29. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Humor, Inspirational, Memoirs, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mas, 253 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/26/2014

how to be parisianFour successful and talented French women share their views on what it means to be French and a woman in 2014. Their careers span the worlds of music, film, fashion and publishing and they share their secrets to life and how their sense of style, fun and the meaning of life. The chapters are brief and give you each woman’s views on all sorts of topics including men, culture, beauty and attitude. The authors Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas are all unmarried but attached with children and have been friends for years. These ladies admit to be bossy and opinionated and sometimes snobs but also tender, romantic and reliable. This book was a fun read that may help you look at life in a lighter way and make you want to slip on your dancing shoes.

 

29. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Cats, Humor, Self Help, Tammy

Who Moved My Mouse?: A Self-Help Book for Cats (Who Don't Need Any Help) by Dena Harris, 136 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/28/2014

who moved my mouseDoes your kitty have emotional issues? Does kitty feel unfulfilled? This humorous guide, based on classic self-help texts is  filled with quizzes and tips to teach all cats how they came make small daily changes that will improve their lives and the lives of those around the. With chapters such as “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff . . . But Feel Free to Freak Out Over Anything That Moves Suddenly or Without Warning” this book was a great help to both my kitties. They were able to test out their newly learned skills and life philosophies this week when the four little nieces and nephews came to visit for Christmas. I can’t say that peace and harmony reigned but there was less hissing and tears. ; )

 

29. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (Jane Austen Mysteries #12) by Stephanie Barron, 329 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/28/2014

jane austen  The newest Jane Austen mystery book out in time for your holiday reading pleasure. Jane discovers family secrets and murder during the twelve days of Christmas in Regency England. Jane, Cassandra and her mother are invited to spend the Christmas holiday with her brother James and his family in the home Jane grew up in. James is now the rector of their father’s church but unlike his fun-loving father is a serious minister who questions any holiday frivolity. The whole family is invited to to stay at The Vyne a nearby manor house. The ladies are thrilled with the chance to see the house again and become re-acquainted with their neighbors especially in a festive household. But international politics, love affairs and murder creep into even the fashionable of society and dampen the holiday spirits of all those staying at The Vyne. Will Jane discover who the murderer is and why before everyone goes their separate ways?

22. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Tammy · Tags:

The Virgin in the Ice: Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #6 by Ellis Peters, 220 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/21/2014

virgin in the ice It is the winter of 1139. A civil war in England has sent refugees fleeing from Worcester to the abbey at Shrewsbury hoping to find a safe haven there. Traveling with a young nun the group, including an orphan boy and his 18 year old sister. But somewhere in the dangerous countryside they disappear. Brother Cadfael sets

In the winter of 1139, raging civil war has sent refugees fleeing north from Worcester, among them are two orphans a boy of 13 and his beautiful 18-year-old sister and a young Benedictine nun. They set out but disappear somewhere in the wild countryside. Brother Cadfael wants to go search for them but he is called to the Church of Saint Mary where a monk has been found beaten and bleeding beside the road. He will surely die without Cadfael’s medicinal knowledge. The monk’s fevered ravings give Cadfael a clue to the missing party and he soon embarks on a dangerous quest to find them.

16. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Humor, Tammy · Tags:

Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. by Jim Benton, 96 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/15/2014

dog butts  A collection of cartoons by New York Times Bestseller Jim Benton. Though the title implies lots of pet or animal cartoons there are only a few. Personally I found the humor hit or miss.

15. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Biographies, Cats, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags:

A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets by James Bowen , 279 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/10/2014

street cat named bob The moving, uplifting true story of an unlikely friendship between a man on the streets and the ginger cat who adopts him and helps him heal his life. Bob the world-wise street cat helps James change his life for the better and teaches him how to relate to other people better too.

15. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Biographies, Cats, Fiction, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags:

The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-wise Cat by James Bowen , 286 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/14/2014

world according to bobJames and his street cat, Bob, have been on a remarkable journey together. James was a homeless drug addict before meeting Bob. Bob helped James see important truths: friendship, loyalty, trust and happiness. This book picks up where “A Street Cat Named Bob” left off. James shares how Bob has been his protector and guide through illness, hardship and danger. James has taught Bob tricks such as how to high five but he knows he has learned so much more from his street-wise cat. Not just an animal story but the story of one man and his animal companion.

15. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Short Stories, Tammy · Tags: ,

Christmas Cats by Shirley Rousseau Murphy, 246 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/14/2014

christmas catsAll cat lovers will enjoy these 19 short stories, essays and poems. Some are new while others are previously published. Murphy, the serious editor is the author of the popular mystery series featuring a cat detective. There’s something for everyone, including an informative piece by Christine Church on holiday safety for cats.

15. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Tammy · Tags:

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle , 167 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/13/2014

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A beautifully illustrated graphic novel version of the story of the last unicorn. I first encountered this story as a movie inspired by the story also by Peter S. Beagle. The story leads our heroes to question what their purpose in life is and what is worth fighting and possibly dying for.

15. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Tammy · Tags: ,

Favole: Stone Tears by Victoria Francés, 48 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/12/2014


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An English translation with beautifully detailed Gothic illustrations. Victoria Frances relates the memories of a vampires and the ladies that haunt him including his one true love through time. Full of forbidden love, magic, lost innocence and longing.

06. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, How To's, Informational Book, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: ,

Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) by Jackson Galaxy, 291 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/05/2014

catification Ideas from the “Cat Daddy” for making your home more cat friendly and still looking nice. Has ideas that range from expensive to stuff you can make yourself with little or no tools. Also discussed some tips on understanding your cats behavior. Also, gives examples from his tv show, My Cat from Hell.

05. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Autobiographies, Cats, Inspirational, Tammy

Two Cats and the Woman They Own: or Lessons I Learned from My Cats by Patti Davis, 96 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/05/2014

two catsAuthor Patti Davis shares how she became the owner of a cat and found out how fulfilling having cats as pets can be. Though she formerly considered herself a dog person and was unprepared for the differences between cats and dogs. Soon she discovers how cats are actually in charge and the life lessons they can teach humans if only we listen.

 

05. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Humor, Poetry, Tammy · Tags:

I Could Chew on This: And Other Poems by Dogs by Francesco Marciuliano, 110 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/04/2014

i could chew on thisA collection of poetry that express dogs devotion to their owners, their food and what makes them happy. Things like squeaky toys, naps, bones. Funny and heartfelt. For anyone who has ever loved a dog.

 

05. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Science Fiction, Tammy

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind by Zack Whedon, 152 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/05/2014

leaves on the windThis graphic novel picks up after the Serenity movie. I really enjoyed the story line and the artwork. I don’t want to give anything away. For all fans of Firefly!

 

 

30. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Tammy · Tags: ,

Edward Scissorhands # 1 by Kate Leth , 23 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/29/2014

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This beautifully illustrated comic book written by Kate Leth picks up many years after the end of the Tim Burton movie. Eli has shared her stories of the man living in the haunted mansion on the hill with her granddaughter who believes her grandmother. Unfortunately, Eli’s daughter thinks her mom was crazy. This is the first comic in a series. Don’t miss the illustrations by Drew Rausch.

30. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Cats, Inspirational, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags:

A Dickens of a Cat: And Other Stories of the Cats We Love by Callie Smith Grant (Editor) , 192 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/28/2014

dickens catThis is a collection of heart-warming stories about cats and how they have changed the lives of their owners. Even some very reluctant pet owners and self-identified “dog people” share how they were touched by having a cat in their lives. Well-known authors, including Melody Carlson, Tracie Peterson, and Robert Benson, as well as new voices share their inspirational true stories of these otherwise ordinary cats and dogs whose presence in the lives of humans make them remarkable.

26. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Humor, Poetry, Tammy · Tags:

The Rules: A Guide For People Owned By Cats by Max Thompson , 85 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/25/2014

rules for peopleMax Thompson known far and wide on the Internet as “The Psychokitty” is an expert in all things feline. He has decided to help out humans everywhere to understand the ways of the cat. That with cute furriness comes hairballs. There are paw drawn illustrations and note pages to further assist people with their learning curve. At the end are included some letters from cats and their people who have written to Psychkitty for advice. A funny book. Though I must say that Psychokitty seems to have more issues with poop and barfing then any of the five house cats I have had.

 

26. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Humor, Poetry, Tammy · Tags:

I Knead My Mommy: And Other Poems by Kittens by Francesco Marciuliano , 111 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/24/2014

download (1)Nothing is cuter than a kitten or more curious. This book of poems by kittens shares their amazement at their new world around them, their never ending curiosity and how they learn to live with older cats and their people. Filled with cute photos and funny poems that made me laugh out loud.

26. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Cats, Humor, Tammy · Tags: ,

Stink Outside the Box: Life Advice from Kitty by Jeremy Greenberg, Niklas Pivic , 64 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/25/2014

Each page contains an important live lesson, such as “Learn from those who have come before you,” the name of the cat counselor giving advice on this lesson, the counselor’s moment in “purrspective” and then the advice he or she has learned during their nine lives. Next page has a photo of each cat counselor. These house cats try to share the lessons they have learned with us, the humble human, to reduce the stress in our lives and lead a more enjoyable, stress-free life. After all if we are happy and stress-free we will have more time to devote to kitty.

Stories of how famous female American writers found friendship and comfort from their pet dogs. Stories are collected from diary entries, letters, and how the author or poet refers and treats animals in their writings. Though I love both cats and dogs there is something to be said for the companionship of a dog. They are loyal and loving no matter what you are going through and always willing to be hugged and held.