Our Bookish Lives

The cats' picks for National Poetry Month

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Around here, the cats are very serious about poetry. Here are some poetry collections His Royal Majesty King Stan Lee and Her Royal Highness Princess picked out to celebrate National Poetry Month. (I like poetry, too, but the cats like it even more.) 1. Everyone A Bell, by S.B. Merrow Since Her Royal Highness Princess Zoey is quite the poetry aficionado, we're not surprised she picked out Everyone A Bell by S. B. Merrow. What did surprise us was that she was mum when we inquired about her favorite things about this book. Despite her reluctance to tell us what...

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4 books to read if you're a hedonistic cat (or just a hedonist)

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My cat Stan Lee is a hedonistic little man. He loves catnip treats, feather boas, his electric blanket, laying on me the second I sit down so he can demand attention from me better, and humping the cozy winter pajamas I got for Christmas a couple years ago- particularly if they're still warm from the dryer and clean. He also can't stand not being the center of attention.

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3 literary novels we're in love with

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Among my friend circle, literary fiction is all the rage, and we prefer it to popular or so-called commercial fiction.

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Bookish trend to follow: poetry

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One of the big trends in the literary world right now is poetry. Here are three recommended by the current shop cat, Zoey, or the retired shop cat, Stan Lee. (Zoey is the pretty grey/brown cat with spots; Stan Lee is the furry, dark, and handsome cat.) Stan Lee loved Ashley Sugarnotch and the Wolf by Elizabeth Deanna Morris Lakes. The publisher sent me an advance review copy of it when I ordered a bunch of other books from them in January 2020 for the shop's grand opening. When I tried to flip through  the book, Stan Lee kept sitting on...

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3 books set in other countries we recommend

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One thing I've missed during the pandemic is traveling. One good (and cheap and easy way) to solve that is by reading books set in other countries. Here are three I recommend. 1. Stolen Lives, by Malika Oufkir This is the true story of one woman who spent twenty years in a Moroccan jail with her mother and sisters. They were arrested after Malika's father, General Oufkir and the closest aide to the Moroccan King, was executed for attempting to assassinate the King. She had been adopted by the king as a young child and grew up alongside his daughter...

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