Something that comes up time and time again on our Facebook page is how much you love those little characters that aren’t quite human. If we’re not saving odd socks for Dobby the House Elf we’re shedding a tear for the rabbits of Watership Down, so we thought we’d ask you what your favourite books with non-human protagonists are.
As expected you were enthusiastic in your replies and from those we’ve put together the top 33 books named to bring you a list of the best books with non-human protagonists.
Watership Down – Richard Adams
One of the most well known books with anthropomorphic characters has to be Adams’ classic, Watership Down. Popular with children and adults alike this is where many learned about the brutal nature of the great outdoors so we’re not surprised to see it at the top of the list.
The top ten books in our list were the ones with the most votes from you, but there were many more mentioned too. Next on the list and all with an equal number of votes is:
The Tale of Despereaux – Kate DiCamillo
Stuart Little – E.B White
The Incredible Journey – Sheila Burnford
Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis
Then we continue into the next set of equal votes with:
Fluke – James Herbert
Oy (Dark Tower Series) – Stephen King
Host – Stephenie Meyer
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH – Robert C. O’Brien
Then finishing the list with a coupe of notable mentions each is:
Lad a Dog – Albert Payson Terhune
The Plague Dogs – Richard Adams
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Graeme
Watchers – Dean Koontz
The Black Stallion – Walter Farley
E.T – William Kotzwinkle
Warriors (series) – Erin Hunter
Where the Redfern Grows – Wilson Rawls
Seagull – Jonathon Livingstone
White Fang – Jack London
Shadow the Sheepdog – Enid Blyton
The Bane Chronicles – Clarissa Claire
Dracula – Bram Stoker
Three Bags Full – Leonie Swann
Freddy the Pig (series) – Walter R. Brooks
That was certainly a wide and varied list and as always we hope it offers you a little reading inspiration!
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Hit of the Lits – FRA Top 40
We’ve been running our monthly reader chart here at For Reading Addicts for almost two years and over that time it’s been one of our most popular features. However, in recent months interest in the chart has declined so it’s with regret that we announce that this will be our final monthly Hit of the Lits. We will return with a new format and a new idea at the end of the summer, so if you love this feature then don’t worry too much!
That aside, it’s time for our final Hit of the Lits monthly chart where we share what you’ve loved over the past month with other readers. Thanks to all who joined in and voting for their June favourites, here’s the top 40!