That Artsy Reader Girl has hosted Top Ten Tuesday since January of 2018. This is a fun meme with specific topics each week. If you like to make lists and talk about books be sure to check it out.
This week is a freebie so I chose to write about My favorite books with dog characters.
All the books have links to either Goodreads or to my review if I’ve reviewed the book.
Fractured Truth by Susan Furlong
This is the second book in the Bone Gap Travelers series. Both books are very good. They take place in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, but the main character and her dog are both military veterans. Both she and her K-9 partner were injured by an IED and both have PTSD. I like the way the author doesn’t sugarcoat the difficulties they both have from their military service.
Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima
This is the first book in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series about a young police officer in a small town in the Colorado Rockies. She’s partnered with a K-9 police dog named Robo and is still learning to trust that Robo knows what he’s doing. He’s trained as a search-and-rescue dog as well as a drug sniffing dog and he’s very capable. I like seeing the growth of trust between the two partners as the series continues.
Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless
Another book with ties to the military. Both Sydney and Clyde were stationed in Iraq, but Clyde’s handler (who was also Sydney’s boyfriend) was killed in Iraq. Sydney was able to bring Clyde back to the U.S. and adopt him. Sydney is now a railroad cop and Clyde is her K-9 partner.
The Right Side by Spencer Quinn
I really liked this book and wish that Spencer Quinn would write another one about LeAnne Hogan. She’s another military veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan. Half her face is badly scarred and she lost an eye. She’s struggling to find a reason to live when a stray dog adopts her. When she discover’s a dead friend’s daughter is missing she needs to help find her.
Doggirl by Robin Brande
I loved this book about a high schooler who is more at home with animals than with people. Animals seem to know that she understands them, too. She was laughed at and bullied at her last school and so at her new school she hasn’t wanted to make friends. However, when she sees an advertisement that the school theater department needs a dog for a play she has to bring one of her dogs to show them what she and her dog can do. It’s great to see the acceptance she finally finds among the theater kids.
What the Dog Ate by Jakie Bouchard
This was poignant at times, but also laugh-out-loud funny! And there’s some romance.
Crazy for You by Jennifer Crusie
I read this book about 15 years ago. It’s about a high school teacher who has always done the “right” thing and is bored with her life. She suddenly breaks free from that mold when she adopts a stray dog which all her friends and family think is a mistake. I’ve read just about everything Jennifer Crusie wrote and lots of her books have funny, quirky dogs in them. Unfortunately, she’s not writing much anymore.
Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
I loved this book. I read it earlier this year and reading about all the dogs in the book put a smile on my face–plus there’s a really nice romance!
Science Fiction/Post Apocalyptic
A Boy and his Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher
In some ways this is a heartbreaking story, but in other ways it’s a story of the trust and love we’ve had ever since the first dogs trusted people to protect them–and vice versa. It’s the story of a boy who will do nearly anything to get his dog back.
Soldier Dogs by Marie Goodavage
I’m in awe of the working dogs that save soldier and civilian lives by finding IEDs. In the military dogs have been used to find weapons, drugs, explosives and do a myriad of other things through the years. In Iraq and Afghanistan dogs are mostly used to find IEDs and search houses for explosives. But they also help boost the morale of the unit and there’s a great bond between the dog and handler. These dogs are heroes and should have more recognition.
Did you write something this week for Top Ten Tuesday? What did you write? Do you like books about dogs or about other animals? Do you have favorites?