This month marks the halfway point of this year’s reading challenge! I wish I could high-five each and every one of you! I hope you’re finding this challenge to be rewarding and fun – I know I sure am!
The challenge this month was to read a book you have no interest in reading that, either, everyone around you seems to love (i.e. Harry Potter, Divergent, Hunger Games, etc.) or that someone has recommended to you.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Even though this book has amazing reviews and over 4,000 5-star ratings on Amazon, I had no desire to read it. Have you ever wondered what your pets were thinking? The Art of Racing in the Rain answers that question. The story is told through the eyes of a dog, as he reflects on his life. He tells stories about his owner’s life: the man gets married, has a daughter, has marital issues, health issues, success in his career and some low times, too. The book definitely has a melancholy feeling to it. The dog narrator was very lovable, though, and it made me look at my own dog with fresh appreciation and love. In my opinion, the story itself was just ok, but the ending had a huge payoff and might have been one of the sweetest endings that I’ve ever read. Overall, even though I didn’t love it, I’m glad I read it.
Your Turn: Tell us in the comments below about your pick and your thoughts on it! Did you love it? Hate it? Are you glad you read it? Did it live up to the hype?