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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Animal (and Robot) Companions

Happy Tuesday! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, the weekly feature run by That Artsy Reader Girl where you choose ten books to fit a weekly prompt. This week’s prompt is a freebie. I decided to go with my favorite companion animals which may have been a previous topic but even if I did it, I’ve come across some great ones lately and feel the need to gush about them. I also threw in a few robots (and a few animals made of paper) because it’s a freebie week and I get to set the rules.

Temeraire from His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

The series is named after Temeraire, he’s the ultimate animal companion. Temeraire starts off adorable and as he grows, I love him more and more. I love his relationship with Laurence and watching Temeraire learn about the world. This dragon stole my heart and I’m glad to have more books to read so I can visit him.

Luna from Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik

Luna is a mess of white fluff who exudes love and always thinks of food. She might be an alien creature but she reminds me of my fluffy white dogs. She is telepathic and shows the humans visions of her empty bowl repeatedly, it’s just so sweet.

Reichis from Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

Reichis is the talking squirrel cat that I never knew I needed. When he discovers his love of baths, I lost it. He’s fantastic and adds so much to the fun of this series.

Mamie from Loyalty, Love & Vermouth by Eric Peterson

Mamie is missing for most of this book but I adore her anyway. I picked this book up shortly after my westie passed away and Mamie was basically Missy. They even called her Girlie Girl, one of my favorite nicknames for Missy. I fell for this little girl entirely.

Mephi from The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

This series bugs me for having too many POVs but I keep reading mostly because I love Mephi and his relationship with Jovis. Mephi is another talking companion animal who is learning about the world and I’m a total sucker for it. He’s adorable and the relationship is awesome, I’m on board all the way.

Nighteyes by Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

I can’t say much because of spoilers but they are pack and I love Nighteyes.

Mosscap from A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

Mosscap walks a fine line between companion and main character but I’m going with it. He’s so cute and innocent. The conversations that come about because of him are wonderful, he’s a robot I’d like to have around.

Kiki from Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Not my favorite book but Kiki was definitely the highlight. She was adorable and devoted and different. That’s really all I’m looking for in a good companion animal, even if they’re made of paper.

Apple-Moth from The Block by Ben Oliver

Potentially the cutest robot sidekick there ever was. Apple-Moth is always excited and aimed to please and innocent. Perfectly done.

Paper Dog from The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg

I don’t think this one even has a name but when Ceony is missing her dog, Thane makes her one of paper that of course can move. It becomes her surrogate companion and there’s something so cute about that.

Happy reading from my animal companion! Bonnie hopes everyone is enjoying these summer nights.

10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Animal (and Robot) Companions”

  1. These animal sidekick posts are always so fun. It makes me think of all my favorites from the books I’ve read. Walter from Tapping the Billionaire is the first that always comes to mind.


  2. I liked the Paper Dog in The Paper Magician too. My favorite animal companions are Pan from His Dark Materials, Soloyev from The Bear and the Nightingale, and “G” from My Lady Jane.


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