Thursday, October 27, 2016

Nov 2016: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Meeting Details:
Thursday, November 3rd at Danielle's house; meeting starts at 7:30, with discussion beginning at 8pm

Discussion Questions:
1. Did you like the book? Why or why not?

2. The Night Circus is not written in a linear timeline. Did you find the structure of the book disorienting? Do you think it was effective in mirroring the nature of the circus or did it just annoy you?

3. Between the chapters that tell the story of The Night Circus are descriptions of the circus itself, written as if you are visiting it right now. What do these chapters add to the story?

4. What was your favorite part of the circus? Which character would you most want to meet? Which tent would you most want to visit? Which food sounded most appealing?

5. Why are Frederick Thiessen and the reveurs important to the story? Why do you think some people were so entranced by the circus that they devoted themselves to following it around?

6. Did you feel sorry for those who were being used in the game -- Isobel, the Burgess sisters, even Celia and Marco? Why do you think some people, like Mr. Barris, don't mind being trapped by the circus while it drives others, like Tara Burgess, mad?

7. Why do you think Bailey was willing to give his life to the circus?

8. Discuss themes of good and evil and free will verses being "bound."

9. What did you think of Marco and Celia's relationship? Why did they fall in love?

10. Why does the man in the grey suit feel so passionate about stories? What sort of commentary do you think the chapter "Stories" is on the novel? On life?

11. Would you recommend the book? Why or why not?

**I have not finished the book yet, so the questions may change. The above were taken from

Menu: Let's go to the Circus!

Caramel Apple Dip (instead of caramel apples), pg. 50, 125-127, 385 - Emily
Scones with Jam and Clotted Cream, pg. 39 - Tessa
Mini Cinnamon Buns (in place of cinnamon rolls), pg. 195-196 - Melissa
Popcorn, pg. 51, 125-127, 143 - Danielle
Chocolate Mice (with almond ears and licorice tails), pg. 170, 195
Chocolate Covered Strawberries, pg. 228, 276 - Karen
Black and White cookies (as the Night Circus is all black and white)
Vanilla Meringues (they look like tiny circus tents!)

Drinks: (Danielle)
Cider, pg. 50, 109, 111, 143, 171-172, 175
Cocoa, pg. 195-197
Sparkling wine, pg. 58


  1. I will be there! Not sure what I'm going to bring yet...I'll have to find something I can eat. :P

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  3. I'll be there - and I'll bring the scones (w/ jam and cream)

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  5. I will bring the chocolate covered mice!


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