I’m usually pretty selective about the books I buy. I request most of the ones I want to read from the library, unless I’m going on vacation or I’ve heard the book is fantastic. But my mom loves to read books about dogs so I bought “The Art of Racing in the Rain” without knowing whether I would really like it. The fact that the author of “Water for Elephants” endorsed the book on the cover made my decision.

The book comes from the point of a view of a dog, Enzo.  Enzo talks about his desire to speak and how badly he would like thumbs.  What I found most interesting about this book was how integral dogs are in our lives.  They live our highs and our lows with us. We share our deepest secrets with them when no one else is listening.  They capture such a large part of our lives.

I do hate reading sad books, and I will admit that this one made me cry. But it also made me think about my dog in an interesting, new way.  Maybe she’s more of a confidant than I realized.

Here’s a quote I marked,”To live everyday as if it had been stolen from death, that is how I would like to live. To feel the joy of life, as Eve felt the joy of life. To separate oneself from the burden, the angst, the anguish that we all encounter every day. To say that I am alive, I am wonderful, I am, I am. That is something to aspire to. When I am a person, that is how I will live my life.”