I asked several bloggers to choose their favorite cat book and today I’m sharing their answers with you.
#1 – Cat People by Bill Hayward
“My mom was always a cat lover and she bought this book in the late seventies. It became a book I frequently poured over through the years. When I moved out on my own, my mom let me take it with me. She knew I loved it so. It’s a wonderful compendium of people and the cats they love. It’s actually a very arty book. The photographs are amazing. Needless to say, it has remained a favorite, even after all these years (37 years, to be exact!). I’m actually glad Rosa asked me to share this with her readers because it has been quite a long time since I’ve read this beloved book. I’m reminded that it’s time to take it out, cuddle up somewhere and revisit its happiness and beauty.”
#2 – The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
“I love cats in books! My favorite cat hands down is Grimalkin, the cat sidhe in The Iron Fey series (book 1 is The Iron King). I love his attitude (I mean, cattitude) and how, despite being a stuck up faery, he is supportive and helpful. He is also incredibly resourceful, knowledgeable, and altogether brilliant. The series itself is also quite fascinating and exciting, so overall is a great pick for cat lovers and fantasy lovers. The faery world painted by Julie Kagawa is as scary as it is fascinating, and all the other characters are pretty unique and interesting, too. So yes, my favorite cat book is driven by the cat character within the pages. That’s Grimalkin for you.”
#3 – James Herriot’s Cat Stories
“It’s not an easy choice to choose the best cat book I ever read. I have so many, but since I was asked for only one, I had to make a decision. A book I listened to on audio that I adored – James Herriot’s Cat Stories. This was a heartwarming and sweet collection of stories about cats the author met during his lifetime and the experiences he had with them. It made it even more special to listen to the audio. Although it wasn’t the author narrating, it felt as if I was listening to him telling me stories. I only wish there were more stories such as these. I could have listened for hours. His many experiences with cats will warm all cat lovers’ hearts.”
#4 – Plum by Hoshino Natsumi
“When writing my cat memoir – Avalon: a Heartwarming True Cat Story – I read as many cat books I could get my hands on because I wanted to have an understanding of what worked and what didn’t. So my first thought was to recommend something similar such as A Street Cat Named Bob. But you all have read that book already, right? However, I’m pretty sure you have never heard of the cat manga Plum by Hoshino Natsumi. In case you wouldn’t know, a cat manga is a Japanese comic book with cats. I’m not a manga fan, but Plum is the highly addictive exception to the rule. It’s so easy to fall in love with Plum, the cat that brings home a hungry kitten in order to provide food and shelter for the night. Little does he expect that his family will keep the kitten and that the newcomer will badger him all day long. Plum never fails to brighten my mood whenever I’m feeling down. I’m even sitting here with a broad smile on my face just thinking about this charming story. If you’re a fan of cat books I oblige you to put Plum on your TBR list.”
#5 – The Song of the Lioness and Beka Cooper books by Tamora Pierce
“The Song of the Lioness and Beka Cooper books by Tamora Pierce feature a cat named Faithful or Pounce. He is a black cat with violet eyes that helps out Alanna and Beka. He’s kind of a mystical/magical creature who when he’s not helping out mortals is a constellation called “The Cat.” I really enjoyed him in the Song of the Lioness books because he was such a wonderful companion to Alanna. Before Jon knew Alanna’s true identity, Faithful was one of her only confidants. Besides saving her life quite a few times and providing all sorts of help, Faithful was someone that balanced out Alanna’s temper, and they had pretty humorous conversations.”
#6 – Catsong by T.J. Banks
“To me, Catsong is not only a compilation of Bank’s best cat stories, it is much more than that. It is a songbook of SERENADES. It, is a collection of essays that are in reality, SONGS. My reference to “songs” for the purpose of this review, would be words that honor by using the most beautiful of lyrics. The words written in Catsong are vehicles that convey love, a love of the purest and most genuine kind. The “serenades” in Catsong are essays dedicated to the many cats who have graced T.J. Bank’s life. Songs that convey love evoke the strongest of emotions. While often these memories are beautiful, inspiring and happy, they also can be full of grief that often seems unbearable. Catsong is a beautifully woven compilation of these emotions. Many who will, or have read Catsong, have had numerous cats touch their lives. Sadly, I have only had three, (an abandoned newborn calico kitten that was in my life for merely a month when I was fifteen, my Angel Bobo, and my Cody). Whether or not one has had one cat, three, or dozens, the intense love and raw emotion that was so beautifully conveyed in Catsong, will be recognizable and felt by all.”
#7 – Love Saves the Day by Gwen Cooper
“Picking a favorite cat book is one of the hardest questions you could ask because 95% of the books I read involve cats in some form. After contemplating a few different titles I settled upon “Love Saves the Day” by Gwen Cooper. Told from the point of view of Prudence the cat, it’s a raw, heart-wrenching yet exquisitely beautiful story about the relationships that make up our lives, especially that of mother and daughter. Prudence’s seemingly simple observations on life experiences such as love and abandonment simultaneously brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my heart. Our pets have so much to teach us…if only we would take the time to listen.”
#8 – The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
“When Rosa from Cat Lady Confidential invited me to participate in her post, I was thrilled but unsure as to which book I should highlight. I decided to sleep on it and by morning my choice was simple – The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth. This is a deceptively simple “fable” set in ancient Japan about a poor artist and his growing relationship with the cat his housekeeper brings home one day in lieu of food with their last few coins. This is meta at its best with tales within tales but at its heart it is a story about faith and relationships and acceptance and love. For me, a person who is more spiritual than religious per se, it’s an affirmation that true spirituality is about compassion and love and not about rules and rituals. And of course it confirms all of my beliefs that cats are among the luckiest creatures we have the “Good Fortune” to let into our lives and they can do naught but enrich it within this plane and whatever is to come.”
#9 – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
This is my choice:
I read this book for the first time in a Literature class in college and I’ve loved it ever since. Who can forget the Ugly Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the weeping Mock Turtle, the diabolical Queen of Hearts or the Cheshire Cat and his mischievous grin? As you might have guessed my favorite character is the Cheshire Cat. He is famous both for its ability to appear and disappear at will and for his enormous grin. Throughout the story the Cheshire Cat captivates Alice with his honest advice and intelligent conversation. And, of course, we already know that Alice is a cat lover, since she’s always talking about her favorite pet, Dinah. So, for me, this is a must read for all cat lovers.
#10 – I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano
On o totally differente tone, I also suggest one of the funniest boooks for cat lovers I have ever read. From expressing their love for dead mice to knocking over Christmas trees, cats reveal their genius and obsessions in these poems. You can read my review here.
Have you read any of these books?
Don’t leave, here are other posts featuring awesome books for cat lovers:
- Top 10 Best-Selling Cat Books of 2015
- Book Review: I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats
- Book Review: Avalon, a Tale of a Girl and Her Neurotic Cat