Monday, June 11, 2012

5 Reasons Why You Should Read 'A Dog's Purpose'

I read this bestselling book last week:

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Here's a brief plot synopsis, from the publisher:

"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?"

Although I purchased the book several months ago, I had been hesitant to read it because -- being written in the voice and viewpoint of the dog -- I was a little concerned that it might be silly. (Which, I am aware, sounds highly hypocritical coming from me, but I prefer my novels to be a little more sophisticated than my blog posts. So there. :)

I was wrong. It's not silly.

So, because it's summer (and we all need at least one good read over the summer), without giving away any more of the plot, here are five reasons why I think you should read this book:

5. It's written from the perspective of the dog, which, because Cameron seems to be some sort of canine mind-reader, makes for quite a thought-provoking (and often hilarious) read. 

4.  Although I found the first half of the book slow in a couple places, it's a page-turner. I read the entire book over about six hours (the second half pretty much had me riveted).

3. It will make you want to have a deep conversation with your dog (or, at minimum, give your dog your undivided attention, you know, just in case he's trying to tell you something important).

2. It will make you want to bear-hug your dog(s) and pretty much every other dog on the planet. 

1. The sequel, A Dog's Journey, just hit the stores (with outstanding reviews), but you won't fully grasp it if you haven't read A Dog's Purpose first (per several reviewers, as I haven't read the sequel yet, but will be as soon as I can find it at the library). :)

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Happy reading! 

Note: I did notice on (not an affiliate) that there were several inexpensive used copies of A Dog's Purpose available.
Second note: I'd give you my copy, but I'm making my older two kids read it next.
Third note: If you are my neighbor, you can borrow it when they're done. :)


Another book review coming up tomorrow!
Hint: It's Corgi-related.


  1. I have had that book on my nightstand since last year - now I am motivated to read it! Thanks for the review!

  2. I read this shortly after it came out and loved it. I was conflicted in the "this life sucks but the next one's better" kind of tone in the beginning but it played out to an interesting "purpose".

    I'll definitely be picking up the new book. Thanks for the tip, I didn't know one was coming.

  3. Another dog-narrated summer read: The Art of Racing in the Rain. Enzo's first sentence will grab you: "Gestures are all that I have. . . ." Oh. my. heart. this book.

  4. I am so glad you reviewed it. My Vickie bought the book a while ago but has not stopped enough to read it. I bet she reads it now.

  5. Thanks for reviewing this book. I have been considering buying it, but like you, wasn't sure I could read a book from the dog's perspective (The Art of Racing in the Rain was an exception for me). But, now I will have to go check it out. Thanks!

  6. I'm such a dummy. I've seen this book a few times, but never looked at it closely. I thought it was non-fiction (didn't realize it was a novel) so thought it might be kinda schmaltzy or, like you said, silly. I'll have to check it out.

  7. I haven't read this one yet either for the same reasons. But I recently finished another book written from a dog's perspective and it wasn't silly at all. Perhaps it's time to give this one a chance as well. Although, I have been saying the same thing about the Harry Potter books for years and have yet to get to them. So we shall see. ;-)

  8. Now you've got me really intrigued! The fact that it's written from a dog's perspective doesn't scare me off at all! :P


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