There’s a lot of intersection in the bookworm and cat lover populations. If you’re a cat lover looking for a book, or need a gift for a cat lover, you have no shortage of options to choose from. From silly picture books to full series’ of cat-based books, felines are the stars of many works. Here’s eleven to start off your cat-based book collection:
1. How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You by The Oatmeal/Matthew Inman
A humorous look at the very real way many cats behave. Anyone with a feline companion will be a little more paranoid after flipping through this book.
2. The Catropolitan Opera by Susan Hebert
This collection of thirty-two beautiful illustrations of cats in various operatic poses will make any theater lover, cat lover, or art lover start to purr.
3. Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot
A classic book of cat adoration, T.S. Eliot’s poems, accompanied by Edward Gorey’s illustrations, are a delight to read and even more so once you realize the work inspired the musical Cats.
4. Simon’s Cat by Simon Tofield
Like so much cat-themed art these days, Simon’s Cat became popular on the internet before finding its way into book-form. All cat owners will relate to Simon and his ever-needy, ever-lovable cat.
5. The Cat Who… series by Lillian Jackson Braun
These are the mysteries that started the cat detective cozy genre. If you’re looking for a quick read and an escape into a quiet town (albeit with murders) to accompany your afternoon cat cuddles, look no further.
6. The Big New Yorker Book Of Cats by The New Yorker
With musings from such luminaries as E.B. White, Roald Dahl, and Margarat Atwood, accompanied by cartoons and illustrations that have appeared in the New Yorker Magazine, there is more than enough in this beautiful collection to keep cat lovers occupied and contentedly purring.
7. All I Need To Know I Learned From My Cat by Suzy Becker
It’s a small book, though it’s full of gently funny and clever observations that will bring a smile to anyone’s face.
8. I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano
In addition to the clever and all too honest poems, this book has photos of adorable cats! What’s not to love?
9. Cat In The Stacks Mystery Series by Miranda James
All cat lovers will relate to the main character’s doting ways. He is even able to bring his cat to work with him, something many have only dreamed of. And, in between the descriptions of the large cat’s behavior and his owner’s affection, readers will have a cleverly plotted mystery to enjoy.
10. Charles Bukowski On Cats by Charles Bukowski, edited by Abel Debritto
A collection of the writer’s observations about cats, this book is exactly what the title suggests. Bukowski was more than a cat lover, he was a cat admirer, and this collection demonstrates that in the author’s own, impressive words.
11. (Honorable Mention) Millions Of Cats by Wanda Gag
Published in 1928, this picture book has either delighted or haunted children for nearly a century now. I’m in the latter camp, which is why this is an honorable mention. The idea of millions of cats may be enticing if you’re a cat lover, but get to the end of the book and tell me if you aren’t depressed by how the couple ends up with one kitten.
Now you’ve got some choices, so get your paws on one of these books, and start reading.
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