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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

❦ Wild Kingdom Book Challenge! ❦

Hello, fellow book and animal lovers. I'm setting myself an animal studies/ anthrozoology based reading challenge and I would love it if you'd join me! Any genre counts, as long as it pertains to the human-animal bond. Anthropomorphic stories can count too, i.e. Alice in Wonderland and her waistcoat wearing white rabbit. Possible reads can include fiction, non-fiction, rereads, children's stories, textbooks, wildlife journals, whatever you'd like. Remember, you don't have to have a blog to participate and leave comments, and you can join anytime during the challenge.

- The challenge will run from January 1st-December 31, 2012.
-Books may count toward other challenges.
- Choose where you want to go:

1-3 books = The Hundred Acre Wood
4-6 books = Rikki Tikki's Bungalow
7-9 books = Best Friends Animal Society
10 or more = The Jane Goodall Institute

-If you'd like to follow this challenge on your own blog, first create a signup post and then use one of these banners to link your post to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post. Remember to add the link of your sign-up post page, not your blog's main address.

- Here are some possibilities:

Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
City of Ravens - Boria Sax
Megan's Mare - Lynn Hall
The Ten Trusts - Jane Goodall & Marc Bekoff
The Animal Manifesto - Marc Bekoff
Putting the Horse Before Descartes - Bernard Rollin
Incident at Hawk's Hill - Allan W. Eckert
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
The Yearling - M.K. Rawlings
Moby Dick - Herman Melville
Spoken in Whispers - Nicci Mackay
The Man Who Listens to Horses - Monty Roberts
Out of the Mist - Pat Lyne
Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage - Cherry Hill
Animals As Teachers and Healers - Susan Chernak McElroy
The Animal Within Us - Jay D. Glass
Never Cry Wolf - Farley Mowat
Gorillas in the Mist - Dian Fossey
Stories Rabbits Tell - Davis and Demello
Uncle Wiggly's Storybook - Howard Garis
Fury and the Mustangs - Albert G. Miller
The Black Stallion novels - Walter Farley
When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals - Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein
Buffalo Gals and Other Stories- Ursula K. Le Guin
King of the Wind - Marguerite Henry
Misty of Chincoteague - " "
All Creatures Great and Small series - James Herriot
The Midnight Fox - Betsy Byars
My Friend Flicka - Mary O'Hara
The Philosophy of Animal Rights - Mylan Engel & Kathie Jenni
Bunnicula - Deborah & James Howe
The Darkness is Light Enough: The Field Journal of a Night Naturalist - Chris Ferris
Wild Minds - Marc D. Hauser
Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat - Hal Herzog
The Man Who Talks to Whales: The Art of Interspecies Communication - Jim Nollman
The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
Thought to Exist in the Wild: Awakening from the Nightmare of Zoos - Derrick Jensen
In the Shadow of Man - Jane Goodall
Watership Down - Richard Adams

Hope you join me. Looking forward to hearing from other animal enthusiasts!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Greek Classics Challenge

A goal for the upcoming year: to read me some Plato and Aristotle. And anything else Greek and Classic that comes my way. Thanks for hosting, Howling Frog!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mouse the Messy

Time to clear off my desk! Here is a list of the books I've read or reread in the last ten months or so, I'm not going to get a chance to write about them for a good long while and they need to live on the bookshelf and move off my desk. In no particular order, here are the titles:

Supernatural Stories, 13 Tales of the Unexpected - edited by Jean Russell
Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood
Animal Dreams - Barbara Kingsolver
Girl with a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier
A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter Miller, Jr.
Blackbriar - William Sleator
The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood
Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros
My Side of the Mountain & On the Far Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George
Treasure Box - Orson Scott Card

...and also several books that go with the Wild Kingdom challenge including authors Bernard Rollin, Marc Bekoff, and Hal Herzog. Stay tuned! Whew, I can see part of my desktop now.