I just finished reading Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus and I am at a loss for words. But not feelings. I can feel a grin flitting around inside me. A smile tugging at my lips. I believe in magic.
"There's magic in [telling stories]. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words."
I enjoyed getting lost in the magical world created by Morgenstern. The entire novel was splendid, and along with the passage above, I'd like to share the snippets of magic that jumped off the page at me (don't worry; there are no spoilers!):
"We must put effort and energy into anything we wish to change."
A character, in reference to her tattoo: "It is part of who I was, who I am, and who I will be."
"The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones."
"They sit over their drinks smiling like children and they relish being surrounded by kindred spirits, if only for an evening. When they depart, they shake hands and embrace like old friends, even if they have only just met, and as they go their separate ways they feel less alone than they had before."
"You're in the right place at the right time, and you care enough to do what needs to be done. Sometimes that's enough."
(As I read this book, I was already looking forward to the next. I want to read more. I always want to read more.)