Are you looking for a challenge this summer?  Check out our weekly reading lists, inspired by this list from Bookish.  To keep you motivated, we’ll feature one of the categories each week in the e-newsletter along with suggestions from our collection.   Happy Reading!

Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson

The imaginative Calvin and his pet stuffed tiger, Hobbes, take part in death-defying battles with aliens, meditate on the meaning of life, terrorize little Susie, and question parental authority.

A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life by James Bowen

Traces the story of an impoverished London street musician who after saving an injured and highly intelligent cat found his life profoundly changed in unexpected ways.

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron

On the coldest night of the year in Spencer, Iowa, at only a few weeks old Dewey was stuffed into the return book slot of the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director Vicki Myron. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility (for a cat), and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most. As his fame grew from town to town, then state to state and finally, amazingly, worldwide, Dewey became more than just a friend; he became a source of pride for an extraordinary Heartland farming community slowly working its way back from the greatest crisis in its long history.

The Cat Who Covered the World: The Adventures of Henrietta and Her Foreign Correspondent by Christopher S. Wren

Henrietta was an ordinary New York City cat until she ventured overseas with foreign correspondent Christopher S. Wren and his wife and children. Over seventeen years and tens of thousands of miles, she became a plucky, indispensable companion for the reporter as he covered world events in Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, Ottawa, and Johannesburg. Wren’s often hilarious, and sometimes poignant, account of an American family’s adventures crisscrossing the globe shows them coping with chaos in faraway places — always with the help of their ever resourceful cat.

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru,… take to the road on a journey with no other purpose than to visit three of Satoru’s longtime friends. Or so Nana is led to believe. With his crooked tail–a sign of good fortune–and adventurous spirit, Nana is the perfect companion for the man who took him in as a stray. And as they travel in a silver van across Japan, with its ever-changing scenery and seasons, they will learn the true meaning of courage and gratitude, of loyalty and love.

The Fur Person by May Sarton

This charming story is drawn from the true adventures of Sarton’s own cat, and recounts his evolution from a stray to a gentleman cat, and finally, his emergence as a Fur Person. “A Fur Person is a cat who had decided to stay with people as long as he lives. This can only happen if a human being has imagined a part of himself into a cat just as the cat has imagined part of himself into a human being.”