Aimee Recommends: ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’

Aimee has become such a good friend of mine so when we decided we wanted to do a series of collaboration posts, I was really excited to see what we came up with.  We are both book lovers but in all honesty, one of my worst habits is that I stick to authors and genres that I know and love. So we decided to give each other a selection of books to read and we’ll be posting our reviews along the way! Aimee is a great friend and her blog, Aimee Raindrops Writes, is definitely worth a visit. 

I’m the first to admit: I’m not a cat person. It all started when I was five years old, running around in my gran’s garden trying to offer the neighbour’s cat one of my chocolate digestives. In hindsight, I realise how terrified the poor little kitty must have been! Although the scratches on my hands and arms healed, my fear of cats has lived with me to this very day. So when I noticed that the first book I would be reading was ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’  by James Bowen, I was far from excited. I really don’t like cats…

Why did Aimee choose this book for me? Here’s what she had to say: 

“A Street Cat Named Bob,” by James Bowen, is one of my favourite books. And I only picked it up because my boyfriend kept urging me to read it. (He’d never read it, by the way, he just thought the cat on the cover was cute!) When I eventually succumbed and read the book, I was so glad I did because it is such a heart-warming and lovely story. I decided that “A Street Cat Named Bob” had to be one of the books I suggested Sarah read. She’s such a brave, incredible woman, who has been through so much already (seriously, read her transplant posts!), and I felt she needed a little reminder of everything good in the world. I wanted her to read a book that, I hoped, would leave her with a lovely, warm feeling inside when she’d turned the final page. So, how’d I do Sarah?!

James is recovering from a drug addiction and although he has a love for cats, he isn’t really in a position to take on the responsibility of a pet given that he is struggling to make ends meet and can barely afford to feed himself. But when he meets a ginger cat going up the stairs to the front door of his flat, there is immediately a connection between them. James tries to hunt down the owner of a few days but it doesn’t take long before Bob has moved in.  From this moment, both of their lives change forever.

The book follows their journey through the streets of London and highlights the overwhelming impact a simple man and his cat have on each other. They change each others lives (thankfully for the better) and never leave each other’s side, regardless of the situation they find themselves in. Their bond is effortless and for me, that’s what brought a tear to my eye. It really is the simple things in life. It definitely gave me ‘food for thought’; making me think about all the stupid things I worry, moan and stress about because the truth is: none of it really matters.

I honestly think that we can learn a lot from Bob. Before Bob entered his life, James was invisible; ignored by so many people every day, rushing around to get to their next appointment, meet friends or go home to their families. When Bob was by his side, people stopped to speak to him and his takings grew as a result. Had it not been for Bob giving James a chance and not judging him, would this have happened? Probably not. That’s a really sad thought..

If you are looking for an easy, heart warming read then I strongly recommend getting a copy of A Street Cat named Bob’ because I honestly couldn’t put this book down and I’ve been telling everyone about it.  Thanks so much Aimee for suggesting I read such a wonderful book – really made me smile (with a few tears along the way).  And I definitely feel differently about cats now too! Maybe this has helped overcome my fear?!

I’ve almost finished the next book Aimee has recommended and be sure to go and check what she thought of my first selection, ‘Bag of Bones’ by Stephen King

Have you ever read A Street Cat Named Bob? Do you have other book recommendations for me? Please leave a comment below or tweet me @thingsarahloves. 

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