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If Animals Had a Book Club, Here’s What They’d Read

So, I am picturing a gang of dogs and cats hanging out at Central Perk (do not even tell me if you don’t know what that is), drinking their caramel meowcchiatos and their doggy de leches. Like me, they have checked out Goodreads.com to find the next book they will read and discuss.

If you are looking to read what your pet might read, check out the gallery below. There are novels starring animals, as well as non-fiction books that showcase the ways in which pets can do miraculous things and books that help us to understand the connections between humans and animals.

 

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  • Animal Farm – Fiction 1 of 12
    Animal Farm - Fiction
    Despite the idea some people have that animals are better/nicer/kinder than humans, this book showcases that animals can be stinky too. The animals revolt and start their own society away from people, but things get worse when their leaders, the pigs, treat them even worse than the people did. A classic example of out of the frying pan and into the fire.

    For more information, go to Goodreads.com
  • Dewey, the Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World – Non Fiction 2 of 12
    Dewey, the Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World - Non Fiction
    Dewey, an abandoned kitten, helps to save a town and its small library and becomes famous around the world. After being found stuffed into the returned book slot of Spencer Public Library (that is not what that's for!) Dewey helps, comforts, and befriends the people of his town for the next 19 years.

    For more information, go to Goodreads.com
  • A Dog’s Purpose – Fiction 3 of 12
    A Dog's Purpose - Fiction
    This is the account of one dog's search for purpose over the course of several lives. Like humans, this dog wonders what his true purpose is and why he is here.

    For more information, go to Goodreads.com
  • Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know – Non Fiction 4 of 12
    Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know - Non Fiction
    The relationship between dogs and humans is a mystery, because no one can really say for sure what goes on inside the mind of a dog. In this book, Alexandra Horowitz fuses her perspectives as both scientist and dog-owner to deliver a fresh look at the world of dogs—as seen from the animal's point of view.

    For more information, go to Goodreads.com
  • The One and Only Ivan – Fiction 5 of 12
    The One and Only Ivan - Fiction
    You don't find too many books that have gorillas narrating their own stories, so points for originality. Ivan is an easygoing gorilla and has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. This is a great story about friendship, art, and hope.

    For more information, go to Goodreads.com
  • Making Rounds with Oscar – Non Fiction 6 of 12
    Making Rounds with Oscar - Non Fiction
    Oscar seems like a regular cat, but he has an extraordinary gift; he knows when the end of life is near. You would think this would freak out the residents of Steere House, many of whom have Alzheimer's, or their families. On the contrary, when Oscar senses the end is near, he cuddles and comforts his patients, helping caregivers and loved ones know when it's time to let go.

    For more information, go to Goodreads.com
  • The Other End of the Leash – Non Fiction 7 of 12
    The Other End of the Leash - Non Fiction
    The Other End of the Leash focuses on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs. Dr. Patricia McConnell is an applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more than 20 years of experience. She looks at humans as just another interesting species. She looks into why we behave the way we do around our dogs, how dogs might interpret our behavior, and how to interact with our dogs in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends.

    For more information, go to Goodreads.com
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain – Fiction 8 of 12
    The Art of Racing in the Rain - Fiction
    People often say their pet thinks it's a person. Well, Enzo pretty much thinks that about himself. He is a philosopher with a nearly human soul. He listens closely to everything his master, Denny Swift, says and educates himself by watching TV.

    For more information, go to Goodreads.com
  • Seekers: The Last Wilderness – Fiction 9 of 12
    Seekers: The Last Wilderness - Fiction
    This is part of a series, but stands alone nicely. When these bears finally reach the Last Great Wilderness together, their special friendship is threatened as they all feel the pull towards their true natures.

    For more information, go to Goodreads.com
  • Unsaid – Fiction 10 of 12
    Unsaid - Fiction
    This book has everything! Helena, a veterinarian, dies tragically. She is haunted and haunts the life she left behind. Her husband, through his grief, must find a way to save Cindy, the chimpanzee who was part of the last project on which Helena was working. Cindy may be able to unlock the mystery of communication and consciousness, but she is scheduled to be part of an experiment that will take her life. Helena's husband, David, is a lawyer, so now we have courtroom drama. Haunting, animals, courtrooms, grief, love and humanity see, everything!

    For more information, go to Goodreads.com
  • War Horse – Fiction 11 of 12
    War Horse - Fiction
    This is a great story of war and a hero's journey. In 1914, Joey, a bay-red foal is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. Although Joey's bravery touches those around him, he misses his master back at home. (I didn't see the Broadway show of this book, but if you were wondering what they did about horse manure on the stage, stop wondering. They used a really cool faux horse that was powered by people inside of it).

    For more information, go to Goodreads.com
  • Watership Down – Fiction 12 of 12
    Watership Down - Fiction
    This is a classic. It's an epic adventure story that just happens to have animals instead of people. This is a tale of exile, survival, heroism and leadership. .

    For more information, go to Goodreads.com

You can read more by Amy at her blog Donkeys To College. In between posts you can come join the fun on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter.

Recent posts by Amy:
The Oscars: Once Again, Animals Get the Snub
Therapy Dogs to the Rescue
Sloths: Lazy or Crazy? It’s a Tough Call
Dachshund is Not Amused by Your Stupid Snow Boots and Doesn’t Want Your Stupid Treat

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