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Book Club: The Art of Racing in the Rain

Tonight was book club. A group of us ladies get together about monthly or so to discuss a book, work, life and just enjoy each other’s company. I don’t get out often enough but when I do, I have  a great time. It’s a group full of friendly, intelligent, fun women.

This month’s read was The Art of Racing in the Rain, which is told from a dog’s perspective. It lead me to leaving movies on for Maizey when she is home alone and my explaining the details of where I’m going, where she is going, for how long and other details of what’s happening each day. Yes, I’m turning more and more into that dog person.books-1

Appropriately so, we had book club at a bar that allows dogs (yes, our book club sometimes meets at bars). Maizey came along after a day of daycare, so she was pretty tuckered out. Everyone said she was so cute and so sweet. I instantly liked everyone more. 😉

Maizey cracked everyone up with her antics, including resting her head on my shoulder and climbing up on the table behind us and just sitting there. Watching us. Cocking her head during the conversation. I wish the lighting were better in these pictures. It was hilarious. Oh Puppa. 

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As usual, she avoided looking at the camera. She hates Apple products. I’m not kidding. She turns her head from the iPhone when I’m taking pictures and smacks my MacBook Air with her paw. Apparently she’s a PC.

The book we read before Racing in the Rain was On the Divinity of Second Chances. This is a story about a family with interesting trials, and solutions. A young woman building a mud house. A 14-year-old boy accidentally killing someone. A trouble marriage saved without words. Tap dancing healing hearts and souls. A fire saving a life.

It was hard to get into at first, but once I figured out the characters (each chapter is told by a different character), I really enjoyed it. Plus, it was a book with some really great quotes. Insightful, inspiring quotes. I like that.books-2

Next on our reading list is Village of Sycamore….which I just downloaded as the very first book on my new Kindle! I borrowed my friend’s Kindle for the past month (thanks Liz!) and I got hooked.

When Amazon released their new line of Kindles earlier this month, I cashed in some credit card points to get one. I’m a total book person. I love books. Real, paper and ink books. I was strongly opposed to Kindles for the longest time. Then I tried it. And I love it. I find I read a lot more with it because it’s so convenient and easy to tote around. And it saves trees. Or something like that.

What are you reading right now? Are you in a book club? To Kindle or not to Kindle?

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15 Comments

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    Lauren
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    I love my Kindle, but unfortunately, the screen broke the other day. They have 1 year warranties, so hopefully, I can get a new one!

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    Lee
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    I loved the Art of Racing in the Rain.

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    ashley
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    That reminds me of the dog bar in NoDa where we used to live in Charlotte! I wish Maizey + Dakota could meet!!

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    [email protected]
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    I’m torn on the kindle thing. I LOVE books. The smell. Etc. But on trips and such, it’s nice to not have to think about what to bring.

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    Suzette Mahoney
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    I am reading The Art of Racing in the Rain right now for my book club. It has made me talk more to my dog too! I am about 60% done with it (on a Kindle!)

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    Steph @ A Life without Ice Cream
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    Right now I’m reading Still Alice by Lisa Genova and it’s knocking my socks off! So good!

    I’ve been tossing around the idea of the Kobo (Chapters’ version of the Kindle) but I just keep coming back to the fact that I love actually holding a book etc.

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    [email protected]
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    I LOVED The Art of Racing in the Rain…such a fun read, and sweet too. Sometimes I look at my dog now and wonder….hmmm?

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    natalie (the sweets life)
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    oooh I highly recommend The Paris Wife, which I finished a few weeks ago. Right now I’m reading Secret Daughter and I’m loving that as well!

    I enjoy your book posts 🙂

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    Sophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn
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    Oh I wish I was in a book club, it sounds like so much fun!
    I’m reading several things right now, the product of doing an English degree 😛
    I’m reading Richard II, a fascinating (:-P) book on grammar and some poetry, it’s an interesting mix!
    I was really opposed to the idea of Kindles at first because I love the feel of holding a book and I like forming my collection (I’d love to have a library in my house one day!) but now I quite like the idea of having both. They sound brilliant for traveling 🙂

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    Alicia from Poise in Parma
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    But what if I am already THAT type of dog person? 🙂

    I have wanted to read that book for awhile now. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Jackie @ Baking Charms
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    I really love my NOOK 🙂

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    kelly bean
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    I haven’t read “The Art of Racing in the Rain” yet, but it’s on my TO READ list.

    Similar to that is “A Dog’s Purpose” http://goo.gl/8JuPQ I loved it and seriously cried (I’m talking waterworks here, and I’m not ashamed to admit it) SEVERAL times while reading it. It was a good sad though, not like “the fox and the hound” sad, which I still never got over… LOL

    PS: I held off on getting a kindle for the LONGEST time until a friend of mine got a nook and let me play with it. Once I saw the convenience and how easy it really was to read, I fell in love. I still read “books” but I LOVE my kindle. It upped the time I’ve spent reading, lately.

    Wow, long comment!

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    Mandy
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    I loved, loved, loved the book “Racing in the Rain”! Do you have any other suggestions? I’m searching for a new read!

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      Teri
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      Yep! Check out my “Read” tab or add me as a friend on Goodreads to see what I’ve read recently.

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    Courtney
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    Immediately after reading your post on this book I got an email from goodreads that another friend of mine put it on her “to-read” list…interesting since I had never even heard of it!

    I’m in a book club now too and I love it! I can’t believe I was never in one before because it’s so fun. I guess I never felt the need to discuss books that I had read, but the book club discussions make me think about them in different ways. We just read “Maus” by Art Spiegelman (a Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel about the Holocaust) which is a book I would never have picked up on my own, but it was fascinating and I’m glad to have read it, even though it’s difficult subject matter. The others in the group had much more background knowledge about the Holocaust than I, and I came away from our meeting feeling very educated. Highly recommended!

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