On Cats and Books

There is just something special between a bookworm and a cat. On cold days, having a cat curled up, napping at your feet, while you read a book and sip hot tea (or other beverage of your choice), is heaven on earth for those who love cats and books (and tea!). Maybe it’s that cats and bookworms share the same paradoxical need of both solitude and companionship. As Aubrey Hepburn put it, we “don’t want to be alone, we want to be left alone.” To co-exist together, yet apart, while silently enjoying each other’s presence. What better reading companion? Cats also have a way of pulling us back to reality (and food). Nibbling on our book, meowing, head bumps, or even flopping down on our book! Cats playfully bring us back to earth, making us laugh in the process. There is nothing like coming home from a stressful day, and curling up with a book and a purring cat to help me destress and remember the important things in life (such as that ever-growing TBR pile). Reading aloud might get you looks of concern and/or curiosity, such as when I read Frankenstein aloud to my cats, or an annoyed glare that says, “I’m napping here, lady. Show some consideration!”

If reading about cats is more your style, try a few of these:

Love Saves the Day by Gwen Cooper. I absolutely love this book! It is told from the viewpoint of Prudence, the feline main character. Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, this book is purr-fect (yes, I had to go there).

Love Saves the Day Goodreads link

A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets by James Bowen. A homeless man adopts a cat and begins to piece his life back together. Bonus- it’s a true story! If you love this one, check out the rest of the series as well!

A Street Cat Named Bob Goodreads link

Cleo by Helen Brown. This is the Marley and Me of cat books. Read with tissues nearby.

Cleo Goodreads link

So grab a book from this list or one of your own choosing and head to your favorite reading spot to enjoy a magical time reading with your feline friend!

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