33. Sara Gruen – Water for Elephants – I absolutely adored this book. When I was working, I was trying to think of ways to sneak in some reading time. I finished it very quickly, and it is definitely one of my favorites now. It is about a man who seems to have his life set out for him until a tragic event that leads him to accidentally join a circus. The characters were very well developed, and her research into train circuses and the Great Depression helped give the book a feeling of authenticity. Highly recommended.