Top Books All Animal Lovers Should Read

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Taking advice from his prescient brother Fiver, Hazel leads a group of rabbits on an adventure to find a new home. Along the way they make friends and enemies, and manage to get themselves into some pretty sticky situations. These aren’t your typical meek and skittish rabbits, and the novel forces you to consider some pretty weighty themes: what is the true cost of safety, and how do our human actions actually effect the complex ecosystems around us?

 

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

In the wake of her father’s sudden death, Macdonald, an experienced falconer, set out to train one of her sport’s most vicious predators. Her relationship with the bird develops so extraordinarily, and her account of grief and growth is so unflinching and rich, this book is unlike anything I’ve ever encountered.

 

Marley and Me by John Grogan

Everyone else around me was fitfully sleeping and I was crying my eyes out over Marley the badly behaved, lovable lab. I felt like I went on a journey with this family and Marley, and haven’t forgotten it since.

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

When his neighbor’s dog is mysteriously murdered, 15-year-old Christopher sets out to find the culprit. Granted, he’s better at interacting with animals and numbers than he is with people, but that makes this quirky record of his investigation all the more intriguing. Such an astute and inspiring read!

 

Where We Belong by Catherine Ryan Hyde

I absolutely adore this book. It’s about a single mom and her two daughters, the younger of which has a severe autism-like disorder which makes it difficult for them to maintain a home due to her incessant shrieking. The little girl develops a deep and unexplainable connection to the neighbor’s dog and the dog becomes the only thing that can quiet her and keep her calm. The story really shows how powerful and inexplicable the relationships between people and animals can be.


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