Kathy asked for a book recommendation...I'm assuming she means a knitting/crochet book...so we'll go from there.
I honestly think that anything by Ann Budd is worth getting your fingers on. She has such a way of expressing patterns and ideas and she is very talented at providing "templates" from which to work.
If you like humor, read Mason and Dixon Knitting. Wonderful ideas for how to use yarn the way you want to use yarn. Plus it's funny and fun.
Clara Parkes is simply amazing. Enough said. Knitter's Book of Yarn, Knitter's Book of Wool, Knitter's Book of Sock Yarn. Buy all three. Once upon a time I was going to knit through the entire Knitter's Book of Wool...Life has intervened. I do hope to get back to it at some point.
I'm an avid collector of magazines. I subscribe to Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Crochet Scene, Knit Scene, For the Love of Knitting, Knit Simple and Piecework. I gather up special editions that I think are interesting (Downton, Jane Austen). So far I haven't made many things from them. I like looking at the pictures and dreaming.
Kathy, if you meant a funny cat book, buy "I Knead My Mommy and other poems by kittens." I haven't laughed so hard in a long time...in fact, Pearl wondered what was up with me!