On my Nookshelf

Happy Fall!


This photo pretty much sums up Fall in Washington State.  Beautiful colors and rain, rain, rain!

For me, Fall is a time for hot apple cider, my Snuggie (awwwww yeah!), my down booties, candles that smell like pumpkin pie and evergreen, and good books.

I think I’m set for this Fall, at least.  😉

I’ve already read Marley & Me and For the Love of a Dog and I’m almost (almost!) finished with Inside of a Dog, but it’s dragging big time and I can’t bring myself to pick it up off the shelf.

Especially since I’m deeply entrenched in this:

Oh, yes.  You may remember me mentioning that I downloaded the sample of Temple Grandin’s Animals Make Us Human for my Nook a while back.  It took me a few months, but I finally bought the entire book and I’m hooked!

With the research I’ve done on Temple Grandin and the few times I’ve seen her on TV and YouTube, I knew I’d enjoy this book because she’s very straightforward and easy to understand.

I’ll admit that I’m moving a teensy bit slower on Animals right now because I’m past the main section on dogs and into the part about horses.  I love horses and horse research is fascinating, but I picked this book up for the dog information.  Obviously.  😀

If you’re looking for a warm and fuzzy books about dogs, Animals is not for you.  Grandin is very matter of fact and gets to the point quickly.  I think I appreciate her straight-to-the-point writing more after reading For the Love of a Dog.

In Dog, Patricia McConnell used a lot of stories to illustrate her research on dogs.  I loved that, and it’s one of the things that made her book so easy to read.  It’s nice to have the opposite approach to describing research and dog behavior with Grandin’s Animals, though.  Mixes it up!

I’ll fill you in on the deets once I finish Animals.  She’s got a lot of really fascinating stuff about dog emotion that I’m wrapping my brain around.

What’s in the queue after Animals?

I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about The Art of Racing in the Rain (and that I’ll surely bawl my eyes out).  I can’t wait to start it!

What dog books have you read that you’d recommend?  Anyone read this one yet?

Looks like it’s right up my alley…

Have a great Fall evening!

6 thoughts on “On my Nookshelf

  1. I read “Racing” before I was a dog person, and it STILL left a great impression on me. I think you will love it.
    How did you find “Inside of a Dog”? I’ve heard mixed reviews…

    1. I haven’t heard a single bad thing about “Racing,” which is awesome! “Inside of a Dog” is very informative, but lost me a few times because the author goes into a lot of detail about behavioral sciences. It’s worth a library check-out, but I’d skip the purchase unless you’re one of those people who loves buying books. Like me. 😉

  2. Hey lady…I’ve been wanting to read a book or two that would help with the variety of dogs & behaviors that I encounter while walking them at the shelter. Any recommendations?

  3. Hey, you! I really liked “For the Love of a Dog.” It helped me understand a lot of “strange” behaviors that I’ve seen in Teton and in other dogs. Turns out, they aren’t so strange because they totally make sense in a dog’s brain!

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