We present our selection of unique books for Christmas gift giving. Our selection of books is quirky, and oddball. Some may be cat themed, others unusual, but the books are always fun.

Books can be a personal thing, and we each look for something different, we love paper books, ebooks, and books on mobile ‘phones and tablets! These may be books you will gift to someone you know who likes offbeat young adult fiction. Or those who want something cat orientated that is a bit special, but not on every book store shelf. So, let us present our favourites.

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Your Best Unique Books to Gift (or Keep!) for  2017

City the Kitty – Lori Schepler & City

This book is the perfect cat lovers’ gift and definitely gives that little bit extra. Good books about cats for adults can be tough to find. But this full colour, hardbound book is packed with glorious and inspiring images. Pet photographers will find Lori’s work an inspiration.  City is a polydactyl ginger dynamo and an amazing model. City himself has pawed the introduction which tells how he captured Lori Schepler’s heart. He also tells of how they fight to end the evil and brutal practice of declawing.

Cats and their fur families will find City irresistible! This is definitely one of the cat books to gift your girlfriend or boyfriend.

The full colour pictures show us City as a laugh out loud comedian. We see a totally breathtaking cat athlete in action! The pictures also show Lori’s superb camera skills as an award winning press photographer as she captures her muse in the vivid and dazzling action often seen on City’s popular Instagram account. You can grab a copy of City’s fabulous book, posters and other gorgeous merchandise on City’s site. City also recommends his favourite toy!

City the Kitty Anti Declawing Chamption

If you already have City’s book, he has also collaborated with Red and Howling. The company has created a range of Tshirts, hoodies and iphone covers. Each gorgeous graphics that get the no declaw message across in the gentlest and most civil manner.  R&H are also on Instagram.

Phoebe’s ViewAs a proud non-declawed cat I support City in his campaign to ban declawing and ensure a humane result for any scratching issues. This book is perfect for human’s, and also anyone aspiring to improve their photographic skills with felines or canines as the subject.

Red and Howling iPhone cover

The Traitor and the Thief  – Gareth Ward

This paperback is also available as a Kindle book for overseas readers. This young adult’s adventure novel is a dive into the steampunk era where Victoriana meets the mechanical world.

The Traitor and the Thief YA Novel

The New Zealand author, Gareth Ward, has created a world you can step into and be surrounded by oddness and excitement. The characters are well defined and the trend towards strongly written female characters rewards us with some inspiring female leads.

A young survivor, Sin, hurtles into a mysterious world with rules, regulations and a range of odd contemporaries. Everyone is enrolled in a mysterious academy.  Who are the heroes and who the villains in this strange world? This takes a while for readers to discover, and many readers (including some adults) will wish themselves part of the Covert Operations Group before the end.

“At Lenheim Palace, Sin learns spy craft while trying not to break the school’s Cast-Iron Rules. Befriended by eccentric Zonda Chubb, together they endeavour to unmask a traitor causing havoc within the palace….”

Silver’s View: As tech editor for the blog I loved this book, it was a journey of thrills and risks, as well as a fair bit of detective work for the hero and heroine. But, who helps and hinders who? Is Sins mysterious friend truly who she says…..

The New Zealand Cat Book – McKenna & Davis

This is the purrfect cat book for gentle browsing at the end of a frantic or busy day. Gorgeous photographs by Rachel Hale McKenna capture the New Zealand cat perfectly. Each kitty story will make you smile and lift your spirits. In a foreword, Rachel introduces the book and Kimberley Davis has written the delightful stories.

Unique Books for Christmas The New Zealand Cat

We think this is one of the classic books you can give as a gift. The hardback book is substantial but, New Zealand Cats can also be purchased as a Kindle edition. Each page brings a new story. Each story and picture brings a new reason to smile.

It is such a pleasure to read about the cats. Thrill to the dramatic story of Simba, smile at Teapot and her unusual buddy, or gasp at Coco the tripod’s tale. The stories will catch your heart.

Miranda’s View: I spent hours looking at this book. I enjoyed it so much. Each cat is a complete character wrapped in gorgeous images and sweet, not too long stories. Perfect for us busy cats to browse though. Highly recommended.

NEVERMOOR The Trials of Morrigan Crow – Jessica Townsend

This book was the subject of a frenetic publishers bidding war! at the publishers’ book fair in Frankfurt. Australian author Jessica Townsend spent a log time writing her book, while she worked in London, before bringing Morrigan and her magical world into our real world to tremendous acclaim. This world is vivid and exciting, mysterious and baffling to us, and the start is positively sinister.

The premise for the book is a creepy one. Morrigan, born at Eventide, is meant to be a cursed child who brings ill-luck to many. As Eventide itself arrives and with it Morrigan’s death, she is kidnapped and whisked to a mysterious place called Nevermoor (based on London). Great you think! But this is just the start, and layer after layer unfolds at a rapid pace.

Morrigan makes friends, and enemies, and more than one character is a puzzle waiting to be revealed. No longer do you have to roll your eyes and play sidekick to a boy all the time – this girl is a strong, exciting and gratifying character to read about in a world of vivid imagination and, before you ask. No, it is not like Harry Potter!

Phoebe’s View: What an adventure, and I could imagine the amazing places because the descirptions were so vivid. There is a magic to Nevermoor the real London might not have I reckon. They are making a movie of this? Cool, I want to be in it!

Fester the Cat – Paul Magrs

Not a new book but a classic that takes you from its first page and rattles you around. We reviewed the book here some time ago and recommend its vivid writing, its love for its subject and the way it picks us up and whisks us to a far away suburb of Manchester is a tribute to the author’s imagination and skill.Fester The Cat by Paul Magrs

It takes you a while to grasp the first chapter which Fester narrates. It is an opening of epic and tragicomic proportions but stay with this. The book is a tribute of joy and love to a cat who was a gift to two people. It tells how he changed their lives and the lives of many around him.  Fester’s world is described with charm, affection and massive amounts of the deepest love that one cat inspired.

  • From when he first ambled into Paul Magrs’s yard—skinny, covered in flea bites, and missing all but one and a half teeth—Fester knew he’d found his family. Paul and his partner, Jeremy, thought it was the ragged black-and-white stray, tired from a rough life on the streets, who was in desperate need of support. But clever Fester knew better……”

Harvey Button’s view: What a book. The opening chapter blew me away and had mum all weepy but beyond that – a total and complete delight. A story with such a rich array of characters I could not put the book down. There is also a second book by Mr Magrs about Fester’s successor Bernard Socks. Another delight with a long detour amongst roofs and other catastrophes. 

Happy shopping and we hope our unique book recommendations help!

Merry Christmas and
Happy Reading
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  1. Avatar for Miranda Kitten

    Lone Star Cats

    November 24, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Looks like some pawsome books!


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    November 24, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    These are awesome picks!


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    Marty the Manx

    November 25, 2017 at 3:00 am

    Thanks for such a great group of books! Picking up a couple for sure for Christmas.
    Marty’s Mom


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    Memories of Eric and Flynn

    November 25, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Those all sound like really great books.


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    Jana Rade

    November 25, 2017 at 10:43 am

    These look like so fantastic books. If I had a cat I’d grab one of these. Might grab one for stepson because he does have two cats.


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    The Island Cats

    November 25, 2017 at 10:52 am

    What a pawsome list! Thanks!


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    Tenacious Little Terrier

    November 25, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    The Trials of Morrigan Crow sounds intriguing. Sounds like it would make a great movie too! I give a lot of books as gifts.


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    November 25, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    What a great selection of unique books! We especially love City, the Kitty! We collaborated with her on confronting the AAHA’s standards on declawing.


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    November 25, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Love the reviews. Those look like some wonderful books! I shall have to go and have a look!
    Marv and Mom


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    Pam Greer

    November 25, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Great list!


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    Erin the Cat, Princess

    November 26, 2017 at 8:39 am

    What an awesome selection of books! I love the slightly less obvious or quirky selections. Life worth a plunge into to something different and these look great choices for entertaining and informative reads.
    Toodle pip


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    Sandy Kubillus

    November 26, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    I haven’t read any of these but they look like great ideas for Christmas presents for the cat lovers I know. Fester Cat looks really interesting.


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    The Daily Pip

    November 27, 2017 at 3:31 am

    I love hardcover photo books of animals. I admit I have more dog photo books than cat photo books. Definitely adding City The Kitty and The New Zealand Cat Book to my list!


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    Lola The Rescued Cat

    November 27, 2017 at 3:31 am

    These are great book pics for Christmas! We need to get our butts in gear and get our list together.


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    Melissa & Mudpie

    November 27, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    These are such great ideas! Most of these books I haven’t even heard of before, believe it or not!


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    Beth Patterson

    November 27, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks for the gift ideas! I have a couple of avid readers on my list, and they love cats!


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    Sweet Purrfections

    November 27, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    I haven’t read for enjoyment in such a long time! I’m trying to get back into reading now that I’m retired. I’ll add some of these to my list.


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    November 27, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    These books sound like great reads! I love the cover for The Cat From New Zealand. What a cute kitty! I’ve got to start reading more for enjoyment. Purrrhaps I’ll look into these books for my next read. 🙂


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    November 28, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Nevermoor sounds like it would be a good read! I love the idea of a list of books! We see too often lists swarmed with technology, so a list of books is a great reminder to disconnect from technology and read a good book!


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