Welcome to a new Scottish Terrier and Dog News feature — the weekly dog book club.
It was inspired by my new Kindle, which I bought with the proceeds of my income tax refund last spring and which I love, even if I am a little bitter that I got it just before Amazon introduced the better-looking black Kindles a few weeks later.
But I digress. Here are a few things I love about my Kindle:
- If I hear or read about a book that sounds interesting, I can order it instantaneously. This is extremely important for someone like me, who has very little impulse control.
- The Kindle is way easier to read than a book, newspaper or magazine on a crowded subway commute as it only takes one hand.
- You can put dozens of books on your Kindle and it still weighs next to nothing.
- It’s cheaper than buying paper books. No, it’s not cheaper than the library, but if you’re like me and have a library fine problem extending back to your childhood, it’s still a bargain.
- Books on the Kindle are easy to annotate.
- With the Kindle’s built-in dictionary, you’re more likely to look up those words you’re unsure about.
To get the book club started, I’m going to recommend three books, some of which have been previously featured on the Scottie News:
- Cesar’s Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems – A classic rags to riches tale. And regular readers know that I think Cesar Millan’s a total hottie.
- Bashan and I by Thomas Mann – (Also known as A Man and his Dog) What can I say? It’s a dog story by the guy who won the Nobel Prize for literature. Back in 1923 the New York Times reported that this book had been called “the finest study of the mind of a dog ever written.” Almost a century later, I agree. These days, however, Mann doesn’t get the attention he deserves either for his dog work or anything else. Order Death in Venice: And Seven Other Stories and you’ll get six more stories. The only thing that would have made it better is if Bashan were a Scottie instead of a Pointer.
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Okay, the dog is not a central character in this one, but it’s truly one of the most amazing books I’ve read in the past decade so it had to go on the debut book club list.
Imagine, if you had a Kindle, you could be reading any of these books within 30 seconds.
But even if you don’t have a Kindle or know any of these books, please leave a comment — or recommend your favourite dog lit.