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Book Review: Water For Elephants

The novel opens with a prologue from a young Jacob Jankowski, describing the one time disaster broke out in his beloved circus, wetting the reader’s appetite for the destruction to come later on. 686 more words

4. A Book With A Love Triangle

So. Hey guys. Hopefully someone is reading this. I wouldn’t be surprised if no one was because it’s been so long since I updated. Clearly, my original plan of finishing my reading challenge of a little over 50 books in a year is probably unrealistic at this point. 586 more words

Mid-Year Top Five

Almost halfway through the year, over halfway through my Goodreads goal (seriously, I must reassess) and I decided it was time to look back over the 40+ books I have read so far and think about some of my favourites. 632 more words


'Water for Elephants', Sara Gruen

Read it if you like reading about: Circuses, prohibition, forbidden love

When tragedy strikes veterinary student Jacob Jankowski’s life and he finds himself alone and penniless, he finds hope in the form of the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. 509 more words


Water for Elephants


Sara Gruen’s historical fiction novel, Water for Elephants, was published in 2007 and became a best seller. For Christmas, my aunt had given me the book when it first came out and I neglected to read it for some time but I finally managed to delve into the story of veterinary student Jacob Janikowski struggling with the loss of his parents and trying to find himself among the many creatures great and small of the Benzini Brothers Circus. 816 more words


Water for Elephants: Sex and violence and secrets, oh my!

Length: Moderate (350 pages or more)

Accessibility: Very easy to read

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Once again, let me start this post by apologizing for yet another long absence. 836 more words

Book No 9 (2016) : At the Water's Edge

I was raised in deepest, darkest Surrey, where the highest point of the landscape is a hill near Dorking and the biggest lake is probably a man-made reservoir just off the M25. 346 more words