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What An Animal II Challenge


July 1, 2009 – February 28, 2010

Kristi at Passion for the Page is hosting Part II of the What An Animal Challenge. I did the first one and really enjoyed it…and I seem to have a lot of books on my stacks that meet the requirements of this challenge…so I’m in

Here are the guidelines:

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

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

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. Books can be fiction or nonfiction.

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

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

6. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.

7. You don’t have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to.


Here are the books from which I will choose:

  1. The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery (COMPLETED July 18, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  2. Looking After Pigeon, by Maud Carol Markson (COMPLETED November 10, 2009 ; rated 4/5; read my review)
  3. Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel (COMPLETED February 20, 2010; rated 3/5; read my review)
  4. Let’s Take the Long Way Home, by Gail Caldwell (COMPLETED February 15, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review)
  5. The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein (COMPLETED November 3, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  6. Straight from the Horse’s Heart, by R.T. Fitch
  7. Delicate Edible Birds, by Lauren Groff
  8. Sweeping Up Glass, by Carolyn Wall
  9. Dewey, by Vicki Myron
  10. The Hearts of Horses, by Molly Glass
  11. The Daily Coyote, by Shreve Stockton


  1. July 6, 2009    

    I’ve only read Dewey from your list but I really enjoyed it!! Have fun doing this challenge!!

  2. July 6, 2009    

    The audio version of The God of Animals was very well done. Good luck with the challenge.

  3. July 6, 2009    

    Ooh, I’ve been wanting to read the Daily Coyote. Do you have to have done the first part of the What An Animal Challenge to participate in Part II? I’ve got a lot of books on my pile that would fit this one.

  4. July 6, 2009    

    Staci: Glad to hear you enjoyed Dewey – I won the book last year, and I need to read it soon!

    JoAnn: Thanks!

    Jeane: NO you do not need to do Part I to do Part II 😉 You should join the challenge – it is a fun one!

  5. July 8, 2009    

    I’m glad you are doing the challenge again too. I know that you will enjoy The Art of Racing in the Rain.

    I plan to read Dewey as well.

  6. July 11, 2009    

    Teddy: I love this challenge … gives me an excuse to read all those animal related books on my shelves 🙂

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