Monday, April 25, 2011

New Books from #ReadPawty Selected Authors

Many of the authors we have showcased for #ReadPawty have new books out! Here are some in no particular order:

Oogie: The dog only a Family Could Love is still in hardback.

Classified as Murder (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) by Miranda James. Release Date 5-3-11

The Cat, the Lady and the Liar: A Cats in Trouble Mystery by Leann Sweeney (April 5, 2011) Mom is reading this now, and it is the 3rd in Sweeney's series.

Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein (May 3, 2011) Art of Racing in the Rain was adapted for special needs.

Mom read the first 2 of this series, but didn't choose them for #ReadPawty. I think she sent them to MizzBassie since the books take place in San Fransisco. The cats are really good, though. How to Moon a Cat (Cats and Curios Mystery) by Rebecca M. Hale (release 7-1-11)

Mom just finished this new one and liked it enough to consider it for #ReadPawty: Curiosity Thrilled the Cat: A Magical Cats Mystery by Sofie Kelly The author has a second one coming out in September. She liked the magical cats who help solve crimes.

Choosing to Be: Lessons in Living from a Feline Zen Master by Kat Tansey . Mom is reading this now, and likes it a lot since the cat is teaching the human zen principles such as patience and meditation. Although it is fiction, it is more of a series of connected essays about how zen can help heal a troubled mind. The zen master just happens to be a cat, but that makes it more believeable for Mom.

Keep me posted about what you are reading this summer besides #readpawty books. Add comments to this post so we can all see!

The Mags

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Books for June 13 #ReadPawty

I want to thank everyone for their recommendations for books. Anipals have been asking if I would feature more series, something I think will be great summer reading. We also had a request which was subsequently given 2 paws up. So here are the books:

Cat on the Edge: A Joe Grey Mystery; Author: Shirley Rousseau Murphy published in 1996. New copies are $7.99, lots of used copies available. I only found one library copy available from my library consortium.

Ms. Murphy is known for her fantasy fiction, and she applies some of her skills to her lead character, Joe, and his cat friends. I am finding the development really interesting, and I think this book can lead to a lively debate. I also find Ms. Murphy to be a good writer, and it is hard to put the iPawd down! A book review in the AT will be published closer to the meeting so I don't spoil the plot.

A Three Dog Life; Author: Abigail Thomas published in 2006. new hardcover $8.80 from Amazon, paperback $10, lots of used copies. I got paperback from B&N at $4.48. There were lots of copies available through my library.

I have not read this, but it was recommended at ReadPawty, and Sebastian agreed that it was a great book. I will read ASAP and write a review. However, if someone else would like to guest write reviews for the AT, let me know!

Couple more pieces of business. I will be posting updates on new books by the authors we have read. I will also investigate another book club, this one for classics. I will also do an twtvite so we can be reminded of the next pawty.

Finally, I created a Twitter account, @ReadPawty. If anyone would like to make any announcements, I will be glad to give you the login. I will be tweeting again soon to announce books, so please follow.