Today will be different by Maria Semple
This book is by the same author who wrote Where’d You Go Bernadette? which is why I picked up this book. Spoiler, I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as I hoped. In fact, I almost didn’t finish this book.
I found this book incredibly confusing which I guess it’s supposed to be considering it follows a woman who doesn’t really have anything put together. Basically we follow one day in her life but we also switch to other time periods and to realities that aren’t real and it’s just confusing. Basically we follow Liz on a day that she wants to be a good day but ends up just kind of going haywire. Continue reading “(36) Today Will Be Different // Bookish Blurb”
A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
My boyfriend was reading this book and I thought it looked interesting so when he finished it he let me read it. Basically, this book is about a dog who keeps getting reborn into new lives which all build on each other and ultimately help him figure out his purpose in life.
Overall it was a really well written enjoyable book. It’s been a while since I read a book from the perspective of a dog and this book did a really good job of it although it did seem a tad bit too convenient that we were able to understand the English that the people around the dog were speaking but I guess a book written only from what a dog understands wouldn’t be much of a book. Also the dog was able to differentiate between different emotions very keenly which was interesting and kind of insightful. It was a fast and easy read while also being funny and engaging. Over the course of the book the dog lives four different lives each time waking as a puppy.
My biggest issue with the book was actually its ending. I know a lot of people really liked the ending and found it very moving and touching and such but I just found it too predictable. Also it left some key questions unanswered which I never appreciate (the author ended up writing a sequel because everyone was like….’but what happens?!’).
I really appreciated this book and how it was able to deal with rather heavy topics (death, disappointment, abuse, etc.) without feeling dark and heavy. Also since it’s from a dog’s perspective you don’t have to worry about many of the things I often have to deal with in popular fiction.
Overall, an easy happy read that I’m glad I had the opportunity to read. It was well written and left me feeling uplifted and wanting dog more than ever.
Also they are making this into a movie which looks interesting. I’m intrigued how they’ll do it from the dog’s perspective.
A dog’s Purpose on Amazon
#3 of 2017