Yesterday I mentioned that I was thankful for rabbits and it really got some of you wondering. I got a couple of emails and I thought it was pretty funny how my randomness got you all questioning this little tidbit of thankfulness.

I shall explain.

I recently asked a fellow book loving co-worker for a recommendation. He and I have a lot of the same tastes in books along the nerdier vein. We both love LOTR, and he is the one who introduced me to the Fables series of graphic novels comic books. With the exception of all the truly girl crap I love, I could be a 14-year-old boy. In any event, he recommended a book I had never heard of and when he told me what it was about I raised an eyebrow and said, “Really?”

It’s a book about rabbits called Watership Down.

Apparently this book is very well known and sometimes cited as a children’s novel because the author, Richard Adams, wrote it from stories he made up for his own children. Others argue that it’s not really a children’s book and I agree. I think it’s more of a high school level summer read than a book for children. This ain’t your typical Green Eggs and Ham type stuff. (The author actually had some trouble getting it published because publishers he went to couldn’t determine who the audience would be.)

I must admit I’m only about 200 pages in (out of about 500) and I’m enjoying it very much. It’s surprising how a book about rabbits has really pulled me in, but honestly it’s just a good story. The writing style isn’t what has grabbed me, even though it is well written. These rabbits have unique personalities and traits. And while they do “speak” to each other they also maintain their natural rabbit features of burrowing and fighting. I’m happy the author decided to learn more about rabbits in nature so that these rabbits aren’t knitting or wearing bonnets.

Quite like LOTR, it’s really just the story of a journey for a motley crew of outcasts and their search for a safer place to live. I’m finding this book has a lot of wonderful characters who look out for each other and rise to the occasion when they are needed, but also make time to play, smell the flowers, and run.

And thus, I’m thankful for rabbits.

Happy Friday.