Book Review: “Claw the System: Poems from the Cat Uprising” by Francesco Marciuliano

Title: Claw the System: Poems from the Cat Uprising
Author: Francesco Marciuliano
Genre: Humour
Target age group:
Dates read: 10/01/18
Rating: ★★★


So I’m not really a poetry person, but I had hoped that the humour of this book would overpower this.

Sometimes it did. There were a few poems that made me really laugh out loud and I read a couple of them out loud to my mum.

But some of them felt less like poems and more just like sentences where the writer had pressed the enter key in the middle of sentences and called it a poem. But maybe that’s just me not being a poetry person? I don’t know.

There are some very adorable photos of cats throughout the book. I was also showing those to my mum while I was reading.

I enjoy cats, and I would have one if my partner were not allergic and if we could afford it. But maybe I’m not quite enough of a cat person to fully enjoy this one.

Many thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley for a free copy of this  book in exchange for an honest review.

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#mirthmusicmon – Jellicles can and Jellicles do – #mondayblogs

When I turned nine, I was given Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats on video for my birthday. Up until then, the only song I had known from the show was Mr Mistofolees, but I wasted no time learning the rest. I still adore the music from it. Last Saturday, I went to see a high-school production of the show, and I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Turns out, this is a school where dance classes can be taken as a subject, and so it was actually far better than I was expecting. Thus, I’ve had the album on ever since. Here’s a few of my favourite numbers for you to enjoy!

You can join in on MMM here. Happy Monday! Have a great week!

#MirthMusicMon – Sisterly Love and the Diary of a Sad Cat


This is a quick post today, since despite having a long weekend, I’m completely exhausted. On the music side of MMM, I have a song called “She’s My Sister” from the concept album for the musical “The In-Between”. I’ve just come home from dinner with my own sister, so it seemed appropriate (though I should note, having said that, that we have never lived together and therefore never had any of the issues sung about in the song).


The second part of my post is a tribute to our cat, Mizzy, who we lost over the weekend. You’ve probably already seen the Sad Cat Diary, but here it is again anyway.

And with that, I bid you all a fond goodnight!