Finished Last Week:
Tell the Wolves I'm Home was simply stunning. I can't believe it's a debut novel - it's so good with some of the best writing that I've seen in a while. I almost feel like I can't even talk about this book, at least not yet. It left me speechless.
When I went to Europe this fall, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam was one of my favorite stops, and I loved their collection of 17th century doll houses. The Miniaturist focuses on one of these doll houses, telling the story of the young wife who received the house from her husband and her efforts to furnish it. I'll be interested to see everything that this fictional account explores.
The Fortune Hunter is another one I picked up because of my trip to Europe. Vienna was one of my favorite cities, one I hope to visit again because there is so much that I didn't get to see or explore. I loved learning about Empress Elisabeth of Austria (called "Sisi" for short), especially her obsession with beauty, youth, and fine clothing. Apparently there's an entire museum in Vienna dedicated to her clothing! The Fortune Hunter focuses on Sisi's relationship with a cavalry captain, and I can't wait to read it and learn more about her. I think she's going to be a very rich and interesting character.
Like Room, I started The Night Circus a while ago and never finished (oh life). I enjoyed it a lot - it's such a descriptive book, and Morgenstern is wonderful at creating a magical tone and atmosphere throughout. I'm excited to go back and finally finish this one.
What have you been reading lately?