5 On My TBR is a weekly meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. Every Monday, we get to rave about five books on our TBRs that fit the prompt, and this week’s prompt is…
Every week, without fail, I read E.’s prompt and immediately begin panicking as I think, “oh nooooo, I don’t have any appropriate books!” Also every week, I end up searching through my Goodreads TBR, finding a couple of books that actually do fit the prompt, and then adding 2-5 more books to my general TBR because I struggle with the meaning of the words “self restraint.”
The cycle has begun anew this week, and here we are with another five books. Some of the animals in these books are magical, some are mundane, some are undead.
Blazewrath Games by Ampara Ortiz
Imagine a sport where the players ride dragons. Lana Torres gets the chance to represent her native Puerto Rico in the Blazewrath World Cup, but discovers that there is a plot to ruin the competition. I’m very curious if the dragons in this book are “animal” dragons (i.e. with subhuman intelligence) or if they’re fully sapient and willing participants in the Blazewrath tournaments. I expect this book to explore a lot of the corruption in the world of sports, and the author has confirmed there are a large number of supporting LGBT+ characters.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
The Secret of NIMH is one of my favorite kids’ movies, right behind the Studio Ghibli movies. I’ve never read the book it’s based on, however, which is a shame. Mrs. Frisby is a widowed mouse with four small children, and must leave the farmer’s field where she lives or else face certain death at the blades of the farmer’s plow. However, her son is sick with pneumonia, and will die if moved. She seeks the assistance of a group of highly intelligent rats, who have their own struggles but might just be willing to help her.
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
I’ve talked about The Tea Dragon Society in a previous 5 On My TBR post. This is a graphic novel about a girl who discovers a “tea dragon” and decides to become its caretaker. She becomes the apprentice to two experienced tea dragon keepers, and also befriends a shy girl named Minette. This book is the first in a trilogy, and it sounds like exactly the sort of story for when I need a book full of sunshine.
Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
This is about a young Lipan Apache girl (her name is the title) who can command and speak with the ghosts of animals. Her cousin has been murdered, and Elatsoe is determined to find out who did it, and why. I’ve heard really good things about this book, and I’m eager to pick it up!
The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams
I loved reading Watership Down as a kid. I really, really loved it, especially the myths of El-ahrairah that the rabbits told each other. It’s very strange, then, that I’ve never read another Richard Adams book! If I remember right, The Plague Dogs is about two dogs who escape a research facility and, with the help of a clever fox, begin stealing food from humans and living in the wild. Of course, the local humans are none to happy about this development, and begin making their own plans to destroy the thieving animals…
And that’s that! I hope you found some new books to read from this list (I certainly did), and that you have a wonderful rest of your day.