If you're looking for a book to add to your reading list, please add this one: Water for Elephants
If you just read a short summary of the plot, you might be turned away. The thought of a plot revolving around a circus doesn't really appeal to me either. But it's not about the circus. It's about the characters, and the circus is just an interesting backdrop. Actually, some of the animals are pretty interesting characters themselves. There is adventure, drama, and of course love.
Anyway, I really enjoyed this book. If you haven't already read it, add it to your list or buy it for a friend.