Welcome to my first ever book review.

I personally never read book reviews so this should be, erm, fun.

I finished reading the most recommended book by my darling readers titled Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

First of all, I remember clearly stating when I asked for recommendations to keep ’em clean since I am a bit on the prudish side. WHAT WOULD YOU PEOPLE HAVE RECOMMENDED IF I HADN’T SAID THAT?

Sweet tenderloins! There was swearing,liquor, strippers, prostitutes, murder and boobs galore!


However, it was a very good book. And it has a pretty cover. Sure I say I picked it because it was the most recommended, but truth be told when I was facing the fiction section at the bookstore it all boiled down to which one was the prettiest.

Dear Marketers,


Sincerely, Casey

Since the moosh’s favorite movie lately is Dumbo, and Water for Elephants takes place at a circus, the similarities between Disney and Ms. Gruen are plentiful. (Well, after you take out the swearing, strippers, prostitutes, murder and boobs. Surprisingly there’s a bunch of liquor flowing in Dumbo. Pink elephants anyone?) I never knew what a roustabout was until reading the book, I just sang along to the song blissfully naive of roustabouts drunken rich history. And I also get it now why an elephant in a circus is such a big deal. Who knew?

What else goes in a book review? Can I even call this a book review? Well, I can ask that if there are any books on my big list that may be too much for my tender brain to process give me a little warning, you saucy book readers you.


  1. I love Disney movies.

  2. This is right after The Time Traveler’s Wife for me.

    Even though Dumbo (and Alice and Wonderland) was my least favorite Disney movie.

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  3. ha ha! This is the best book review I’ve ever read.
    Just finished Water for Elephants, and have to say, didn’t love it. Maybe it was too hyped up. Or maybe I just didn’t have a lot to relate to on the circus front.

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  4. I just checked and “A Girl Named Zippy” by Haven Kimmel is not on your list and I was kind of sad that you didn’t list my suggestion. And then I remembered that I didn’t comment. And here’s more proof that my memory has been shot to hell since becoming full-time stay-at-home mom. Anyway, back to the book. It’s funny, clever and clean as a whistle (I hope…note the disclaimer about my memory above).

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  5. i always judge a book by its cover 😉

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  6. I like the book reviews! It’s fun to see what other people are reading. And isn’t the cover the most important part?

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  7. i don’t know if this is already on your list or not, but i just finished it the other day and it was amazing.

    the kite runner by Khaled Hosseini.

    have you read it?

    kinda depressing…i’m not gonna lie, but so worth the read.

    that’s all i gots to say ’bout that.


    and i’m totally about the harry potter curses. my fave: accio “whatever i need.” it that worked, i would be the happiest woman in the galaxy.

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  8. correction: if that worked.

    if, people.

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  9. I understood you cleaness rating! It is totally the same with me. I actually thought Nora Roberts was too filled with sexual desires. I have enjoyed Jeanette Oke’s books (Christian romance) The Meeting Place and The Sacred Shore. I also liked her Canadian West Saga. I just don’t know how people can read so fast!

  10. I can’t believe I forgot to mention Haven Kimmel! Yes, her memoir “A Girl Named Zippy” is great. You should definitely read that next. It’s sweet, heartwarming, and wonderful. Her non-fiction books are really good too, and contain 0 boobs, prostitutes or swearing. There may be a teensy bit of liquor, but it’s not a major component.

  11. Just want to say that I just checked your book list, and I thought I’d let you know that THE MEMORY KEEPER’S DAUGHTER is ONE CRAPPY BOOK that’s not worth reading. Sorry to the nice person who suggested it.

    You should substitute “The Time-traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger instead. THAT is a goooooood book.

    Although there is a bit of stuff that a prude wouldn’t appreciate, it’s totally worth the penance. 🙂

  12. I loved Water for Elephants! I thought it was really beautiful.

    I’m reading A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, same author as The Kite Runner. So far really good.

    Great review!

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  13. One really clean book that I saw on your list was Love Walked In. It’s great, and very, very clean.

    And reading all the other comments, Time Traveler’s Wife IS a great book, but not clean. But if you can get past the “stuff” and get into the story, it is one of my favorites.

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  14. I’m surprised that a little bit of boobilage shocked you when you, quite bravely, wrote in great detail about your trip to get your…ahem…girly bits balded.

    I also just read this book a couple of months ago and while I was impressed by the storytelling and the writing itself, I found it extremely difficult to read. I HATE circuses and anything related to animal abuse, so I spent most of those parts crying and my soul aching. I found it easier to read about the men being thrown from the train.

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  15. I haven’t read this book because I’ve read reviews elsewhere that make me think there is abuse of the elephant which I couldn’t tolerate.

    I just finished Time Traveller’s Wife and it was excellent!!

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  16. Okay, here you go:

    Thumbs up on A Thousand Splendid Suns, but it isn’t all brownies and and fun, just so you know.

    Loose Lips by Claire Berlinski (CIA fun, smart women, etc.)

    The Violin Maker

    Savannah Blues and Savannah Breezes by Mary Kay Andrews

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  17. I’m still pulling for the author Marian Keyes! Start with Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married- It’s laugh out loud funny, but it’s not silly, and it doesn’t make your brain hurt to read it.

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  18. I don’t read. Tim reads…alot. His vocabulary is much larger than mine because of it. I should read.

    However, I heart Dumbo! It’s my fav disney show. My mom said that when I was little it was the first movie I ever cried in. You know the part where he’s being rocked by his mommy while she’s all locked up….ya still makes me tear up today.

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  19. Just so you know, Love in the time of Cholera is mostly about sex. And while I haven’t actually finished it, so maybe there’s a big reveal in the end which will change my mind, it’s not all that interesting. I’m a super fast reader also, and it’s taken me a month to read it–it keeps putting me to sleep.

    And, I enjoyed the Memory Keepers Daughter. Calling it crappy is a bit harsh.

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  20. You want my thoughts? Don’t read. Do drugs.

    Okay, not that. Do the opposite.

    Really, though, here are my comments are your book list:
    Kite Runner – I’ve heard it’s kind of graphic, so I didn’t finish it.

    The Goose Girl – fun, light, easy read but really not that amazing of a book (sorry to my old roommate who’s relative wrote it… or something)

    Handmaid’s Tale – read it in Junior High (?), but I remember it being a little “eye opening”… though I just remember that I thought that, not why.

    Joy Luck Club – I really loved this just because it was so different from anything else.

    Shopaholic – Oh my goodness, if you want to whip through a book and feel like you don’t have a shopping problem, read this book. It’s great! She drops the f-bomb in her British way, but that’s about it.

    Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – a great series and really fun and light.

    Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency – Like joy luck club, this book is different from a lot of others, and for that I enjoyed it. It wasn’t deep but it wasn’t too light.

    So yeah, all of these (of course except Kite Runner) I can say are good for the prude in you 🙂

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  21. As someone who also enjoys the lack of swearing and sex in books these are my recomeendations for you – “A walk to remember” by Nicholas Sparks (way better than the movie but be careful of his other books as they all tend to include a little sex), “The Giver” by Lois Lowry (actually a children’s book but still good), The Secret Journal of Brett Colton by Kay Lynn Magnum (she is an LDS author) and The Only Alien on the Planet, though I have no clue who it by.

    I love reading, usually not to make me a whole lot smarter but for escape.

    I love your blog, so keep on writing.

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  22. Love in the time of cholera is a major boobie book. So is Outlander (There is also man-rape in one of the novels, but I love them. Jamie Fraser is my boyfriend.)

    You should add “The Time Travelers Wife” to your list it is a lovely read.

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  23. seriously, we were just watching Dumbo the other night…what in the world was Disney on?? I think the samething about that darn Fantasia…come on…give up the drugs.

    Anyway, never heard of the book you reviewed, but with drinking, sluttin and like behavior how can you (or the book) go wrong?

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  24. I’ve been meaning to read this one – and now that you say it is chock-full of scandalous content, I’m moving it up on my list. 🙂

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  25. When you posted a book request I was going to chime in but got distracted by children and forgot.
    I see that all of my suggestions have been stated.
    Since Christmas I have read, Eat Love Pray for the second time. Love it.
    The Kite Runner and The Land Of A Thousand Splendid Suns. As I closed the second one (three days to read both) I looked at my husband and stressed that we need to take our children and show them the world and how fortunate they are.
    I read the first three Shopaholic books in about five days. I am on the forth with the last one waiting. Easy, easy read and yes can make you feel slightly better about yourself on a few things, but entertaining also. I also have Sophie Kinsella’s book The Undomestic Goddess in the pile to be read.
    I read The Lessons of Love by Melody Beattie for a more serious read. A self help book I guess, with a nice story reaffirming for me that I am fortunate and have a great life.
    At book club last night we chose Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. Looking forward to getting to this one soon.
    My sister gave me The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
    Also in my pile to read Atonement by Ian McEwan and Brick Lane by Monica Ali.
    There are also a few others that grabbed my attention from the discount rack, more knowledge attaining then entertaining. One about Kabbalah, Jesus and Islam. As well as Parenting books and Yoga books I refer to regularly and a few I have to get to.
    I read a few years ago but have kept to read again, Little Alters Everywhere and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells.
    I have to add that I liked The Memory Keepers Daughter. Not a joyful read but, maybe a bit depressing and/or sad but a good book.

  26. I was going to add that Jodi Picoult’s books are usually a good read. I really liked My Sister’s Keeper.

  27. I checked that one out of the library, but never got around to it before the due date (do that all the time). Then my friend told me it was R-rated so how handy is that that I was too lazy to read it!

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  28. PS Apparently The Handmaid’s Tale is on your list. Just so you know, there is a bit of disturbing sexual content. But, still such a thought-provoking book, I consider it worth it.

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  29. What about Atonement? I picked it up the other weekend with Le Binky YouKnowWho and started it. I don’t think I’ve gotten past chapter two yet.

    Stupid jobs and kids taking up my time.

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  30. I guess it depends on what genre of books you enjoy. Here are some ideas from me:

    Janet Evanovich writes pretty clean books. The most offensive thing she’s written would be some swear words. I enjoy her writing. It is light and fun.

    I really like all titles from Nelson DeMille (author)– books about spies, espionage, etc.

    I’m actually reading Charlie Wilson’s War right now. If you like documentary-like books it is good. Lots of unnecessary swearing though.

    Good luck on finding a truly CLEAN book though. There should be a book rating system or something!

  31. well- I really think The Time Traveller’s Wife is awesome- so that is my reading reccomendation. However- there’s sex. there’s the F word multiple times- and there is so much beauty and insight- it’s totally worth it.

    That or I’m a total heathen. It’s possible.

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  32. I loved that book too. That scene with the boobs going around in circles does stick in the mind though. I will also throw my hat in the ring for Time Traveler’s Wife!

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  33. I’m reading *Pamela*, you know, the Novel of all Novels from the 18th century? Samuel Richardson? It’s this great blend of prude-y and porn-y: a virtuous, gorgeous servant maid abducted by her horny employer. But she resists! Is virtous! Prays a lot! Writes lovely letters to her parents! In the end, he is won over by her chaste and honest behaviour, and he marries her.

    Everybody wins! 🙂

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  34. Thanks for all the reviews on these books. It stinks to get started on a book that looks good but really isnt.I still have to finish it so I can figure out what happens. Cant handle not knowing.
    Memory Keeper’s Daughter very slow and difficult to finish. Although it had a thought provoking tale.
    The Glass Castle (haven’t finished it yet) so interesting that you have to finish it. People really are like that?
    Jodi Picoult Books are amazing. One of those authors that I want to collect every book she puts out.
    I have a confession though. I hate going to the library. I don’t like to wait on a book I want to read. And then I feel to pressured to finish it by the due date. I have to buy my books. Very bad habit. Please tell me im not alone. If the book is good I keep it. If it isn’t good I give it away for someone else to decide. Buying books is a compulsion I can’t control. Im addicted.

  35. We’ll I’m glad you said it. I too went out and read Water for Elephants when I saw how many people recommended it to you. And as I was reading it I thought similar things about the drinking, swearing, sex, etc. etc. (Although it was good) In fact, I thought to myself “Self, I was a little worried that my recommendation (the Red Tent) was a little too risque, but now. I’m quite sure it will be just fine. Just fine.”

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  36. i’m gonna have to read Water for Elephants now to find out why they have elephants in a circus.

    love in the time of cholera? no big reveal, just more boring….imo

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