The Good, the Bad, and the Furry: Life with the World's Most Melancholy Cat, written by Tom Cox, is honestly the funniest book I have read in quite some time. Tom writes about the cats in his life and how his world revolves around them. You get to meet The Bear-yes, his name is THE Bear-an elderly cat with a constant look of worry on his face. Then there's Ralph who likes to meow his own name and has a problem with slugs. Shipley is a mouthy cat who calms when Tom picks him up and turns him onto his back. These aren't the only cats; Tom introduces us to many others, too, along with his family and friends (his dad is precious!). He so perfectly describes the cats' personalities you begin to feel as if you are living with them as well. You learn their idiosyncrasies and how they interact in different situations. You fall in love. You also begin to think Tom is a tiny bit crazy, but in an endearing way. My favorite chapter in the book was a letter written to the house sitter "Keeping our Cats out of the Bedroom: Instructions for Housesitters." Tom was going out of town and realized there were a few "details" he forgot to mention. Like how one cat (after wading through the swamp) will try to break into the bedroom while they are sleeping and another will have night terrors. But hey, don't be alarmed; it'll all be fine. The chapter had me laughing so hard I had to read it out loud to my husband.
Photo courtesy of Tom Cox.
The Good, the Bad, and the Furry is not only a book I would recommend, but one which I will read again. Now that I've made you want to read it, too, let's talk giveaway! You can win a hardcover copy of your own from the publisher. a Rafflecopter giveaway I received a copy of The Good, the Bad, and the Furry for free from the publisher. This in no way influenced my review, as it contains my honest thoughts on the book.
The world has been blessed with another kitty comedy from Angie Bailey. You might already know Mittens from Catster and his Facebook page. If so, you know he spends a LOT of time texting. Now you can get a whole book full of his conversations in Texts From Mittens: A Cat Who Has an Unlimited Data Plan...and Isn't Afraid to Use It. If you don't know Mittens, this is a great intro. If you're the type of person who doesn't enjoy LOLCat humor, don't worry. Neither does Mittens. In fact in one of his texts he says, "I just saw some (LOLCats) online. Their spelling and grammar are deplorable!" You might even find yourself needing a dictionary to look up a word he uses. You may also see a little of your own life in the texts, like when Mitty is texting with his Mom because she has him locked out of her room and he is sticking his paw under the door. Do you feel like your cat is barely tolerating your dog? If he's anything like Mittens, you're probably right.
Page 20 has my favorite text: Mittens asking for a little Hazmat suit to protect him from Phil the dog's breath. So are you ready to get your own copy? Well, one lucky reader will win a copy! Sorry, only open to readers in the United States and Canada. a Rafflecopter giveawayDisclosure: I received a copy of Texts From Mittens for free, but the opinion in the review is my own.
If you love to read books about cats AND you want to help cats, you have to get your hands on a copy of Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes. The anthology contains stories told from the perspective of 12 different cats and each cat's story helps a different rescue.
You may already know some of these cats and the authors of their stories. Many of them are active on social media. However, you might not know their background and how they came into their humans' lives.
Each story is unique and I definitely loved them all, but I had a couple of favorites. First was the story of Michael in Then Came Michael. Michael was a 19-year-old cat recalling his 12 years spent with his Mom. He tells his story from a sunny spot while watching the snow fall on a cold winter day. I fell in love with Michael in a heartbeat.
My other favorite was the story of Ryker. Full disclosure here, his Person is a good friend of mine. I never got the chance to meet Ryker-or his predecessor Caleb-in person. To be able to read about him in detail was a special treat.
Here is where you, the reader, comes in to help cats. The editor, Janiss Garza, is donating a third of the book's profits to the rescues chosen by the authors. If you buy a book during March (hurry, there are only a few days left!) Ryker's Person is going to donate her share of the profits to Great Plains SPCA.
So to recap, you buy the book, fall in love with the cats, and shelters get donations. What could be better than that?