53. Garth Stein – The Art of Racing in the Rain

Well, after reading a book that took me so long to get through, it was nice to fly right through one!

This week, I read The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

I don’t remember how I first heard about this book, but I knew of it without knowing what it was about. When I was home for Thanksgiving break, my mom went to Costco and I asked her to pick me up a book. She called me and named some of the books they had, and it was the only name I recognized, so I chose that one.

So, I really had no idea what this book was about going in, and looking back, I think that was a good thing. For that reason, I’m not going to go too much into the plot.

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Garth Stein – The Art of Racing in the Rain (photo taken by me)

The story is told by a dog named Enzo, which is really cool. We learn the story of Enzo’s life and his family’s through his perspective.

Overall, Enzo’s owner’s life is not the easiest, but it’s sweet to see it from the dog’s point of view, since he loves his owner so much.

If you’ve ever read pretty much any book that centers on a dog, you can guess that the ending is pretty sad (I was SOBBING as I read it), but I walked away happy and loving the book.

My sister saw that I had this book and told me that it was weird before I started it. While I was reading it, there were some parts that I definitely thought were weird, but once I finished it, that didn’t reflect my view of the whole book.

I did think some of the situations in the book may have been a little far-fetched, but I do think that they were not completely ridiculous and all in all I liked the story.

My only complaint would be that sometimes Enzo’s word choice was just way too sophisticated for a dog. He does say repeatedly throughout the book that he has the spirit of a human and he knows in his next life he will be a human, so he’s supposed to be smarter than the average dog. However, even that, I felt like he was too wordy at some times.

This book really struck me, since I’m such a dog lover, and overall I did really like the story. When Enzo’s owner Denny was in bad situations, I was rooting for him and relating to Enzo’s emotions. And, without giving it away, I thought the ending was really cute.

I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves dogs, just be warned that you’ll probably be crying at some point.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram page that goes along with this site, @beccasbookshelves (and my personal page @becc.adams)!

21. Kate White – Hush (and my 21st birthday!)

Sorry it’s been a while since I posted, but my 21st birthday was this weekend! It was actually on Easter, which was a little bit lame, but I still did some stuff to celebrate.

On Thursday, I took the train home from school so I could spend the weekend with my boyfriend. On the train, I read almost all of my newest book, which I’ll talk about more later.

I didn’t do too much to celebrate my birthday over the weekend. On Friday night, I went to my boyfriend’s house and we made homemade pizza for dinner, which I’ve been craving ever since I read Delancey, haha. IMG_1651

On Saturday night, I stayed at home, but Boyfriend went out and bought stuff to make fun drinks at midnight once I was officially 21. We made adult cherry limeades, which were supposed to be like the cherry limeade from Sonic. They were pretty good drinks, the recipe can be found here if you’re interested. Also, check out my Instagram @becc.adams if you wanna see pictures from my birthday!

On Sunday, we woke up pretty early for a 3 hour ride to my grandparents’ house for Easter. I spent the day with my family, until about 7 when my parents and Boyfriend (and my puppy) all had to leave to go home but I stayed at my grandparents’ house for the night. It was really sad saying goodbye to them and that I didn’t really get to celebrate with Boyfriend, but it was still a good day and I was glad he was willing to deal with my crazy family all day. 🙂IMG_1685

After everyone had gone home, my cousin came back to my grandparents’ house to take me out so I could order my first legal drink! We went to On The Border just for quick appetizers and a drink. Mostly, I just wanted to take part in the tradition of going out for a drink on your 21st birthday just because you can. I got a margarita, and didn’t even get carded! How disappointing!

Anyway, somewhere between all the fun and drinks, I managed to finish a book! The book was Hush by Kate White, who used to be the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. I found this book on the clearance table at Barnes & Noble. Originally I didn’t have very high expectations for the book, but I’ve been trying to branch out from my usual genre of memoirs, so I picked it up.

Kate White - Hush (photo taken by me)
Kate White – Hush (photo taken by me)

The book is about a middle-aged woman named Lake who is going through a divorce and works as a marketing agent for a fertility clinic. One night, Lake goes out with a new doctor at the clinic, and ends up going back to his apartment and sleeping with him. Later that night, the man she slept with is murdered, and to avoid complicating her custody battle with her ex, Lake lies to cover herself.

In order to prove that she isn’t the murderer, Lake tries to figure out who did kill the doctor so she can point the cops in that direction. She ends up digging up some unexpected troubles at the clinic she works at, and the book follows her mission to solve the murder and expose the clinic.

The cover of this book has a quote saying this book is “a real page-turner,” and it definitely is. I loved this book. I read almost 250 pages of it on the train ride home, which made the 6 hour ride fly by for me. There were lots of turns in the book and I was always wanting more.

It’s a good mystery without being really scary, it had a lot of unexpected twists, and I read through it really fast. I would definitely recommend this book to someone looking for a thriller and I am now going to look into reading other books written by White.

18. Molly Wizenberg – Delancey

To make up for my lack of posting, I just flew through another book (it wasn’t very hard to do, though). The book was Delancey by Molly Wizenberg, which I saw a friend post on Instagram a while ago and decided I wanted to read it. Speaking of Instagram, be sure to check out my book account, @beccasbookshelves, and my personal, @becc.adams, if you’re interested too! IMG_1370

Anyway, this book is a memoir about a restaurant, which is not something I’d really heard of before. Basically, the author, Molly Wizenberg, is the author of a food blog and another book, and this book tells the story of her husband deciding he wanted to open a restaurant. She goes through his love for pizza, his various projects he never followed through on, his idea to open a restaurant, the problems the faced in the process, and actually running a restaurant.

It’s a great story.

I flew through the book in a little over 24 hours. It was just the kind of reading I was looking for – easy, entertaining, relatable (although I’ve never opened a restaurant, she writes in a way that makes you feel like you’re there with her).

Right off the bat, Wizenberg, her husband, and all their friends are very likable characters. You really want them to succeed in their goal to open a restaurant.

It’s interesting to hear about the process of opening and running a restaurant in a story form. On top of that, Delancey seems like a restaurant I’d really like to visit (not just for the food, but because of the feel of the place that’s conveyed even on paper).

This book is great, and now I’m inclined to read her other one too – although at this point I have no idea what it’s even about. Her writing style is great, the story is interesting and it just flies by. I’d definitely recommend this book, even though it’s given me a crazy craving for pizza for the past two days ;).

Instagram!

Hey guys!
I’ve wanted to make a second instagram account for book posts for a while now, but I didn’t want to have to go back and forth from one account to the other. Luckily, today I won a contest (coincidentally, an Instagram contest haha) and got a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 4! Isn’t that awesome?! So now I can use 2 instagram accounts at the same time!
So I just created an instagram account to go along with this blog a little, so my username is the same (@beccasbookshelves)
If you want to see pictures of books, give me a follow! And if you let me know you found my profile from this post, I’ll follow you back 🙂
It doesn’t have that many pictures yet because I just got started, but I’m planning on posting pretty regularly! And if you have a book instagram, definitely let me know your usernames so I can follow you!
Also, if anyone is interested in following my personal instagram, my username is @beccaxthebeach 🙂

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