Book twenty-seven in 2012 – “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” – W. Bruce Cameron

After I finish this post I’ll be all caught up on the book list. I’m not sure if today signifies a return to blogging or not haha! It’s the last day of the All-Star break and then baseball will be back. Laundry and cleaning wore me out this morning, so catching up on the book list was the perfect thing to do this afternoon. I also really wanted to write about this last book since I finished it last night and absolutely adored it.

“A Dog’s Purpose” was the other book I bought along with the brain book for the buy one get one sale. I wouldn’t normally buy a dog book, since the movie Marley and Me broke my heart and I didn’t even read the book. But this one grabbed me.

The description mentioned the fact that a dog died and came back numerous times. Interesting. I figured it would be a different book to go along with my science book and decided it would be good to step out of my comfort zone.

At first I wasn’t sure about it. It’s written in the first person from the dog’s point of view and at first I thought it was going to be a silly book you might read to a child. Was I wrong.

This book illustrates the bond between human and canine in a way I never imagined. Those of us with dogs know this bond exists but have we ever found the way to express that knowledge? We’ve all expressed it in some way, but I’m not sure there’s been another fictional book that did it like this.

We get to follow the spirit of one canine through several lives. I call it the spirit of a canine because the spirit is reincarnated into different dogs, but the spirit remains the same, growing and maturing with every experience and bringing those experiences into the next life of the next dog. I went into it knowing that the dog’s spirit takes several forms, and the tension that builds as you follow each life, wondering how this one will end, is incredible. I laughed, I cried, I cried some more, I laughed while I cried, I got on the floor and cried on Jayden while he slept.

This book is cute but also very serious. The dog faces numerous terrible situations that beg the question, will he prevail in this life?

The book ended last night and I smiled and wept. I wanted it to keep going. Just let the soul be reincarnated again! Just give him one more adventure! But I knew it wasn’t meant to be.

It made me understand Jayden more. It made me understand our bond more. It was fitting since it’s his birthday this month, Sunday to be exact. He’ll be four. Four? How did that happen?

I would highly recommend this book to any dog person. Prepare yourself for a roller coaster, and have the tissues handy! Oh and tell your dog he or she is gonna get cried on!

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Harry Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Harry Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

12.** “Uglies” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/9/12

13.** “Pretties” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/15/12

14. “The Last Coyote” (Harry Bosch #4) – Michael Connelly – Finished 4/20/12

15. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith – Finished 4/25/12

16. “Zero Day” – David Baldacci – Finished 5/1/12

17** “Specials” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/7/12

18.** “Extras” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/13/12

19. “77 Shadow Street” – Dean Koontz – Finished 5/21/12

20. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” – Jenny Lawson – Finished 5/25/12

21. “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars” – Paul Ingrassia Finished 6/1/12

22. “The Glory of Their Times: The Story Of The Early Days Of Baseball Told By The Men Who Played It” – Lawrence Ritter – Finished 6/3/12

23. “The Given Day – Dennis Lehane – Finished 6/17/12

24. “Trunk Music” (Harry Bosch #5) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/22/12

25. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (Mickey Haller #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/29/12

26. “The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science” – Norman Doidge – Finished 7/6/12

27. “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” – W. Bruce Cameron – Finished 7/11/12

*Audio book previously listened to.

** Audio book previously listened to multiple times.

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