Books and cats: a love affair in photos


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There are legions of people who love books, and who love cats, and have a habit of photographing them together. You may like books and not like cats; I know it’s possible. But this post, my friends, is not for you. This post is for people who think that Pippen, above, is awfully cute when confronting the ‘Omnivore’s Dilemma.’ As is Jamila, below.

The Bible seems to be putting Jamila to sleep. Of course, this can happen with any book, even ‘Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.’ Looks like the cat, Ahchan, has gotten the ‘stress-free’ part down.


Even the wham! bam! pow! of Marvel comics can’t keep this store cat awake.

But tiny little Cayley is ready to tackle a very big book.

Happy bookish cats from the world over, plus photo credits, after the jump.

Relaxing at Shakespeare & Co. Books in Paris.

Below, Missy the cat finds a bookish place to perch at home in Helsinki, Finland.

The German cat below has found a place where it fits right in.

And this German kitty is bookish but very shy.

This standoffish cat has dibs on Orhan Pamuk’s ‘Snow.’

This one is hanging out at a bookstore in Istanbul, Turkey.

Victoria, below, is our last featured book cat. She’s described by her photographer as ‘a small lake of a cat.’ While she’s comfortably crashed out at home in Northern California, she may have a road trip in her future -- she’s resting on several books about Airstream trailers.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

All photos via Flickr. Credits: ‘Omnivore’s Dilemma’ by swanksalot. Cat on Bible by msmornington. Cat sleeping on ‘Getting Things Done’ by jetalone. Marvel comics cat by Ginny and John. Little cat, big book by mmechtley. Shakespeare & Co. Books cat by austinevan. Black cat on bookshelves by Petteri Sulonen. Gray cat on bookshelves by tillwe. Shy cat by fischerhuder. ‘Snow’ cat by celinet. Istanbul cat by Jerzy Kociatkiewicz. Victoria by Jacob Davies.