I have been thinking lately how difficult it is to find really good books to read, books with characters that come alive for me.
The kind of book that when it ends I'm sad, because I don't want it to end.
In the last couple of years, I've only read two such books: "Water for Elephants", which Cliff is reading now and loves also; and "Peace Like A River".
Further back, "Green Mile" was a keeper, too. In fact, Water For Elephants reminds me of Green Mile.
When I finish such a book, I go hunting for something that sounds similar, but there's never anything close. I just have to wait until I accidentally stumble onto a good one again.
If you've read any of the above-mentioned books and think you know of a similar book I might like, please tell me in a comment.