Sunday, June 2, 2013

June Book Club Selection: A Dog's Purpose

For the month of June, the fiveleveninety book club will be reading A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron! Much like The Wednesday Letters, this book has been a part of my collection for a few years without once being cracked open. (The water stains at the bottom of the book itself suggest that I've had it since I spilled water all over my window sill, where I used to keep my books my sophomore year in college - 2009. Yikes!)
"All dogs go to heaven... unless they have unfinished business here on Earth. 
This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog's Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here? 
Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog.
But this life as a family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders - will he ever find his purpose? 
Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on Earth is born with a purpose."
Being a dog lover, I knew that this would be a great read (whenever I got around to it), and what better time to read a fun book like this than summer time! Let me know in the comments if you're reading along or if you've read this book before and what you thought of it!

For my review of last month's book, The Wednesday Letters, click "Read more"!

The Wednesday Letters was a quick and easy read. For me, it wasn't a can't-put-it-down kind of book, but the story moved along swiftly and was entertaining enough that I kept coming back to it.

The story was based around the Cooper family: the parents/innkeepers, Jack and Laurel, and their three children, Matthew, Malcolm, and Samantha. Although these were presumably all important characters, the core of the story was focused on Malcolm and Jack. The Malcolm-Jack plot line was great, but I found myself wanting more of a backstory on Matthew, Samantha, and especially Laurel. I feel like the reader barely had the opportunity to know any more than one or two details about any one of them.

This books seemed like it was a little rushed to be finished, and it could have definitely been a few chapters longer, but it had many twists and turns, and a really sweet premise and ending, so it kind of makes up for the lack of detail. It's not the greatest book in the world, but it certainly isn't the worst. Give it a shot if you need something easy to pass the time!

1 comment:

  1. I have seen several copies of A Dog's Purpose in our local bookstore. Now that I read your review, I'll definitely grab a copy! :)