The Reading List

Books to drop everything for and read tonight!

Sure, ink. believes in reading lists for every occasion, and I hope to share many of those lists and occasions with you in the posts ahead. But in the meantime, here are three books worth stopping everything you’re doing for, and start reading tonight!

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The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

Let’s start with a bang, because this is easily the best book I’ve read in months, if not years, and falls into the special category of: “books I would lose sleep over to stay up and read,” and I LOVE and NEED my sleep! This novel is The Greatest Showman meets Harry Potter and that should tell you everything you need to know about why it’s amazing. In a fictional and historical London, a group of magically talented performers designs a traveling circus that only opens from sunset to sunrise, and disappears as quickly as it arrives. Within the circus a love story unfolds, as well as an otherworldly competition between two rival magicians who use the guise of the circus to pit their young apprentices against one another. This book is perfection!

Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven is set in a post-apocalyptic world, and if that hasn’t been your style in the past, hear me out on this one. Whereas similar doomsday dystopian novels focus on the fight for survival or the war for power, Station Eleven follows a group of performing artists, documenting both what their life was like pre and post the pandemic that destroyed the world. And while on the one hand it seems as if a starving artist is a starving artist apocalypse or no apocalypse, the story is striking in its focus on the value of art, and its importance no matter what state the world is in. This is not The Hunger Games, but it is food for the creative soul.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

If you haven’t read this book yet, you’re 15 years behind. “Curious Incident” is mystery told through the perspective of narrator Christopher Boone, a 15 year old want-to-be detective with autism. The mystery itself is intriguing and well thought through, but the “wow factor” of the book is really the narrative style of the author. Haddon masterfully captures the nuances of the main character’s personality, and the internal conflicts and monologues that affect how he relates to other characters and retells the story of which he was part. This is a true, rock-your-world read.

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