I loved The Penny Poet of Portsmouth by Katherine Towler. Please don’t tell Penny that the poems are not about her 🙂 The author tells of her friendship with a man in Portsmouth who was very different from her, but they had poetry in common. It really made me think how true it is that we can’t make assumptions about people. It is a beautiful story of friendship that anyone would enjoy.
I am almost done with Kate Mulgrew’s memoir, Born with Teeth. Many of you know her as Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager. I have enjoyed this book and her writing style.
I am still not reading any cat books. I did read a good book that was published in 1999 titled A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson. It is a memoir of the year a woman spent living away from her husband when they were having troubles after their children were grown up. I have already ordered the rest of her books at the library and look forward to reading them.
I am also reading Bill Hayes’ first Memoir, Sleep Demons: An Insomniac’s Memoir. It is not as good as his latest one because he includes a lot of history of sleep and sleep studies. I wrote about his latest one two weeks ago.Click here.
Here is an awww worthy photo of Phoebe with The Great One, Phoebe will tell you all about her visit later in the week. All the other kitties disappear when she is here, but Phoebe is a sweetie.
This week, I am reading James Altucher’s latest book, Reinvent Yourself.I really admire this guy because despite failing at many businesses, he never gave up. This book is filled with things he learned through failure. He also writes about things he learned from people he admires.
He says we are not just the sum of the 5 people we are with the most, but also the 5 things we read, watch, etc. He has a lot of simple, yet so wise advice. I have written about him a few times in the past. I have most of his books and reviewed one here.
I just finished a great book that my hubby is reading now and my Mom plans to read too. How Would Buddha Think? : 1,501 right-intention teachings for cultivating a peaceful mind by Barbara Ann Kipfer is an easy read filled with so many wonderful things including teachings, essays and meditations.
One teaching that really stuck with me was to not become attached to expectations. How many times do we go to a party or a movie and have certain expectations? We will enjoy everything so much more by just being in the moment and not expecting anything. Sounds so simple, yet it takes effort.
I just finished reading a fantastic book by Elaine Faber titled Black Cat and the Accidental Angel ( Black Cat Mysteries Book 3). I completed it in less than 2 days because I couldn’t put it down.
*Disclaimer : I received a Kindle edition of Black Cat and the Accidental Angel by Elaine Faber for free in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are my own.
It starts with a family driving home from a vacation with their pets. They get in an accident and the carrier with their two cats tumbles down an embankment. The family goes to the hospital depending on the local animal shelter to help take care of their pets. Unfortunately, no one realizes there were cats because of where they landed.
The story follows these two cats as they try to find their way home. Along the way, they help another family in need and help solve a mystery. This is a Christian novel so there are many references to angels and St. Peter which I found very comforting. I could not stop reading because I needed to know what would happen to these two cats and their family.
This was the third book in the series and I had no trouble following it, but I do wish I had read them in order and I am planning to read them soon. I highly recommend this book to any cat lover, especially those that love a mystery. If you are interested in reading it, here is the Amazon link.
The Black Cat in the story reminded me of our Angel Spooky.
Hi everyone! Today is the day those of us participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge can reveal our themes. My sweet little Phoebe pretty much gave it away yesterday. I am going to crochet a cat toy ( 4 hats too) each day of the challenge. At the end of the month, I will have a giveaway and 2 lucky winners will split everything.
I just finished a wonderful book called Let Your Spirit Guides Speak: A Simple Guide for a Life of Purpose, Abundance and Joy by Debra Engle Landwehr. The author explains how we all have spirit guides with us throughout life and all we need to do is ask them for help. She refers to them as spirit guides, but I think of them as guardian angels as I am sure many do. There are meditation exercises to help us open up to them. I have never heard a message from mine, but I know they have saved me from countless accidents and bad choices.
Erin the Cat Princess was the only one that figured out what kind of car Sammy is making for the cardwood derby- good job Princess Erin!
This has been a slow reading week. I read a Biography about James Gandolfini, but it wasn’t authorized by his family so I was not thrilled with the information the author gathered.
I am enjoying a book sale find, A Cat’s Life : Dulcy’s Story by Dee Ready. It was written in memory of the author’s cat that lived with her for 17 and a half years. I love reading about the bond between humans and their cats, they are all unique. It is available on Amazon new, used and a Kindle version too. Click here
Don’t forget to comment on yesterday’s post for a chance to win a St. Patrick’s Day catnip mat. Winner will be announced Tuesday.
This is Phoebe’s photo that was supposed to be on yesterday’s blog, this time I bought her some treats instead of Grammie.
I have had more time to read lately so here are my latest:
It’s Not Okay:Turning Heartbreak Into Happily Never After by Andi Dorfman is such a shallow bunch of crap. It is on the best seller list so I thought I would give it a try, but I should know that anyone on The Bachelor and Bachelorette wouldn’t be very deep.
L’art de la Simplicite How To Live More With Less by Dominique Loreau is more my style. As you know, I am always decluttering and this book makes you ask a lot of questions about one’s possessions. There are also sections on simplifying your cleaning routine, wardrobe and meals.
Highly Sensitive People in an Insensitive World by Isle Sand was excellent. For anyone who is introverted or gets mentally exhausted when out in the world, this is the book for you. It has a lot of wonderful suggestions for getting through things instead of making up excuses to not attend. Reading it made me feel like I am not crazy, just very sensitive.
I also want to tell you about a sale on Jeanne Foguth’s books. As you know, she dedicated her most recent one,The Vi-Purrs to our Angel Spooky. One of them, Red Claw is currently free and the rest are all half off until March 11th. Please check her website for more information-click here.
I haven’t gotten any new books in at the library this week so I had to resort to my emergency pile. I have about 40 books set aside from book sales that I tap into in these situations.
P.J. My Friend by Noel B. Gerson was written in 1969. The author tells of how he bought his daughter a tabby kitten to keep her company when she was 5 years old. They truly bonded and were together until he passed while she was in college. The only parts that made me cringe were when she gave him milk and people food. We know now that most cats are lactose intolerance, but back then no one thought of those things. Amazon has some copies for a penny plus shipping.
Joanie is here to wish you a Happy President’s Day!
Hi everyone! We are joining Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? blog hop and Comedy Plus’ Awww…..Mondays. This is a slow reading week, due to the snow, the library hasn’t gotten any shipments in from other libraries so I didn’t get anything in this week.
I am reading 2 pretty good books even though they aren’t about cats. In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown by Amy Gary. Margaret Wise Brown authored the children’s book, Goodnight Moon and many others in her short life. I am not that far into the book, but so far it is enjoyable. I was surprised to read that in 1928 there were electric cars- I thought the Prius was the first of those.
I am also reading Breaking the Pattern: The 5 Principles You Need to Remodel Your Life by Charles Stuart Platkin. He runs a successful wight loss company and claims these tips can help anyone to improve their life. I haven’t gotten far in this one either, but I do like it so far.
For my Aww…Mondays entry, I have a photo of the cookie my niece gave me for Valentine’s Day.
It is too cute to eat though.
I made some cookies this weekend too. It was my first time making them, I followed the recipe, but used crunchy peanut butter instead. They came out good, but the recipe says it make 48 and I ended up with 19 ( I didn’t eat any cookie dough either). Does anyone else not end up with the amount you should?