Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – Animals from Books

Happy Tuesday! I am once again coming at the prompt a little differently. I have terrible memory for small details so I found myself drawing a blank every time I tried to think of my favorite animals in books. So instead, here are some covers that feature animals! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Books that have Covers featuring Animals

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

In general, this series features a lot of animals. But the one that comes to mind the most for this book is the talking phoenix that Chih brings with them to help record history. I love the visual of the animals on the cover and the art style.

Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews

It would not be me if I did not include an Ilona Andrews book every couple weeks so here it is. This is the third book in the Kate Daniels series. I like the way the lion looks on the cover of this one but the lion is on the cover of most of the books. This series features shape shifters and magic. I have a review of the full series excluding the final book here.

Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff

I very clearly remember the animal in this one. It’s a talking sarcastic and rude cat a la Salem from Sabrina. He’s super funny and I want one just like him. Also, how creepy cool is this cover? I really need to read the second book in this series now that I think about it. I want more of this cat in my life.

Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

This is a retelling of a fairy tale. I think a loose retelling of beauty and the beast or a Nordic fairy tale I can’t remember. I read this one about 6 years ago and went on a kick of reading books set around polar bears. I remember really enjoying it but also don’t remember any of the book itself. Sometimes it be like that.

East by Edith Pattou

Speaking of my polar bear book phase, here is another that I read around the same time. I also remember reading this one in high school. I think East and Ice are based on the same fairy tale but I remember them taking me on completely different journeys through the way each was written. I might revisit these sometime soon.

Boxes in the Basement by Kathi Daley

Boxes in the Basement is a cozy mystery book that I think was a right time, right place read for me. I tried to continue the series recently and ended up DNFing the second book. But I loved reading this one. Plus it features very lovable pets. Those are the cat and dog on the cover.

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

I love dragons and I especially love the way Wrede writes dragons in her Enchanted Forest Chronicles series. Dealing with Dragons follows a princess who’s not very good at being a princess and would rather not be one thank you very much. She decides to find the dragons to be the servant of so she can keep princes away. It works until it doesn’t. The way dragons are portrayed is SO fun. Definitely give this series a try if you like dragons.

Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman

Shira Glassman is one of my favorite queer authors. She writes super diverse and cute romances. This one is fluffy Jewish romance set in Florida. It follows a woman who dyes yarn and sells it and a woman who is painter. If you want something fast and sweet this is perfect since it’s technically a novella at 68 pages.

Witch’s Reign by Shannon Mayer

I quite honestly remember nothing about this book. I was scrolling my past reads on The Storygraph and saw that this one had a horse and decided to add it since at this point I was still a few books shy of 10 but I was quite far back in my reading history. I rated it 3 stars and my review says I really liked the fantasy elements but not that Mayer felt the need to repeat all the important information like her readers are stupid. I ended the review saying it was still enjoyable so that’s good enough for me. The horse, I think, comes into play as the characters go on a journey to find a witch.

The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket

The Series of Unfortunate Events is one of the series that made me absolutely fall in love with books and writing as a kid. I remember pouring over these books over and over again. Especially the passages where Snicket talks to the readers. Anyway, this is the 9th book in the series and the orphans are at a carnival. I have no memory of why the lion on the cover is important but it’s an animal and it features in the book so I’m rolling with it.

That’s another list done. These get harder and harder each time but I feel like it should be getting easier. Oh well. Have you read any of these? What’s your favorite animal in a book? Feel free to comment below your Top 10 Tuesday post. ๐Ÿ˜€

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