Sunday, January 27, 2013

Get Your Book On: Post 2

Get Your Book On: The Fault in Our Stars & The Art of Racing in the Rain
It’s time once again to Get Your Book On! I am going to try to review a book or two every two weeks if all goes according to plan which always happens in my life (note the sarcasm).
First though, I need to take care of a few minor details. At the end of my last post, Valerie wrote a cute little biography for me. The only problem is that she said my dog Phoebe is a French Bulldog when in actuality she is a Boston Terrier. Not a big deal but I think Phoebe got wind of this and now she is acting all hoity toity, won’t clean up her own vomit, and is demanding high quality dog food, not the stuff made from horses, saw dust, and duck feet. What a diva.
Ok, now that’s out of the way, on to the business at hand. This week’s first book is titled The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I was perusing Amazon trying to find something that looked interesting and that would hopefully not be awful and a total waste of money and I stumbled upon this. It was an Editor’s Choice Pick for 2012 and the reviews looked promising.
The narrator is Hazel, a 16 year old girl with terminal cancer. It’s a comedy. Ok, it’s totally not a comedy but it is light hearted in enough places that you don’t sob all the way through it. On the surface, it’s a sweet book about two sick kids falling in love but the writing is clever, the characters quick-witted, and the author touches on some pretty weighty topics like what happens to us when we die.
The book was a quick and easy read and I did cry, but only once. If a book can make me laugh out loud or make me cry, it means I care enough about the characters to actually emit an emotion and those books usually get two thumbs up from me.
The other book I read was The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. The neat thing about this book is that it is written from the viewpoint of a dog. Have you ever had a dog that seemed to have an old soul? Or, felt like your dog was listening to what you were saying? If so, check yourself into the nearest mental hospital or just have another cocktail. I kid, I kid!
The book is about Enzo and the life of his owners. His human dad (Denny) is a budding race car driver and the book is peppered with racing lingo. I’m not really a fan of racing but I did find even these sections entertaining and the author gives a great metaphor about how racing in the rain (“spinning the car before the car spins itself”) is similar to life. “That which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves”. Needless to say, this isn’t just a dog book.
P.S., this book also features a character with cancer. Next time I promise to pick books about unicorns and rainbows.
SarahSarah Nixon is a full time Social Worker and Mother and part time blogger (thanks to her friend). She lives in Illinois with her Son, a neurotic cat, Tess and her BOSTON TERRIER, Phoebe.


  1. I love the book reviews especially since I am always looking for new books to read. I have been wanting to read "The Fault in Our Stars," and have seen that it has been getting great reviews, but have been hesitant. So, I am glad that Sarah liked it and I will be adding that to my "to-read" list. Thanks!

  2. Thanks Michelle!! I hope you like the book too!