Monday, August 28, 2017

TTT - 5 Hidden Gem Dog Books


This top 10 weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and can be found HERE.  Each week they focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading. Since I am wrapping up my Dog Days of Summer feature this week, thanks to Jo's Book Blog and La La in the Library, I thought I'd share with you my top 5 hidden gems of dog-related books.  Here we go!

I can't say enough about this book.  Not only does this book have a great dog character in Maybe, but the adult characters are well developed as well.  Jane has went through a lot of loss in her life and this book really shows how sometimes dogs can be the best medicine.  Also, Maybe has the honorary designation of being Booker T's forever book-girlfriend.  Grab a copy and see why.  You can also see my complete review HERE.

In "The Dogs of Babel" Paul's wife is found dead surrounded by suspicious circumstances.  The only witness is their dog Lorelei.  Paul ends up trying to teach Lorelei to communicate with him so he can discover what happened to the woman he loves. This is a beautiful book.

This is actually a duology but since I never got around to reading the second one, a serious reread of this one is in order.  Rocky's husband is found dead and she heads off to Maine, taking a new job as Animal Control Officer, to start over and grieve in peace.  She ends up meeting Lloyd, a very large Lab and a wonderful relationship ensues.  This book sticks in my mind because the MC has a lot of nightmares and once Lloyd enters her life and sleeps on her feet every night, they stop.  She then believes that their contact is actually easing her sleep disturbances.  Are you convinced you need to read this yet?

My grandmother shared her love of Vincent Price with me as a youth and to this day, I still enjoy his old horror movies.  And that voice, how can we forget Thriller?  But did you know he was an avid dog lover - almost to the point of obsessed.  This tale focuses on his dog Joe, and how fulfilled he felt for having Joe in his life.  My review is HERE.

If you've ever had a dog that tried your patience yet filled your heart with so much love, you should pick up Surviving Henry.  Young fills the pages with tales of Henry's shenanigans and she jokes that her boxer suffers from Supreme Dictator of the Universe Syndrome.  I think it's a common boxer ailment. HERE'S my review.

I know I tend to share a lot of dog books so I've searched deep in my arsenal in order to share some ones you may not know.  I hope you've enjoy this Top Five and look for a few more Dog Days of Summer posts before the month is out.

32 comments:

  1. I love Vincent Price and to learn he is a dog lover just makes him better. :) These all have such cute covers with those dogs!! :)

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    1. I know. I got this book off Netgalley some time ago and it was a real joy to read. He was such a funny man and I guess with all his horror stuff, I didn't expect that.

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  2. Vincent Price was great-Theater of Blood is on my dvd shelves as I love his OTT performance! Tell Booker T his book girlfriend is very pretty!

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    1. Booker T says thanks. I really want to gather up some Price movies to watch this Halloween.

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  3. Of these are so cute and make me miss having a dog so so much more. Soon though I shall find me a good furry friend for my place :) My Top Ten

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    1. Hope you find a new best friend soon!

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  4. Aw, I love these gems. Wow, I had no idea there was a book about Vincent Price and his dog Joe!

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    1. I know. And Joe was so fun reading about. He would wander off to the neighbors and they thought he was a stray and considered him their dog for months before it finally came out he lived with Price and his wife. Plus, at times, Joe drove the wife crazy!

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  5. These all sound so good. I think at least one of my dogs (probably all 3) think that they are the ruler of the universe. I really want to read all of these.

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    1. I think a lot of them suffer from that syndrome.

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  6. I knew there was a reason why I loved Vincent Price so much besides the voice and those striking looks. I must read this very soon!

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    1. He was such an awesome man. I remember being a kid and watching Hollywood Squares with my grandmother and he was always the center square. She had such a crush on him!

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  7. Oh, what a lovely story about Vincent Price - and yes, such a distinctive voice.
    Lynn :D

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    1. I can still hear his voice in my head.

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  8. Rescue Me, Maybe and Lost and Found both look great!

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    1. Lost and Found is really good and I need to pick up it and its sequel soon.

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  9. Fun idea for a TTT list! I haven't read a lot of dog books although I did love MARLEY AND ME.

    Happy TTT!

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    1. Marley and Me is awesome. One of the few books where I cried.

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  10. I love this list! I haven't read any of these but I'm very interested in all of them. I had no idea Vincent Price was a dog lover, that makes me a fan even more:-)

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  11. I've got all of these except Vincent Price's book. That I'd like to read too:)

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    1. We seem to have such similar taste in books!

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  12. All of these looks so adorable. What kind of dog(s) do you have? I have a lab mix named Jinx and she's an amazing sidekick.

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    1. Jinx is an awesome name, not to mention my favorite sidekick - I love The Hollows series. We have two boxers, one fawn - Booker T and one brindle - Cassius. However, we're pretty sure (as is the vet) that Booker T is probably more bulldog than boxer - or at least American Bulldog.

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  13. I LOVE Lost and Found!!! <3 I need to reread it soon!

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    1. It's awesome that you've read it. I don't find many bloggers that have.

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  14. This post is soooo cute!! All these pups make the books look so cozy and fuzzy and like fun reads.

    Thank you for stopping by our TTT on Owl Always Be Reading!

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    1. I enjoyed visiting and hope you loved stopping by The Farm.

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  15. I had no idea Vincent Price was such a dog lover! That is so cool.

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    1. The more I learn about him the more I love him.

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  16. Oh they all look good! I bet my mom would LOVE these!

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  17. These all sound so good, Barb. Rescue Me, Maybe especially caught my eye, but I think they all sound great. Thank you for sharing!

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