Top Ten Tuesday: Book Recommendations for Circus Book Lovers

There is something so magical and enchanting about the idea of a magical and mysterious circus coming to town, and books that center around that theme are certainly some of my favorites. I love to get lost in these beautiful stories and charming settings.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous The Broke and Bookish. It’s one of my favorite weekly memes, because the topics are always super fun, and it’s also a fantastic way to connect with other book bloggers. Join us!

Top Ten Recommendations for Circus Book Lovers

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


Caraval by Stephanie Garber


Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody


Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen


Freeks by Amanda Hocking


Stardust by Neil Gaiman


The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill


Menagerie by Rachel Vincent


The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket


Born of Illusion by Teri Brown


What are your favorite circus-themed reads? What is your book recommendation theme this Tuesday?

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49 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Book Recommendations for Circus Book Lovers

  1. Angela JC says:

    I’m currently reading Daughter of the Burning City and loving it! There are so many good books on this list and a lot that I haven’t read yet! I definitely have a weakness for stories with a circus…


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I’m so glad to hear that! These types of books are definitely my weakness as well. I wish there were more honestly, but I can’t wait for the next Caraval book!


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      There absolutely is. They’re just such immersive reads when they’re well-written. I can’t get enough of them. I think I’m due for a re-read of that one!


  2. LairOfBooks says:

    I seriously cannot put into words how much I LOVE circus themes books! This theme crossed my mind for TTT til’ I realized I hadn’t read a couple. My copy of Daughter of the Burning City arrived last night & it’s GORGE inside/out! My faves of course are The Night Circus and Gaiman’s Stardust *le sigh* the daydreamer in me will now go off to imagine myself at Le Cirque des Rêves jeje 🙂

    GREAT TTT! ❤ ❤ ❤


  3. bookmurmuration says:

    Thanks for this. Some favourites here, and some to discover. I adore Circus themes. I do love Circus Mirandus – such a lovely take on a profound theme. Also love Secret Heart by David Almond and Leon and the Place Between (pb). Both explore the theme of imagination and narrative.


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thank you so much for the recommendations! I’m always looking for more circus-themed books. I’ll definitely check those ones out.


  4. bookprincessreviews says:

    Wonderful list, Krysti! I have a lot of these on the TBR, but there were a few that were new to me. I didn’t know about the Lonely one, and I’m definitely going to have to check it out – have you read it? Wonderful list yet again! ❤


      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        I’m in a constant state of shuffling my TBR right now. I had a couple day slump last week, and then I’ve unexpectedly had to pick up a couple others for blog tours, but hopefully I’ve got it figured out for the rest of the month now. We’ll see. LOL. XD


      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        It did a bit. I had to bump a few books off the list for this month. Fingers crossed for next month. Next month will be hard too because of Tower of Dawn though. Those books are bricks! Lol.


  5. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads says:

    This is such a great idea for a TTT topic!! I haven’t read any of these, but quite a few of them are on my TBR. I especially want to read Freeks, Daughter of the Burning City, and The Night Circus!


  6. LHauser27 says:

    Hi! Circuses intrigue me. It’s like a fantasy world that’s real. I’ve only read Water for Elephants. I loved that book. Maybe because I had a big crush on Robert Pattinson, though. lol I should probably read Caraval, right? 🙂
    My TTT


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Hi! You are so right. Circuses definitely remind of a real life fantasy world. You should DEFINITELY read Caraval! I adore that book. 🙂


  7. ravenblake99 says:

    Great Recommendations! I loved Caraval! It’s one of my favorites books! I also enjoyed Daughter of the burning city. I already have Night Circus in my shelf and I’m hoping to pick it up someday. 🙂


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thank you! I loved Caraval as well! It’s definitely one of my favorites. 🙂 You definitely need to read The Night Circus, if you loved Caraval! 🙂


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