Our Dogs

Burger

(Owner of Nadine)

I have to be honest, when I first heard about Legendborn I assumed I wouldn’t like it. I have never been a fan of Arthurian tales but my friend insisted I read it despite my hesitations. I am SO GRATEFUL I gave this book a chance. I begrudgingly opened it up and could not stop reading. Tracy Deonn immediately swept me up with her fast-paced prose and kept me reading with her lovingly frustrating characters. There is enough action, romance, drama, and history for such a wide variety of readers, I’m honestly not sure who wouldn’t love this book. Give this book a chance like I did and I can guarantee you’ll need to read the sequel as soon as you finish it!

Broozer

(Owner of Penny)

Broozer is constantly scared by his own shadow but nothing could stop him from reading Never Whistle at Night. With 26 short stories to invoke all the feelings of dark fiction, he took on the challenge. He jumped off the bed from fright, he whined to his owners when stories got emotionally tough to read, he ran in his kennel when ghosts appeared! He finished triumphantly; we can all appreciate a brave Broozer. He highly recommends this new anthology!

Chloe and Max

Chloe and Max

(Owners of Zoe)

These twins saw themselves in the sibling bond between Perry and Pauline. Warrior Girl Unearthed is a beautifully raw and authentic look into the issues Native people, especially youth, are facing today. Perry’s adventure is a story of friendship, family, resilience, and faith. The way Angeline Boulley tackles the complex topics in this novel, while weaving in Anishinaabe language and culture, is masterful. This is a YA novel that is impactful and insightful for young and old cats–and people–alike!

Linguni (Owner of Penny)

Linguini

(Owner of Penny)

Find emotional teen Linguini strolling around a cemetary reading this new title from Cherie Dimaline. A hauntingly beautiful coming of age novel about a young woman finding out who she truly is and where she really belongs. Linguini highly recommends this book about growth, love and coming to terms with death. She also recommends taking a look into Cherie's other incredible novels!

Nani - Owner of Halee

Nani

(Owner of Halee)

In The Maybe-Bird, poet Foerster embodies spirals and constellations of climate grief and hauntings. Each poem, each line is hypnotic: One week away and the forest has changed / the last version of myself is dying, Foerster writes in one poem, then: There’s a canyon between this version of me / and the shadow on the stairs that is mine. / I became this canyon, its dreaming eye. I loved how poems, titles, selves, histories, and Mvskoke cosmologies expand and collapse upon one another with absolute lyric fervor. I could go on and on about this book!

Minn

(Owner of Ray)

Minn is a known menace to society, and he implores you to join him in taking critical action against the fossil fuel industry. Russian tortoises (who are actually from central Asia) are threatened with extinction due to climate change. He invites you to read this book because he can’t vote (which doesn’t seem to do much anyway), and he can’t really sabotage fossil fuel infrastructure on his own. Our destiny is in your hands, he says, how will you act?

Ollie

(Owner of Kate and Elsie)

I entered this world from South Dakota, but traveled far to join forces with a girl who dreamed of me for what seemed to be an eternity. It was Make-A-Wish® that made our union possible. My love for my human mommy is boundless, for I am at her side through it all. My human loves humor, and my job is also to entertain her. Since I am a Pug, it comes easy for me to amuse. I am the Jester to my Queen. My Queen finds it difficult most times to pick up this thing that smells very similar to the tall living wood structures outside that she encourages me to pee on. Humans spend many hours looking at these objects, and it appears that it offers some enjoyment. Our palace has many of these items, and the Dowager Queen insists that they are coveted. It is my desire to comply, so we relished The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré. We were swooped through 14-year-old Adunni’s journey and could hardly step away from her story. Adunni is a strong, stubborn fighter who has the reader laugh during the most unexpected moments. Adunni’s experiences is a reminder of the injustices of this world, but provides hope that the human spirit can be victorious over malice. This novel would not be a waste of anyone’s time.

Strangely Feline

(Owner of Anthony)

Strangely Feline recommends Klara and the Sun: "It's hard to say anything about this book without feeling like I might be giving something away. Every page feels utterly vital to the plat development. A literal page turner! This novel is an examination of many things: connection, desire, friendship, love, the energies that divide us and the environment that surrounds us...all revolving around an A.I. named Klara. An absolute must read for humans and cats, err...I mean dogs, alike. Woof."

Ryoga

(Owner of Louise)

The Marrow Thieves has the most evocative Indigenous speculative fiction premise—Caucasian people have stopped dreaming and are going mad. Indigenous people have dreams stored in their marrow, so they are being hunted down and harvested. Freaky and feels true. Dimaline's first book is a hurtling dystopian adventure, and her second book, Empire of Wild, is also a hunt, but a desperate romantic adventure. Dimaline is Métis, or Michif, and she writes about a traditional hybrid monster who may have stolen her husband's soul. Creepy and also feels true. Cherie Dimaline is an eerie storyteller with a gift for the propulsive narrative!