This reading challenge is from Socrates Book Reviews and invites you to read books about, starring, or heavily involving animals, fiction or non-fiction.

All this time, I’ve been writing books starring guinea pigs and I didn’t find it!  This MUST be the challenge for me. I completed Level 2 in 2016, and went on to read 17 books that qualified, although since then the rules have tightened up, and just having an animal in the title or on the cover no longer counts.

The rules are really simple (says Socrates) …

1. Read at least 6 books that have any of the following requirements*:

a. an animal plays a major role in the book
b. a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you’d like).

NOTE: Any book read for this challenge has to have an animal that plays a major role in the book (which could be fiction or non-fiction.)
  It also counts if a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you’d like).  In the past, books would qualify if an animal is in the title or on the cover, but that alone no longer qualifies.

Level 1 – Read at least 6 books
Level 2 – Read 7-12
Level 3 – Read 13-20
Level 4 – Read 21 or more

2. The animal can be any type of animal (real or fictitious)–dog, cat, monkey, wolf, snake, insect, hedgehog, aardvark…dragon, mermaid, centaur, vampire, werewolf…you get the idea…

3. Challenge runs from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. That’s a full year to read at least 6 books.

4. Books can be fiction or nonfiction.

5. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.

6. Book titles may be swapped out at anytime (assuming you made a list to begin with).

7. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.

8. You don’t have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to.
 If you don’t have a blog, just post in the comment section on the original launch post that you’d like to join. You can post your books in there. Or you can sign up by joining Socrates’ group on Goodreads for this challenge by clicking here.

9. Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks)

This challenge is for books related to animals and just because they are in the title or on the cover, doesn’t mean it’s about an animal.

I think I would have only made it to 12 in 2016 on that basis, so I’m going to sign up for just six in 2017.

This is what I’ve read for this challenge in 2017:

  1. Pair Alleles by Jennifer Ellis.  People are turning into animals all over the place!
  2. The Time Travellers Resort and Museum by David McLain.  I’m going to count that Triceratops, since he’s a major character in my reckoning.
  3. See You in the Cosmos, Carl Sagan by Jack Cheng.  A puppy called Carl Sagan is an essential part of this book – as are the aliens.
  4. Sea by Sarah Driver. Mouse, Sparrow and Stag appear to be human, but there are magical and non-magical animals in leading roles.
  5. Abducted Life by Patricia Josephine.  Some aliens modify humans making them very fishy indeed.
  6. Blood Moon (Redstone #2) by Rebecca Weinstein.  Tales of a wolf pack. I read the first, Nashoga, five years ago, but all the characters were still familiar to me! (challenge target reached!)
  7. Shirley Link and the Black Cat (Shirley Link #4) by Ben Zackheim,  Well, duh… black cat 🙂
  8. The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L Holm.  The goldfish doesn’t play much part, but it’s in the title.  The jelly-fish plays a bigger part 🙂
  9. Into the Wild (Warriors #1) by Erin Hunter.  Cats.
  10. Equus ed. by Rhonda Parrish. An anthology of great stories in which horses or horse-like creatures play a central role.
  11. A Siege of Bitterns by Steve Burrows. All you ever needed to know about obsessional birding.
  12. Gasp of the Ghoulish Guinea Pig by Sam Hay. Guinea pigs, snakes, and a few more interesting pets. (Challenge Level 2 completed)
  13. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang.  Wolves and plenty more, with a person who talks to them.
  14. Chronicle Worlds: Tails of Dystopia edited by Chris Pourteau and Samuel Peralta. Post-apocalyptic tales from animals- and birds-eye views.

Other possibles in the top 50 of my TBR:

  • Blood Moon
  • Shirley Link and the Black Cat
  • Kiwi in Cat City
  • Into The Wild
  • Return of the Dragons
  • Gasp of the Ghoulish Guinea Pig

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