Monday, 15 July 2013

Book Review - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

  The Night intriguing title, a beautiful illustration on the front cover and some fab reviews online, both in Amazon and on Goodreads.  I thought this one sounded interesting.........

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night. 

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, 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. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.(less)

Well that's what was written in Goodreads and it did indeed entice me into trying this book, but I will admit I struggled from the start.
I found the story hard to get into, slow paced and just too long to get to anything in particular.  Whereas most books I get into quickly even after a few days of attempting to read this one it just did nothing for me and in the end I made the decision to abandon it, knowing that if I didn't       it would sit unread and I would then struggle to get into another one. I am sure if i was to persevere then it would probably get better and the story would develop well but it didn't grasp me enough to get that far!

It is probably one that I will attempt again in the future.....but it would be interesting to see what anyone else thought of this book!

My star rating on Goodreads was a 1!

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Where does time go?

It amazes me sometimes when I look at them, and when I realise how quickly they seem to grow.

We are currently at different stages, with the little two. Worm has moved up to Butterfly at Nursery, now with Monkey.  And Monkey is getting ready to start big school.

We had our home visit last week.  Monkey was a little shy, and put on his silly voice for his teacher and TA.  But at the end of the day he is so ready to start. He is full of excitement and asks regularly if he can wear his school shorts.  He has a visit with nursery on the Tuesday (9th July) and he can't wait, his uniform is here ready and waiting for him to wear to school for a hour and a half!!

He really is a point where he could start tomorrow and he wouldn't care in the slightest, however, I think our problem lies with Worm, who seems to think that now he is with Monkey at nursery, he will also be going to big school. When Monkey's teacher and TA were here, Worm's response to everything was "Me too". I know come September when he realises that it is just him going to nursery it will hit and the tears will flow, they do love being together.

Beanie has been looking at secondary schools. We visited the community college at Callington a couple of weeks ago, which was really good, lots for him to do and try and he came away really positive. This week he has visited the boys grammar school and he loved that too (which pleased mummy) so we are now at a point of starting to think about tutoring him for the 11+, something I will do myself. I am glad that he liked it as it is our preferred school but the choice had to be his!!

We are all looking forward to the holidays, they boys don't finish until the 24th, but I'm done in on the 19th!! Yippeee!  It is also my birthday this week, (lunch with girlies planned)  and there still seems like there is loads left to do before we break up........
..................................................................................and lets hope this weather continues! :)