I have been sitting at The Bad Waitress for the last 3.5 hours and finally finished "Water for Elephants." It was truly amazing and my mind is reeling. The characters were so easy to connect with and no matter how long I left it sitting on my bookshelf or in my bag in between readings, I was immediately engrossed as soon as I picked it up. As a visual person(helloooo, I'm a photographer after all!), I loved all of the vivid imagery, the richness of characters, the depth that Sara Gruen found and explored in this book. I would recommend it to anyone!!!