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Water for Elephants: a Novel
by Sara Gruen | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingearthcaroleannewing of Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on 1/13/2012
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by earthcaroleanne): travelling


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10 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingearthcaroleannewing from Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, January 13, 2012

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Welcome to BookCrossing!

Thank you for picking up this book. If you’re new to BookCrossing and find this book and this site (www.bookcrossing.com), please make a journal entry to let me know that this book has found a good home with you. You may choose to remain anonymous or to join.

I hope you'll join BookCrossing (doesn't cost anything to join!) and if you do, please consider using me, earthcaroleanne, as your referring member. When you’ve finished reading this book and are ready to send it on its way again, make a journal entry if you are giving or sending this book to a known person, or a release note if you are leaving it “in the wild” again for anyone to catch. Then watch its journey. You’ll be alerted by e mail each time someone makes another journal entry. And it’s confidential (you are known only by your screen name and no one is ever given your e-mail address), free, and spam-free.

Enjoy the site, the book and hopefully the BookCrossing community. If you’re already a BookCrossing member, thank you for picking up this book.

Happy BookCrossings!
 


Journal Entry 2 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, January 13, 2012

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In Depression-era America, everyone's running away from something. Some people join the circus to escape. Jacob Jankowski hitches a ride on a freight train and in that instant his life changes. By morning, he's landed a job with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. By nightfall, he's in love.

I've picked this book for the favourites roundabout. It wasn't my absolute favourite of the year but that was too big and heavy to post this this came second.

This book was full of fascinating insights, wonderful (though not always lovable) characters and a story line that I couldn't put down. I loved the fact that all the anecdotes were taken from old circus history and I'd never heard of the great circus trains of mid 1900's America. It is obvious Sara Gruen has done her research and don't forget to read the author's note at the end. As they say, the truth is stranger than fiction. 


Journal Entry 3 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Innsbruck, Tirol Austria on Friday, January 13, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (1/13/2012 UTC) at Innsbruck, Tirol Austria

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On it's way in the ring. 


Journal Entry 4 by ahabraken at Innsbruck, Tirol Austria on Wednesday, February 01, 2012

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I am looking forward to reading this book - I had a look at it several times, but still didn´t buy it as my pile of to be read books is so high. Hope it will be as good as I think it will be! 


Journal Entry 5 by ahabraken at Innsbruck, Tirol Austria on Wednesday, March 07, 2012

7 out of 10

Released 5 yrs ago (3/7/2012 UTC) at Innsbruck, Tirol Austria

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I enjoyed reading this book a lot and am definetely going to see the movie as well. The only thing I didn't really like was the ending - too American in my humble opinion. The book would not make the top of my favourites list, but it was a nice read. 


Journal Entry 6 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, March 11, 2012

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Oh dear, I already had one copy of this book on my TBR pile, but then I went and watched the movie, had no inclination to read the book anymore (that always happens to me) and passed the book to my mother. Now I guess I have to give it a go anyway. Won't make any promises, though ;) 


Journal Entry 7 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, April 04, 2012

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Well, it went just like I anticipated: I tried to get started, but since I've seen the movie and know the story, the book just didn't hold my attention. Sorry! 


Journal Entry 8 by franaloe at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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Arrived today together with elstaplador's favorite, which I'll consider as my April read. I'll read this one in May, or asap, whatever comes first :)

Thanks for sending and sharing! 


Journal Entry 9 by franaloe at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Monday, April 30, 2012

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Haha, I thought I would work during the 8 hour train ride of last weekend, but I made the mistake of opening this book. I just had to read and read and read; couldn't put it down! The story is very american, in my point of view, but it sure swallowed me completely. Before I knew I had arrived at my destination. Luckily, the book was just finished then too!

Although it will never be my favorite, I do respect writers that can produce a book that never lets you go. Thanks for selecting this book! 


Journal Entry 10 by franaloe at a bookring, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, May 03, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (5/3/2012 UTC) at a bookring, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

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I guess we are waaaay ahead of schedule now, since this was my May book, but I am still sending this book on to the next on the list. Thanks for picking this one, earthcaroleanne! 


Journal Entry 11 by LiniP at Schwäbisch Hall, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Got this book as my June read and it will also probably not travel much earlier, as I donated some TBR books to the EU-1,001-VBB and most of the books donated were chosen. Will post it end June/early July. 


Journal Entry 12 by LiniP at Schwäbisch Hall, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Monday, June 18, 2012

7 out of 10

The story was good entertainment and is that not what the circus is for. I actually liked the story in the present the best. Thank you for sharing this book, earthcaroleanne. It will soon travel to grovalskii. 


Journal Entry 13 by LiniP at Gaildorf, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Thursday, June 21, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (6/21/2012 UTC) at Gaildorf, Baden-Württemberg Germany

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The book is off to the next person in the round-about. 


Journal Entry 14 by grovalskii at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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the book is with me now. 


Journal Entry 15 by grovalskii at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Thursday, August 02, 2012

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I read this book while on vacation and it was just the right type of book for some lazy afternoons. Really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing, earthcaroleanne! 


Journal Entry 16 by grovalskii at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Monday, August 06, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (8/6/2012 UTC) at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany

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Mailed the book out today to the next reader in the round about 


Journal Entry 17 by Qantaqa at Dachau, Bayern Germany on Friday, August 10, 2012

10 out of 10

Good choice for the favourite book roundabout! I read this book a while ago and liked it a lot - here's my journal entry: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/6447944/.
I'll pass this on to the next reader in the next few days. 


Journal Entry 18 by LilyKlip at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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The book arrived. I already read it though... Really liked it. I'll keep it with me for now. Maybe I can pass it on together with the next one in the roundabout to save on some postage.

Thanks for sharing it! 


Journal Entry 19 by LilyKlip at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Monday, November 12, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (11/12/2012 UTC) at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany

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And off it goes to marsala. 


Journal Entry 20 by marsala at Ravenstein, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Monday, November 19, 2012

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And it arrived safely!

I've allready read this book, but it's only the first time that's happenend in the roundabout. I think it's a great choice! I loved the whole circus setting and like franaloe has said before, I don't think it will be one of my favourites, but it has definitely made an impression and I really enjoyed it.  


Journal Entry 21 by marsala at Favourite Book Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, December 07, 2012

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On it's way to the last reader! 


Journal Entry 22 by elstaplador at Woking, Surrey United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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My last book in the Favourites roundabout! Thank you! 


Journal Entry 23 by elstaplador at Woking, Surrey United Kingdom on Monday, January 21, 2013

6 out of 10

This, I think, is the last bookring that I have coming to me. I will think quite hard before I enter any more, at least for the foreseeable future.

Anyway, I sort of liked this book, but felt that I could have liked it more; it was an engaging story that fell short of 'delightful'. I found the constant use of the present tense breathy and irritating, and never really engaged with any of the characters. It felt a little bit superficial and clumsy. The villains kicked puppies (well, they didn't, but they would have done had there been any puppies around); the protagonist wasn't terribly interesting; the love interest's background was spectacularly unconvincing. I did like the background and the setting; Gruen had clearly done her research. Overall, though, it never quite won me over. 


Journal Entry 24 by elstaplador at Favourite Book Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, January 25, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (1/25/2013 UTC) at Favourite Book Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Returning to the original owner. Thank you, earthcaroleanne, and everybody, for the Favourites Roundabout - I've really enjoyed it! 


Journal Entry 25 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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Thanks for returning this to me. I'm so glad everyone seems to have enjoyed it. I'll have to decide where it will carry on it's journey. 


Journal Entry 26 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (1/29/2013 UTC) at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom

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Passed to a colleague at work before it journeys further afield. 


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