book mark: water for elephants

It took me a chapter or two to get into this one, but by the end I couldn't put it down. I read it on my Nook and I was actually disappointed when it ended - that's the problem with the Nook, sometimes I don't know when it's about to end b/c I don't pay attention to the page numbers or they are deceiving.

I read so many books where the lead character is a female, so it was different to be so focused on a male character and his wants, needs and thoughts. Jacob was both intriguing and lovable, yet human. He made mistakes of a gargantuan proportion, but his remorse was genuine and heart-felt. I found myself wanting to warn him when he was about to mess up.

And you kind of just wanted to pluck Marlena up and hug her, give Rosie the elephant a pat on the back and laugh alongside Bobo the monkey's antics.

The only downside to this book is the obvious: the cruel treatment of the animals. It was hard to read those parts, but it really shows a story of compassion in the end. I'll warn you that there are some graphic parts.

Great story. Great book. Hopefully great movie, but that's too be determined. I am not enamored by the casting of Jacob, but for all you Twilight lovers, I'll give him a chance to prove me wrong!


  1. A lot of people loved this book but I was not one of them. I did like the characters, but I felt like maybe it was the author's writing style that was lacking or something. Or it could have just been that the book was built up as "the best thing ever" and when it wasn't I was more let down than normal.

    I do still want to see the movie though. I just love Reese. :)

  2. I've been wondering about this book. Maybe I'll pick it up this weekend and read it. :)

  3. I'm reading this right now and I don't want it to end either!

  4. I read it a couple years back and find myself wanting to read it again before seeing the movie. I do remember not wanting the book to end, that's for sure!

  5. Visiting from KellysKorner. I just started this on my Nook, as well! Liking it so far. Have you seen the movie yet?


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