Thursday, January 5, 2017

What an Animal 2017 Reading Challenge

What an Animal Reading Challenge is hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews.

from Yvonne:

Welcome to the 2017 What an Animal Reading Challenge. I began hosting this challenge in 2010, when I took it over from Kristi at Passion for the Page. I love reading books that feature animals and am going to host this one again. I hope you will join me. 

The challenge will begin on January 1, 2017 and end on December 31, 2017.

The rules are really simple.  I am changing it up a little bit, on...

1.  Any book read for this challenge has to have an animal that plays a major role in the book (which could be fiction or non-fiction.)  It also counts if a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you'd like).  In the past, books would qualify if an animal is in the title or on the cover, but that alone no longer qualifies.  This challenge is for books related to animals and just because they are in the title or on the cover, doesn't mean it's about an animal. 

These are the levels.

Level 1 - Read 6 books

Level 2 - Read 7-12

Level 3 - Read 13-20 

Level 4 - Read 21 or more

2. The animal can be any type of animal (real or fictitious)--dog, cat, monkey, wolf, snake, insect, hedgehog, aardvark...dragon, mermaid, centaur, vampire, get the idea...

3. Challenge runs from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.

4. Books can be fiction or nonfiction.

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

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

7. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.

8. You don't have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to. If you don't have a blog, just post in the comment section that you'd like to join. You can post your books in there. Or you can sign up by joining my group on Goodreads for this challenge by clicking here.

9. Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks)

10.  To sign up, use the Mister Linky here. There will be links for reviews and wrap posts later.

That's it!  Enjoy and have fun!


I signed up at Level Four, to read 21+ animal-related books. I'll list my progress here.


1.  Phantom Quartz by Barbra Annino
     The protagonist, a witch, has a Great Dane as her familiar.  

2.  Cat Got Your Diamonds by Julie Chase
     The protagonist, Lacy Crocker, is a fashion designer who sells her hand-made pet couture and pet treats in her shop, Furry Godmother.

3.  Murder on the Prowl by Rita Mae Brown
     The human sleuth, Harry, is unknowingly aided in her efforts by her sleuthing pets - her cats, Mrs Murphy and Pewter, and her dog, Tee Tucker.

4.  Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun by Lois Winston
     #1 in the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries. Anastasia's hectic life is made crazier by her Shakespeare-quoting parrot Ralph, her mother with her pampered Persian Catherine the Great, and her Communist mother-in-law with her demon dog Mephisto Manifesto - all under one roof, with Anastasia's two teenage sons. 

5.  Death by Killer Mop Doll by Lois Winston
     #2 in the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries.

6.  The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kirsten Weiss
     There's a g.d. cat in this book.  No, not that.... A ghost-detecting cat.

7.  Pressed to Death by Kirsten Weiss
     G.d. cat is back!

8.  Murder Past Due by Miranda James
     Starring Diesel, the library cat - a Maine Coon who walks on a leash.

9.  Revenge of the Crafty Corpse by Lois Winston
     #3 in the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries.

10. Crafty Crimes by Lois Winston
      3 Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mini-Mysteries.

11. Decoupage Can Be Deadly by Lois Winston
      #4 in the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries.

12. A Stitch to Die For by Lois Winston
      #5 in the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries.

13. Cat Got Your Cash by Julie Chase
     #2 in the Kitty Couture series about Lacy Crocker - this time, with her cat Penelope, and two foster Siamese cats who are heirs to a huge trust fund.

14. Watching the Detectives by Julie Mulhern
     Ellison's dog, Max the Weimaraner, plays an important role in her adventures found in #5 in The Country Club Murders mystery series. 

15.The Madness of Mercury by Connie DI Marco
     #1 in the Zodiac Mystery series, about San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti and her black cat, Wizard. Julia does readings for clients and writes an astrology advice column ("Ask Zodia") for the local newspaper.

16. The Pumpkin Thief by Melanie Jackson
      #2 in the Chloe Boston Mysteries, about Chloe, meter maid of the Hope Fall PD, who patrols with her dog Blue.

17. Bloodline by Vicki Vass
      About a young witch during the Salem Witch Trials, who was transformed into a cat. The cat now lives in modern Asheville, NC. #1 in the Witch Cat Mysteries.

18. Booked 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
      #1 in the Sophie Kimball Mysteries. Phee has come to Sun City West, Arizona to prove that her mother's book club selection isn't really cursed. Harriet's dog Streetman gives Phee an excuse to chat up club members and other murder suspects.  

19. Cat About Town by Cate Conte
      Maddie, just arrived on Daybreak Island, adopts a stray orange tabby. She begins work towards opening a cat café. #1 in the Cat Café Mysteries. 

20. All Signs Point to Murder by Connie Di Marco
      #2 in the Zodiac Mystery series. More Wizard.

21. Cat Got Your Secrets by Julie Chase
      #3 in the Kitty Couture series. More Penelope, who loves riding "Spot" the Roomba.

22. Calamity at the Continental Club by Colleen J Shogan
      #3 in the Washington Whodunits. Kit's rescue beagle mix Clarence helps Kit solve the murders. He plays an important role in sleuthing, as he did in books 1 and 2.

23. Cold as Ice by Julie Mulhern
      #6 in the Country Club Murders. More Max the Weimaraner.

24. Bones to Pick by Linda Lovely
      #1 in the Brie Hooker Mysteries. Takes place on a dairy farm with 400 goats, Newfoundland dogs to guard them from predators, and other dogs to herd the goats. Plus Tammy the potbellied pig, who discovers the Bones.

25. Cat Shining Bright by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
      #20 in the Joe Grey Mysteries, about talking, sleuthing cats who assist the local PD, without letting on that the anonymous snitches are feline rather than human.