Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: July 14, 2023 by Crystal Uys


One of my greatest summer pleasures is spending time outside with a good book. Whether it’s on my deck, by the pool, or in a sidewalk cafe, there’s just something about reading outdoors that makes one of my favorite pastimes even more special.

For the past couple of years, there has been a notable absence of quality cat books. I typically get dozens of pitches to review new books throughout the year. I’ve gotten far fewer of them this year, and of the ones I got, not many sounded like quality titles. The books I did review so far this year have been wonderful, but none of them a pure “entertainment,” which is what I look for when it comes to summer reading.

I’ve been catching up on my “beach reads,” but none of them have cats as even minor characters. I’m looking forward to reading the advance reader copy of A Dish to Die For, the latest in Lucy Burdette’s Key West Food Critic Mystery series, which always features cats, and of course, I’ll review it closer to its publication date of August 9.

I’m currently reading Elin Hilderbrand’s The Hotel Nantucket, and as usual, the queen of beach reads does not disappoint, but there’s not a single cat in the book.

Of course, if you need recommendations for cat books, you can always check out my thirteen years worth of book reviews here.

What are you reading? Do you have a favorite summer book?

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