4 books by dog people we love

Don't tell my cats this, but I'm a big fan of dogs as well as cats. I think dogs can be cute, sweet, and lovable, despite what my cats will tell you. Here are four books I liked by confirmed dog people. Click the titles for links to read more about the books and buy them.

About a week and a half ago, I read Stolen Away, by Kristin Dearborn. If urban fantasy is your thing or you're enjoying the new Charmed reboot, I definitely suggest this. Tricia is a single mom to 4-year-old Kourtney and 2-month-old Brayden. When the baby is kidnapped and Tricia's daughter claims a monster stole her little brother, she has to face facts: her son is the product of a one-night stand with a creature that isn't human. Tricia teams up with Joel, her ex and Kourtney's father, to try and find her son. However, Joel's dealing with his own problems, in the form of $1 million he owes the Russian mafia and an overbearing mother. I liked Tricia a lot, despite having very little in common with her. New, $5.99

After reading Stolen Away, I started The Crown of Zeus, by Christine Norris. It's basically urban fantasy for the junior set. 13-year-old Megan moves from New York City to The Parthenon, an estate 40 minutes outside London. At first, the girls and teachers at her new school don't seem to like her and the staff at her new home seem distant, but she makes friends with three of her classmates and invites them over for a weekend slumber party. One thing leads to another, and after discovering a mysterious poem and an old key, the girls go on a treasure hunt and the girls getting sucked into one man's version of ancient Greece. I thought it was kind of cool how the girls were sucked into ancient Greece, and I liked Rachel and Harriet a lot. New, $8.99
Before reading The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte by Ruth Hull Chatlien for a Goodreads group I'm in, I'd never heard of Betsy Patterson Bonaparte, despite growing up in her hometown and passing a local park named after her father somewhat frequently. She was a real person who grew up in "stodgy, mercantile Baltimore" in the 18th century. When she meets Napoleon Bonaparte's brother Jerome and the two fall in love, Betsy thinks her dreams of a marriage that will take her to Europe are coming true. What she doesn't count on is Napoleon becoming her worst enemy. I liked the book and Ms. Chatlien's style, and it was kind of cool reading about America in the early 19th century; you don't see a lot of books written during that era. New, $12.99
I'd never realised queer, pregnant teenagers were a thing before reading Girls Like Me, by Nina Packebush. 16-year-old Amanda "Banjo" Logan wakes up in the juvenile psych ward, groggy. After meeting her so-called clueless therapist and psychiatrist, Banjo realises they can't help her come to terms with the suicide of her genderqueer boy/girlfriend's suicide. While at the psych ward, she makes two new friends. One of the really neat things was the sheer diversity of genders and sexualities represented in the book: Banjo meets a queer girl who later identifies as transgender; a boy who comes out as gay; her girl/boyfriend is genderqueer; and I found out she's pansexual, after reading the book. I suspect Banjo is non-binary, too, based on what I read in the book. New, $8.99

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