Top Ten Tuesday: Books We’ve Reviewed About Pets

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Yes, I’m stretching this week’s prompt a little bit. I’m doing it because I love seeing those displays in bookstores that group all sorts of books together based on something they have in common.

In this case, pets are featured in all of these stories which is something I love reading about. You can learn so much about someone by observing the way they treat the animals in their lives.

Here are ten books we’ve reviewed about characters who have one or more pets.











1. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

Genre: Middle Grade

Animal(s) Mentioned: Rabbits











2. Cold Feet River by Maureen Fisher

Genre: Romance, Mystery

Animal(s) Mentioned: A dog











3. Fishbowl by Bradley Somer

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Animal(s) Mentioned: A fish










4. Birdseye Chronicles by L.A. Goldsmith

Genre: Middle Grade

Animal(s) Mentioned: Dogs










5. An Inheritance for the Birds by Linda Banche

Genre: Historical Romance

Animal(s) Mentioned: Ducks











6. How Cats Survived the Apocalypse by Justin Allan Arnold

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Animal(s) Mentioned: Cats












7. Good Luck Chestnut: and Other Lucky Colors of the World by Linda Gruenberg

Genre: Children’s

Animal(s) Mentioned: A horse










8. A School of Daughters by Kate Rene MacKenzie

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Animal(s) Mentioned: A dog, a horse, a packrat, two owls, a chipmunk, a rattlesnake, and a grosbeak.














9. Luna’s Green Pet by Kirsten Pendreigh

Genre: Children’s

Animal(s) Mentioned: A plant (but it is treated like a pet!)









10. Cats Can’t Shoot by Clea Simon

Genre: Mystery

Animal(s) Mentioned: A cat



  1. Love your twist on the theme! And Fishbowl was such a weird novel, but I really enjoyed it.

  2. I definitely wouldn’t guess some of these are about pets given the cover art… 😉

  3. I haven’t heard of any of these but Luna’s Green Pet sure has an adorable cover! So cute. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting my website today. Appreciate this.

  4. I really like the spin you put on the topic, I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch! I really like seeing what common thread end displays get built around too.

  5. Fun list, gotta love pets 🙂 Luna’s Green Pet looks like an adorable read.

  6. Ah fun topic! I used to love all kinds of animal books when I was a kid.
    My TTT:

  7. Books with pets are the best! I love when they are included in the romances I read.

  8. I love your topic. I love books with animals in therm.

  9. I absolutely adore this topic idea! Somehow, pets always seem to make a book better, and I might just want to steal this idea in the future!

  10. Ooh nice topic choice! I’ll admit I haven’t read many books with pets in them. There have been a few but I am not 100% positive I could remember enough of them for this post! Lol!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

  11. What a fun topic!! Luna’s Green Pet looks absolutely adorable! Going to have to look that one up.

  12. I love The Penderwicks!! Such a fun series. Nice topic.

  13. Haha this is such a cute theme to pick!

  14. A very creative topic! I can’t think of a lot of books I’ve read featuring pets, though I did enjoy the dog character in Lessons in Chemistry.

  15. Great topic!

  16. That first one- I always thought those looked good!

  17. Cute Topic 🙂

  18. Fun theme! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

  19. Such a fun topic this week! I always love it when books feature pets. 🙂

  20. Snapdragon says

    A Room with a Zoo by Jules Feiffer is about a girl who adopts all these animals. It a really cute kids book I read when I was young.

  21. Cute and refreshing freebie topic. I love reading books that have animals as characters. Sorry I am getting back to you so late. The week got away from me. -Anne@HeadfullofBooks

  22. I don’t know, I don’t think your topic pick feels like a stretch from what the prompt was for the week. Looks like some great books. Have a wonderful weekend.

  23. Fun twist this week! Pets always make a book better. 🙂

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