Memoirs, Non-fiction

The book I was not going to write about – “The Good Good Pig” by Sy Montgomery (plus a surprise!)

I wasn’t going to write a post about this book. When I stumbled across it on my to-read list, I did what I usually do – I trusted my old self and placed it on hold in my local library to pick up a few days later. Part of the reason why I never gave it much thought is because, at a second glance, books spend about a year and a half on my to-read list. Sometimes I don’t really remember why a particular title is on my list to read.

I mostly use my personal Goodreads account, but I just created one for this blog. I thought that you guys might want to connect with me there. I also REALLY need to get my to-read list sorted. My current list has over 800 titles! For now, I will be adding any books that I wrote about to Goodreads, and I will slowly update my account with future reads that I hope will appear on the blog. If you are interested, find me at goodreads.com/lexibrown

Enough of my babbling! I was talking about a book!

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When I first reached for “The Good Good Pig”, I decided I’m not going to write a post about it. It’s a short book, it’s about a pig and I’m about 90% sure I found it in children section! Now that the book is read through, I cannot just move it to the read pile without looking back. I’m not sure why it was classed with children’s books, but it doesn’t really matter anyway.

This book is a memoir in which Sy, the author, gives tribute to her late pig. It feels like a tribute from the very beginning, and we know that this is going to be a story of Chris’ (Chris is the pig) life.

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What touched me about this book is how it is written. Sy is telling us a story of her beloved pet, but while emotional, the story is not overly sentimental. I really liked that Sy presents the story matter-of-factly with a little hint of personal touch. She loves Chris and it is clear on the pages of the book, but she is his friend, rather than an overly attached parent. The way Sy writes made me feel that I can be Chris’ friend too.

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This short story covers around 14 years of human and pet relationship over just above 200 pages. The book is written to the point and describes important events in detail, while certainly skipping others. We learn, for example, that Sy is often traveling in order to research her other books, but we only know about details of these travels if they link to the story at hand, the story about the pig. I have to say that it makes me really curious about her other books. Of course, Chris meets different people and animals along the way. We learn about his interactions with hens, a dog, children and plenty of adults. It is such a heartwarming read, perfect for a cozy weekend in.

“The Good Good Pig” is definitely a book for pet lovers. It is such a pleasant read as well – it presents a simpler world, viewed how Chris would have seen it.

Rating:  4 / 5

Have you read this book? If you did, what did you think about it? Please let me know in the comments below!

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