book review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus, find there synopsis here, is a great story of magicians and the circus and love. Those three things make me really want to love love love this book but in the end I thought “Hm. Well, that was nice.” The characters were amazing, the descriptions of the circus were beautiful, and the overall story is a good one. But that doesn’t necessarily make me love the book. The story was quite drawn out for me and moved too slowly. Almost every other chapter alternated between past and present (or present and future?). If you have read The Time Traveler’s Wife, then you have seen this before where it makes sense and adds to the story. But I don’t think it did here. I think it only confuses the reader. Me. I was confused.

Also, I accomplished my 2011 goal to read 12 books! As you can see I’ve read more than that but I didn’t realize it until yesterday. Feel free to follow me on Goodreads.

2011 Reading Challenge

2011 Reading Challenge
Stephanielynn has completed a goal of reading 12 books in 2011!
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30 Days of Lists – My Dream Space Would Include…

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30 Days of Lists

Day 20: My Dream Space Would Include…

  • The most comfortable couch on the planet.
  • The softest and most beautiful rug.
  • Vases and vases of fresh flowers. All sorts of colorful wild flowers.
  • Big windows with lots of natural sunshine and a view that would people would KILL to see.
  • Every wall would have shelves and shelves of books.
  • Paintings and prints by artists that I adore.
  • Many, many framed photos of family and friends.
  • Of course, Ryan would be right there with me enjoying my dream space.

Here is a mini roundup of flower photos that I adore.

vintage flower bowl

via Pinterest

white table and blue glass

via Pinterest

This bike and flowers combo makes me squeal!
blue bike and flowers

via Pinterest

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30 Days of Lists – Favorite Fictional Characters

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30 Days of Lists

Day 17: Favorite Fictional Characters

  1. Arya Stark from Game of Thrones. I watched the TV series and read the first book in the series, and she is, by far, my favorite character. I can’t wait to see/read what happens to her.
  2. Kara “Starbuck” Thrace from Battlestar Galactica. She’s totally sassy and gets away with everything. {Reminds me of Alice.}
  3. Captain Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds from Firefly. Swoon. Need I say more?
  4. Olive Snook from Pushing Daisies. She was the cutest, squeakiest little bundle of joy ever.
  5. Bambi from Bambi. I have said this before, but I am a sucker for old Disney movies and most animation movies. Bambi is no exception.
  6. Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. Who doesn’t love Johnny Depp especially when he’s playing an amazing character like Jack?

Today, I went to lunch with a friend to the Civic Center Park to partake in some food truck deliciousness. There were about 15-20 trucks there but The Biscuit Bus tempted me the most. I ordered The Franklin which is fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese and sausage gravy inside a biscuit. It was oh-so-delicious. I couldn’t finish it entirely so I saved most of my yummy biscuit for later. We sat on the grass and enjoyed the – what felt like – 80 degree weather. Fall isn’t here yet.

food trucks at civic center park in denver
steph at civic center park in denver

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30 Days of Lists – Things I Do To Procrastinate

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30 Days of Lists

Day 13: Things I Do To Procrastinate

I am the worst procrastinator because I can get distracted by anything but here we go.

  • Aimlessly roam the internet.
  • Watch TV. It is so easy to start a new show and watch the first season in one day.
  • Take a nap.
  • Separate my clothes into “give-away” and “trash” piles for the 5th time this year. Why do I still have so many clothes?!
  • Read a book.

Dave Barry Peter and the StarcatchersI’m currently reading Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry. This is a (very) young adult book. I don’t know why it occurred to me to read this book but it has been a nice break from A Game of Thrones by George Martin. Speaking of which, I’ve been procrastinating (hah!) writing a review because it was so dense and had so much going on. But don’t let that statement stand in your way of reading it. It was an amazing book and I absolutely loved the tv show as well. To find a list of books I’ve read, check out my library here or my goodreads profile here.

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