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Herding Cats

(Sarah's Scribbles #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  16,648 ratings  ·  2,482 reviews
Adjusting to life as a world-famous cartoonist isn't easy. Terrifying deadlines, piles of junk-food wrappers under a glowing computer screen, and an ever-growing horde of pets....umm, never mind--it's pretty much the same.

With characteristic wit and charm, Sarah Andersen's third collection of comics and illustrated personal essays offers a survival guide for frantic modern
Paperback, 112 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Victoria Schwab
I feel so deeply attacked by these comics.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best graphic novel 2018! what will happen?

more of the same sarah andersen-style charm and doodles; if you liked the first two books, you’re bound to like this one. i find her endlessly delightful, and the only reason i liked this book SLIGHTLY less than the first two is that the last part is a long essay directed at young artists about how to handle self-doubt, internet trolls, and criticism in general. which is a fantastic thing to have done and i’
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, english, funny
It's absolutely fascinating how much her life is similar to mine! I can relate to most of the things. At first, I found it a bit creepy but right now I take it as a sign that I am not completely insane! Or we all are?

EDIT: So, I could not really sleep and re-read it, and I suddenly realized that there is no "theme" to this book. Just randomly chosen cartoons. There is nothing really connecting them. I thought there would be way more cartoons about cats or even dogs. Also, I think I'm going to ha
Amalia Gkavea
'''Go make stuff!''

I don't know what it is about Andersen's creations that make me feel so excited. Is it the cute girl with the big eyes, hungry to understand the paranoia around her? The modern, unassuming style? The honest way in which she approaches the problematizations depicted in her sketches? The sensitivity in which she describes a difficult reality? I don't know. Whatever it is, I always find myself reading her work with utter enthusiasm, eagerly waiting for the next installment.

[Shai] Bibliophage
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first time to come across Sarah Andersen's graphic novel and it never failed to make me laugh. There are some comic panels that I can relate to, but there are also some panels that I can't understand. Nonetheless, it didn't lessen the impact of how entertaining to read this.

The second half, Making Stuff in the Modern Era, is a good addition to this graphic novel; I can fully understand Andersen on her anxiety and the criticisms she encounters every now and then. I'm in the same indust
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, 2018
After being disappointed by the second book in this series, I had hoped this one would be back on track with the enjoyable humor as in the first book. No such luck. Some chuckles here and there and a few outright laughs, but overall, not that relatable for me. I most enjoyed the comics featuring cats, and the title was certainly appropriate for a volume dedicated to the antics of our feline friends, but it was a random collection of comics covering Sarah's usual topics. ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
These collections of comic strips by Sarah Andersen always magically appear in my life just in time to cheer me out of a foul mood. They're short and entertaining enough (for my attention span at the time) to successfully take my mind of things and feel a proper sense of relief. And I'm beyond grateful, as always.

Herding Cats 2-- bookspoils

With characteristic wit and charm, Sarah Andersen’s third collection of comics and illustrated personal essays offers a survival guide for frantic modern life: from the importance o
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
I love Sarah Andersen. She depicts an introvert's life perfectly.
I've read the previous two comics in this series, and I hope she keeps them coming in the years to come.

In the meantime, I'll settle for her facebook page.

*I thank Sarah Andersen, Andrews McMeel Publishing, and Netgalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.
Carol (Bookaria)
This is a graphic novel about Sarah (the author) who (sometimes) struggles with anxiety and social situations (among other things).

The stories within reflect her experiences and are completely relatable, insightful, and funny. It was a very quick read and I loved it.

This is the second book I've read from this author, the first one was Adulthood Is a Myth which was also excellent.

If you love cats and have a quirky, introverted personality then you will find a kindred soul on Sarah's novels.

daph pink ♡

-When I was reading this, I did not know if I liked it or not.

When I finished it, I did not know if i liked it or not.

Three months have passed.

I do not know if I like it or not.
¸¸.•*¨*•♫ Mrs. Buttercup •*¨*•♫♪
Another wholesome comic from the most (in my opinion) relatable artist in the world!


I enjoyed reading these three books so much, even though I already saw all the strips online because I am a big fan of the author! I just love her style, so simple and straight to the point, her ability to always find the bright side and her dark humour. In this one, she adds a section with thoughts about online criticism, and the fear of the artist to publish her/his work, which can result in bullying and harass
Aneela ♒the_mystique_reader♒

My Rating:

Read. Laugh. Repeat.

Yes thats exactly what I did while reading Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen.
This comic is hilarious and very relatable. I could relate to so much in this comic as if Sarah has written exactly about how I feel and what I would say and do in that particular situation.

I am sharing some of my favorite comic strips. I hope you too have a good laugh like I had.

My Blog: The Mystique Reader

Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
This book was provided to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This is a simple but extremely expressive set of comics. Almost anyone could find a panel to relate to. I love that Sarah's brand of humour is so all-encompassing - a lot of people could relate to it.

This is for pet lovers and people who feel overwhelmed by the polarised politics of today. This is a comic for the socially anxious or the person overwhelmed by news; the book lover, the music lover and the person with unpopul
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have wanted to read the Sarah Scribbles collection for a while now, but it was the title Herding Cats that finally got me to pounce. Jokes are funnier when they involve cats. This is an indisputable fact of the universe. I very much enjoyed the strips where Sarah pokes fun of her irrational devotion to her feline friend but was disappointed they were so few in number. Despite the title and cover picture, most of these comics are not animal related. That doesn't mean I didn't find humor in them ...more
Sam Quixote
Dec 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Sarah Andersen returns with another Sarah’s Scribbles book - and unfortunately it’s one too many. Looking for a series of trite, lazy, uninspired and unfunny observations, cascading one after another likes waves of diarrhea? Herding Cats is for you!

The book is jam-packed with way too many vacuous strips about how much Sarah: loves cats and dogs, likes Halloween, is anxious in general, hates but can’t avoid procrastinating, hates periods, and thinks the internet is a out-of-control dumpster fire
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
If you're friends with me on any sort of personal social media account, you probably already know that I have an unhealthy obsession with Sarah's Scribbles. While I adore webcomics from all sorts of artists and sources, Sarah's are some of the few comics that can, without fail, always make me laugh out loud, smile, or even just go, "Yep, been there." This collection is probably my favorite so far. I just about died laughing over some of the comics, while others had me nodding vigorously and biti ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
3.5 Stars

I still like and enjoy the first book more than the other two books! This one was okay, not as funny as the first book. Yet it made me smile sometimes but at the end, it got really serious and give some advice to artists. Actually, I think that pieces of advice are not only for artists, but everyone can use them in their life! It’s a graphic novel and the third installment in the "Sarah’s Scribbles" series. All in all, it was a good read and hope you like it!

Thanks to Sarah Andersen, Ne
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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This is why I love being a book blogger - getting early access to books written by my favorite authors before they're available to the general public. I was reading over my review for BIG MUSHY HAPPY LUMP, which I received as an ARC in early 2017, and I was bemoaning the wait-time between books. Sarah Andersen gets what it's like to be a moody, anxious, cat-loving, people-avoiding artist, and her hilarious comics reflect the nail-biting
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
„Change is possible, but more importantly, no one should be stopping the many creative kids who have things to say and pictures to paint.”

How can you be that relatable, so creative and such a good person?
I love Sarah Anderson and (all of) her comics.
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
No, it's not just about cats! Maybe a few comics thrown in here and there about cats alongwith her equal love for cats and dogs.

This collection is carry similar issues and themes as with the first two Sarah Scribbles collection but this one is much more detailed regarding her childhood life, choosing a life of art amidst all the angst and uncertainty. This collection is just not about humour and funny illustration but also talks about anxiety, mental health, internet hatred/bullying, introverts,
Dave Schaafsma
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gn-women, comics
So we all know what the term “herding cats” refers to, that sense that it is futile to control that which is ultimately uncontrollable. This book is a series of cartoons and one or two-page comics dealing with forgetting your headphones when you want to listen to music, stubbing your pinky toe when you are just walking along, in a good mood, things like that, from the shy Sarah. What is fame like for the musician? She sees glam glasses, photographers everywhere; what is it like for artists? No c ...more
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVE IT!!

Sarah Andersen never fails to make me laugh!
Herding Cats is hilarious and full of positive energy and actually made me laugh out loud many times (it has been a while since a book made me do that). I was afraid that it won't be as good as her first two books, but I might actually like this one even more because of her personal touch and the bits of advice to young artists at the end.

It simply made my day :)

I highly recommend reading this from Netgalley <3
Cute and funny, as her other previous works. You’ll get some good chuckles. And you’ll definitely find yourself in at least one of her drawings.

Compared to the first in the series, this one also has some advices for young artists, accompanied, of course by some amusing sketches.

This time, these two hit closest to home:

Recommended if you need something light and relaxing.

>>> ARC received thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing via NetGalley <<<
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A bit darker than the previous volumes
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the other two books in this series and was thrilled to see Sarah's latest up on Netgalley. The first half was more enjoyable for me as it had her trademark relatable, quirky, life happenings depicted in humorous comics. The latter half was more Sarah giving advice to aspiring artists. Overall, another fun installment in this series, and I am grateful I was able to spend some time with Sarah and her drawings.

Thank you to Sarah Andersen, Andrews McMeel Publishing, and Netgalley, for the
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, anxiety
I LOVE Sarah's drawings. They're always SO relatable and often make me laugh out loud. This instalment was a little different to the first of Sarah's books that I've read, because it includes a little self-help guide for artists towards the end of the book. There's more text than usual, accompanied by her illustrations, but this section only takes up 20 pages or so.
If you haven't picked up Sarah's books or haven't checked out her drawings online, YOU HAVE TO. THEY'RE SO GREAT! Especially for in
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
2.5 stars

I HATE to give this such a low rating but the comics in these just weren’t that funny, and most of them, well, pointless :(

Her first two books I have LOVED but this seemed like a re-hash of older sketches with lots of ‘filler’. The last section seemed to jar with the rest of the work and went from being ‘cute’ to preachy :/

Having read this book I would sum it up in one word - meh.

I really hope that if there is a fourth book it’s full of new and exciting material.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another solid installment from Sarah Andersen. I laughed out loud several times, as per usual the only con is that I wish it were longer. This book is extra fun to read with friends.

Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-2018, 2018
This is my introduction to Sarah Andersen's very popular webcomic. Unfortunately, I found the strips slightly amusing or cute at best. At least half the strips, I either just didn't get or left me with a 'meh'. ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like how this may be the most relatable web comic ever!
3 issues and this does not disappoint, so funny, light and once again,relatable!
If you are in a bad mood and want something to cheer you up, this is too perfect!

I am going to give this to my brother as he is an artist and he loves cats, this was made for him!


I received an ARC in exchange of an honest review, all opinions are mine
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Hello! I’m Sarah and I’m a cartoonist and illustrator. I graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014 and currently live in Brooklyn. My comics are semi-autobiographical and follow the adventures of myself, my friends, and my beloved pets.

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