Top Ten Books for Cat Lovers

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Top Ten is the weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we showcase our top ten books in a certain category. This week's theme was "Top Ten Books for ____ Lovers." And, well, considering this is a cat themed blog, I had no other choice than to cover ten books that feature awesome kitty characters!

Number Ten: The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

I actually read this for the first time last year. I had been on my radar for years, but I had never really taken the time to sit down and read it until then. It's a relatively short book following the long and dangerous journey three pets take to find their way back to the owners they love. I applaud the two dogs for their determination and loyalty, but when it came to cleverness and fierce fighting, it was the cat that came out on top. He fought off a bear and won! The narration of the book is a little strange, as the animals don't really communicate and you interpret what they feel mostly through their actions, but I think that makes it all the more memorable. It's a timeless classic and the movie, though it certainly takes some liberties, is lovely as well.

Number Nine: Paw Prints in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor    

This is a true story of how Denis found his faithful companion, Toby Jug. Toby was first found as a mewling little kitten abandoned in a barn during a snowy winter. Dennis took the cat in and nursed it back to health - though he was encouraged by his vet to put the kitten down. It took many sleepless night and tender care, but Toby lived through the ordeal and became his human's constant companion. In fact, by the end of the story, we're left wondering who saved whom. It's a touching reminder of the bond between cats and humans, but it will likely leave you in tears

Number EightCharmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones

Wow, I grew up adoring the Chrestomanci Chronicles. With magic, wit, and imagination galore, Jones was one of the most influential authors of my childhood. Charmed Life follows the protagonist Eric "Cat" Chant and his sister Gwendolyn, who is a gifted witch, and their life upon being taken in by Christopher Chant, the current Chrestomanci - the most powerful Enchanter in their world - and others. One of the most memorable characters is the rather grumpy Throgmorton, who inhabits the castle but is by no means a pet. He doesn't meow, but instead, says "wong." It's worth a read just for him!

Number Seven: The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

One can't make a Cat Lover list without including the Shadowhunter books. Of particular note is Church, who takes it upon himself to protect not only the Institute but happens to keep a close eye on the newest characters introduced, Julian Blackthorn, his siblings, and Emma Carstairs. And of course, there's our favorite cat eyed warlock - Magnus - who owns a rather self-satisfied cat, Chairman Meow.  

Number SixDewey: The Small-Town Library Cat who Touched the World

This is a touching memoir of Dewey Readmore Books, who was stuffed into a library book return chute on the coldest day of winter. Seeing as his mother was a librarian, and that he had found his way to Spencer, Iowa's Public Library, it only made sense that he was to become their mascot and live in the library! This book is about Dewey, but so much more than just how a cat came to "work" at a library. It's a story about how he touched the lives of the readers he met in the library, how he saved the library and about the incredible bond he shared this his human. This is another book that will leave your heart warmed and you eyes teary.
Number FiveThe Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

We all know cats have a second sense when it comes to the supernatural, so it only makes sense that Chicago's top wizard detective would own an awesome cat. Harry's cat is a thirty pounds of love that tends to hang out on his bookshelf. Still, he's well aware when there's trouble about or when Harry needs a little extra support. Too, we get to see Cat Sith in one of the later novels, the infamous cat like faerie - and, of course, Harry has quite a time dealing with the tricky creature!

Number FourChicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul

I guess this one was a no-brainer, huh? Chicken Soup reached it's popularity several years ago, but it proves to still provide readers with touching stories about thing we love the most. Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul consists of numerous short stories about the amazing feats cats perform and the special bond we share with them. It's perfect for a good pick-me-up when you need a smile.

Number ThreeHomer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper

This is probably one of the most memorable memoirs about a cat that I've come across. I actually came across Homer's story in a television interview several years ago. When I found out that he had his own book, I immediately went to the library to check it out. Homer found his way into the heart of Gwen when he was only three weeks old and eyeless. Despite his disability and the claim from many family members and friends that the little black cat would only be a burden, Homer manages to prove over and over that he's as gutsy, capable, brave and - most of all - as loving as any regular cat.

Number TwoThe Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa

The number two spot for the most memorable cat character goes to Kagawa and her lovely and witty interpretation of Grimalkin, the Cait Sith of the Nevernever. Thought traditionally, Cait (or Cat) Sith and Grimalkin are two different entities, Kagawa blends both in her fey series to create a truly memorable character. Not only is he witty and sarcastic, he also remains a loyal friend and accomplice on many of Meghan's journeys throughout the series. He's just so loveable and cute! And though I know he'd likely claw my eyes out, I just want to pick him up and cuddle him close!

Number OneThe Warriors Saga by Erin Hunter

And, of course, the series most synonymous with cats is Erin Hunter's Warriors saga. This will be a series that will always have a special place in my heart, no matter how old I get. The world Hunter created was memorable and there are a great many characters that will work their way into your heart. Firestar, the great ThunderClan leader is only one of many that you will find yourself rooting for. Whether you read the books as a child or came into the series when you were older - like I did - Warriors will delight and intrigue all ages.

And that's my Top Ten! Are there any kitty themed books, or awesome cat characters that I didn't mention? (Besides Harry Potter, because we all that was a given! XD) Please share your thoughts and feel free to link me to your own TTT!


  1. Of course The Incredible Journey made the list! I grew up loving the movie. :) I'm also pleased to see that The Dresden Files get a shout out!

    I had no idea Homer had a book - I might have to look for that one!

    Check out my TTT.

    1. I loved the movie so much growing up, I had to get it on DVD. I always get sad when Sassy goes over the waterfall, even though I know she makes it out okay. XD

      And definitely check out Homer's book when you get the chance. He's quite the extraordinary cat!

      Thanks for the linky link~

  2. I forgot about Church! And Grim, who could forget him, I love Grim!

    1. Grim likes to think he's not lovable, but.... he def is. XD

  3. I'm generally more of a dog person but cats personalities fit so well in books! Plus we have an awesome cat at the bookstore I work at (well two of them, but one that's extra awesome). And oh yes, Church is fantastic!

    1. You work at a bookstore? AND is has kitties? Where can I submit my employment application??? Lol!

  4. I love cats, well I love animals period. So this list is fun. The only cat I know here is the TMI cat--looks like I have some cats to find :)