17 awesome cat books


Here’s an eclectic list of 17 awesome cat books (click on the cover images to purchase a copy).


In compiling this list, I’ve left aside the various cat-related mysteries by both Rita Mae Brown and Lilian Jackson Braun, the Warriors series, and the many “cozy mysteries” with cats on the cover and/or in the story.


The 17 books shown here (in alpha order) range from children’s books and collections of short stories to poetry, history, and philosophy … plus: photo books; a short novel that features an impressively realistic-sounding feline narrator; and two of my favorite novels, which happen to feature prominent cat characters.


If you, too, are a devotee of cat books, I hope you’ll find at least one title on this list to fall in love with.


Click here to read “reviews” of other books we adore.


Disclosure: If you follow one of my links to Bookshop.org — and if you buy a book from my storefront on the site — I receive a small percentage of the sale, at no extra cost to you. And a percentage of the sale is also added to the pool of funds that Bookshop.org distributes among independent brick-and-mortar bookstores. (As of Dec. 2020, less than a year since the website launched, that earnings pool already totals more than $10 million!)

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