Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic is Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like ____. The possibilities are endless! But I think I'm going to try to go with something a bit different and choose: Animals/Pets
Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like Animals/Pets:
by Garth Stein
Not only does this book prominently feature a dog... he's the narrator! I really enjoyed reading Enzo's take on life. He's something of a philosopher, trapped in the body of a canine.
by Diana Wynne Jones
The main character in this book really is trapped in the body of a dog! Sirius is condemned to be born as a dog after being accused of a crime he didn't commit.
Harry Potter series
by J. K. Rowling
Though the pets kind of took a backseat in the later books, I thought the concept of them was really cute. Who could forget Harry's owl, Ron's rat, or Hermione's cat?
His Dark Materials series
by Philip Pullman
The animals in these books aren't so much pets as they are reflections of their owners' souls. The concept of dæmons is such an interesting one. Who read this series and didn't wish for a dæmon of their own?
I Capture the Castle
by Dodie Smith
One of the characters I remember fondly from this book is Heloise, Cassandra's Bull Terrier. She has such a bond with that dog; it's lovely to see.
Jolted: Newton Starker's Rules for Survival
by Arthur Slade
It's not often that you see a pig as a pet, but that's just what you'll find in this cute little book. Josephine is the little pig in question, and she's more than just a pet; she actually ends up saving someone else's bacon.
Liesl & Po
by Lauren Oliver
So far, we've had all sort of different animals in these books... but they've all been alive. This book features Bundle, an animal of indeterminate species, who's a ghost. Bundle's favourite saying is "Mwark!" Now... is it a cat or a dog?
The Rainbow Kid series
by Jeanne Betancourt
I loved these books when I was a preteen. They're all about a girl named Aviva and her unusual (at that time) living arrangement: her divorced parents have shared custody, so she spends one week living with each. Through the course of the series, she has a number of pets, including dogs and a turtle. (Two of the subsequent books are called Turtle Time and Puppy Love, so it's kind of obvious that animals will feature prominently in the stories.)
by Beverly Cleary
The Quimbys' cat, Picky-Picky, might not have made the best pet, but he was a memorable character, for sure. I still remember when he ate the girls' jack-o-lantern, and their mother (not wanting to waste it) cut it up to use in her cooking. Beezus made a comment about not wanting to eat cat spit. Ah, Picky-Picky...
by Antonia Michaelis
This animal in this book, a white tiger named Nitish, might not be a pet in the traditional sense, but he's a wonderful character and friend to the protagonist. He injects some humour into the story with his constant fretting and neuroses.
What are some of your favourite books that feature animals and/or pets?