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Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen

There’s nothing quite like a good book, with good writing, well-developed characters, and a great story, to get my creative juices flowing. The more I read, the more I want to write. It’s a little reminder how effective the written word and one’s imagination can be. I just finished Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen (was a little disappointed in the movie though). I’m also the nerd who reads every bit of the book and found the “Author’s Notes” at the end very interesting; fascinating to read about her inspiration behind the book and how she gathered her information.

Here’s a few more on my summer reading list:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold (also wrote Lovely Bones)

-reread a favorite; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Listening in an Act of Love Storycorps

-The Corrections by Johnathon Franzen

Written by Stephanie Wolf

Stephanie Wolf

An Atlanta native, Stephanie Wolf has performed professionally with the Minnesota Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado). She has a BA in Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College of California. Her writing has been published in national and regional media outlets, including Dance Informa, Indianapolis Star, and the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Currently, Stephanie lives in Denver, where she is a public radio producer and reporter. She loves bluegrass, cooking, Netflix, and owls.