Riot Recommendation

19 Of Your Favorite Books About Pets!

Jamie Canaves

Contributing Editor

Jamie Canavés is the Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator and Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter writer–in case you’re wondering what you do with a Liberal Arts degree. She’s never met a beach she didn’t like, always says yes to dessert, loves ‘80s nostalgia, all forms of entertainment, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. You can definitely talk books with her on Litsy and Goodreads. Depending on social media’s stability maybe also Twitter and Bluesky.

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We are the people who bring you the important posts about rounding up author’s pets, so you know we are all here for this list of your favorite books about pets! I want to curl up with all the books centering the doggos (always good dogs!), the cats (evil masterminds), and even the terrifying pets—we see you horror fan and we like it! Take your allergy meds because we have all the fur!

Mrs. Murphy Mysteries by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Love in Lowercase by Francesc Miralles, Julie Wark (Translation)

The Dog who Rescues Cats: The True Story of Ginny by Philip González

A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron

The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions by Thomas McNamee

Gemini Summer by Iain Lawrence

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan

Dog on It by Peter Abrahams

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

Finding Gobi: A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart by Dion Leonard, Craig Borlase

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Pack of Two by Caroline Knapp

The Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory

Hogan’s Hope by Connie Bombaci

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Two comic book series with amazing pets: Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

One Good Dog by Susan Wilson