#BookBeginnings The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Today we’re looking forward to starting the next book in The Bestseller Code 100 challenge, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

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What:  Told from the first person (dog) point of view of Enzo, a lab-terrier mix who lives with race car driver Denny Swift.

First Sentence:

Gestures are all that I have; sometimes they must be grand in nature…And that is why I’m here now waiting for Denny to come home — he should be here soon — lying on the cool tiles of the kitchen floor in a puddle of my own urine.


I have to admit when I read this book was written from a dog’s point of view, I was a bit concerned. Without a doubt, I envisioned something “cutesie.” The tone of the first paragraph isn’t at all what I expected. Would you have guessed the narrator was a dog except for the “puddle of urine” clue?

I’m looking forward to reading it now.

What do you think? Would you read a book told from a dog’s perspective?

Have you read this novel?


  1. Nicki J. Markus

    Probably not one for me, but I do hope that you’ll enjoy it.

  2. Katie

    I love dogs! And this looks like such a cute read, I read A Dog’s Purpose earlier this year and enjoyed it.

  3. Juli @ A Universe in Words

    I definitely wouldn’t have expected this tone either, but I’m glad Stein went that way rather than cutesie! I’d have to read a bit more to find out if this is a book for me but I hope you enjoy it 🙂 Thanks for sharing and I hope you have an amazing weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @  A Universe in Words

  4. Mareli Thalwitzer

    Oh my word! This is one of my all time favorite books. I love Enzo as much as I love my own dogs. I’ve used this book for sooooo many blog featured. I will try to link for you quickly. Hope you simply love this book!


    And here’s my latest post: http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2017/08/friday-meets-4-august-2017.html

    Happy weekend!

    • Roberta

      Mareli, I just discovered your e-mail in my spam folder. I guess it went there because of all the links.

      I’m glad you liked it so much.

  5. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I would not ordinarily pick up a “dog narrated” book, but I actually think there might be something interesting about this perspective. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  6. The tone is definitely not what I was expecting! I was expecting cutesy too but it definitely doesn’t sound like the case here. Hope you’re enjoying it!

  7. Bev

    Well at least he has a sense of humour. I’ve seen this book, didn’t realise it was narrated by a dog. I’ll look out for it. Thanks for sharing.

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