One of finalests for the 2012 Mythopoeic Awards is The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday, 2011). If you have not had a chance to read this unusual and fascinating book, I highly recommend it. While I enjoyed the plot very much - Morgenstern juggles crisscrossing the plot through time, with a deft touch - the elements that particularly linger are the sensory details. Descriptions of the fanciful circus displays are very vivid and left me feeling like I had personally been to the strange black and white tents of the Night Circus.
In addition, it is being adapted for film - which I can only imagine has the potential to be an absolutely beautiful film if done right. Put it on your summer reading list today!