It's not often here at Twitarded that we recommend reading materials that don't contain enough porny smut to make a hooker blush -- but there's a first time for everything, right? Not to worry though -- we haven't been abducted by aliens or anything. I'm sure we'll be right back on the porn train before you know it. I'm just feeling a little mushy today.
My goal this summer is to get back into "normal" reading. And by "normal" I mean no young-adult vampire books. Actually, I'm going to try and stay away from vampires all together. I'm not so sure how that's going to pan out for me, but I'm going to give it my best shot.
A few weeks ago, my grandmother called to tell me my aunt had given her a book she thought I would really like called "A Dog's Purpose". I guess since I have two dogs, it would make sense to her that I'd like this book. I was a little suspicious at first -- my aunt and I have never swapped reading material before. She's more of the religious type and frankly, would probably have a heart attack over some of the stuff I like to read.
So I curled up on the front porch one afternoon and started reading "A Dog's Purpose." I will say one thing -- if you own a dog, or love dogs, you MUST read this book. Sure, it's sad in parts, but it's also a smartly written novel told from a dog's point of view. And I'm totally the type of person who likes to put words in my dogs' mouths so I immediately fell in love with this book's voice.
The author, W Bruce Cameron, who also wrote "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter", tells the tale of a dog who finds himself reincarnated and decides there must be a reason, a purpose he must fulfill, and until he does so, he'll continue to be reborn. The story is narrated by Bailey -- a wise and funny dog who is very much... a dog.
I'm not going to sugar coat it and say you won't cry because that would be a lie. I cried more during this book than I did when I read "Marley & Me" -- but don't let that deter you. I laughed too! For me, there's nothing funnier than the antics of a puppy and especially hearing it from their own point of view.
This book also got me thinking -- will my George be reincarnated as a new dog with another family after he leaves us? He's getting on in years and honestly I think I mostly cried because it made me realize he may not be with us for much longer. I only hope if this does happen, his new family treats him with the same love and respect that we do. And that he's a good boy.
Now I'm all anxious to read more doggy books, there are a ton out there. I know Twitarded nation boasts a lot of dog owners and lovers -- has anyone read a good dog-related book lately? Help a h00ker out...