Anyway, these are my latest reads. I have thus far been incredibly impressed with the skill of the authors in both their writings and their ability to craft a story. I would highly recommend any of these books as an easy read to fill those 5-10 minute periods throughout your week when you wish you had something to keep you occupied.
Book #1 - THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
Okay, so knowing how we LOVE our beautiful doggies, how could I resist a book with a golden retriever on the cover. I stumbled upon this book while browsing in the bookstore during my lunch break one day. After reading the back cover I discovered that the book was writen from the perspective of the dog.... the Dog! Can you imagine?
I thought it sounded like an incredibly interesting premise for the dog to be telling the family's story, so I picked it up off the bargin table and thank goodness I did. I started reading it that afternoon at the gym then restarted when Brian and I got in the car, reading aloud to him.
We thought that it was a wonderful story and loved getting the dog's perspective on things. But I must warn you, it can be one of those bittersweet sad books!!! But sad in a great uplifting sort of way.
"You manifest that which is before you." So go ahead and read this one!
Our beautiful doggies who inspired me to buy the book.
Spankie (above) and Rocky (below) our first "children" who bring us much joy in our everyday lives.
Book #2 LUCKY
Lucky also happens to be the name of our cat, but that had nothing at all to do with me buying this book. I actually went to the bookstore looking for this book. A couple of years ago I read Alice Sebold's other book, "The Lovely Bones" and was enthralled. Both of Sebold's books deal with the rapes of young women, Sebold's book being the auto-biography of her own rape. Though the subject matter is horrifying, I found the book strangly captivating. Sebold tells her story in a way that only she could tell it. She writes very well and seems to be able to put into words the gamut of emotions that families go through while enduring adversity and tragedy.
Oddly enough, Sebold is able to present her story in such a way that the reader does not develop pity for her character, but pride caused by the strength she shows and her determination to overcome the shadows that follow her. I'll say no more so that I don't ruin the book, except that this one is high on my list of favorites.
And finally Book #3 ANGELS AND DEMONS
Yes this is the first Dan Brown novel that I have read, and I am loving it. I very much enjoy movies like "The Davinci Code" and "National Treasure" that have a puzzle motif. But for some reason I had previously shyed away from the Dan Brown novels fearing that all the hype would leave me feeling disappointed. Well friends, believe what you hear because Dan Brown can turn a tale.
I'm about half way through the book and am completely captivated. I can't wait to get on the elliptical machine this afternoon and get to reading. I am a bit of a history buff, so the fact the Brown combines the factual history (locations of artwork, actual history, etc) with the mythologies (masonic and illuminati legend) makes this book that much more interesting. I'm really enjoying trying to solve the puzzles before the characters (though I haven't beaten them yet) and can't wait to see how the whole thing turns out.
Well that's enough for today. I've got a busy weekend ahead full of cleaning, football, and hunting. More on that next week. For now, I'm off to read and get a start on my weekend.