As we near the beginning of the holiday season this week, I thought it would be a good idea to get in the spirit with holiday-themed books. My Book of the Month Pick for November is…
The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson!! This particular book has been on my to-read list for almost a year now and hard to find in some of the bookstores. Thankfully, my library had a copy so I’m glad I could finally sit down and read this quirky story.
The author, Melody Carlson, has written over two hundred books for a variety of audiences: children, pre-teens, youth, and adults. Some of her books include the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the True Colors series, the Faithgirlz/The Girls of Harbor View series, I’ll Be Seeing You, Once Upon a Summertime, and Once Upon a Winter’s Heart. Honestly, it would be hard to name ALL the books this author has written, but her official website has the full list. Carlson’s Christmas novellas are also popular! Here are a couple to check out: The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Angel Project, The Christmas Dog, The Christmas Pony, and The Christmas Shoppe.
The Christmas Cat centers on Garrison Brown, a man looking to build a new life in Seattle after serving others in Uganda. His plans change when his beloved grandmother passes away and leaves behind unique instructions for finding good homes for her six cats. As Garrison follows his grandmother’s final wishes, his life, and the lives of those who adopt the cats, begin to change.
I wanted to read this book out of my love for cats. I had my own cat, Iniki, for almost ten years growing up who was quite entertaining and obsessed with treats. My family recently adopted an adult black cat we named Midnight, a love bug who likes guarding doorways and running to the fridge every time someone opens it. I think animals leave a mark on our hearts and truly become a member of the family. Going through this book, I laughed at the antics of the cats, smiled at the budding chemistry between Garrison and Cara and found neighbor and family friend, Ruby, honest and hilarious. The combination of Christmas and cats for an entertaining and heartwarming book was also a winner in my book (no pun intended!).
For the cat lover, the book lover, the Christmas lover, and everything in-between, please consider reading The Christmas Cat. You might even finish the book in one sitting!! The book was so good that I finished in two days (and stayed up pretty late last night to see how the story ends haha!!). Either way, I hope this book will be a fine addition to your holiday-themed story collection.