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The world according to Bob – James Bowen

world according to bobTitle: The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-wise Cat (Bob The Cat #2)
Author: James Bowen
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Paperback
Pages: 286
My rating★★★★★

In 2013 someone gave me ‘A streetcat named Bob’ as a December gift. As a catlover I really enjoyed that story and I wanted to read ‘The world according to Bob’ as well. It took me almost two years to finally do so.

What the book is about

‘Since Bob has appeared, I’ve made huge strides in my life. For more than a decade I was a homeless drug addict. I was lost to the world and had forgotten what was important in life. Now I’ve got myself back on my two feet, but as I put the past behind me, I’m still stepping unsteadily into the future. I still need help in the right direction. Bob is always there to offer guidance and friendship.’

James and his street cat Bob have been on a remarkable journey together. In the years since their story ended in the bestselling A STREET CAT NAMED BOB James, with Bob’s help, has begun to find his way back to the real world. Almost every day, Bob provides moments of intelligence, bravery and humour, at the same time opening his human friend’s eyes to important truths about friendship, loyalty, trust – and the meaning of happiness. In the continuing tale of their life together James shows the many ways in which Bob has been his protector and guardian angel through times of illness, hardship, even life-threatening danger. As they high five together for their crowds of admirers, James knows that the tricks he’s taught Bob are nothing compared to the lessons he’s learnt from his street-wise cat.

What I think about the book

‘A streetcat named Bob’ tells the story of how James and Bob met each other and how that has changed their lives. One could say that the story ends at the moment that the book was published, because it would make life easier for them. I agree that the story doesn’t end there. First of all I found it very interesting to read how they had lived while the book was still a work in progress, but I also know that life with a cat is never boring. I could write many stories about my cats and they never even leave the house.

I think Bob is adorable. The stories really won me over. Okay, I admit that I fall in love with many of those fur creatures so it’s not hard to make me fall in love with a cat, especially a red cat. Still I do think that the bond that James and Bob have is special. Not everyone connects with his pet on that level and I loved reading about them. Bob does things I recognize from my own cats, but still he is much more attached to James than my cats ever were. I mean, I never walked around outside with a cat on my shoulders. Mine have never followed me all the way down to the bus stop. That sure is special.

I am glad to find out that life has gotten better for both of them since the first novel came out, because they deserve it. They’ve worked hard for it. Even with an adorable cat in one’s life, it might not be easy to stay on the right path. James got a second chance and he grabbed it with both hands.

So if you love cats, memoirs, London or all of those things, then you must read these books for sure.

The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas – Julia Romp

The Cat Who Came Back for ChristmasTitle: The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas
Author: Julia Romp
Publisher: Plume
Pages: 288
My rating★★★★★

I saw this book on a book fair a couple of months ago. The cat on the front caught my attention and when I read it was not just about the cat, but also about an autistic little boy, I wanted to read it.

What the book is about

The heart-warming true story of a little boy and the cat that changed his life.

Julia’s nine-year-old son George was autistic. Quiet and withdrawn, he appeared lost in his own world. Then one day a small black-and-white stray cat appeared in her garden and George’s face lit up.

George bonded with Ben and began to open up to his mother as well. For three happy years, the trio was inseparable and George made remarkable progress. But then disaster struck—Ben went missing and George regressed.

The weeks turned into months, and Christmas was fast approaching, but on December 21, Julia got a call from a family more than fifty miles away, which finally offered a ray of hope . . .

Genuinely touching, The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas is a story about devotion, love, and a holiday miracle.

What I think about the book

First of all, I suspected that the book would be all about Ben, the cat. That wasn’t true. Julia first tells the story of how her son George was born and how the first years of their lives together were. I really liked that though. Being a partner of someone who is diagnosed with ASD I am really interested in autism and the stories of real people. It was heartwarming to read what Julia has done for her son George to make him happy, even if he didn’t always respond to her actions. I am not sure if I’d have the energy to do that, but maybe it’s different when it’s your own kid.

When Ben, the cat, walks into their lives, everything changes. George opens up a little and as reader you get to know him better. It is really sweet that this furry friend makes life so much better for both of them. I really get that, because I love cats and they are amazing friends for humans of all shapes and sizes. They can really steal your heart with their tiny paws and sweet eyes. Ben sounds like a real winner when it comes to cats.

I am really glad that Julia gave me a look into her life with George and Ben with her book. It was good to read that she still thinks that George is perfect and unique as a son. That was so endearing.

Even though the title makes you think it’s a book about Christmas, I would say that you could read this book in any season. Christmas is definitely part of the story, but in my eyes the main theme of this novel is raising a child with autism and the special bond that one can have with a feline friend.

No Plot? No Problem! – Chris Baty

No plot? No problem!Title: No Plot? No Problem!
Author: Chris Baty
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Pages: 176
My rating★★★★✫

Two years ago I have read this book in order to prepare myself for NaNoWriMo. I really wanted to know if it would be possible to write without a plot. How do others do that? How can I write something without being stuck all the time?  Is it even possible to write 50,000 words in just one month? Yes it is possible and at the same time it is really hard. This novel will help you to prepare for this crazy but awesome month!

What the book is about

You’ve always wanted to write, but . . . just haven’t gotten around to it. No Plot? No Problem! is the kick in the pants you’ve been waiting for.

Let Chris Baty, founder of the rockin’ literary marathon National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo), guide you through four exciting weeks of hard-core noveling. Baty’s pep talks and essential survival strategies cover the initial momentum and energy of Week One, the critical “plot flashes” of Week Two, the “Can I quit now?” impulses of Week Three, and the champagne and roar of the crowd during Week Four. Whether you’re a first-time novelist who just can’t seem to get pen to paper or a results-oriented writer seeking a creative on-ramp into the world of publishing, this is the adventure for you.

So what are you waiting for? The No Plot? approach worked for the thousands of people who’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo, and it can work for you! Let No Plot? No Problem! help you get fired up and on the right track.

What I thought about the book 

This book will guide you through the ups and downs of NaNoWriMo. Every participant knows what the book is talking about. We all recognize how every week has it’s own problems. For me writing without a plot seems to be a problem, as I can produce loads of text but it won’t be any good. Editting is not necessary, as it just belongs in the trash can. That doesn’t mean I didn’t learn from writing that much. It is valuable to learn to shut down your inner editor and how to just keep writing, even when the words are not there.

If you need something to prepare yourself for the crazy ride we call NaNoWriMo and you need some entertaining, then this book is awesome. If you expect yourself to write a masterpiece in just 30 days, then you should not bother reading this. It is just not going to happen, as writing a novel is more than just writing 50,000+ words. What the book will do is tell you to just start writing. sitting and staring at your screen never helped anyone who wanted to write a novel.

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