This Week’s Reading Goals

I am going out of town this weekend, and starting at 1:00 pm on Friday I will no longer have time to sit and read for an extended period.

Seeing as I am going out of town, I will be returning all 15 or so of my library objects.

I have a library addiction, but don’t we all?

There are two library books in particular that I really want to read before I turn them in.

The first is The Princess Diarist.

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The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher’s intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Wars movie.

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a (sort-of) regular teenager.

With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes. And today, as she reprises her most iconic role for the latest Star Wars trilogy, Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.

It seems that, after Fisher’s passing in late 2016, everyone had the same idea.

That idea was to put the aforementioned book on hold at the library. I was approximately 24th in line and was waiting for a while. After that, I want to make sure that I actually read this book before I return it.

This is a 257 page book, and it doesn’t take too long to read.

The second book I want to finish is The Night Circus.

The Night Circus

Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.

Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves.

Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way–a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a “game” to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, 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.

As the circus travels around the world, the feats of magic gain fantastical new heights with every stop. The game is well under way and the lives of all those involved–the eccentric circus owner, the elusive contortionist, the mystical fortune-teller, and a pair of red-headed twins born backstage among them–are swept up in a wake of spells and charms.

But when Celia discovers that Marco is her adversary, they begin to think of the game not as a competition but as a wonderful collaboration. With no knowledge of how the game must end, they innocently tumble headfirst into love. A deep, passionate, and magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

Their masters still pull the strings, however, and this unforeseen occurrence forces them to intervene with dangerous consequences, leaving the lives of everyone from the performers to the patrons hanging in the balance.

Beautiful cover, isn’t it?

Now, this is one of those book that, if you are remotely deep into the ‘book world’ you will have at least have heard of.

It is one that I had always planned to read,  though I had no idea when I would get around to it. It sounded interesting, but I didn’t feel particularly compelled to check it out at any one time.

The reason that I finally have it now is because in the Circus-Themed February Owlcrate Box, there was included a Night Circus tote bag.

It seemed the perfect time to check out the novel.

I love circuses, guys.

This book is significantly longer than I had anticipated. It is 400 pages long, and the print is small.

Thankfully the chapters are short; that might help me to pace it out.

As of yesterday, I had to read 98 pages a day to finish it on time.

I’m already behind.

Now, can I finish both of these books by 1:00 pm on Friday?

Probably, if I can keep up the determination.

Have you read either of these? What did you think of them?

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