Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie. We’re to come up with any topic we want. I decided to go with Top Ten Books or Series Featuring Animals. It can be any animal, but they have to feature prominently in the story.
TOP TEN BOOKS OR SERIES FEATURING ANIMALS
10. MARLEY AND ME
9. Old Yeller
Who didn’t cry at Old Yeller?
8. The Thin Place
This is a bit of a stretch, but the true story of the many dogs who have inexplicably plunged to their deaths from Overtoun Bridge in Scotland is included in this thriller and remains a mystery to this day.
7. Watership Down
When I was a kid, we always went to the library but had few books we actually owned. Watership Down was one of those, and I read it over and over quite often at a young age.
6. The “CAT WHO” Series by Lillian Jackson Braun
Lillian Jackson Braun died in 2011, but she gave us 29 books in the “Cat Who” mystery series and they are fun cozies featuring Jim Qwilleran and his cats Koko and Yum-Yum. Everyone should this series out if you love cozies and you’ve never read them.
5. Funny Farm
Funny Farm is the story of Laurie Zaleski, her mother, and many, many rescue animals. They started Funny Farm Rescue in the midst of their own poverty and while being criminally harassed by Laurie’s father. Laurie’s mother had left her wealthy father due to abuse, and they started out with nothing in a small shack and began adopting animals. The story of how this all turned into Funny Farm Animal Rescue is amazing.
4. THE JAX DIAMOND SERIES
This is Gail Meath’s amazing cozy mystery series set in early 1920s New York. Jax Diamond is a private detective and he solves mysteries with his German Shepherd sidekick, Ace. The first book in the series is called Songbird. I put up Book 3 because it has Ace on the cover.
3. All Creatures Great and Small
This series by James Herriott about a 1930’s vet in Yorkshire is a heartwarming and realistic look at the life of a country vet in that time. Of course, there is a new TV series based on this book, and it’s fantastic!
2. The Door Into Summer
Dan Davis has had his business stolen from him by his former business partner, Miles, and his former fiancée, Belle. This is the story of how he turns all that around, using cryogenics and time travel, and always assisted by his cat, Petronius the Arbiter (Pete). This is my favorite fictional book and started me on my love of all things time travel. And it’s by the one of the icons of Science Fiction, Robert Heinlein.
- The Chronicles of Narnia
From the time Lucy Pevensie stumbles through the back of the wardrobe, she meets a world full of magical, talking animals, including the most powerful of them all, Aslan the Lion. I love this series and have been re-reading it since I was a kid. I just downloaded the complete audio set read by Kenneth Branagh, Alex Jennings, Michael York, Lynn Redgrave, Derek Jacobi, Jeremy Northam, Patrick Stewart
So there are my Top Ten Books Featuring Animals. What are yours?