We have a new Weekly Geek topic! This time It's All About Animals! I do love animals and become very attached to pets. When I was a kid, I had three different cats (at different times) who all died traumatic deaths. After that, I decided that it was too hard to have pets, so when I started a home and family of my own, pets were not going to be part of the plan.
But then, one day, a stray cat started hanging out at our house. We tried to ignore her, but after a month of persistence in her part, we finally decided to start feeding her. Eleven years later, that cat is still hanging out... in the house even!
Then, one son talked us into hermit crabs. I don't have much to do with these pets, but they are still quite interesting.
And last year, we up and got a cockatiel. After three months, it flew away and got lost outside. I was sick about it. However, the next day, we found him way up high in our neighbor's tree. The rescue was quite dramatic, and now, the bird has survived a complete year with us. In fact, just today, there was talk about getting him a friend to play with!
All that being said, I've never been much of an animal book person. Yet, when I do read one, I always love it. Here's TEN of my favorites. Yes, another Top Ten list from me. (Weekly Geeks keeps having subjects that lend themselves well to this new quest of mine!)
1. Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (race horse)
2. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (horse)
3. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (dogs)
4. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson (dog)
5. Socks by Beverly Cleary (cat)
6. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (pig, spider and others)
7. Follow My Leader by James B.Garfield (guide dog)
8. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'dell (many different animals)
9. Stuart Little by E.B. White (mouse)
10. Eragon by Christoper Paolini (dragons)
Okay I was pushing it with that last one. I know I'm missing some and it's really going to bug me when I remember them!
Here's a couple I'd like to read someday soon:
Marley and Me
Dewey, the Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
What are YOUR favorite animal books? Which ones did I forget in my Top Ten? Which ones do I really need to read before I die?