I read so many wonderful cat books all year long, it’s really hard to pick only ten favorites, especially since the books cover such a wide diversity of genres. Here are my ten favorites for 2012, in the order in which I reviewed them:
Grey Expectations by Clea Simon – but really, the entire series featuring Harvard grad student Dulcie Schwartz, her kitten Esme and her ghost cat Mr. Grey. These well-crafted, cat-centric mysteries are a joy to read.
Cats Can’t Shoot by Clea Simon. The second in Simon’s Pet Noir series, featuring pet behaviorist and psychic Pru Marlowe and her cantankerous cat Wallis, is a must read for lovers of cat fiction and cozy mysteries.
A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen. This story about a down on his luck British street musician and his cat has touched me in a way few other books have. I just can’t get enough of this “rags to riches story” and love following James Bowen and Street Cat Bob on Facebook for updates and wonderful photos of the duo. This book is going on my list of all time favorite cat books.
Cat Daddy by Jackson Galaxy. This long awaited first book by the star of Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell is an inspirational tour de force that offers an intimate glimpse at Jackson, the man, and Jackson, the Cat Daddy.
Enchanting Lily by Anjali Banerjee. This story of a young widow whose eyes are opened to the magic around her by a white cat is charming, lovely, poignant, filled with hope, delightful, and – well, echanting. I really can’t praise Enchanting Lily enough. Another addition to my list of all time favorite cat books.
Animal Attraction by Anna David is the story of the author’s struggle with addiction, and an exploration of what it means to be a “cat lady.” Poignant and witty, heart touching and funny, this Kindle Single packed a surprising punch.
Julia’s Cats by Patricia Barey and Therese Burson chronicles Julia Child’s life with her cats and is a charming, delightful and heartwarming treasure of a book.
Lost and Found by Amy Shojai. While not strictly a cat book, although a cat plays an important role in the book, this thriller was so unique and so gripping that I had to add it to the list. I rarely read thrillers, but this masterfully narrated one reeled me in.
Taming Me by Cathy Unruh is the story of Lucy Miracle, a formerly feral kitten who learns to appreciate the joys of becoming a housecat. This captivating, sometimes sad and sometimes funny book allows the reader to follow the kitten’s journey as narrated by Lucy herself.
The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie gets bonus points for a unique and imaginative story. An enchanting book for anyone interested in learning more about mindfulness and other Buddhist principles, and anyone who believes that cats have many lessons to teach us.
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