Books Under My Cat


Why is it that cats like to lie down on books? Do they love the smell? Do they sense the specialness of reading? Are they prepping the pages with feline warmth for their humans to enjoy?

I will often wait until Bandit has adjusted his position before picking up the book he has chosen for his napping station. Such is the life of a cat servant.

Here are my current reads — the books upon which Bandit rests:

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2013) – With this novel, I’m trying out a recommended author. It’s frustrating to me that most contemporary fiction I read includes foul language and foul action that seems so unnecessary.
  • Miracles by C.S. Lewis (1947) – I can’t get enough of his thought-provoking work.
  • Kept For the Master’s Use by Frances Ridley Havergal (1879) – Havergal used Take My Life And Let It Be, her famous hymn, to form this devotional. I found this first edition in my church library. There is handwriting on the front page: “With pleasant memories of Bible School, Summer of 1945. G. S. Montgomery.”
  • The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller (2009) – A middle school teacher describes how she inspires and motivates her students to read 40 or more books a year. One of my teacher friends recommended this book to me. After she read it, she responded to a Craigslist ad, drove to a town two hours away, and bought a set of 100 children’s books for her Fourth Grade classroom.

Remember my post on Kevin Costner’s new adventure book? I finished reading it, but I’m waiting until I have the promised photo to post along with the review. There just hasn’t been an opportune time to take the photo since I wrote the post. I’m hoping to get it soon, so stay tuned.

What book are you reading?

Darla McDavid

I'm Darla, a writer of stories about family, friends, goodness, and God. I love cats, coffee, gardening, and tall stacks of books. Click here to subscribe to my blog. You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram. In my other life, I'm an administrative professional and a Sunday School teacher for preschoolers.

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  1. I think it is the smell of the book – that is the most relaxing and soothing smell! Cute picture.
    I have not had much time to read but I am reading a book my son gave me to read ” Jesus Was an Airborne Ranger: Find Your Purpose Following the Warrior Christ” by John McDougall lets just say it is interesting! Never thought of Jesus being a warrior but in many ways He was.


    • Maybe I spend too much time reading … Nah!

      Interesting book title, and I respect the military, but my first reaction is to say, “No, he wasn’t!” 🙂


      • Mine too!! but it is interesting. So far from what I am reading he is talking about how Jesus stood up to the pharisee’s and how everything was planned and orderly…like I said interesting but a category I do not think I would have ever put Jesus in!! But it will get military personal reading it giving their lives over to God.


  2. THE BOOK WHISPERER is an excellent book, Darla, and MIRACLES is one of my favorites. Your cat on the books makes me miss Abbra, Calla Lily and Solomon–our three cats we had for many years–and all three loved to nap on our books or papers we were trying to grade.
    I’m like Patty; I love the smell of a book, and also the “feel” of real pages.


    • Calla Lily — what a sweet name for a cat! Did you ever make a circle out of a scarf or something, leave it on the bed, and see if your cat would lie down inside of it? Works every time for me.


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