right back to the beginning. It isn't because I thought the story was all thThis is a book I had to read twice. I literally finished it, then flipped right back to the beginning. It isn't because I thought the story was all that compelling - because, honestly, it wasn't - but it's more the writing. The style was so interesting, so ambitious. I mean that in all respects. The map metaphors could easily have fallen flat. Same with her art. Those could have seemed annoying or even distracting, if not done properly, but it was really interesting how they were put in here.
(view spoiler)[Also, random trip to China? That could have also been...awkward, but it worked. And the same with the geocashing, though I love the comparison it makes between the two characters with GPS vs. maps. (hide spoiler)]
It makes me want to read it over and over, just to learn the secrets of the writing and how I can adapt them to my own style!...more
This was recommended by my lit teacher (and by recomended, I mean he nerded out about it to an extreme amount but stressed that he wasn't actually recThis was recommended by my lit teacher (and by recomended, I mean he nerded out about it to an extreme amount but stressed that he wasn't actually recing it because he's not allowed to because of the "mature" content" but shh) and let me just say, wow.
It's very rare that a book stays with me as strongly as this one did, long after I actually finished it. I'll still find myself spacing off and then suddenly jerking back into awareness, another theory about the book suddenly occuring to me!
And then, people are constantly asking me, "What's House of Leaves about?" I've finally settled on a quick summary that goes as follows: It's a book about a book about a movie about a house that's bigger on the inside.
And I'm usually greeted by a slack-jawed look and either a loud, "What?!" or people just turning away and refusing to make eye contact with me for a while.
But anyways, getting back to my reactions to the book. I talked to my friend, who's a lit teacher, and he said it took him three months to finish. The teacher who told me about it read it in three weeks. So, I'll admit, I read this in two weeks just so I could say I read it faster than my teacher. But that means I immersed myself in it so quickly, so completely. I remember this one part that actually gave me nightmares (and that's a first for books).
Luckily, I have a friend or two who've succumbed and decided to read it. One is reading it extremely slowly. The other occasionally calls me at three am, freaking out and demanding answers that I don't have, because no matter how much I stare at that book, it won't give me it's answers! And I know, the internet probably contains bountiful explanations and theories on the books many secrets, but I don't want to get my answers from the internet. I want to figure it out for myself.
In short? You'll get weird looks if you read the book and/or talk about it in public. But it's totally worth it....more
Do you ever get the craving for sappy, cliched teen romance?
I do, sometimes. I mean, it's rare, but it happens.
And one time while I was in that mood,Do you ever get the craving for sappy, cliched teen romance?
I do, sometimes. I mean, it's rare, but it happens.
And one time while I was in that mood, I discovered this book on the shelf just as it was setting in.
Don't get me wrong, it's pretty unoriginal and predictable. But the writing was reasonably good and the humor was right up my alley! It isn't that long, so it's not a huge commitment, and it really doesn't take that much to follow along with the narrative. I'd read a few books just prior this that really took a lot out of me (as in, staring off into space for a straight hour just thinking about it and trying to understand) and it was nice to just read something that didn't require a lot of processing to take in.
Also, this is one of the most character-based books I've ever read. A good portion of the book is just two characters sitting next to each other, talking.
In short, it's stupid and predictable and made wholly out of cliches, but it works....more
This book is absolutely fantastic! I can usually find books I like, but it's rare that I find one that so closely caters to everything I love in booksThis book is absolutely fantastic! I can usually find books I like, but it's rare that I find one that so closely caters to everything I love in books. The plot was fantastic and original, and the writing was absolutely beautiful! Celia was suitably original throughout. She pressed against the boundaries of the expectations of her, not to the extent that she was annoying, but enough that I thoroughly enjoyed her. And Marco... Don't even get me started on how much I love him.
I hope every day that Erin Morgenstern will write another book.
For me, the only pitfall of the book is the ending. It wasn't inherently bad (and it isn't like many books I've read, where the book was fantastic but the ending was such a disappointment that it ruined my entire perception of the book) but it still wasn't entirely fulfilling. Without spoilers, I'll just say that I like my endings to be sort of...all or nothing. Entirely one way or the other. I feel like The Night Circus failed in that respect.
But, all in all, one of the greatest books I've read in a long while! I definitely didn't want to reach the end....more