The Best of 2009: Book

I may be a few days late, but I’m going to participate in the Best of 2009 Challenge. I probably won’t do it for every category, but I’ll certainly do some, mixed in with normal blog posts.

December 4 Book. What book – fiction or non – touched you? Where were you when you read it? Have you bought and given away multiple copies?

I have read a lot of great books this year. Now, I don’t mean great as in classic, award-winning literature (although some have won awards), I mean great as in: I loved them!

Although I sort of think that choosing the best book you’ve read is sort of like choosing your favourite song of all time or the best movie ever (ie. It’s not possible), I’m going to go with my gut reaction to that question:

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

The book has everything in it that you want in a good read: a circus, an elephant, tigers, trains and old people! I mean, come on!, a book that combines those 5 topics must be a winner.

No really, it is a winner but not necessarily because of the above reason. It’s a wonderful story that is so compelling you don’t want to put it down and it’s beautifully written with great imagery that makes you feel as if you’re really there at the circus during the Depression.

Go out and get it: take it out of the library (there may be a waiting list), borrow it from a friend (which is what I did, so I don’t have my own copy, which means I can’t lend it out to other friends), buy it online, go to Indigo or Chapters or that independent bookstore that smells all musty. How you acquire it doesn’t matter (but I don’t recommend shoplifting, it’s like a gateway drug to car jacking), but I promise you’ll love it.

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2 Responses to “The Best of 2009: Book”


  1. 1 Erin December 4, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Hehe remember that guy who was staff our CIT year (I won’t post his name) who got arrested for car jacking? I bet that didn’t start by stealing books.

    • 2 clairesuzanne December 5, 2009 at 8:21 pm

      I don’t know. Didn’t he brag about burning bibles or something? I can’t imagine someone willingly gave him the bibles to burn.

      I’m really happy you’ve reminded me that this man exists.


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