Book Review: ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ by Garth Stein


Hi All,

I may have mentioned that I love to read.  No?  Well I do. I love to read books of all types… fiction and non-fiction.  Obviously much of what I read is scientific and about pet health, but I love fiction as a way to relax.  That said, I hope to include an occasional post about a book I have enjoyed.  I’ll try not to overload you with thrillers and mysteries as those are my favorites, but I love all books and have been know to say, “I never saw a book that I didn’t love.”

The paper and the smell of a book are wonderful, but I have to admit to owning a kindle and a tablet. Anymore I read off of those as often as a paper book.  Let’s face it, they are more portable and they are hooked to the ‘net’ where more good reads can be had. Plus they hold lots of books at one time.  A readers dream!  Right?!

Ami (golden retriever) and Nancy Hayes

Ami and I are reading a book together in the sunroom.

My latest read is probably one many have read or at least have seen:  “The Art of Racing In The Rain” by Garth Stein. I’ll admit I don’t read lots of books about animals since I love pets tons, but spend my days with them nearly everyday.  There really is such a thing as too much of a good (wonderful, loving) thing. That said, this book was on my to do list.  I admit, one of the reasons I don’t read many animal (dog and cat) related books, is there is often a sad ending. I hate that, and sadness is hard enough when it is real life.  Why tolerate it when it is fiction?  Well, because it is so empowering sometimes.  I loved this book!

If you haven’t read it I encourage you to do so.  It is sad, funny, inspiring, courageous and more all wrapped into one.  I tend to read in spurts, a few chapters a night, but I couldn’t put this book down.  It is really well written and you get sucked into the story line.  The book is narrated by the dog, Enzo.  It’s a memoir of sorts. If you like to read, and aren’t afraid to see a little sadness with lots of love, check it out!  It is well worth it!

Dr Nancy