So, I started reading Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen.
I’m sad to say that I am one of those readers that does actually pick a book based on the cover. I’m so out of touch with contemporary literature that covers are all that really attract my attention when I don’t recognize any of the authors. This books caught my eye at a bookstore last spring. I put the book on hold at my local library about 3 or 4 times, each time having to cancel the request because I could never make the time to read it. Since then, quite a few people I know have picked up, read and finished this book, so I figure its my turn now. I’m about 6 chapters into the book, and I am addicted. It is a story of an old man (he’s either 90 or 93, he claims) remembering his time working at a circus during the depression when he was in his early 20’s. Its a captivating, sleepy book. The characters are varied and colorful, but its still too early in the book for there to be any major conflict. Its beautifully written and the author has a really natural talent for description. I hope this book doesn’t let me down. =)