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.


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Top Ten Recommendations for Circus Book Lovers

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

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Freeks by Amanda Hocking

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Stardust by Neil Gaiman

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The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

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Menagerie by Rachel Vincent

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The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

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Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

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


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30 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 <3 <3

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Oh my goodness. Me too! I think I keep responding to comments on this post and saying that different books are my favorites, because I can’t choose. LOL. They’re all so wonderful. I honestly would love to see more circus themed books out there.

      • LairOfBooks says:

        Bahhhhaaa!!!! They really are though 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 I hope we get some more, in so excited to finally date Daughter of a Burning City though 🤗🤗🤗

  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.

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Oh, that’s awesome! She totally should! It’s such a charming little shop, and they always have tons of signed books in stock there. 🙂

  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! <3

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thanks, Mandy! ❤️ I haven’t read it yet, but it’s definitely on my list! Maybe we’ll have to buddy read it!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thanks, Kourtni! Those ones and Caraval are definitely my favorites from this list. Oh, and the Neil Gaiman. LOL. Just read all the books! 😆

  5. 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
    Leslie

  6. 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. 🙂

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