Summer is a special time for animal lovers. You will spend more time in the park with your puppy, on the porch watching your cat bask in the sun, and getting out in nature to see more animals in their natural habitat.
This is an excellent time to learn about animals to expand your understanding and enjoyment of them. Here are some great books to read this summer that will help you understand and appreciate the human-animal relationship even more.
Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain
This novel by Garth Stein is a must-read for anyone who wants their heartstrings tugged. It’s the tale of Enzo, a dog with a philosopher’s heart and a deep and abiding affection for his owner. a racecar driver who is battling his in-laws for custody of his daughter. Enzo, determined to be reincarnated as a human in his next life, goes to great lengths to keep his family together before crossing the rainbow bridge.
Vicki Myron’s Dewey: the Small-Town Library Cat That Changed the World
Is it possible for an unwanted kitten to save a town and become popular around the world? If he’s Dewey Readmore Books, the cat who was discovered in the library’s returned book slot in Spencer, Iowa, and the star of this touching book, he will.
When Dewey is discovered by the author, a woman whose life has been marked by tragedy and pain, he wins the hearts of not only her but everyone he meets over the next 19 years.
Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk
You wouldn’t think a vicious predator would be the perfect cure to sadness, but in H is for Hawk, that’s exactly the case.
This award-winning book chronicles the author’s grief over her father’s death and how she resolved it by bonding with her goshawk, Mabel.
This book will make you proud to be alive because it is both realistic and beautiful.
Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
You should read We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves if you want to read a big-hearted novel that not only delves into the depths of broken families but also examines the effects of animal experiments.
The novel was inspired by a real-life experiment in which a husband-and-wife team of scientists attempted to raise a baby chimp alongside their own child but failed miserably. This book will quickly climb to the top of your favorites list because it is sad, delightful, and rare.
Temple Grandin’s Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
Animals in Translation will change the way you think about all animals by providing a unique viewpoint on how they behave, think, and feel.
The novel, written by Temple Grandin, an autistic animal scientist, discusses everything from communication to pain, fear, and everything in between. This was a fantastic read.
Carolyn Parkhurst’s The Dogs of Babel
The Dogs of Babel is another tearjerker novel that follows Paul Iverson as he recovers from the accidental death of his wife. As a linguist, he tries to teach Lorelei, his dog and the only witness to his wife’s death, to speak so she can tell him the truth. This book will stay with you because it discusses how a man and a dog can genuinely love one woman and heal from grief.
Abigail Thomas’s A Three Dog Life
Following her husband’s hospitalization due to an accident, author Abigail Thomas is forced to rethink what life really means and how she can cope with her current reality.
In this heartbreaking memoir, Abigail discovers a new normal with the aid of three dogs and gradually realizes that, while life is very different, it is still worth living.
David Wroblewski’s Edgar Sawtelle’s Tale
The mute boy who lives happily with his family in rural Wisconsin, raising and educating a new breed of dogs, is the inspiration for this brilliant book.
When disaster hits and he must leave his home, his extraordinary relationship with one of these dogs, Almondine, is what keeps him going.
This is a compelling tale of commitment and survival set against a horrific backdrop.
Spencer Quinn’s Dog On It
Not every book on this list can make you cry! If you want something a little lighter, try Spencer Quinn’s cozy mystery, which is told through the eyes of a down-on-his-luck private investigator’s canine companion.
What’s the best thing about this book? Since it’s the first of a new season, you won’t have to say goodbye to the characters when you end.
There’s no better time to curl up on the deck with a good book, a cold drink, and a fuzzy pet on your lap than during the summer. Choose one of these ten excellent books to keep you amused this summer if you enjoy animals as much as you enjoy reading.