Friday 19 November 2021

Love To Read? Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #179 featuring **The Cat and The City** by Nick Bradley PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins

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Hello gorgeous library guests 


Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks today, and mew know I have to say I really do look forward to my post every week to spend time with my fellow bibliophiles.

Though mew know I do have one little grip this week, and that is some cats just don't know the pecking order. Smooch was on the P.A.'s lap when I decided that I would like some attention, so after scrambling onto the sofa I bulldozed Smooch to the side and took my rightful place, yet Smooch had the utter nerve to complain, can mew believe it?

He said, and I quote, "OY, I was sleeping and that was really rude to just push me over here, I was warm and snuggled and mew need to get some manners!"

Obviously I just ignored him and carried on, because at my time of life mew have to make the most of every moment.

Amber the Ginger Tabby is trying to push tripawed Smooch off the sofa and the P.A.

Do mew think I was wrong?

Because he did threaten me with a letter!

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Also, Episode 2 of Bite Sized Bird TV is now live, so if mew feel like watching what happens in the garden at BBHQ, check it out.

Mew could really nom on some of those right? Well, that's what Melvyn said! MOL
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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the pawesome 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.
1. I am thankful for ______________, _____________________ and ________________________.
2. I look forward to eating ________________ on Thanksgiving.
3. I didn’t realize _________ until _________.
4. There’s no shame in _________.

The P.A.'s answers are...

1. I am thankful for my husband, my cats and all the lovely friends and readers who visit us at BBHQ. You guys have no idea how much I appreciate your visits and comments, you are epic!

2. I look forward to eating ______ on Thanksgiving. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK, though I will wish every one an epic time who is celebrating.

3. I didn’t realize that it was ok to say you're not feeling ok until I was in my 40's. See #4.

4. There’s no shame in asking for help. There's no shame in crying, in admitting that you find it difficult to do something, or that you're struggling with something. I was brought up to keep calm and carry on no matter what, but there are times when that's not possible, my point is, unless you say something others won't realise that you might not be coping or whatever. Speak up if you need to, and don't ever be afraid of what others may think, their opinion is non of your concern. Look after yourself, and know that you are loved and appreciated more than you think.

Let's see what I've got to show mew this time!

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This week's top book pick is...

Library Cat Amber, reviewing The Cat and The City by Nick Bradley
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The Cat and The City

Nick Bradley

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

In Tokyo - one of the world's largest megacities - a stray cat is wending her way through the back alleys. And, with each detour, she brushes up against the seemingly disparate lives of the city-dwellers, connecting them in unexpected ways.

But the city is changing. As it does, it pushes her to the margins where she chances upon a series of apparent strangers - from a homeless man squatting in an abandoned hotel, to a shut-in hermit afraid to leave his house, to a convenience store worker searching for love. The cat orbits Tokyo's denizens, drawing them ever closer.

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This is one of the books I got from my monthly subscription from Feline and Fiction, and it's been sitting in the to read pile for quite a while.

Okies, so what did I think to The Cat and The City? I liked that it was a collection of short stories, although some are a little X rated, which may not appeal to some and I'll be honest looking at the cover and the book blurb, it gave no indication that it was 18+.

So as I'm 19 now, I can read such books, and it was interesting in the fact that the stories are moderately intertwined, and all set against the bustling metropolis of Tokyo. There were many different characters and situations unfolding, though I think from my taste, this is not something I would have gone out and bought, but that's the beauty of a subscription box, mew never know what mew're going to get, and that's what I like about it, as I get to experience books that I would normally overlook.

This one I feel would be idea for taking away on a vacation, to read snippets in between other books. Like a mid-afternoon snack, a little at a time, and I'll be honest, it did take me a while to get through it.

My only criticism is, and it's nothing to to with the story. It's to do with the text that is so fluffing small and I needed a magnifying glass to read it! MOL 

I wonder if Spec Savers do glasses for cats?

If mew're looking for something completely different to read, this book definitely ticks that box. 

  • Publisher: ‎ Atlantic Books
  • Paperback: ‎ 304 pages
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Ratings of:

The Cat and The City

Overall Enjoyment

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Other Fun Blog Hops to Join in Today

         Catblogosphere        Feline Friday        Nature Friday        Flashback Friday     Friendship Friday       

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I really hope mew enjoy the book as much as I did if mew decide to read it.

It's time fur me to say BFN or bye-fur-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just for mew, and don't furget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Until next time...

Keep calm and read more books


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  1. That's a really good review and really good fill-in answers too. Sweet Amber, you do what you want girl! Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  2. You all need your snuggle place on mom. It wasn't rude to claim your spot.

    Love your fill-ins and especially #4. I agree with you.

    Love the book review, Amber. You do such a great job.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. Scritches all around and a hug to mom. ♥

  3. You were not wrong Amber. At 19, you are top cat and can do anything you want whenever you want. Great review although I don't think I want to read anything x-rated. :) Thank you to the PA for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I agree one should ask for help when needed. Have a nice weekend. XO

  4. Hey basil
    What's up? i read your blog every time. as your book review, pets life etc. there you write about a book review. which is very interesting in me. that was your fill in the blanks. It was amazing me. basil i have a blog site which is about pets life. which is

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  6. I think you have earned the right of priority for the prime snuggle spot, Amber.
    Apologies for the deletion but I had 2nd thoughts about my previous comment.

  7. Smooch needs to make room for the Princess. Your comfort comes first, Amber. I agree with P.A.'s answer to number 4. People aren't mind readers, we all need to learn to ask for help when we need it.

  8. I does seem as though they should have had a disclaimer about the content, and the size of the print, MOL
    But that aside, I like these little anthologies of interconnected stories and lives. Sounds cool and worth dipping into.
    Thanks for a great review!

  9. Amber, maybe if you ask nicely and gently Smooch might not complain or write any letters. A smile and a polite request gets you way further than a least that is what petcretary thinks:)

    I enjoyed your fill ins, and I do think when one needs help or other kinds off support, you should say so. Something I rarely ask the peeps I take care of, is, how are you today...I might make a remark, such as, I see you are sitting up today, or You look really nice in that outfit! and so on...that gives us a starting point to a conversation, and they don't have to tell me of how they feel...because for the most part I already know it too well...sigh...(Though if they do, its OK also.)

    X-rated doesn't fly too well in our den either...esp for us youngster pups!


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