It has been quite a while since Mrs Readalot fell totally in ♥ with a book. Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen was such a book.
Firstly I fell in love with the setting: a Depression-era travelling circus? Absolutely fascinating.
The book opens with drama and action - murder - right off the bat.
"She was cool, languid. Smiling even. I started pushing my way toward her, but something about her expression stopped me cold.
That son of a bitch was standing with his back to her, red-faced and bellowing, flapping his arms and swinging his silver-tipped cane...
"She reached for something... an iron stake. She held it loosely, resting its end on the hard dirt. She looked back at me again, bemused. Then her gaze shifted to the back of his head.
..."I stumbled forward, screaming though there was no hope of my voice reaching her. 'Don't do it! Don't do it!'
She lifted the stake high in the air and brought it down, splitting his head like a watermelon... He fell to his knees and toppled forward into the straw.
I was too stunned to move, even as a young orangutan flung its elastic arms around my legs.
So long ago. So long. But still it haunts me..."
Next you find yourself in a sleepy nursing home, where Old Folks dribble into their food and the central character, Jacob, is frustrated at being locked inside his aging body, whilst in him still beats the heart of a young man.
This book was gobbled up in less than two days. It was one worth staying up for; a real eyelid drooper - my favourite kinda book.
I've been recommending this book to friends left and right.
Now I'm almost scared to see the movie... can it live up to the beauty of the book??
We shall see.
Water for Elephants is a Must-Read. And for the first time ever, I am going to give it FIVE HEARTS because I loved loved LOVED it.
Must. Read. Water. For. Elephants.
Mrs Readalot rates Water for Elephants:
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Helen's choice for June's Book of the Month is: Novel About My Wife by Emily Perkins, which sounds like it will be full of mystery/suspense!
The next linky will be up on Thursday June 30 over at One Trick Pony along with Helen's review. Mrs Readalot's post will point you in the right direction, so don't worry about getting lost ♥