Books

The Saturday eReader: The Night Circus and The Girl on the Train

I professed my love for the Kindle quite passionately yesterday and resolved to help fellow ereaders -veterans and novices alike -make the most of their devices. To start this Saturday series off, I’ve listed two books.

I put The Night Circus on this list because I remember how excited I was to download it at the exact moment of its release. The Girl on the Train gets on here because it’s a thrilling read, but not necessarily one for the Bookshelf.

Going forward, I would like to continue listing books from across the board, especially Kindle-only Singles that often don’t get their due in the physical world. I’m also hoping to talk about other apps and programmes that help you made the most of your Kindle reading experience.

For now, I’m jut going to keep this simple and focus on being very regular with this. Hope you enjoy the recommendations!

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Filled with mystery, magic and the most intriguing circus ever imagined, The Night Circus is a wonderful, escapist read, perfect for a downcast, rainy day afternoon.

Celia and Marco are two magicians’ apprentices in training, preparing for a duel like none you’ve ever read. They’re bound to their mission and the final outcome spells doom for one. They’re also fated to fall in love in the quintessential way that star crossed lovers do and for which audiences love to weep.

But the novel isn’t just about love, thankfully. It’s also about competition, rivalry, 19th Century extravagance, and a fascinating cast of characters that will have you breathlessly turning pages until the very end.

I wasn’t a big fan of how it ended. (Read my initial review here) But looking back on this book after a few years, I realised that the beginning and the middle were so good that the ending would never have been good enough for them anyway. But who knows? Maybe you might feel differently once you’ve read it yourself.

 

Book Cover Handout of The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, published by Doubleday. See PA Feature BOOK Book Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Doubleday. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature BOOK Book Reviews.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

You have to admit, there’s a certain pleasure in meeting literary characters who make it really hard for you to cheer for them. Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train presents not one, but several such characters. There’s Rachel, whose obsession with the couple whose house she peeks into while passing by on the train, is not half as disturbing as those cans of gin and tonic she keeps swigging on her daily commute home. There’s Scott, or Jason as Rachel calls him while he’s still anonymous, who seems like the perfect man, husband… victim, until he isn’t. And then there’s Tom, Rachel’s ex and his wife, Anna. Both loving, supportive and seemingly golden until you see how their past deeds and ghosts keep haunting them.

The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller that makes for a good, fast paced read over the weekend. It’s perfect if you’re craving something that flows quickly and has just the right twists and turns at the right place and time. What makes it worth its Bestseller stamp is that it gives you the familiar thrill of mystery and intrigue without being overtly predictable and formulaic.

My favourite thing about the book: Rachel is such a cautionary tale! As a woman, you could see several aspects of your potential self in the qualities she possesses.

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