Friday, July 18, 2008

A Quick Book Review

Those of you who know me already know this, but for those of you who don't, you should know that I read like books might cease to exist. I can't explain it. I love to read. And through some strange gift of God I read quickly, process what I read, and retain it. I'm not bragging about that, I'm just trying to preface the following statement.

I read three books on our honeymoon.

It's not like I didn't have other things to do. I was on my honeymoon! In Spain no less! I would pick up a book while Matt was in the shower, or I'd take a book on the train, or to the beach. I just like to have a constant paper companion! There is almost always a book in my purse. I can never find my chapstick, but I can pull out a book in about 30 seconds.

I read one of them a second time on the way home. Why? Because it was darn good! And that's what this blog entry is going to be about.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.
I had been wanting to read this book for a while. I would go to the bookstore, pick it up, carry it around, then decide that I wanted to read something else. I was worried that I wouldn't care about the goings-on of a circus.

I was SO wrong my friends. So so so wrong.

I guess it's because I read so much, but it's not often that a book can knock me off my feet the way this one did.

She writes with a very grainy, realistic voice. Which I like. A lot. She also keeps it real. In her words, she uses a "warts and all" approach to her characters. There are times when the main character does something, and the reader thinks "YOU ARE SO STUPID! WHY DID YOU DO THAT?" But then the reader realizes...I would have done that too.

I fell so deeply in love with the one of the main characters. Jacob. He isn't perfect. He isn't always very pleasant. And he makes so really stupid, red-blooded, regrettable decisions. But I like his heart. His heart is good. His heart is tender..and somehow this crazy writer showed me a fictional characters HEART. How? I have no idea. But I like it.

I also fell a little bit (okay okay a lot) in love with Rosie. But I'll let you discover her for yourself.

I don't want to include any spoilers in here, so I'm not going to tell you too much about the actual plot. But it's good my friends. It's real good.

What are you guys reading? Any recommendations? What is on your book list (if you have one)?


  1. I love, LOVE to read. I read when I'm travelling for work, or when we're at the lake. I love it. I love being able to get into a story and let go of everything else. I guess it's my Yoga.

    I read the Glass House, which I thought was good. I came out feeling like I knew what it would be like to be homeless-by-choice.

    Also, The Kite Runner. I haven't seen the movie, but the book was great. It's crazy how different his homeland is when he goes back.

    I need to find someone to do book-trades with b/c I spend way too much money on books! (Or go to the library!)

  2. the kite runner...loved it. i want to read his new one, a thousand splendid suns, you read it yet?

    ill book trade...i spend WAY too much on them as well. not sure shipping is much cheaper though is it?

  3. Oh this book WAS awesome! Someone lent it to me...I had never showed interest in reading it...and then afterwards i wondered what TOOK me so long to decide to read such a great book! I, too, loved Rosie and cried real tears at certain parts for her! Great review!

  4. Duuuuuuuuude. I LOVE books. Mr. Cat calls me a "machine" because I read ALL.THE.TIME. 90% of the time I have a book in my purse too.

    Thanks for the recommendation. I actually DO have a book club page on my blog. You should check it out.

    I just got done with 19 minutes by Jodi Picoult. Good. Intense. But I love that she writes twists and turns and the characters are real (sounds similar to this author).

  5. Bekahmouse!!! I'm so glad you're back, we missed you while you were on your honeymoon.

    I love to read to. It kills Shooter because I'd rather slide into bed with a book than watch tv.

    I am reading a lot of fantasy fiction right now. I'm reading Stephanie Meyer's Twilight and then New Moon will follow. Twilight is being made into a movie...I can see why.

  6. I just read Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers and LOVED it!


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