Friday, October 13, 2017

Cat Book Review and Give-Away:Bookstore Cats by Brandon Schultz

Books and cats. The "purrfect" combo. Like peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and chocolate, coffee and cream, (you get the idea!), books and cats just go together "purrfectly". "Cats are cultured, stately, curious, and like to seem as though they know everything. Cats and books go paw-in-paw." Today it is my pleasure to present Bookstore Cats by Brandon Schultz.
From Bookstore Cats by Brandon Schultz, copyright © 2017,
published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com
I have always loved when I have walked into a retail establishment and was surprised to find a cat who couldn't wait to greet me! I used to have a favorite store that sold bird seed that had a hefty, handsome tabby mancat who would greet me every time I visited. There is also a quaint boutique near my home that has a gorgeous kitty working long retail hours. It is a no-brainer that a shop that has resident cats is going to be one I will return to (and purchase from), again and again.

"Around the world, bookstores continue to prove that cats and books belong together...the bookstore is a place to enter quietly, search endlessly for inspiration, then dive into something unknown for no solid reason other than to satisfy an itch. In essence, it's where humans act like cats."

With e-readers taking over and forcing many bookstores large and small to close their doors, I have yet to find a bookstore near my home in Michigan that has a resident cat. But those stores DO exist!  You will read about many cats who reside in bookstores throughout the U.S. and Canada in Bookstore Cats by Brandon  Schultz. While reading I found myself daydreaming, wishing I could go and visit these cats in their establishments.  Roadtrip anyone?

FROM THE PUBLISHER:"Bookstore cats are an international phenomenon and this wonderful investigation has turned up the curious cats running bookshops worldwide. Now, for the first time, some of the world's most beloved bookstore cats are collected together in one adorable directory, making the perfect gift for cat lovers, book lovers, shoppers, and the generally curious worldwide. With personalities and histories as varied as the books they tend, each cat has a story worth telling."

Curl up, grab a kitty or two on your lap and a cozy beverage  and meet some of my favorites from the book!

"Gatsby" From Bookstore Cats by Brandon Schultz, copyright © 2017,
published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com
Former shelter cat. Loves stealing pens. Loves treats and petting. He can be found at The Book Man, in Chilliwach, British Columbia.

"Scout" From Bookstore Cats by Brandon Schultz, copyright © 2017,
published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com
Scout likes birds, warm computers and hot sauce. Scout does not like manicures, ceiling fans, or vacuums. Her favorite author is Maurice Sendak. She can be found at Books With A Past in Glenwood, Maryland.

"Hodge" From Bookstore Cats by Brandon Schultz, copyright © 2017,published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com


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Hodge is "Chicago's most famous cat." Hodge is the subject of his own book! He can be found at Selected Works in Chicago, Illinois.
"Amelia" From Bookstore Cats by Brandon Schultz, copyright © 2017,published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com



I was first drawn to Amelia because my Grandmother whom I adored was named Amelia and my husband worked for many years at Amelia Earhart Middle School. The "Amelia" featured above has her own holiday!! It coincides with Independent Bookstore Day, and The Spiral Bookcase bookstore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania celebrates Amelia Cat Day annually. Amelia suffers from feline hyperthyroidism and requires quite a bit of medical care and testing. Customers at the bookstore often donate to her medical fund. She thanks them by giving them cuddles and comfort.

"Shiva"  From Bookstore Cats by Brandon Schultz, copyright © 2017,
published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com
Shiva is 7 years old and is the head of "what may be the largest feline bookselling workforce in the world!" There are often 15 cats in the store! She is located at Cat Tales in Portland, Indiana which is operated by Midwest Pet Refuge to help fund the rescue.

The cats featured above are just a small sampling of the MANY cats featured in this charming book!

"This playful collection, featuring whimsical color photographs of each cat, delivers unforgettable, swoon-worthy moments of the feline employees in their respective shops. Combined with timeless poetry and literary cat trivia, these tales paint an emotional, endearing, and adorable portrait of the lives of cats in their happiest of homes."


About the author:


Brandon Schultz loves cats, bookstores, and especially bookstores run by cats. Among other things he is a book publisher, travel writer, and ice cream enthusiast. This is his fourth book, and he lives in Brooklyn, New York, with a cat named Lucy who has previously authored her own book.


ISBN 13: 978-1-943876-52-5
160 pages, 6 x 7½", hardcover with ribbon marker
50 4/c photographs

Bookstore Cats is a book that should definitely be on your coffee table or in your home library.  There is even a ribbon attached to the book that serves as a handy, stay-put bookmark! It is the "purrfect" gift for cat lovers and book lovers! And...you are in luck! We have a:

GIVE-AWAY!! 
One lucky winner who is 18 and over and who resides in either the U.S or Canada will receive a SIGNED, PERSONALIZED copy of Bookstore Cats by Brandon Schultz. (An approximate $20 value).  THERE IS NO RAFFLECOPTER ENTRY!! ENTERING IS SUPER EASY! JUST LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST THAT CLEARLY STATES THAT YOU WISH TO BE ENTERED!! THAT'S IT! The give-away is open NOW and will end on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19TH, 2017 AT 5PM EST. THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21ST, 2017. GOOD LUCK!! 


In full disclosure: We were sent a copy of Bookstore Cats in exchange for our always honest review.

52 comments:

  1. Oh! Please enter me! I wonder if they covered any bookstores near us? I know a couple of them do have resident cats.

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    1. good luck!!! You will have to read it to find out! :)

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  2. Momma LUVS when stores have shop cats, so enter us for shure!

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  3. I would LOVE to be entered in the giveaway. I too absolutely LOVE going into a bookstore to discover a cat (or two or ten!) "helping" the customers or relaxing on the shelves. It's a perfect match. Reading is calming and we all know that cats are the epitome of "calm"! This looks like a fabulous book.

    Love, Pam

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    1. It is a lovely, lovely book, much more in it than I covered......nifty facts, etc........good luck!! Love you too!

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  4. Enter me, please. The book looks like a great read. Reminds me of Dewey, the library cat.

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    1. This isn't a traditional book with a story, it is a compilation of many cats, you will love it! Good luck!

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  5. Will find and read and thank you for the review!!!

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  6. Aww I love this concept. I've been to cat cafe however never a Bookstore with Cats. They all look so content. Please enter me! I'd love to know if there's a bookstore near me with kitties! Perfect combo.

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    1. You will have to read to find out! We need a bookstore with cats here too!

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  7. Thanks for this delightful and sweet feature and giveaway which I love. Those sweethearts make the bookstore so welcoming.

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  8. Please enter me. Sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for the chance.
    Sue B

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  9. Please enter me in the contest. I'd love a copy of the book. Thanks much!

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  10. Cats are quite smart and well read....but this we already knew right? Hugs madi your bfff

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  11. What a fun book! I always love going to a business with a resident pup or cat. It just makes me happy.

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  12. This book is a real treasure which I would enjoy and cherish. Thanks.

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  13. Beautiful photography ... I love how pieces of each cat's personality comes out in the pictures. I'm pretty ridiculous when I see a kitty. I never cared much about celebrity or actors ... but I see a cat and I go all fan girl (just ask anyone who brought their cats to BlogPaws the last two years). "Oh, my goodness!! Oh, my goodness! It's a kitty! It's a kitty!!!" I'm not ashamed ;)

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    1. the photos are just meowvelous! I go all "fan girl" over cats I see too so I TOTALLY "get it!"

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  14. I'd like to enter. I wish mom ran a bookstore and I could be a bookstore kitty!

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  15. I need this book. Cats and books. Two of my favorite things together!

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  16. I would love to win this book. We had a used bookstore near us that had resident cats. It closed about five years ago and the owner and the kitties retired.

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  17. How cool is that?!?!?! Store kitties sure have important jobs!

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  18. Good luck to our US friends ! Cats and books are a pawsome combo (and tea) ! Purrs

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  19. I'd love to win this book. It looks terrific! As Edward Gorey said, "Books. Cats. Life is good."
    Thanks!

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  20. My favorite used bookstore had twin sister kitties, both calicos. I would pretend to be searching for a book, but really I was trying to lure one or both cats out of their napping areas to greet me. I never was disappointed, but I'll admit I purchased more books there than I needed, just for the pleasure of being with the cats! Too bad, the place is now closed.

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  21. We want to enter this pawsome give away!

    Emma and Buster

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  22. Please enter me in this giveaway. I love shops that have cats. I always seem to be drawn to them and spend more money than I really intended. Caren and Cody thanks for the giveaway.

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  23. I would love to have a chance to win this lovely book!

    There are a few stores around here with one or two kitties prowling about in them. There is a shoe store where I took my boys when they were small to be fitted for their special corrective footwear...but there was no kitty in there back then...when we drive past there I can see him/her watching the goings on outside:)

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  24. I always swear I will not enter these as I am not among the lucky ones but for this, I will try again! :-) I love the book already and I haven't evened it. I may just buy it. No one does any review better than you, Caren. So please enter me as well.

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    1. Oh my are YOU ever sweet! That isn't true, Melissa does FANTASTIC reviews, but I thank you!!!! Wishing you good luck, there is no rafflecopter this time (wink) Good luck!!!!!

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  25. OH! We love cats with cats. What could be better than that? BOOKstores with cats! :)

    Thank you for sharing about this great book, and for having a giveaway.

    HUGS!

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    1. Please enter us, by the way. MOL!

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    2. you are most welcome!! Thank you and good luck!!

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  26. I would like to win this book. Please enter me

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  27. I'm not entering because I got a review copy too...and obviously I adored it!

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  28. Cats and books just go together. Looks like a terrific book!

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  29. This book looks fantastic, Caren! I love all the photos, too!

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  30. The only thing that can improve a bookstore is a kitty cat!! What a fabulous book!

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  31. i WANT TO BE ENTERED IN YOUR GIVEAWAY! I borrowed the book from our library and it is fabulous. So i want to own my own copy!

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  32. There is just something about books and cats...
    Have a super Sunday!

    Noodle and crew

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  33. Both my favorite bookstore in Edmonton and in Calgary had store cats. Well, the store in Calgary had 2. But alas, city by-laws changed and they had to "retire" the cats. After that.oing there was just not the same. This book brings back great memories.
    Ciao
    Barb

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  34. It is always fun to go into a store and find a resident cat (or dog).

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  35. Yep, yep, yep - I will definitely be adding this book to my cat library!!! Thank you for featuring it. I'd never heard of it before!

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