August’s theme is reading all about our furry friends in the animal kingdom. We are using the tag #furread, but please feel free to include non-furry creatures like birds, reptiles, insects, fish and any other living creatures. There are so many amazing reads featuring animals that we thought that they deserved a whole month.
Children’s books are a great starting point, but the options are almost endless with many films featuring animals whether real, imagined or fictional. There are animal heroes and comedians, military animals, and other working animals, as well as the people who work with then, or heal them. I’ve already mentioned Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell this year. It’s a true story that will take you through a whole range of emotions and places. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
We can’t ignore paranormal reading either, with werewolves and other shapeshifters, and don’t forget the selkies.
Animals also feature in microscience titles such as Cod by Mike Kurlansky, exploring these subjects in much loving detail. Animals are participants in sports, but there are also issues of animal welfare. Books both fiction and non-fiction like War Horse by Michael Morpurgo and K9 Cops by Nigel Allsopp highlight the part animals play in human activities. There are imagined, hybridised (Island of Dr Moreau), and recreated animals (Jurassic Park) Synthetic Animals/Extinct Animals(Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep). There is much to read about endangered animals as well. Games also involve animals (Fleece lightning, World of Warcraft).
Plus, there is also also animal husbandry and recipes involving animals. One title which tickles me every time I see it come over the circulation desk is Living with Chickens; it sounds like a disorder we have to come to terms with a la Living with Alzheimers or Living with Tinnitus.
What are your going to read for #furread? Whatever it is, while you are reading, playing or watching #furread, you might like to tweet about it using #furread so that other people can have a conversation with you about your #furread.
There will be a live Twitter discussion on Tuesday 27 August from 8pm AEST. Use the tags #furread and #rwpchat as you discuss your furry reading.