Thoughts: The Art of Racing in the Rain

taoritrgs by Garth Stein, HarperCollins 2008, 321 pages.


I’m giving this FIVE (5) pieces of pie!     fourpie +  pieratingsml !!!!!!

I can’t defend it as some great piece of literature nor can I deny it if someone else says it is.   I, me, myself all agree – this was perfect for all of us.

Dog as narrator.  CHECK.

Positive philosophies.  CHECK.

Moving story / awesome characterization / well-paced action/ believable dialog /  descriptive language / other valued whatevers.  CHECK.

I cried.   I laughed.   I identified.

I looked at my own dog and wondered….  (nah, my dog is not as smart as Enzo;

gradcrop or maybe he is…)


Do I think you will love it?   I have no clue.    You want to know more about it?    Go click on these links:

at Amazon,     a sample other review from Jill/Softdrink/Fizzy Beverage – I could have sworn she rev’d this but I couldn’t find it!,

update…   FOUND IT!  (not really, Jill helped:      Fizzy Bev’s review.)

an endearingly excessive but understandable gushing from Hey Lady Trish,    the review that made me finally open the darn thing,     the awesome incredible blogger that awarded me this wonderfulness:  Jessica,

what?  you need more?!?!?

ok…     here’s the link to the awesome Book Blog Search Engine’s results:     CLICK HERE

or, the official site.

(I’m really out of practice with this reviewing thing, huh?!)

13 thoughts on “Thoughts: The Art of Racing in the Rain

  1. Wasn’t this great? I read it last year and it made my top reads of the year. People think I am crazy, but I don’t know, maybe it was the dog narrator that did it for me? Something different? Who knows! Good in any case! Glad you enjoyed!

    I’m really out of practice with the reviewing thing, too. lol

    hi Kailana! This book touched my heart. It seems to be having an effect on everyone who reads it.

  2. I loved this book too and will be posting my review soon. My dog got lots of extra pats as I read this because I do think she’s as smart as Enzo and I didn’t want her to think bad things about me.

    I look forward to reading your thoughts on this. 🙂

  3. Not only do I love this book, but I LOVE this review. It’s exactly how I felt when I first read this. (What kind of dog do you have?) Anyway, I’m so glad that you enjoyed this! And I’m really so very jealous that you have a signed copy!

    Thanks Jessica! I have a Wire-haired Pointing Griffon and he might be as smart as Enzo but I am not sure he is as devoted to me (he has a problem with coming when called – but that’s likely my issue more than his!) Thanks again for the book.

  4. I love your review. I don’t have this book and probably won’t find a copy for a while, but I’ll remember it. I love it when you get all gushy over a book. 🙂

    I did love this book. sigh…

  5. I liked this too and will be reviewing when I finally get back into a reviewing mood. It was not what I expected, which is always refreshing, ya’ know?

    Yes, refreshing. You give me pause – what was I expecting and did it exceed? YES, I think that must be it.

  6. Yay! I am so glad that you loved this book as much as I did! I think that this book is a muct read by all dog lovers. Great!

    You were correct! I loved it.

  7. Oh, I’m so glad you liked this book! I really can’t wait for the next book Garth Stein puts out!

    I know! Have you read his other stuff?

  8. this was a fun way of reviewing! I liked this review…is the pies the new rating system?!

    I have not read this book, but it sounds like it is up my alley since I think my dog is much smarter than he lets on.

    yes! pies! I think my page of books read has a link to my pie explanation. I’m thinking a bit fond of my cleverness.

  9. I too really enjoyed the book. I just saw the author started his in account on Twitter so I am interested to see what he will have to say there.

    Um, is Garth paying you to do this?! You left this same msg on another post of mine a couple of days ago. Which is OK, I’m not complaining = you are being a dedicated fan (or employee).

  10. I don’t know why I do it … these dog books. They break my heart everytime. But I cannot resist them. I read them while cuddled with my two mutts and I cry and rub their ears and smile and think to myself “we really need to visit the shelter soon, wouldn’t another pup be perfect!” My biological clock only ticks when I’m around or thinking of fur-babies 🙂

    You are so cool. I was just chatting in FB with a friend who found a stray pup – she’s been a ‘temp’ family member for 2 weeks now. My friend’s got a soft spot for the pooches, too.

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