What An Animal Challenge

July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009


Thanks very much to Kristi for hosting this fun challenge. I found out that I had quite a few books which met the requirements for this one. My favorite read was a tie between: The Mechanics of Falling (a collection of short stories), In Hovering Flight, and Out Stealing Horses…all of which were written by new-to-me authors.


Once again, I’ve been tempted by a challenge. Kristi from Passion For The Page is hosting this one – and it’s her first time hosting a challenge…so I wanted to support her! And I discovered that I actually had a lot of books in my TBR Mountain which I could use. Here’s the rules:

Read at least 6 books that have any of these requirements:

  • an animal in the title of the book
  • an animal on the cover of the book
  • an animal that plays a major role in the book
  • a main character that is or turns into an animal (define that however you’d like)

Crossovers are okay and lists are not necessary and can be changed at any time. Here is what I read:

  1. Firmin, by Sam Savage (Completed December 28, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  2. The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga (Completed January 3, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  3. After the Floods, by Bruce Henricksen (Completed January 18, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  4. In Hovering Flight, by Joyce Hinnefeld (Completed February 7, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  5. The Mechanics of Falling, by Catherine Brady (Completed March 30, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  6. Buffalo Lockjaw, by Greg Ames (Completed April 6, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  7. Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson (Completed January 6, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
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    • Kristi on June 30, 2008 at 21:06

    Thanks for joining the challenge, Wendy ;>). When I went through my TBR shelves, I was amazed at the number of books that fit the challenge, too — and, a challenge was born ;>). Can’t wait to hear what you think of your book choices! My TBR mountain is sure to grow…

    • Jill on July 1, 2008 at 03:44

    I am going to join this one too. I am pretty sure I have six animal books around here somewhere.

    • Wendy on July 1, 2008 at 08:15

    Kristi: You’re welcome – I’m looking forward to this one…and most of these books are for other challenges too, so it works out great. I know what you mean about the TBR mountain!!!

    Jill: It should be fun! Glad you’re joining!

    • Teddy on July 1, 2008 at 18:23

    I will be joining this challenge too. I have lots of books on my TBR that will fit. It’s just a bit too soon for me to read an animal book right now. Sigh.

    • Wendy on July 1, 2008 at 20:51

    Aw, Teddy *hugs*

    • Lizzie on July 3, 2008 at 14:28

    OK, I have a GREAT possibility! (Just finished it, in fact.) How perfect is this, a memoir about life behind the scenes at the San Diego zoo! It’s called My Seven Years in Captivity” and is by the man who handled PR for the zoo. He had a number of interesting encounters in those years, of course. Enjoy stories with fun titles such as “The Pink Panda” and “Our Man-Eating Duck.”

    It’s perfect, I tell you, just perfect.

    • Nise' on July 5, 2008 at 17:19

    I’m reading Curious Dog too! Loved Marley and Me!

    • Wendy on July 6, 2008 at 08:55

    Lizzie: I appreciate you wanting to market this book – I actually would prefer, however, that you not use my site as a way to self-promote. Thanks.

    Nise: I have had Curious Dog on my shelf for far too long! And also I bought Marley and Me when it first came out…don’t know why I haven’t read it yet!

  1. I can highly recommend Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night.

    Kristen Bakis wrote this amazing book called The Lives of the Monster Dogs. She never wrote anything else, and I just lucked out to find it on a remainder table one day. It’s since become one of my all time favorites.

    • Wendy on July 7, 2008 at 09:16

    CBJames: Thanks for the recommendation on the Bakis book…I’ll have to check it out!

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