Tag: Nonfiction

Blog Tour: Let’s Talk About Cats by Anita Kelsey

As a part of the blog tour, today I share my review of Let’s Talk About Cats by Anita Kelsey.  As a mommy to three kitty furbabies, I was excited to read this one!  There is also a giveaway going on on Facebook.

Book Description:

Let’s Talk About Cats: Conversations on Feline Behaviour features 16 unique in-depth conversations with devoted feline experts, each chapter answering a question about our cats. An abundance of catty conversation points which provide many useful takeaways for cat owners to improve their own every-day connection with their cats.

This book, the first of its kind, presents the combined wisdom of experts from all over the world on the psychology, behaviour, diet and training of cats, in a relaxed and conversational style. Contributors include Jackson Galaxy, star of My Cat From Hell, and composer David Teie, whose ground-breaking album, Music for Cats, was released by the Universal Music Group.

Each illuminating chapter exudes a love for cats and a wealth of fascinating insights.

This book is packed with helpful advice, guidance and true stories from the author’s own professional experience of cat care topics, explaining the most important cat concepts, giving food for thought and expanding on all the most important issues and debates in the cat world.

Let’s Talk About Cats: Conversations in Feline Behaviour
Author: Anita Kelsey
Published: November 28, 2020

276 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: November 2-14, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Let’s Talk About Cats is a nonfiction book by cat expert Anita Kelsey: She has a degree in Feline Behavior and Psychology, is a cat groomer, and more.  Needless to say, she knows what she is talking about.  She is based out of the UK, so the spellings of certain words are UK based (which I never have an issue with) and some of what is discussed would apply to UK readers more than US readers, but it is still a very well written book and I learned some things as well (I have only been a cat momma for 5 years and still constantly learning.) 

Let’s Talk About Cats is 15 chapters of learning and one chapter of a ‘bookend’ telling us about The Cat Man of Aleppo.  Despite being in the UK she does talk with US based experts including Jackson Galaxy who hosted the television show My Cat From Hell. Each chapter of the book deals with a certain question that cat owners/guardians may have. There is a discussion with an expert of the question presented and also summary of what you have just read at the end of the chapter and there are also real life case situations that apply to the chapter.  Chapters include Why Does My Cat Scratch Furniture, What Should I Be Feeding My Cat, touching and giving cats attention, all the way to dealing with elderly cats and euthanasia. 

Whether you are a new cat parent or experienced one, you will learn something from this book. Let’s Talk About Cats is for every cat parent and cat lover out there! 

Purchase Links:
Amazon US

Amazon UK

My three furbabies with Let’s Talk About Cats. They are in charge and do whatever they want!

About the Author:

Anita Kelsey holds a first class honours degree in Feline Behaviour and Psychology (work based BA Hons) and runs a vet referral service dedicated strictly to the diagnosis and treatment of behaviour problems in cats. She is also a qualified cat groomer and specialises in grooming aggressive or phobic cats. Anita writes for Your Cat Magazine and is on their experts panel answering readers questions on cat grooming. She also advises on feline behaviour for the CFBA (Canine and Feline Behaviour) magazine as well as being a full member. Anita, a strong advocate of a vegan lifestyle, is based in London but consults all over the UK as well as international requests. She lives with her husband, a music producer, and two Norwegian Forest cats, Kiki and Zaza.

Her debut bookClaws. Confessions Of A Professional Cat Groomer was published by John Blakes in 2018 and her second book Let’s Talk About Cats, Conversation On Feline Behaviour is due out November 28th 2020.

Contact Anita:
Website
Twitter @catbehaviourist
Instagram @cat_behaviourist

Giveaway

If anyone would like the chance to win a free copy of Let’s Talk About Cats plus some fun cat toys from Purrs In Our Hearts and 4Cats then join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/letstalkaboutcats

There will be 5 fun cat photo competitions posted on 23rd Nov With the entries closing 4th Dec. **Rules and how to enter on the page. **

Book Review: I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life
Author:
Anne Bogel

Published: September 4, 2018
156 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

For so many people, reading isn’t just a hobby or a way to pass the time–it’s a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can’t imagine life without them.

I’d Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads readers to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them the reader they are today. Known as a reading tastemaker through her popular podcast What Should I Read Next?, Bogel invites book lovers into a community of like-minded people to discover new ways to approach literature, learn fascinating new things about books and publishing, and reflect on the role reading plays in their lives.

The perfect gift for the bibliophile in everyone’s life, I’d Rather Be Reading will command an honored place on the overstuffed bookshelves of any book lover.

Kim’s Review:

What a great little book!

Sometimes I have so many thoughts and feelings running around inside, I have a hard time identifying and organizing them. Anne did all that for me. Ideas that hadn’t even really occurred to me shone through the pages of this book! My only real issue is that there were whole chapters that were just lists of quotes from books. They weren’t bad by any means, it just got a little monotonous. But all the warms feels made up for the short bits of monotony.

I learned some things about myself and came to the conclusion, with Anne’s help, that I’m different and in no way inadequate. I’m a shopper, she’s a borrower. She visits the library multiple times a week; I don’t remember the last time I went to the library. And it’s all ok!! Readers are readers and we are united, especially because of our differences!

So overall, I loved this book! It was short, easy, and to the point! Everyone who loves books should read this book … and yes, I’m book bossy and not ashamed!!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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Publication Day Push: 365 Days of Gratitude Journal by Mariëlle S. Smith

Today I am sharing my review as a part of the Publication Day Push for 365 Days of Gratitude Journal by Mariëlle S. Smith.  This is a different type of review for me as I am not one to journal, but I can really see how this one will help others who are wanting to improve their gratitude in life.

Journal Description:

‘Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.’ –Rumi

Being grateful is easy…

…when everything goes according to plan.

But how do you keep at it no matter what life throws at you?

Enter 365 Days of Gratitude, the undated daily journal that will help you stay on track.

After years of barely surviving her own emotional minefield, writing coach Mariëlle S. Smith discovered the transformative power of practising gratitude. But, like no one else, she knows that cultivating an attitude of gratitude is easier said than done.

Complete with inspiring quotes, daily prompts, and recurring check-ins, the 365 Days of Gratitude Journal encourages you to create a sustainable gratitude practice too.

Ready to commit to the life-changing power of gratitude? Order your copy of the 365 Days of Gratitude Journal now.

365 Days of Gratitude Journal
Author: Mariëlle S. Smith

445 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: August 30, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Today’s review is different for me as this is not a book, but a journal; It is a journal on gratitude and how to improve your feelings and let your gratitude become sustainable in your entire life.  Life can become so busy that we often lose sight of many things and one of those things can be gratitude. Smith wants you to focus on each day of the year and what you were grateful for that day, week, past three months, even by the end of the year! 

There are daily prompts, quotes, and more for each day throughout the whole year!  This does not have to be started on January 1st, it can be started at anytime as you write in each day. Smith even gives you Day 366 just in case you are working on your gratitude on a Leap Year! 

I enjoyed the layout of the pages for each day, as I am visual and it works well for me!  I reviewed a PDF and not a physical copy, so I hope the space for each ‘bubble’ is big enough for those who write larger! At the end of every three months Smith wants you to look back at the previous three months and how you improved.

I can see as the year progresses that one who chooses to journal about their gratitude and outlook on life will both improve. Doing this journal each day would not take much time, maybe 15 minutes to give yourself time to reflect on your day.   For the one who journals and is seriously dedicated to do this daily, I am sure they will become more grateful and have a much improved lease on life! 

Purchase Links:

**Get 50% off the printable PDF until September 6, 2020 with the following discount code: HAPPYLAUNCH. **Go to https://mswordsmith.nl/365daysofgratitude or https://payhip.com/b/Hld2 to claim your copy.

Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Mariëlle S. Smith is a coach for writers and other creatives, an editor, and a (ghost) writer. Early 2019, she moved to Cyprus, and island in the Mediterranean Sea, where she organises private writer’s retreats, is inspired 24/7, and feeds more stray cats than she can count.

Contact Mariëlle:
Instagram:
@mariellessmith
YouTube

 

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