The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
This is the book that everyone has been telling me to read for over 2 years now, and I finally did! Told from the perspective of a charming dog named Enzo, The Art of Racing in the Rain traces Enzo’s life with his master Denny from puppyhood to old age. I laughed, I cried, and I became so angry at one point I wanted to punch a few of the characters in the face (the ‘Twins’ for those who have read the book already…I despised them!). Enzo was the perfect narrator, and I fell in love with him from the first chapter. The Art of Racing in the Rain is a fantastic book for dog lovers, although be prepared for a weepy ending!
Rating: 4 Stars
Still Life by Louisa Penny
I have been seeing Louisa Penny’s name popping up everywhere lately! The buzz surrounding this Canadian mystery writer has been growing by the minute! Curious, I decided to check out one of her novels for myself and started with the first in her Chief Inspector Gamache series. One of the first things I loved about Still Life is the fact that it actually takes place in French Canada! Woohoo! I also really came to love Gamache himself, who is clever, witty, and caring. I’ll definitely be checking out more books in this series the next time I’m in the mood for a good mystery!
Rating: 4 stars
Starry Night by Debbie Macomber
With Christmas just around the corner, I curled up with Macomber’s latest Christmas novel this past week. The story focuses on Carrie, a journalist who is trying to get an interview with a reclusive author who lives in Alaska. I’ve always had a fascination with Alaska (for some reason I find it very romantic), so I was immediately swept away by the setting in this novel. Cute and sweet, Starry Night was a fast read, and a perfect choice for the upcoming holiday season!
Rating: 4 Stars
Breaking the Rules by Cat Lavoie
Recommended to me by Kaley by Books Ect. (it was her favourite book of 2012), Kaley was generous enough to lend me her copy of Breaking the Rules to read for myself! The story focuses on Roxy Rule, who suddenly realizes that she might be in love with her best friend/roommate when he decides to move overseas to England. This was a really cute chick lit novel, with a serious plot twist near the end. A HUGE plot twist actually. I felt like I was slapped in the face! My only complaint is that the story felt a bit slow in the beginning, but it quickly picked up pace.
Rating: 4 Stars
Forgotten by Catharine McKenzie
After returning home from a trip to Africa 5 months later than she was supposed to, Emma is shocked to discover that everyone she knows thought she was dead! And to top it all off a strange guy is living in her apartment! Forgotten was charming and enjoyable, and I really loved how Emma stuck to her guns when it came to fighting for her job, and telling her old boyfriend to hit the road. The only thing I didn’t like about Forgotten was the relationship between Emma and Dominic. While I loved Dominic at first, I didn’t really feel like the two of them had much chemistry throughout the second half of the book.
Rating: 3 Stars